Admissions

Do you sense God calling you to Christian leadership? Choosing to go to seminary is a very important, life-defining decision, one we would be honored to prayerfully discern with you. We invite you to contact us with any questions you might have as you begin to explore this new direction in your life!

  • Should I Attend Western Theological Seminary?
    • I have a warm and personal faith as an intentional follower of Jesus Christ
    • I am theologically and biblically curious
    • I want to develop effective communication and ministry leadership skills
    • I am capable of rigorous academic scholarship
    • People who know me well say that I should be in the ministry
    • Though difficult to explain, I sense deep within me a summons from God
    • I have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited four-year college or university (see academic guidelines below)

    If this sounds like you, apply today!

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  • How Do I Begin the Application Process?
    1. Explore this website
    2. Submit an inquiry form
    3. Contact our Admissions Department (1-800-392-8554 or 1-616-392-8555 - ask for Mark Poppen, CJ Grier or Jill English)
    4. Schedule a campus visit on a day convenient for you
    5. Arrange vocational conversations with your ministry leaders, campus chaplains, pastors and our admissions staff
    6. Complete an application for admission either on-line, or download an application and mail.  For scholarship consideration for fall semester, applications are due April 1 (In-residence) and April 15 (Distance Learning and Newbigin House of Studies) 
    7. Application Checklist.pdf
    8. Once admitted, begin your academic journey at Western Theological Seminary!
  • Academic Guidelines

    The guidelines and undergraduate recommendations listed below are those set up by both the Association of Theological Schools and the minimum necessary to ensure your success in a masters level program.

    Applicants to Western's in-residence and distance learning M.Div. or M.A.C.M.programs must earn a bachelor of arts degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited college or university in order to be admitted as a candidate. In rare cases, an applicant without a bachelor's degree but with exceptional compensatory qualifications may be admitted to the degree program under a special provision of the Association of Theological Schools standards. Such acceptance will normally be provisional pending satisfactory academic performance during the first semester.

    A 2.75 grade point average (GPA) is required for admission to the programs. An applicant with less than 2.75 GPA may be admitted on probation if the admissions committee believes there is potential for academic success. A GPA of 2.5 or higher must be sustained to qualify for the lifting of academic probation and continuation in the degree program.

    An applicant whose college record shows an obvious deficiency in some area of the liberal arts may be required to make up any such deficiencies prior to admission. The minimum liberal arts content of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent is:

    • Two semesters of world civilization or world history 
    • One semester of English composition or two advanced English courses with substantial writing requirements
    • One semester of English literature
    • One semester of philosophy
    • One semester of psychology
    • One semester of sociology or cultural anthropology

    These guidelines and recommendations are not intended to discourage you from beginning to explore academic preparation for your call to ministry.  No matter your academic background, we encourage you to begin a conversation of discernment with Dr. Mark Poppen, Director of Admissions, to determine an appropriate entry strategy to seminary and preparation for ministry leadership.

  • Important Admissions Dates

    M.Div.  and M.A. Programs, Fall Semester (Aug Start):

    January 1 Fee waiver ends for fall admission

    April 1 Applications due for scholarship consideration Application Checklist.pdf

    April 30 Scholarship applications due

    May 30 All M.Div. and M.A. applications due

    M.Div. and M.A. Programs, Spring Semester Admission-In-Residence (Jan Start) :

    Nov 1 Applications due for scholarship consideration

    Dec 1 Application end date for spring semester

     

    GCUPM and Non-Degree Programs:

    Aug 1 Application due for Fall semester

    Jan 1 Application due for Spring Semester


    Master of Theology Program:

    Nov 30  Application due for international and scholarship applicants

    July 15 Application due for non-scholarship applicants


    Doctor of Ministry Program:

    Jan 15 Application due (Cohort begins in May)

  • Catalog in .pdf form

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  • Where in the world is the WTS Admissions Team? We can't wait to meet you!

    2014 Admissions Events are updated regularly.  If you don't see yours, check back soon (or let us know you'd like us to be there!)


    September:

    September 11, 2014  - IUPUI Graduate Expo - IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN

    Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm - IUPUI Campus Center - 4th Floor

    September 17, 2014 - ATS Virtual Seminary Fair 

    Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm

    September 17, 2014 - Professional & Graduate School Fair - Gordon College, Boston, MI

    Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm - Ken Olsen Science Center

    September 18, 2014 - Graduate & Professional School Fair -DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

    Time:  11:00am - 1:30pm - Ballroom of the Memorial Student Union Building 

    September 23,2014 - Advance Yourself - Purdue University, W Lafayette, IN

    Time:  12:00pm - 6:00pm - Purdue Memorial Union, West Main Lobby

    September 30, 2014 - Trinity Christian College - Chicago, IL

    September 30, 2014- University of Wisconsin (all schools) Virtual Graduate School Fair

     


    October:

    October 7,2014 - Graduate School Fair - Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

    Time:  10:30am - 1:30pm - Henry Hall Atrium

    October 8, 2014- Graduate & Professional School Fair - Michigan State University, E Lansing, MI

    Time:  3:00pm - 6:00pm - Spartan Stadium, 4th Floor

    October 22,2014 - Seminary Fair - Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

    Time:  9:30am - 3:00pm - Library Lobby

    October 23, 2014 - Seminary Day - Hope College, Holland, MI

    Time:  11:00am - 2:00pm - Maas Auditorium

    October 24, 2014 - Seminary Fair - Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI

    Time:  10:00am - 3:00pm - Golden Eagle Lounge, Hansen Athletic Center


     

     

     

     


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Ready to take the next step? Apply online today! Or if you'd like an admissions representative to contact you, fill out an inquiry form.

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Application Reminder:

Applicants who wish to be considered for scholarship consideration must submit their application as follows:

Applications must be submitted by April 1 and November 1 for full scholarship consideration for Fall and Spring semesters respectively and by May 30 (Fall semester only) for limited scholarship consideration for these programs:

Applications must be submitted by August 1 for full scholarship consideration in the Graduate Certificate Program

 

STAFF

We are here to assist you with the application process.  Please call the Admissions Office at 800.392.8554 or 616.392.8555 or email admissions@westernsem.edu with any questions.  Admission Office hours are M-F, 8am - 4pm EST.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Mark Poppen

Mark Poppen

Director of Admissions
C.J. Kingdom- Grier

C.J. Kingdom- Grier

Associate Director of Admissions
Jill English

Jill English

Associate Director of Admissions
616.392.8555 x135
Jeanette Schipper

Jeanette Schipper

Administrative Assistant for Admissions and Receptionist
616.392.8555, x189

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