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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.

Admissions Timeline
Financial Aid Timeline
Application Notes & FAQs


Application Steps

1. Begin the WSC Application for Admission

After submitting the initial form, you will be redirected to a secure page where you will find the full application and can begin entering your personal information and pay the $30 application fee by credit/debit card (you are also welcome to mail a check).  The application information you submit will be saved as you complete each question.  You will also receive an email with the link to your 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 resend the link. 

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.

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2. Arrange for Ecclesiastical and Academic Reference forms to be sent

In addition to the application components, you must  provide the following references by mail or email:

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. We do accept electronic (official) transcripts, if your institution provides that option.

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.


Admissions Timeline

Summer/Fall 2021 Applicants

Sept-May Recommended submission of Application for Admission (this is a recommended date only, not a deadline)

Priority consideration for Financial Aid for Fall 2021:  Recommended submission of WSC Application for Financial Aid and FAFSA. Applications will be considered on a monthly basis until September 1, 2021.

Jun- Aug Application for Financial Aid and FAFSA Financial Aid Applications reviewed within 2 weeks of submission
May-Sept Federal Loan applications can be completed for Fall 2021
Jun 1 Registration opens in Populi for all new admitted students 
Jul 1 Registration and Enrollment Deposit of $100 due for new summer/fall students
Jul 19 Greek Placement Exam-9:00 AM
Jul 20 Greek I begins
Aug 30 Language Placement Exams: Greek-9:00 AM Hebrew-by appointment with OT faculty
Sep 1 New Student Orientation & Reception
Sep 2 Fall semester begins
Sep 11 English Bible Exam-3:00 PM

Winter/Spring 2021 Applicants

Aug-Dec Recommended submission of Application for Admission (this is a recommended date only, not a deadline)
Oct-Jan Financial Aid Review Dates for Spring 2019:  Recommended submission of WSC Application for Financial Aid and FAFSA
Oct-Jan Financial aid award letters sent to all admitted students who submitted financial aid applications
Sep-Feb Federal Loan applications can be completed
Nov 15  Registration materials sent to all new admitted students
Dec 15  Registration and Tuition Deposit of $100 due from all new admitted students
Jan 4  Greek Placement Exam; Hebrew available by appointment with OT faculty
Jan 5 Winter term begins
Jan 11 English Bible Exam-3:00 PM *(Optional for new Winter/Spring students)
Feb 8 New Student Orientation
Feb 9 Spring term begins

Admissions Fees (see calendar above for due dates)

Application Fee: $30
Enrollment Deposit: $100
Late Registration Fee: $50

Application Notes & FAQ's

General Admissions Requirements:

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?

For additional information regarding appropriate academic and ecclesiastical references, see our Academic Catalogue or contact the Admissions Office for more information.

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

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 student's acceptance letter without being required to reapply for admission. A student may request a deferral by email to the V.P. for Enrollment Management.