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 by December 151:

  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 major 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 emphasis (Biblical Studies or Theological Studies) that is to be pursued in the student’s major field 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. major (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 by December 151:

  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

Registration is contingent upon receipt of a transcript showing completion of any prerequisite degree. Registration dates are stated in the academic calendar. No student is permitted to register after the first ten days of the semester.

Students entering the Th.M. program in Old Testament are required to take the Hebrew placement exam when they first register. Likewise, students entering the Th.M. program in New Testament are required to take the Greek placement exam. Students who show deficiencies in the language will be required to remedy the deficiency through further study, as specified by the examiner.

1 Date corrected on November 7, 2011. Late application submission deadline is January 31st.