Academic office

The Academic Office and Registrar are pleased to provide a variety of services to all members of the WTS community.

New Students

  Welcome to Western Theological Seminary!

If you are brand new to WTS and looking for information about how to register, pay your bill, or access your online classes, be sure to check your email.  All information will be sent to you there. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out, we are happy to help!

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Student Tech Requirments

As a WTS student you will need to be able to use Canvas and the Student Portal to access course materials, register for classes, pay your tuition bill, and access other student services. Learn more about the minumum system requirements to do so successfully.

How can I take just one class?

Are you interested in taking a class at WTS but are not a current student? Sign up for an individual class by filling out a non-degree application. Courses are subject to availability. Reach out to the Admissions Team to learn more.


What does the Academic Office do?

The Academic Dean and her team encourage and oversee the degree programs, the courses, the faculty, and the students at Western Seminary.

How do I drop or add a course?

You may drop or add courses before the second week of an academic semester and the tuition will be refunded. Send an email to the professor of the course and the registrar indicating your desire to drop or add.

How do I withdraw from a course after the drop deadline?

You may withdraw from a course after the drop/add deadline by sending an email to the professor and the registrar. You will be responsible for a pro-rated amount of the tuition for a class if you withdraw after the drop/add deadline.  A grade of WP or WF will be entered on your permanent record.

Where do I find my grades?

Grades are accessed through the student portal.

What information is available through the student portal?

Class registration, grades, and advisor assignments.

How do I withdraw from the seminary?

You must complete a withdrawal form (located on Canvas). It must be signed by the VP of Finance and the director of the library and then submitted to the Academic Dean.



Does WTS accept transfer credits?

WTS accepts credits earned at other graduate institutions accredited by the ATS.  Courses with grades lower than B- are ineligible for transfer.  WTS will accept up to 6 credits in which the student earned a “pass” instead of a grade.  An academic assessment will identify class status and determine the steps toward completing the degree program at Western Theological Seminary.  Transfer students must earn at least 30 semester credits at WTS to earn the M.Div. and at least 24 credits at WTS to earn the MA.



Not sure who to talk to? You can always reach us at


Dr. Kristen Deede Johnson

Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs
G.W. and Edna Haworth Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership


Carol Ann Bailey

Educational Design and Technology Specialist, Student Support Coordinator, and Multi Ethnic Leadership Development (MELD) Administrator


Kate Bareman

Associate Director of Student Life


Dr. Tim Basselin

Director of Field Education and Student Life


Dr. John Brogan

Associate Academic Dean, Professor of New Testament, Director of the MDiv and MA Programs


Katlyn DeVries

Writing Specialist and Girod Program Associate


Kathy Ehmann

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Program Administrator
Learning Management System (LMS) Administrator


Theresa Hamm

Academic Office Associate, Assessment Coordinator, and Technology Coordinator


Dr. L.S. Carlos A. Thompson

Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry and Disability Theology and Director of the Friendship House, and Student Accessibility Coordinator


Western Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The M.Div., D.Min., M.A. and Th.M. degrees are approved by the ATS. WTS is approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program. Copies of the ATS standards and the accreditation process are available for review at the registrar’s office. A copy of Western’s current accreditation certification is also available for review at the registrar’s office.

The Commission contact information is:


The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
ph: 412-788-6505
fax: 412-788-6510