All Application Forms
Prospective students may apply online at my.westernsem.edu/apply or download printable application forms from our website. The non-refundable application fee is $50. If your application is accepted and you decide to enroll, there is an additional $250 confirmation deposit required for matriculation, which is non-refundable but applied to your tuition account.
Applicants should plan two weeks for completing the application and submitting the supporting documents
Applications will be regarded as incomplete without permission for a criminal background check.
See bottom of this webpage for application deadlines.
Distance Learning Applicants
The process for applying for the M.A. and M.Div. distance learning programs is the same as that for in-residence. Please note the detailed technological requirements for distance learning on our website.
Dual Track M.Div.-M.S.W. Applicants
Those pursuing our Dual Track degree program must complete a Master of Divinity application and a one-page statement detailing future vocational and educational plans. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is recommended.
Graduate Certificate for Urban Pastoral Ministry Applicants and Non-Degree Applicants
Applicants must complete a shortened two-page application form, include all academic transcripts, and submit a one-page statement of how their learning might enhance and empower their future ministry.
Doctor of Ministry Applicants
Applicants must hold the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent and have at least three years of ministry experience since their M.Div. was completed in order to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program. Also, they must have served in their current ministry setting for at least one of the three years.
Students participate in seminars for two weeks in May for three consecutive years. Apply by January 15 to be considered for admission to the cohort that begins its work that May.
Please be advised that Western Theological Seminary is authorized under Federal law to enroll only F-1 non-immigrant alien students. For more information, contact our Registrar.
Master of Theology Applicants
To be considered for admission to the Master of Theology program, international and North American applicants must have completed a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent.
International applicants must have a letter of endorsement and recommendation from their denomination or a ministry-related agency in which they have served for 3+ years. The letter must verify past service and indicate promise for future service and leadership.
International applicants to the Master of Theology program must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the written exam or 80 on the internet-based exam. A certified statement showing sufficient financial resources and medical insurance for dependents for the duration of the degree program is also required.