We are proud to be a partner institution of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS), which carries a deserved reputation for biblical orthodoxy, academic rigour and the pursuit of piety. GPTS shares its curriculum with Westminster and accredits all degree programmes. Each year the President, Academic Dean and/or other leading faculty members of GPTS travel to the UK to provide face to face teaching that augments that of Westminster's own faculty.
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Our MDiv is a graduate level qualification designed to equip men for the pastoral ministry. A Bachelor degree is prerequisite. The Master of Divinity comprises 42 distinct courses with a total of 122 credit hours (1,708 contact hours). A typical full-time student who is also serving in his local church to acquire practical ministry skills will require four years to complete it; part-time students, six.
Students who complete an MDiv will gain a rigorous understanding of biblical, systematic, historical and practical theology. This course demands a considerable level of commitment, entailing a discipline in study and time management that will stand students in good stead for the demands of ministry.
Bachelor of Divinity (BDiv)
The BDiv course is designed for men training for the ministry and offers an excellent professional qualification.
We recognise that not all men who are called to the ministry will have had the opportunity to do an undergraduate course. We therefore invite men who are over twenty-five years of age and do not have a prior degree to apply for the BDiv programme.
Students completing this course will be thoroughly equipped in biblical, systematic, historical and practical theology.
Master of Ministry for Ruling Elders and Deacons (MMRE/MMD)
At Westminster, our vision to beautify the body of Christ means that we greatly value the office of Ruling Elders and Deacons. Men who serve in these offices are welcome to apply for either the Master of Ministry for Ruling Elders or Master of Ministry for Deacons programmes.
The Master of Ministry is a focused 35 credit hour course which aims to ground students in Biblical knowledge, Reformed Doctrine and practical ministry skills by offering a selected range of courses from the MDiv programme. Students enrolling on the MMRE/MMD can transfer their credits onto the MDiv course with the support of their church and provided progress is satisfactory.
Master of Theology (ThM)
ThM by research
Men who are already active in, or are retired from, the pastoral ministry are invited to submit a research proposal for a Master of Theology. The purpose is to motivate focussed reading and writing under the supervision of a mature pastor-theologian, with the aim of enriching one's ministry and benefiting the church.
Applicants should hold a Master's degree in theology or similar qualification. The supervised research and writing program begins with directed study in research and writing methodology, and in the area of specialty. Three courses of study are selected under the direction of the supervisor, to be completed prior to writing a dissertation of thirty to forty thousand words.
Areas of specialisation for the ThM programme include systematic theology, historical theology, biblical studies and preaching. Further details of the programme, and a template for thesis proposal, are available on request.