Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Our MDiv graduates go on to study at top universities and lead thriving churches across the world.

3-4
years to degree completion
111
credit hours of course work
44
students in last year's graduating class
Testimonial

“I will always be grateful to God for the education I received at WTS. I have been a church planter, church pastor, and military chaplain for 32 years since my graduation from the MDiv program. In every venue where the Lord has led me, the tools and training in the Holy Scriptures I received from my teachers at WTS have been used by God in my life and ministry.” —Christopher H. Wisdom, Vice President and Professor of Practical Theology, Erskine Theological Seminary

Overview

The Master of Divinity is our flagship degree, carefully constructed to prepare you for a rich and fruitful life in ministry or scholarship. You will learn the full breadth of our theological distinctives and benefit from the personal discipleship of our faculty. You can choose to concentrate in pastoral, counseling, or general studies.

Year One

Your first year you will master the ancient biblical languages, enabling you to exposit God’s Word at a unique level of nuance, specificity, and personality. Your courses on the doctrine of Scripture will build the immovable foundation you need to shepherd your flock. Two of the highlights of your first year will be studying biblical interpretation with Vern Poythress and practicing expository preaching with Kent Hughes, both professors with over 40 years of experience in their fields.

Year Two

After you gain proficiency in the biblical languages, you will implement your new skills as your professors introduce you to biblical studies and the biblical doctrine of the church. In your second year, you will explore the ancient drama of the founding of Israel with Iain Duguid and the life of the Reformer Martin Luther with Carl Trueman. You will also learn from K. Scott Oliphint how to apply the apologetic methodology of Cornelius Van Til to the needs of the 21st-century church.

Years Three to Four

In your final years, you will wrap up your church history studies by analyzing the intriguing and difficult issues that face the church in the modern age. All of your courses on apologetics, biblical studies, and church history will culminate in two pinnacle systematic theology classes with Lane Tipton: the doctrine of Christ and the doctrine of salvation. By the end of your final year, you will have concluded 400 hours of ministry in local churches (or parachurch organizations) under the leadership of experienced mentors.

Master of Arts in Religion (MAR)

Our MAR graduates apply rich theology to their vocations and pursue post-graduate studies at schools across the globe.

2-3
years to degree completion
74
credit hours of course work
17
students in last year's graduating class
Testimonial

“My education at Westminster Theological Seminary was not only instrumental as preparation for my doctoral studies, the classes significantly shaped my biblical and theological understanding. Westminster’s curriculum displays a rigorous consistency that performs its commitment to Scripture and the Reformed standards.” —Nathaniel Gray Sutanto, PhD Candidate at New College, The University of Edinburgh

Overview

In the Master of Arts in Religion program, you will join a community of students striving to learn the biblical truths of the Reformation for a variety of ministry and professional contexts. Depending on your calling, this customizable degree will prepare you to pursue advanced graduate work in theology and exegesis or to apply Scripture to your vocation. You can choose to concentrate in theological, biblical, or general studies.

Year One

You will lay a solid foundation by immersing yourself in ancient Greek and Hebrew. You will also jump into the twists and turns of church history with Carl Trueman, acquire essential tools for biblical interpretation from Vern Poythress, and learn to use Scripture to defend the faith in your apologetics course with K. Scott Oliphint. You can choose to take more specialized courses by concentrating in either theological or biblical studies.

Year Two

You will dive into the depths of Scripture by studying the prophetical books with Iain Duguid, Acts and the Pauline epistles with G.K. Beale, and more courses from our renowned faculty in biblical studies. Jeff Jue will guide you through the complicated historical terrain of the church in the modern age. Lane Tipton will challenge you with the tough but rewarding doctrines of Christ and salvation in your pinnacle semester. Depending on your concentration, you can also enroll in focused courses on theology or exegesis.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)

Our MAC graduates provide Christ-centered care as informal and professional counselors.

2-5
years to degree completion
20
courses in theology and ministry
6-8
students in each online small group

Master of Theology (ThM)

Our ThM graduates enter doctoral programs at prestigious universities worldwide and serve their congregations with enhanced theological expertise.

2-3
years to degree completion
6-8
courses in theology or biblical studies
5
average class size
Testimonial

“The ThM was an exciting time of theological research and learning, and it made for an excellent transition into doctoral studies. Additionally, during the ThM, through the tutelage of Westminster faculty, I began to realize that serious theological inquiry is enjoined by the Lord and should be carried out in obedience to Him, in service to His church, and at every point to His glory. ‘You are not pursuing a career, but a calling,’ one faculty member said. That changed everything for me.” —Nathan Shannon, Professor of Systematic Theology at Torch Trinity Graduate University

Overview

The Master of Theology (ThM) program at Westminster will allow you to research at an advanced academic level with top-rate faculty, granting you greater content mastery in preparation for ministry and further graduate studies. You can concentrate in one of five areas: Old Testament, New Testament, church history, systematic theology, or apologetics. You can also study in a residential or flexible modular format.

