Master of Arts

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

Flexible.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) is our most flexible degree program. Fully half of the 48 credits needed to earn this degree are electives. That means YOU decide what interests you and where you want to focus your learning.

The MA 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.

Courses are delivered through our acclaimed distance learning format and include hybrid and fully on-line offerings. For those who prefer to take most courses on campus, in residence options may also be available.

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools has approved this Master of Arts program.

  • Requirements

    Sixteen distance learning courses (48 academic credits) are required to earn this degree.  Eight required courses provide a general theological foundation. These are the core requirements:

    • Old Testament Foundations
    • New Testament Foundations
    • Systematic Theology I
    • Systematic Theology II
    • Leadership
    • Practice of Discipleship
    • Church History I or II
    • Integrative Capstone

     

    Eight elective courses provide students the flexibility to focus on their learning interests. Take a look at the various courses available.   

    WTS welcomes transfer students and transferred coursework.  Up to half of the coursework required to complete the MA may be completed at another ATS accredited seminary. 

     

  • Distance Learning

    Western Theological Seminary’s highly effective and relationship-rich distance learning environment makes coursework available wherever you are and whenever you want.  All core required courses are delivered completely online.  Some electives may use a hybrid design, blending online learning with 5 days per semester of face-to-face instruction on the WTS campus. 

    Two distance learning semesters and two short online terms annually:

    Fall Semester: 14 weeks, early September-December. Hybrid courses that blend online and classroom learning include a 5-day on-campus intensive in Holland, MI in mid-October.

    January Term: 3 weeks, fully-online elective courses.

    Spring Semester: 14 weeks, January-May.   Hybrid courses that blend online and classroom learning include a 5-day on-campus intensive in Holland, MI in mid-May.

    Summer Term: 6 weeks, late May-late June, fully online courses

     

  • Are you a distance learner?

    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.

    In-Residence Learner

    • 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 classroom-based intensives on campus in Holland, MI

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Fall Semester (starts late August)

Apply by:

    • Jan. 1 - No application fee charged
    • April 15 - Fee $50. Receive full scholarship consideration
    • April 30 - Fee $50 to apply + $250 confirmation fee required at application. Receive scholarship consideration as available
    • May 30 - Fee $50 to apply + $250 confirmation fee required at application. No scholarship consideration
    • July 15 - No admission following this date

Late Spring Semester (starts late March)

Apply by:

    • Jan. 31 - Fee $50. Receive scholarship consideration as available.
    • Feb. 1 - Fee $50 to apply + $250 confirmation fee at application. No scholarship consideration
    • Feb. 15 - No admission after this date

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