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You may have heard about the curriculum change that is happening soon. As a current student, we want you to be aware of all the information about this change so you can make wise choices moving forward. If you haven't done so, you may want to read more about the rationale behind the change. If you are very near the end of your program, have no fear; you can continue your current program without any changes. However, if you are interested in changing to the new curriculum, there are some things you will need to consider with the help of your advisor.
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Your next steps...
If you are considering a change to the new 2017-2018 curriculum, we recommend that you take the following steps:
- Read through the new academic catalog description.
It is important for you to understand just how the new curriculum differs from the old one. In most cases, it will benefit you to move to the new curriculum and we encourage you to consider it. For example, the new 2017-2018 curriculum requires fewer credit hours and may enable you to take fewer courses, depending on which courses you have completed to date. However, the new curriculum also introduces a degree candidacy process for those programs that require ministry formation courses (M.Div. and MA/ML) and this may apply to you depending on which courses you have completed to date.
- Download the new checklist and complete it.
We provide detailed program checklists that include all program requirements for you and you may have used the checklist already for your current program. As you consider a change, you will need to complete the new checklist so you can compare the program requirements between the old and new programs. In doing so, you will want to check out the conversion charts (MDiv, MA/ML, MA(BTS), MA/MFT) that we have developed to determine how your current courses may compare to the new curriculum. Most are straightforward, however pay particular attention to the notes regarding the theology sequence of courses. Completing the checklist on your own first will help you have the most productive conversation with your advisor about next steps.
- Consult your advisor about changing into the 2017-2018 curriculum.
Once you have completed the updated checklist as much as possible, you should be able to compare it against your prior program checklist to see how the curriculum will differ. This curriculum change isn't a "one size fits all" process and really depends on what makes the most sense for your particular situation. Your advisor can help you consider the options and determine what is in your best interest.
- Complete the Request to Change to New Curriculum form and submit it.
If you determine you want to change to the new 2017-2018 curriculum, we need you to take formal action to declare that you want to make the change. If you don't submit the request, we will assume that you intend to complete the former curriculum requirements and these requirements are what will be used to complete your graduation audit when you near the end of your program. One important aspect to consider is that once you change to the new curriculum requirements, you can't later return to the old requirements so making this decision in consultation with your advisor is helpful. Requests can be submitted starting any time. We will officially start processing and updating records after the summer 2017 term has begun and your new degree status will be effective starting fall 2017 if you applied between now and the end of summer term.
Note: If you are planning to change degree programs (e.g., from MA(BTS) to M.Div 2017-2018 curriculum), then you will need to use the Request to Change Degree Program form.
Forms You May Need
- Request to Change to New Curriculum
This is a request to change to the new 2017-2018 catalog requirements for your current program. If you are requesting a change to a different program, please use the Request to Change Degree Program form.
- Request to Change to New Degree Program
This is a request to change to a different program than the one to which you are currently enrolled and have been admitted. Admission to Western Seminary is by program so a change to a different degree requires approval to change to the new degree program and must be done before the start of a term in which the new program takes effect.
- Academic Petition
For any adjustments to curriculum requirements that are not addressed by any other form.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact your advisor.
In addition, we may be holding several sessions for each campus location where you can come and ask you questions. Stay tuned for more information.