Academic Degrees and Programs

  • Master of Divinity-Master of Social Work Dual Track (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 M.Div.-MSW Dual track 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

    Our most flexible degree program.

    Do you want to broaden your biblical knowledge, deepen your faith, and sharpen your gifts? The Master of Arts program will prepare you to teach, counsel, care, pursue justice and tell the good news of Jesus to everyone, everywhere.

  • Graduate Certificate in Urban Pastoral Ministry

    Preparing pastors, elders, ministers, and church leaders for ministry in an urban context

    You've been called to be a leader in an urban church setting.  You want to grow in ministry, yet your educational needs are unique because the issues you deal with are specific to the urban context.  Western Theological Seminary offers you:

    • Strength in the art and practice of ministry in the city
    • 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
  • 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
    • take a limited number of electives
    • pursue research in a specialized area
  • Doctor of Ministry

    Providing a flexible professional program for nurturing your ministry identity

    We offer you a Doctor of Ministry degree with a missional accent—and without a straightjacket!

    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.

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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
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Jeanette Schipper

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