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Master of Divinity
Our Master of Divinity program prepares men and women for ordained ministry by equipping, empowering and forming those called by God to serve the church. The M.Div. also gives foundational training for ministries in mission, social service, evangelism, education, pastoral care, chaplaincy, and theological research.
Dual Track Master of Divinity-Master of Social Work (M.Div./M.S.W.)
A versatile foundation for counseling, social work, chaplaincy, and vocational ministry
Are you passionate about making a difference in this world? The Dual Track M.Div.-MSW degree program can prepare you for professional ministry where Christian theology and faith meet the pain and struggle of human life. You will learn to integrate the theory, knowledge, and skills required of pastors and social workers as they seek to be instruments of grace and peace.
Master of Arts
The M.A. is designed to provide men and women with the resources for thoughtful and competent Christian leadership in a broad range of ministry settings. It is grounded in integrated reflection on Scripture, systematic theology, and core Christian practices.
Whether you are teaching, counseling, pursuing justice, working with a non-profit organization, or sharing the good news, the Master of the Arts in Biblical Studies will prepare you through the study of original languages and biblical texts to form a biblically-based, contextually informed, and culturally sensitive grounding for your ministry.
Our Master of Arts in Theology is a flexible degree for Christians looking to deepen theological and scriptural foundations for all kinds of witness, leadership, and service.
The Master of Arts in Christian Studies is our most flexible degree program. Fully half of the 42 credits needed to earn this degree are electives. That means YOU decide what interests you and where you want to focus your learning.
Master of Theology
Developing church leaders for mission and ministry around the world
The Master of Theology (Th.M.) program is designed to enable qualified graduates of post-baccalaureate degree programs in theology (i.e., the M.Div. degree or its equivalent) to broaden and deepen their theological knowledge. Students in the program will:
participate in core seminars with a cohort of ThM students
take advanced electives drawn from the broader course offerings
pursue research in a specialized area under the guidance of a faculty member
Increased ability to minister to others without burnout
A community of peers to challenge and support you
Momentum toward a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree
Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry
Helping you dig deeper into questions of disability & theology
You’ve been called to be a church leader and you know that means ministering to and with everyone—especially those who are so often left out or feel separated from the congregation. You want to grow in ministry, yet your educational needs are unique because the issues you deal with are specific to those with disabilities. Western Theological Seminary offers you the Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry:
Strength in the art and practice of ministering to those with disabilities
Deeper biblical and theological knowledge
Increased ability to share the gospel of Jesus Christ
Insights into relating across cultures
Practical tools for dynamic preaching
Community of peers to challenge and support you
Momentum toward a Master of Divinity degree
Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry provides a flexible professional program for nurturing your ministry identity.
Strengthen your practice of ministry by developing your capacity in critical biblical and theological reflection, reliable social research and cultural discernment, and missional vision and practice in ministry. Tailored learning units, peer collegiality, faculty mentoring, and annual on-campus seminars will nourish these capacities for learning and ministry leadership growth.
Western Theological Seminary allows those who wish to register for seminary courses without enrolling in one of our degree programs to apply for non-degree-seeking status. Those admitted as non-degree-seeking students may audit courses or take courses for credit. Those wanting academic credit for a course are subject to all regular academic requirements.
Non-degree-seeking students may not register for more than 15 semester credit hours without receiving permission from the academic dean. Formation for Ministry courses and directed-study courses are not available to non-degree-seeking students.
Western Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The M.Div., D.Min., M.A. and Th.M. degrees are approved by the ATS. WTS is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. Copies of the ATS standards and the accreditation process are available for review at the registrar’s office. A copy of Western’s current accreditation certification is also available for review at the registrar’s office
The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
fax: 412-788-6510, www.ats.edu
Western Theological Seminary is hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools Commission on Accrediting on November 6-9, 2023.
The purpose of this visit is to verify that the school meets all applicable Commission Standards of Accreditation.
Comments regarding how well the school meets those standards and/or generally demonstrates educational quality may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the visit.
Comments may also or instead be sent in writing to Dr. John Brogan, Associate Academic Dean, Western Theological Seminary, 101 E. 13th St., Holland, MI 49423 or email email@example.com. All comments will be shared with the onsite evaluation committee.
Western Theological Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, and other prohibited bases in admissions, employment, and educational programs.