Year One

In your first year, you will customize your coursework with our renowned faculty around your field of interest. You might, for instance, study the New Testament’s use of the Old with G.K. Beale, Scottish Presbyterianism with Carl Trueman, Christian epistemology with Scott Oliphint, Ezekiel with Iain Duguid, the theology of Romans with Lane Tipton, or the theology of Karl Barth with Carlton Wynne.

Year Two

In your second year, a historical or theological studies student will typically write a thesis under the close mentorship of a faculty supervisor, or, as a biblical studies student, take two additional concentration courses with major papers. Either ‘capstone’ will allow you to exercise your research skills and integrate the content and methods you master, honing your new abilities in exposition and scholarship.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Our DMin graduates lead their congregations with newfound vitality and expository precision in preaching.

4-5
years to degree completion
8
courses in theology and ministry
10
average class size
Testimonial

“In both ways I think Westminster and their emphasis on biblical theology and the emphasis on philosophical apologetics stand out. Most schools do not go that deep.” —Timothy Keller, Founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (DMin, 1981)

Overview

By enrolling in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) at Westminster, you will join a community of devoted pastors from across the globe who have chosen the most advanced professional degree available for gospel ministry. Taught in a flexible modular format, this program allows you to concentrate on pastoral ministry, counseling, or preaching.

Years One to Three

Your first years of coursework will allow you to collaborate with your fellow classmates and professors as you cultivate improved abilities of communication, studying key biblical texts and contemporary leadership theory. For example, in the preaching concentration, you will inspect the details of proper biblical exposition across genres. Depending on your interest, you might study how to preach the Psalms or Revelation, Genesis or Paul’s letters, Proverbs or the Gospels. As you prepare for your capstone project, you can further tailor your program by selecting PhD courses on topics related to your research. For example, you can choose to study the preaching of John Owen under Carl Trueman or the preaching of Cornelius Van Til under Scott Oliphint.

Years Three to Four

In your final years you will focus your studies on your capstone project, an opportunity to propose a theological or practical solution to an issue in pastoral, preaching, or counseling ministry. You will integrate into this final assignment everything you’ve learned from your classes, research, and personal experience, contributing uniquely to the field of practical theology. This final project will allow you to implement your new knowledge and skills, demonstrating your strong capacities as a leader in the thought and practice of the church.

Korean Doctor of Ministry (KDMin)

Our DMin program modified for Korean-speaking pastors engaged full-time in ministry.

4-5
years to degree completion
8
courses
15
people in an average class size
Testimonial

“After years of intense and thorough preparation, the Korean Doctor of Ministry program at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia is finally launching. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Westminster is not a program meant to generate profit, or a program meant to garner accolades. It is a degree program launched for the pure benefit of the pastor. Since its early stages, this program was started with the vision to cultivate leaders able to lead both the Korean and global Church spiritually and ethically. I am therefore delighted to recommend the Westminster Doctor of Ministry program.” -Rev. Dr. Sung Soo Kwon, Senior Pastor, Daegu Dongshin Presbyterian Church

Year One to Three

During the first half of this program, the curriculum delves into the rich tradition of Reformed homiletics based on Westminster’s biblical and systematic theology. For two weeks of each summer, you will study at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Courses will focus on Christ-centered preaching and pastoral ministry specific to the Korean church.

Year Four to Five

The second half of the program allows you to practically apply your studies.  You will complete a research project in your area of interest that focuses on a problem within the discipline of preaching or pastoral ministry. The procedure and format of the applied research proposal and completion is the same as Westminster’s standard DMin program, except that you will complete your project in Korean and it will be translated into English for faculty review.

Korean Church Scholarship

The Korean Church Scholarship, sponsored by donors who have generously given to Westminster, is a three-year scholarship program. The scholarship does not operate on fluctuating tuition fees, but rather the continued support of our sponsors. To learn more about the scholarship, email kdmin@wts.edu.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our PhD graduates serve as presidents and professors at leading schools around the world.

4-6
years to degree completion
12-15
courses in theology or biblical studies
5
average class size
Testimonial

“Westminster Theological Seminary transformed my life and ministry. Without Westminster, I never would have become a theological teacher nor a seminary president today. I really can’t put into words how much I owe to Westminster for the robust training they gave me in Reformation and post-Reformation studies.” —Joel Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)  program at Westminster is the highest degree available for theological and biblical studies. Our renowned faculty will inculcate in you a command of academic content and expertise in scholarly research, writing, and teaching. You can concentrate in one of five areas: Old Testament, New Testament, church history, systematic theology, or apologetics.

Years One To Three

You will spend your first years at Westminster sitting under the teaching of our expert professors. You can select from a diverse set of doctoral-level courses, allowing you to customize your advanced education in theological content according to your desired research topic. Duguid, Poythress, Trueman, Oliphint, Beale, Tipton, and the rest of our faculty exist to serve and train you as a contributor to the theology of the church and the academic guild.

Years Three To Six

Your last years at Westminster will focus on the writing and research for your dissertation. You will construct an original argument expanding the vista of knowledge in your field of study, advancing a thesis based on years of rigorous research and grounded in your expert-level knowledge of the content of your discipline. At the end of your doctoral studies, you will enjoy an unmatched level of preparation for academic scholarship and contribution to the ongoing mission of the church to spread and exposit the Word of God.