WTS-Newbigin Distance Learning Master of Divinity
In mid-August, new students participate in online orientation and learning management system training. Students will work each within the program's learning management system, Canvas, gaining experience with the same tools utilized in courses and will begin to develop an online community within the new student cohort.
When new students arrive on campus in January for their first Intensive, they receive an additional day of face-to-face orientation.
Fall term of 9 weeks begins in late August/early September, features one or two accelerated courses conducted entirely online, and ends in early November.
Winter semester of 14 weeks begins in November, concludes in early March, and includes holiday breaks, a winter break, and a 2-week on-campus January Intensive.
Summer semester of 14 weeks begins in mid-March, concludes late June, and includes a 2-week on-campus May Intensive and a one-week break following the Intensive.
In late July/early August, there is a one week summer intensive class in San Francisco.
Western Theological Seminary’s Commencement Service is usually the second Monday in May and falls within the distance learning summer semester on-campus Intensive. Graduating seniors participate in Commencement with the In-Residence Master of Divinity graduates and then finish the rest of the Intensive. WTS-Newbigin DL Graduates receive the Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary.