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5.1 General Requirements for Admission to All Programs

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5.1.a Credentials

In order to be admitted to registration as a regular student in the Seminary (for all locations and programs), the applicant must present ordinarily the following credentials to the Director of Admissions, Westminster Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 27009, Philadelphia, PA 19118:

  1. A completed application on a form supplied by the Office of Admissions (available online here) including personal statements and a spouse statement, if applicable.
  2. A non-refundable application fee (see section 8.3.c). A late fee is added for applications received after the deadlines indicated. (International students should see section 5.1.2 regarding requirements pertaining to checks.) 
  3. A church reference on a form supplied by the Office of Admissions (available online here) from the minister or session of the church of which the applicant is a member, or from another source approved by the Director of Admissions. 
  4. An academic reference on a form supplied by the Office of Admissions (available online here) from a college professor under whose guidance the applicant has pursued studies, or from another source approved by the Director of Admissions. 
  5. A full official transcript(s) of the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate level work. If more than one institution was attended, there should be a transcript from each school in which the student took 12 credits or more. (An official transcript is one that is sent directly from the institution to the Admissions Office in a sealed envelope. If it is opened before it reaches the Office of Admissions, it then becomes unofficial.) A final transcript must be submitted before final admission can be granted. An applicant previously registered at Westminster may use the official transcripts provided in his or her previous application, as long as the applicant graduated within the last five years.

    The transcript must show the attainment of a baccalaureate degree. The grades attained shall give promise that the applicant can pursue courses in the Seminary satisfactorily. The transcript should show the broad and comprehensive education essential to theological studies. While it is not possible to prescribe one pattern as normative for all pre-seminary education, a degree of mastery is recommended in the following areas: English; history; philosophy; natural sciences; social sciences; ancient, classical, and modern foreign languages; and Bible. Westminster allows an exception for a limited number of individuals over the age of 30, who have completed five years of ministry experience and 30 undergraduate level academic credits but who do not hold a baccalaureate degree, to seek admission into the M.Div., M.A.C. and the M.A.U.M. programs. For more information about this exception please contact the admissions office at admissions@wts.edu
  6. All applicants whose native language is not English, or for whom Standard English was not the language of instruction from the primary grades (kindergarten through fifth grade, regardless of U.S. citizenship or residency), must take the TOEFL and TWE. See the TOEFL and TWE information in section 5.1.1.    

    International applicants should also see the International Students section 5.1.2. International students who wish to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 visa eligibility form or an I-20 transfer form from Westminster must indicate sufficient personal financial resources for themselves and their dependents. 
  7. Th.M. and Ph.D. applicants should see sections 6.8.1 and 6.11.1, respectively, for additional requirements. 
  8. Additional requirements

The Seminary will examine the credentials with a view to ascertain whether the applicant is of good moral character and is of serious purpose.

The Seminary may grant admission on the basis of the credentials submitted or the Director of Admissions may make one or more of the following requests of the applicant:

  1. To meet with a representative of the Seminary for a personal interview.
  2. To take one or more of the parts of the Graduate Record Examination administered throughout the year at various centers throughout the country.

Unless otherwise requested, applications uncompleted by the date stated by the applicant as the date of enrollment in the Seminary will not be retained. Once application materials are submitted, no materials will be returned to the applicant.

5.1.b Application Deadlines

International/Canadian applications (from applicants who require a student visa) are accepted as stated below. Late applications will be considered for the following year. 

Doctor of Philosophy
     (late deadline with fee January 31)
December 15
Doctor of Ministry        
     (late deadline with fee March 31)
February 24
All other programs (Th.M., M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C., M.A.U.M., Certificate)
February 15


U.S. applications are accepted as stated below. Late Ph.D., applications will be considered for the following year. Late applications to all other programs will be considered only if accompanied by the late fee (see section 8.3.c; however, late applications will NOT be considered for U.S. financial aid).

Doctor of Philosophy 
     (late deadline with fee January 31)
December 15
Doctor of Ministry  
     (late deadline with fee March 31)
February 24

All other programs (Th.M., M.Div., M.A.R., M.A.C., M.A.U.M., Certificate)

Summer or Fall entrance
March 1
Winter or Spring entrance
September 30

Any applications received after these deadlines will not be processed without a late fee.

5.1.c Special Needs

If an applicant has any disability requiring special attention, he or she must submit documentation of his or her disability along with details on specific needs to be accommodated, to the Dean of Students, 60 days (two months) prior to matriculation. Westminster’s Policy for Addressing the Academic Needs of Students with Disabilities can be found online here or obtained from the Student Affairs Office.