Entrance Requirements

The degree programs of Western Reformed Seminary are designed for students who have completed a standard undergraduate program culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent. Admission to the Seminary is open to qualified students of all denominations and affiliations without regard to race, color, or national origin. Above all, students are welcome who have shown evidence of the new birth and its attending fruit of the Spirit and who have a desire to develop their individual gifts for Christian service. Women students desiring advanced theological training are welcome in all programs that are not intended for preparation to the ordained ministry or church office. Since it is the conviction of the Seminary that women should not be ordained to the ministry (1 Tim. 2:11-12; 1 Cor. 14:34-35), professional degree programs (M.Div., B.D., M.C.M. [Church Ministry Emphasis]) and corresponding courses in the professional training department (#521, #522, #531, #532, #533, and #534) are open to men students only.  Men and women students are eligible for these degrees: M.R.E., B.R.E., M.B.S., M.T.S., M.C.M. (Biblical Counseling Emphasis), and M.R.S.

Inquiries for admission should be directed to the Registrar of the Seminary. Besides submitting the application form, applicants must submit the following materials:

• A non-refundable application fee of $30.00; there is no application fee for auditors, who need only to file a registration form.
• Degree Students Only

o A typewritten statement concerning your personal salvation. Official transcripts from schools beyond high school; proof that a Bachelor degree or its equivalent has been granted must be included in the transcript if the candidate intends to receive his Master’s degree; proof of an A.A. or its equivalent must be submitted by B.D. or B.R.E. candidates.
o Letters of reference from a

o Pastor or Professor
o Employer or family member

o M.Div./B.D./M.R.E./B.R.E. Students Only

o Essay on reasons for seminary training
o Plans for future ministry

Generally, all applications and credentials should be submitted at least eight weeks before the date of registration. Late registrations will not be accepted after the third week of classes.

Compliance

Western Reformed Seminary admits students to its programs without regard to sex, race, nationality, or ethnic origin.  Under religious exemption provided by the U.S. Department of Education, female students are offered alternative courses for a limited number of pastoral classes since WRS does not prepare women for ordination.
“The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board has determined that Western Reformed Seminary qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act for the following programs: Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.);
Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E); Master of Biblical Studies (M.B.S.);Master of Christian Ministry (M.C.M.); Master of Divinity (M.Div.); Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.); Master of Religious Studies (M.R.S.); and Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.). The HECB makes no evaluation of the administration, faculty, business practices, financial condition or quality of the offerings by this institution.
Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the HECB office at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.”
This catalog is certified to be true and correct in content and policy as of the date of publication.

Christopher K. Lensch
Registrar