The Master of Theology (Th.M.) is the most advanced academic program offered at Western Seminary,
offering advanced training and research in Biblical studies and theology for pastoral theologians
who aim to convey the Gospel powerfully. The result is a training package that will prepare pastors,
ministers, and educators with the knowledge base and research experience to lead the Church forward.
The flexibility of the Th.M. also provides an excellent preparation and credit transferability for
future doctoral studies.
What makes the Western Seminary
Master of Theology unique?
- Our students are both pastors and educators. Half of our graduates serve in pastoral roles,
while the other half enter teaching roles, thanks to an emphasis on applying research to ministry
- Our faculty features high-caliber visiting professors like D.A. Carson, Thomas Schreiner, and
Will Willimon, complimenting an excellent assortment of Western faculty.
- Our program utilizes a flexible design, which means that students can complete their training
with just three trips to the Portland campus.
View courses and course descriptions
The Master of Theology may be completed in one year’s time through 4- or 5-day intensive
courses offered at the Portland campus. Those who live at a distance may also utilize webcast and
individualized study courses to complete a majority of their studies, complimented by as little
as just three trips to campus for intensive courses. This unique scheduling design means students
can complete their studies without leaving family, career, or ministry behind. This level of academic
research will require that students have ready access to a theological library in their region.
- A Master of Divinity degree or academic master’s degree from a regionally accredited
institution (must include coursework in Bible, Theology, and Church History)
cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A completed application for admission
and all admissions materials
If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment
counselor to explore alternative admission options.
“Western is a place of great spiritual vitality and academic excellence.
I was able to tailor my program so that it fully prepared me for my doctoral work in biblical studies.
My time at Western was foundational for my career in higher education. I highly recommend it. ”