Note: MTE is currently a full-time program of study. Please plan accordingly.
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.
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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Grammar Warm-up begins with brief grammar activities illustrated with Bible verses, introducing terminology and reinforcing important principles.
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.
Lectures on selected theological topics will give students a taste of the subject matter they will encounter in their Westminster coursework.
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.
This part of the class will help students recognize, analyze, and use theological argumentation.
MTE Faculty Pierce Taylor Hibbs authored the Theological English textbook specifically for Westminster's MTE program. It was a finalist for the 2019 ECPA Christian book awards! Read the introduction and a sample chapter here.
We have a one-of-a-kind, theology-focused listening and speaking textbook for our students. You won’t find anything else like it at an advanced level. Click here to see a sample of the textbook.
We use a blend of our own original materials and some time-tested textbooks to teach reading and writing in theology. Click here to see some of the reading and writing materials that we’ve developed.
WTS graduate Pip Mohr has created a unique curriculum that shows students how to approach theology thoughtfully and critically using various perspectives. Click here to see a portion of the curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will be awarded a certificate of completion. In addition, the MTE course(s), which are noncredit, will be listed on your Westminster transcript.
To better equip the global church, Westminster offers the Mastering Theological English certificate fully online.
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.
Programs intentionally crafted for ministry preparation and deep academic study.
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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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