Western Seminary

Western Seminary, San Jose Campus

Master of Divinity



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Divinity

Format: Online

Program Description:

The purpose of this program is to provide classic pastoral training for individuals pursuing full-time ministry in the areas of the pastorate, chaplaincy, missions, and beyond. Students within this program will become well-versed in the art of interpreting, teaching and applying the Scriptures while developing an understanding of the original biblical languages. They will acquire the skills necessary for effective leadership and relevant ministry within a church context.

Upon graduation, students from this program will find themselves well-suited for a wide spectrum of teaching roles within a variety of ministry settings. Such roles include: lead pastor, teaching pastor, church/parachurch ministry leader, cross-cultural worker or educator at a secondary or undergraduate level.



Western Seminary is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the accrediting body for theological schools in the United States and Canada.

International Student Requirements:

1. Request a Pre-Application Questionnaire. When pre-admission standards are met, a formal application will be sent. 2. Complete the formal master's application, including sending a $50 application fee, statement of Christian experience and personal references. Official transcripts are required from all institutions attended following secondary school. To be official by U.S. standards, the transcript must be sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office of Western Seminary. 3. Present proof of mastery of English. 4. Present proof of financial support. 5. The issuing of the Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status (Form I-20), which is essential when requesting a visa. This cannot be done until all materials are received. 6. The Seminary recommends that application materials be received by March 1 for the upcoming fall semester. June 30 is the deadline for completed materials to be received.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Theological seminary or other faith-related institution

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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