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Academic Programs

Master of Divinity
3-4 years | 110 units
Master of Arts Biblical Studies
2 years | 72 units
Master of Arts Theological Studies
2 years | 72 units
Master of Arts Historical Theology
2-3 years | 72 units

MASTER of  DIVINITY

3-4 YEARS | 110 UNITS

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program is designed to prepare graduates to meet the requirements for ordination as ministers of the Word, particularly in Reformed and other evangelical or protestant denominations. The integrated curriculum balances academic studies in the theological disciplines (Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Practical) with the practical application of God’s Word to the church and to individuals through preaching, teaching, evangelism, and counseling. In addition to 110 credit hours of coursework, students engage in 700 hours of supervised field education in cooperation with a church body.

PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS

26 creditsBiblical Studies
24 creditsSystematic Theology & Apologetics
20 creditsGreek & Hebrew Languages
20 creditsPractical Theology
10 creditsChurch History
2 creditsGraduate Theological Writing & Bibliography
2 creditsHistorical Theology
6 creditsElective
110 creditstotal degree units
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MASTER of ARTS
BIBLICAL STUDIES

2 YEARS | 72 UNITS

The Master of Arts (Biblical Studies) program is designed to develop the knowledge and tools to understand and exegete the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and apply the knowledge of the biblical languages, redemptive history, and literary and theological interrelationships to exegete Scripture accurately. Students are able to analyze contemporary trends in biblical interpretation with discernment. Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue graduate research programs in Old or New Testament studies or use their biblical knowledge in such ministries as teaching, missions, counseling, or lay church leadership.

PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS

26 creditsBiblical Studies
20 creditsGreek & Hebrew Languages
10 creditsSystematic Theology & Apologetics
2 creditsChurch History
2 creditsGraduate Theological Writing & Bibliography
2 creditsHistorical Theology
10 creditsElective
72 creditstotal degree units
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MASTER of ARTS
THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

2 YEARS | 72 UNITS

The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) program is designed to develop both the knowledge and tools necessary to systematize exegetical, doctrinal, and historical texts into a consistent and coherent theology, to offer a thoughtful defense of the Christian faith and Reformed system of doctrine, and to properly apply theology to issues of faith and practice. Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue advanced research programs (PhDs) in various disciplines including systematic theology, apologetics, and church history or use their theological knowledge in such ministries as teaching, missions, counseling, or lay church leadership.

PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS

26 creditsSystematic Theology & Apologetics
20 creditsGreek & Hebrew Languages
10 creditsChurch History
8 creditsBiblical Studies
2 creditsGraduate Theological Writing & Bibliography
2 creditsHistorical Theology
6 creditsElective
72 creditstotal degree units
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MASTER of ARTS
HISTORICAL THEOLOGY

2 YEARS | 72 UNITS

The Master of Arts (Historical Theology) program is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of the historiography of theology, the historical and intellectual development of the various Christian theological traditions, and the critical skills for evaluating them, as well as an ability to relate the great issues of historical theology to contemporary intellectual and cultural movements. Graduates of this program are prepared to enter research programs in history and theology or use their knowledge of the history of theology in such ministries as teaching, missions, or lay church leadership.

PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS

20 creditsHistorical Theology
16 creditsGreek & Hebrew Languages
13 creditsSystematic Theology & Apologetics
10 creditsChurch History
2 creditsBiblical Studies
2 creditsGraduate Theological Writing & Bibliography
9 creditsElective
72 creditstotal degree units
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What's Your Calling?

Are you being called to serve Christ, preach his Gospel and serve his Church? Do you have a sincere desire to teach and preach the Word of God and strengthen His church or take the gospel to the nations through foreign missions? Are you being called to serve the church or academy through scholarship,teaching, discipleship or counseling? The foundation of any ministry is God as he has been revealed in the Scriptures. For forty years Westminster Seminary California has been committed to a rigorous, Christ-centered, face-to-face  confessionally Reformed theological education with degree programs designed to equip you with the biblical, theological and practical  tools you need to fulfill your vocation and service to Christ and his Church. We are looking forward to partnering with you as you as you consider your gifts and preparation for the calling to which you have been directed.

Pastoral Ministry / Church Planting

Preach and teach the whole counsel of God, in its Christ-centered, redemptive-historical context, with confidence and clarity through the face-to face guidance of experienced pastor-scholars committed to the academic and spiritual formation of candidates for leadership in Christ’s Church
Suggested Program MDIV

Ph.D. / Teaching

Build a firm academic foundation based on a rigorous theological education under the guidance of learned professors and thought leaders who are active scholars in the biblical, theological and historical disciplines within the church and academy
Suggested Program Any

Missions

Develop a thorough understanding of God and His Word and the basic tools for evangelism and missions in order to take the gospel to the nations and apply the Scriptures to in a variety of contexts both locally and globally
Suggested Program MDIV, MABS, or MATS

Counseling

Be equipped to understand the human condition and to apply the sufficient and infallible Word of God with wisdom and skill to the various needs and struggles of God’s people in the church, family and society
Suggested Program MDIV, MABS, or MATS

Campus Ministry

Receive a solid scriptural and apologetical foundation needed to disciple and mentor the future leaders of the church and society as they encounter the various challenges on college campuses and prepare to serve Christ through their sacred and secular vocations
Suggested Program MDIV, MABS, or MATS

Christian Education

Be equipped for discipleship and teaching in churches and christian schools through a comprehensive foundation in biblical, systematic and historical theology and the tools to communicate the truths of God’s revelation to individuals of all ages
Suggested Program Any

Chaplaincy

Prepare for service chaplain in the military, prisons, hospitals, and various other capacities through the proclamation of the saving and comforting Gospel of Jesus Christ and application of His Word to a lost and dying world
Suggested Program MDIV

Personal Spiritual Enrichment

Enhance your leadership in the family, church, society and your secular vocation through an in-depth study of God’s Word in its systematic and historical contexts and implications for your faith and life
Suggested Program MABS, MATS, or MAHT