A Master of Arts degree from Western Theological Seminary prepares you for practical ministry.
If you are a ministry leader, writer, teacher, or someone who wants to learn more about theology and ministry and why it matters, the Masters of Arts program at Western Theological Seminary is for you.
Complete your program in two years, or customize a semester schedule with online coursework and hybrid coursework that fits your schedule and timeframe.
Five areas of focus allow you to fully customize your program to support you in your call.
Western is a vibrant, nurturing, and worshipping community of believers. We are committed to providing a learning environment that maintains a healthy climate for the development of relationships among its students, staff and faculty. Read all about our “Vision of our Life Together” here.
At Western you will encounter a community of faculty, staff, and peers who genuinely care about you and your ministry journey with God. Check out our Community page to explore housing options and learn more about where we’re situated in Holland, MI.
Western Theological Seminary’s faculty and staff are committed to the growth and learning of our students. At Western, students practice ministry skills under the careful supervision of seasoned mentors in a real ministry setting. Weekly peer group meetings provide space to reflect on these internship experiences. To help students in their discernment, all students complete a first-year evaluation of their capacities and competencies to help set learning goals. They also participate in a mid-program assessment with faculty and Formation for Ministry staff to review their progress and guide them toward completing their MDiv degree.
Commitment to Academic Excellence
Learn with our world-class faculty who combine a passion for scholarship with personal interest in each student. Following admission, each student is assigned a faculty advisor. In class, the student/professor ratio of 14:1 provides a rich environment for close work and individual mentoring. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally known and strive to equip students for Christ-centered, biblically based, theologically integrated, culturally sensitive, mission-oriented Christian leadership.
Multiple Approaches: In-Residence and Distance Learning
How do you learn best? What environment do you prefer? Before signing up for any online course or stepping into a classroom, it is important to discern your own learning style.
Prefers the physical environment of the classroom
Enjoys regular face-to-face interaction with professors and peers
Needs a consistent class schedule and structured learning formats
Distance Learning Learner
Self-motivated, independent learner
Wants flexibility of organizing his or her own learning schedule
Disciplined, can set aside 15-20 hours per week to study and participate in an online setting
Prefers to continue in current ministry or home situation
Can travel twice a year for 5-day classroom-based intensives on campus in Holland, MI
Each denomination has its own procedures for enrolling, supervising, and examining candidates for ordination. M.Div. candidates should check with their pastors or denominational officers regarding specific instructions for ordination in their particular denomination.
An M.Div. candidate seeking ordination in the Reformed Church in America must apply to his or her classis through the home church consistory for a Certificate of Fitness for Ministry. This certificate and the M.Div. degree are required for ordination in the Reformed Church in America. Western’s faculty reviews M.Div. candidates annually and recommends to the board of trustees that it grants the certificate to those candidates who are deemed “fit for minisitry.”
Other information for students interested in being ordained in the Reformed Church in America: