In mid-August, new students participate in online orientation and learning management system training. Students will work 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 October for their first Intensive, they receive an additional day of face-to-face orientation.
Semester Schedule (prior to 2021-22)
Fall Semester: 14 weeks, late August-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
Western Theological Seminary’s Commencement Service is usually the second Monday in May and falls within the distance learning spring 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.