Applying to the M.Div./M.A. Degree Programs
We’re pleased to learn of your interest in Westminster Seminary California and glad you’re ready to take the next step! As you consider the possibility of seminary education please be sure that we are ready to assist you in any way possible. We look forward to receiving your application.
1) Begin the WSC Application for Admission:
After completing the initial form and paying the applciation fee, you will be redirected to a secure page where you will find the full application and can begin entering your personal infromation. The application information you submit will be saved as you complete each question. You will also recieve an email with the link to the application that you can use to return to the page to complete the process later. If you lose access to your application please contact our admissions staff and we can resnd the link.
Please note that the application process changed on December 20, 2013. If you started the process before this you can log-in to Populi to find the link to complete your application. You will no longer be able to update information on the Admissions>Application page in Populi, but you can view your progress and admission status. If you would like us to send you the link to your application, please contact our admissions staff.
If you are unable to complete the application process online, you are welcome to Download & Print the Admissions Application >> to be mailed to the Office of Admissions. Applications for all Non-Degree Programs, including those for Visiting Students or Auditors are available here.
2) Arrange for Ecclesiastical and Academic Reference forms to be sent
In addition to the application componants, you must provide the following references by mail, email or fax:
Ecclesiastical Reference form >>
To be completed by the minister or council of elders from the church of which the applicant is a member.
Academic Reference form >>
To be completed by a college/university professor under whose guidance the applicant has received instruction.
3) Request Official Academic Transcripts
An official transcript is needed from each post-secondary institution from which the applicant has received academic credit. The transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope.
Current Undergraduate Students: Your application can still be reviewed for admission if an in-process transcript is supplied. Admission granted is on a conditional basis contingent upon receipt of the applicant’s final transcript.
Application notes & FAQ's
General Admissions Requirments:
Applications for admission to Westminster Seminary California’s academic programs are evaluated on the basis of the applicant’s academic preparation and potential for successful completion of program requirements. Admission to WSC as a student generally requires the following:
• The successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) at an accredited institution of higher learning
• A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.7
• Satisfactory completion of all application requirements, including a signed application with Application Fee and personal essay, submission of all academic transcripts, and acceptable academic and ecclesiastical reference forms
• (International Students Only) Sufficient evidence of English language proficiency evidenced by a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Is there an application deadline?
WSC accepts applications for admission up to the start date for each term. Applicants who would like to be considered for financial aid are encouraged to apply 3-5 months before the start date in order to receive priority consideration for non-repayable scholarships and grants.
What if I can't get an Ecclesiastical or Academic Reference?
What if I went to an unaccredited undergraduate institution?
Graduates of Unaccredited Institutions: Read additional application requirements >>
What if I don't have a Bachelor's degree?
M.Div. Applicants without a B.A./B.S.: Read more about Special Student status >>
Are there any additional application requirements?
The Admissions Committee may require an applicant to meet with a representative of the Seminary for a personal interview or to take the Graduate Record Examination General Test, which is administered at various centers throughout the U.S. and the world. More information on the GRE is available at www.gre.org.
When will I be notified of my Admission Status?
Application files will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee within two weeks of their completion, at which point WSC will notify the applicant of the decision regarding admission initially by email and then by postal mail.
What if I want to defer my enrollment to another semester?
Enrollment may be deferred for admitted students for up to one additional academic year beyond the year noted on the application without being required to reapply for admission. The student must submit a written request for deferral, addressed to the V.P. for Enrollment Management.