The Washington Baptist Theological Seminary offers all of its classes during the evening hours, Monday - Thursday 5:45 pm - 8:55 pm. The academic year is comprised of two semesters and summer school is six weeks.
The following highlights the array of programs offered for the adult learner:
The Diploma Program
The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) Degree Program
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) Degree Program
The School of Certification Program
The Extension School
The Diploma Program is a four year program for laypersons or ministers of demonstrated ability who endeavor to enhance their effectiveness by means of a curriculum, which integrates their experiences of ministry with the academic resources of the Seminary. The Diploma Program therefore enables pastors and Christian Educators to develop an integrated theology of ministry that will embrace the total life and mission of the church. The Diploma Program offers an alternative for those persons not seeking a BA degree. The specific goals of the Diploma Program are designed to prepare the learner for a life as a Christian educator.
The Diploma Program requires successful completion of 108 semester units of course work. The program normally includes four terms of sixteen classes each term. The learner is required to take all courses. The learner should consult with his/her advisor before embarking upon part-time study. Peer learning is an essential part of WBS programs. A Ministerial setting is also an essential part of the Seminary’s programs. Since the Diploma has as one of its major objectives the increased richness of ministry, it cannot orient its work solely to the individual learner; rather, it must involve those whom the learner ministers. It must be an "ecclesial focused" diploma.
The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) Degree program is a four year program designed for persons who are committed to Pastoral or Christian Education Ministry specifically. It is for laypersons or ministers of demonstrated ability. The program is designed to enhance their effectiveness by means of structured curricula which integrates their experiences of ministry with the academic resources of the Seminary.
The Bachelor of Theology Degree program requires successful completion of 138 credits of course work. It normally includes eight terms of five classes each term. The learner is encouraged to take 15 hours of core courses each term. The learner should consult with his/her advisor before taking more than 15 credits in each term. Each course has a one hour weekly field experience requirement. Specialized studies may be developed through directed study, independent study, group electives, or intensive courses offered at the seminary.
Peer learning is an essential part of WBS programs. Placement in a ministerial setting is also an essential part of the Seminary’s programs. Since the BTh Degree cannot orient its work solely to the individual learner; rather, it must involve those to whom the BTh student ministers. It must be an "ecclesial focused" degree.
At WBS, the BTh Degree program seeks to involve the congregation of the learner in a number of ways in a direct sharing of the program. There is flexibility in schedule arrangements in an attempt to meet the needs of the variety of ministerial settings involved.BA Degree Core Courses - Revised
The Master of Divinity (M. Div.) is a graduate-level professional degree program. Persons admitted as candidates must hold a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must, however, satisfy the admissions committee that their vocational plans and personal development are appropriate for matriculation in this program.
Many graduates of the Master of Divinity program enter the pastoral ministry. Others pursue vocations in diverse settings including: university, hospital and prison chaplaincies; professional counseling; secondary school or university teaching; social work; and business settings including the governmental and journalistic organizations. The Seminary endeavors to meet the special educational needs that may characterize a candidate's vocational aims.
The core learning fundamentals to the Master of Divinity curriculum include Biblical courses, Historical courses, and Theological Study courses. Other factors, influence the character of WBS’s Master of Divinity program. The program blends academic study and clinical training. Courses reflect the Seminary’s continuing commitment to Christian Education among churches. Courses in World Religions allow students to communicate with and learn from persons of faith throughout the world. Candidates can also pursue interdisciplinary concerns in a number of areas, such as specific Theologies, the Arts, and Baptist Studies.