Our Academic Values

Our Academic Values


Dr. Machen, founder of Westminster 

"...a theological seminary is an institution of higher learning whose standards should not be inferior to the highest academic standards that anywhere prevail."
- Westminster Theological Seminary Founder, J. Gresham Machen, September 25, 1929

Westminster students come from approximately 40 countries and 100 different denominations to reach new levels of spiritual understanding and to learn to apply that knowledge through meaningful ministry.

Based on our core values, the curriculum of the Seminary includes:

  • Theism and philosophical apologetics, which establish the presuppositions of the gospel;
  • The languages of the Bible, biblical introduction, biblical exegesis, biblical history, and biblical theology, which defend and expound the Scriptures;
  • Systematic theology, which is the logical setting-forth of the system of doctrine the Scriptures contain;
  • Church history, which records the history of God's dealings with his people after the close of the apostolic age;
  • Homiletics, church government, liturgics, pastoral theology, missions, urban ministry, biblical counseling, and Christian education, which concern the presentation and application of the gospel to the modern world.
Students hitting the stacks of the library.