Master of Divinity
Pastoral Fellows

A pastor must be called to something far greater than himself. But the call is just the beginning. Then, a pastor must be made.

Pastoring Christ’s church is a profound call—one that can only come through the Spirit of God and that must be affirmed by the people of God. From there, the Spirit must continue his work—and so must the pastor-in-making. This is where Westminster seeks to serve.



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The Master of Divinity Pastoral Fellows is Westminster’s most academically and relationally rigorous program, intentionally designed to shape convictions, character, and competencies in the making of a pastor.

Rigorous academic study to shape the convictions of a pastor.

111 credit hours, Westminster’s full curriculum

3 years of intensive on-campus training

Study of and exegesis in the biblical languages

Deep faculty mentoring to shape the character of a pastor.

300+ hours of focused, character-shaping mentoring from Westminster faculty

10-student cohort

Cohort mentoring lunches with Faculty twice a week

Cohort meals in faculty homes twice per semester

Ministry experience to shape the competencies of a pastor.

Guaranteed 1-year pastoral residency

14+ preaching opportunities

Israel Study Trip

International missions and urban ministry experiences

“It is actually somewhat breathtaking to see how the marriage of the time tested, Biblically based excellence of the Westminster curriculum with the enhancement of Westminster distinctives communicated through faculty mentoring and ministry experiences will produce Christ-exalting, God-glorifying and Spirit-filled pastor-preachers for Christ’s church.”
Senior Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church
integrated training
The Master of Divinity Pastoral Fellows program provides integrated training through three strategic methods.
Our curriculum is crafted to be cumulatively sequential and thoroughly integrated.

Each discipline derives its content and methodology from Scripture and therefore necessarily draws on—and informs—all other disciplines.

Biblical Languages
18 credits
  • Greek 1

  • Greek 2

  • Greek 3

  • Hebrew 1

  • Hebrew 2

  • Hebrew 3

Biblical Studies
32 credits
  • Hermeneutics

  • Intro to New Testament

  • Intro to Old Testament

  • OT History & Theology 1

  • OT History & Theology 2

  • Prophetical Books

  • Poetry and Wisdom

  • The Gospels

  • Acts and Pauline Epistles

  • Hebrews to Revelation

Systematic Theology
16 credits
  • Introduction to Systematic Theology

  • Doctrine of God

  • Doctrine of Man

  • Doctrine of Christ

  • Doctrine of the Church

  • Doctrine of Salvation

Covenantal Apologetics
6 credits
  • Introduction to Apologetics

  • Principles of Christian Apologetics

Church History
11 credits
  • Ancient Church

  • Medieval Church

  • The Reformation

  • Church in the Modern Age

Pastoral Theology
26 credits
  • Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

  • Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

  • Theology and Practice of Preaching

  • Theology of Evangelism and Missions

  • Evangelism and Missions in the Local Church

  • Marriage Counseling

  • Christian Ethics

  • Peacemaking Pastor

  • Foundations of Leadership

  • Practices of Leadership

  • Expository Preaching from the New Testament

  • Expository Preaching from the Old Testament

  • Exposition & Sermon Delivery

Life-on-life faculty mentorship is the heart of our pastoral training.

Our expert faculty are personally invested in helping you prepare for life and ministry as a pastor.

Faculty mentoring is structured around:

Cohort mentoring lunches with Faculty twice a week

Cohort meals in faculty homes twice per semester

Weekly prayer groups with faculty

Travel with faculty in field experiences

Deepen your training through real-life ministry experiences with peers, faculty, and mentors.

Each student will participate in educational travel and service opportunities near and far, including:

Princeton Tour

Urban Ministry Experiences (Years 1-3)

Domestic or International Missions Trip (Year 2)

Local Church Practicum (Years 1-3)

Israel Study Tour (Year 1)

Pulpit Supply Program (Year 3)

Pastoral Residency (Year 4)

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Student, MDiv 2018
Westminster has significantly strengthened my anchor in the Word, from which I am far better equipped to send out rescue lines to the campus where I minister.
Ben Jackson, MDiv 2017
Westminster captured my imagination for the beauty, believability, and bounty of Scripture.
Chase Daws, MDiv 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

What MDiv Pastoral FELLOWS scholarship opportunities are currently available?

Westminster is committed to making sure that admitted students are able to afford its programs through scholarships and network support programs. We will work and pray with you to seek the Lord’s provision if you don’t think you can afford our tuition. We encourage you to apply if you believe that Westminster is the best place to prepare you for service in the Lord’s kingdom.

How long is the MDiv Pastoral FELLOWS program?

The MDiv Pastoral Fellows requires 111 credit hours over four years. The program includes three years of on-campus academic study followed by a one-year pastoral residency.

Can I take online courses in the MDiv Pastoral Fellows program?

No. The Pastoral Fellows program is offered only for those who are able to commit to full-time residential study.

When will I participate in all of the Pastoral Fellows activities?

The MDiv Pastoral Fellows Roadmap details the various Pastoral Fellows activities that are planned each semester alongside your course schedule so you know what you will be doing each year of the program.

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