6.8 Master of Theology
6.8.1 Admission to the...
6.8.2 Degree Requirements

6.8.1 Admission to the Program


6.8.1.a Credentials

An applicant not previously registered at Westminster (Philadelphia) must present the following credentials to the Office of Admissions (see application deadlines in 5.1.b)

  1. An application on a form provided by the Office of Admissions (available online) including personal statements and a spouse statement, if applicable.
  2. A non-refundable application fee. (International students should see section 5.1.2 regarding requirements pertaining to checks.)
  3. In place of a personal statement as described on the application form, the application will provide a statement (1) giving a brief history of the applicant’s academic and theological preparation, (2) indicating reasons for wishing to pursue a program of advanced theological study, and (3) indicating the concentration desired or the objective the applicant is seeking to attain. 
  4. A full official transcript of all college work, including an attestation of the attainment of a baccalaureate degree, and a full transcript of the applicant’s theological program, including an attestation of the attainment of the M.Div. degree or first graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background, or its educational equivalent. The educational equivalent must include at least the standard requirements for Westminster’s M.A.R. degree in the same field (Biblical Studies or Theological Studies) that is to be pursued in the student’s concentration in the Th.M. program (Old Testament, New Testament or Church History, Systematic Theology, Apologetics), including evidence of knowledge of the original languages of Scripture. 
  5. An academic reference on a Westminster form from a former teacher in the area chosen by the applicant for the Th.M. concentration (Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, or Apologetics). 
  6. A church reference on a Westminster form from the minister or session of the church of which the applicant is a member, or other satisfactory source, stating the estimate of the writer concerning the applicant’s moral character and general ability.

An applicant who has received the M.Div./M.A.R. degree at Westminster must submit the following to the Office of Admissions. See application due dates in section 5.1.b:

  1. An application on a form provided by the Office of Admissions (available online) including personal statements and spouse statement, if applicable.
  2. A non-refundable application fee. (International students should see section 5.1.2 regarding requirements pertaining to checks.)
  3. The letters of recommendation described in numbers 5 and 6 under Credentials. 
  4. An applicant previously registered at Westminster may use the transcripts provided in his or her previous application, as long as the applicant graduated within the last five years. 
  5. An applicant previously registered at Westminster must submit new church and academic references. The church reference must be from the minister or session of the church in which the applicant is a member.

Unless otherwise requested, applications not completed by the applicant’s stated date of enrollment in the Seminary will not be retained.

6.8.1.b Non-Native English Speakers

The policies pertaining to all non-native English speakers are the same for all degree programs.

6.8.1.c International Students

The policies pertaining to international students are the same for all degree programs.

6.8.1.d Notification of Admission

After reviewing the credentials submitted, the Seminary will notify the applicant of the decision about admission.

6.8.1.e Advance Deposit

The requirements pertaining to advance deposits are the same as for the Ph.D. program.

6.8.1.f Registration and Academic Policies

See section 5.2 (Registrar’s Office) for registration and other Registrar Office related academic policies. Students who have completed all coursework are required to register during the registration period each semester. See section 5.2.3.c1 (Withdrawal/Reinstatement) for automatic withdrawals due to failure to register.

Each candidate must indicate continuation in the program by registering at the beginning of each semester. In each semester in which no new course work is taken, candidacy is maintained by registering and paying a continuation fee. This fee is due September 1 for the fall semester and February 1 for the spring semester. Failure to register and pay by the end of the drop/add “grace” period in a given semester will automatically remove the student from the program.

Students wishing to be reinstated to the program must appeal to the Field Committee for reinstatement. Students are responsible to report to the Registrar when actions have been taken to meet deadlines in their program.

Students entering the Th.M. program concentrating in either Old Testament or New Testament studies are required to take a competence exam in either Greek or Hebrew when they first register for their initial semester. These exams are the same as the placement exams taken by the M.Div. and M.A.R. students. For more information on the competence exams, see section 6.1. Students who show deficiencies in the language will be required to remedy the deficiency through further study (see section 6.8.2.c).

Students wishing to be reinstated to the program must appeal to the Field Committee for reinstatement.

Students are responsible to report to the Registrar when actions have been taken to meet deadlines in their program.