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Requirements for the Degrees

To qualify for a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree at Westminster Seminary California, a student must fulfill and successfully complete all requirements and receive a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher at the completion of required course work.

Application for Graduation

Any student planning to graduate must complete an Application for Graduation and return it to the Registrar’s Office by the date listed on the application.


Commencement exercises are held once each academic year at the end of the spring semester. All students who are eligible to receive degrees are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony. If requirements for the degree were completed by the end of the fall semester or winter term, a student who is unable to be present at the ceremony may petition the faculty for permission to receive the degree in absentia by giving the reason for his or her inability to attend the commencement ceremony.

Prospective graduates must pay all debts to the Seminary, including the library, no later than the last day of classes of the spring semester in order to participate in the commencement exercises. Neither a diploma nor a final transcript will be released until a student’s financial obligations to the Seminary are met in full.

The Graduation Fee will be billed to the student prior to graduation and is typically processed with the Graduation Application. If the Enrollment Deposit remains on the account, these funds will be used to pay the Graduation Fee in full.

Graduates are expected to attend a graduation reception held in connection with the commencement exercises, normally on the evening preceding the ceremony. This reception provides an opportunity for fellowship with faculty and fellow graduates and for corporate reflection on the seminary experience.

Graduation Application
Graduating student must complete the online Graduation Application.

2021 Commencement Information:


May 14, 2021  – Walkthrough & Faculty Lunch
May 28, 2021 – Graduation Reception, 6pm (program begins at 7pm)
May 29, 2021 – Commencement Ceremony, 10am


The Rev. Dennis E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology
Westminster Seminary California