"We may...wish that the Holy Spirit had given us the Word of God in a language...that we could more easily understand; but in his mysterious wisdom he gave it to us in Hebrew and in Greek. Hence if we want to know the Scriptures, to the study of Greek and Hebrew we must go."
- J. Gresham Machen, September 25, 1929
The cornerstone of Westminster's degree programs is study of the Bible. With the exception of the Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A.C.) program, students read in the original Greek and Hebrew. This study, along with other common areas of study, forms the foundation for learning that is exceptional in richness and depth. All Westminster students gain a firm grounding in scriptural interpretation (hermeneutics), defense and proof of the Christian faith (apologetics), systematic and biblical theology, church history, and practical theology.
In building upon this foundation, students may choose from the following programs:
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) - Westminster's central program integrates theory and practice to prepare graduates for ordained pastoral ministry or other gospel ministries such as counseling and urban service. Concentrations in pastoral ministry or general ministries (with general studies and counseling emphases).
Master of Arts (Religion) (M.A.R.) is strong preparation for men and women seeking theological preparation for non-ordained ministries. The program is also an excellent building block for further advanced study. Concentrations in biblical studies, theological studies, and general studies.
Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A.C.) is a unique professional degree designed to train men and women preparing to serve Christ in occupations other than the ordained gospel ministry with a concentration in biblical counseling.
Master of Theology (Th.M.) expands students' knowledge of a major field of theology through training and practice in theological research. Concentrations in Old Testament, New Testament, church history, systematic theology, and apologetics. (See the Academic Catalog chapter 8.)
Master of Theology (Th.M.) modular is the same as the Master of Theology program above in content. The modular component allows students to complete the necessary course work by enrolling in week-long classes offered three times a year. Included in the total cost is housing, local transportation (not including airfare), and food which is provided by Westminster. Students are able to complete the Th.M. modular program in three years.
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is a limited-residency program for pastors and others seeking additional learning related to their current ministries. (See the Academic Catalog chapter 8.) Concentrations in pastoral ministry, pastoral counseling, and urban mission.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) develops exceptional capacity for independent inquiry and original research in theological study. Concentrations in historical and theological studies or hermeneutics and biblical interpretation. (See the Academic Catalog chapter 8.)
Westminster also offers the following certificate program for those who wish to seek additional training but do not desire to enter a degree program:
Certificate in Christian Studies is for men and women who desire additional theological training. (See the Academic Catalog chapter 7.)
Check out the catalog for more information on these programs.