Mastering Theological English

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Experience rapid growth in your theological English through this intensive language learning program in preparation for further theological study at Westminster.

If you qualify for admittance but have a TOEFL score below the minimum required for admission, the successful completion of MTE can fully qualify you to enter Westminster.
Westminster’s integrated training will prepare you to:

Utilize reading, writing, and listening to better understand terminology and to reinforce important Biblical principles.

Strengthen knowledge of advanced English through readings, lectures, and practical exercises.

Build advanced reading speed and comprehension skills by working through increasingly complex reading selections.

Advance writing skills by analyzing the rhetorical patterns and grammar used in apologetics, systematics, biblical studies, pastoral theology, and church history.

Receive personalized feedback to sharpen English accuracy.

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Both On-campus & Online

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“MTE is perhaps the only program of its kind, unique and distinct not only for its instruction in theological English, but also for its attitude toward the Bible and theology. The classes are academically rigorous and founded on excellent teaching. Being a part of the MTE program is one of the greatest blessings God has given me in my studies.”

integrated training
The Mastering Theological English certificate is a rigorous language program that equips you to study theology at Westminster.
MTE I Requirements

MTE I is for students accepted to Westminster’s MDiv and MAR programs. Students with TOEFL scores of 70–90 iBT are eligible for MTE I.

Grammar Warm-Up

Grammar Warm-up begins with brief grammar activities illustrated with Bible verses, introducing terminology and reinforcing important principles.

Theological English

The Theological English class applies reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to theological topics. Lessons contain lecture and discussion, analysis of theological reading selections, language learning activities, and tasks. Students practice speaking and writing about theology.

Special Guest Lectures

Lectures on selected theological topics will give students a taste of the subject matter they will encounter in their Westminster coursework.

Integrated Skills

Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are the focus of the Integrated Skills classes. We use readings, lectures, practical exercises, and personalized feedback to strengthen the student’s knowledge of advanced English, focusing on accurate use.

Perspectives in Theology

This part of the class will help students recognize, analyze, and use theological argumentation.

Westminster’s expert faculty is made up of dynamic biblical scholars who are personally invested in mentoring and training the next generation of specialists in the Bible.
Leslie Altena
Director of Theological English Department
Billy Haselton
Integrated Skills Teacher
Pierce Hibbs
Director for Theological Curriculum and Instruction


MTE Graduates


MTE Graduation Rate


GPA for MTE Graduates


To better equip the global church, Westminster offers the Mastering Theological English certificate fully online.

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A better way to learn online, for when you need to stay.

Greater flexibility that fits your life.

Engaging and innovative classroom environment.

Easy-to-use technology connects you to a global community.

Immediate application in life and ministry.

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Deep community and discipleship through shared daily life.

Programs intentionally crafted for ministry preparation and deep academic study.

Unparalleled access to expert faculty who are invested in your life and ministry.

Life-on-life fellowship in a diverse and like-minded community.

Communal rhythms of prayer and worship woven into all areas of campus life.

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I would not hesitate to start with MTE in order to solidify my foundation for studying at Westminster as an international student.
MTE was a fantastic combination of a comprehensive English training program and a comprehensive theological introduction.
MTE is perhaps the only program of its kind, unique and distinct not only for its instruction in theological English, but also for its attitude toward the Bible and theology.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out more about MTE?

We invite you to take a look at our MTE catalog and watch our introductory video.

What is everyday life like for an MTE student?

Brian is an MTE student who successfully graduated from Westminster’s MAR program and is now enrolled as a ThM student. Watch Brian’s story here. Also listen here to Roman, an MTE grad who is currently enrolled in Westminster’s MDiv program.

Is there a Westminster scholarship available for MTE students?

Yes, scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a limited number of students. Contact your admissions counselor for more information. Contact your admissions counselor for more information.

How much is the MTE deposit? When is tuition due?

A deposit of $500 is required to ensure your place in MTE and will be counted toward the full balance of tuition. The full balance of tuition is due on the first day of MTE.

What if I don’t have a TOEFL score?

A TOEFL score is required for admission to MTE. Before applying for MTE, take the TOEFL and have your scores sent to Westminster. Westminster’s code number, 2976, should be noted on TOEFL registration materials.

What if my TOEFL iBT score is below 70?

The minimum TOEFL iBT score for admission to MTE is 70. However, you may retake the TOEFL and have your improved scores sent to Westminster. We also accept MyBest Scores.

What if my TOEFL score is old?

We will accept a TOEFL score up to two years old. If you took this test more than two years ago, you may retake the TOEFL and have your scores sent to Westminster.

What document do I receive to show I have completed MTE?

You will be awarded a certificate of completion. In addition, the MTE course(s), which are noncredit, will be listed on your Westminster transcript.

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