Visiting Students

credits in theology and ministry
peers per small group
week courses
online program
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Individual Courses for Ministry Training

As a Visiting Student you’ll be able to take accredited, individual online courses without being enrolled in one of our current degree programs. You’ll take these courses alongside our online program students across the globe.

Courses are taken for-credit, just like in a master's degree program, and you will get the full student experience working in small groups and completing all work and assignments. These completed courses can also be credited to any future, online degree programs you gain admission into with Westminster.

"I am taking three online classes. They are fantastic... all tools are performing well and making education fun and accessible."

At a Glance

At $615 per credit, tuition is one simple, flat, transparent fee
You can begin the program in any of the four yearly terms
Terms begin on Mondays with a common weekly schedule
You'll be able to register at least 2 weeks before the start of every term
Each class requires about 8–10 hours of work per week

Program Design

Theology Courses

  1. Bible Survey
  2. Old Testament for Ministry
  3. New Testament Ethics
  4. Introduction to Apologetics
  5. Survey of Reformed Theology
  6. Survey of Church History
  7. Reformation
  8. Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Counseling Courses

  1. Dynamics of Biblical Change
  2. Marriage Counseling
  3. Human Personality
  4. Counseling in the Local Church
  5. Theology & Secular Psychology
  6. Counseling & Physiology
  7. Counseling Observation A
  8. Counseling Observation B
  9. Counseling Problems & Procedures
  10. Counseling Children & Adolescents
  11. Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor
  12. Helping Relationships

Term Schedule

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Our courses run in 10-week terms (one 8-week term) with generous and convenient breaks around peak times in the year like holidays, graduations, and more. You can begin studies any term of the year. And we make it easy to take a semester off and start back up again

Who Will benefit from this program?

Our Visiting Students have diverse goals in pursuing online courses through Westminster, but all are seeking trustworthy training from expert faculty to better equip them for current or future ministry:

  • Pastors taking refresher courses for their own growth and training
  • Church leaders preparing to lead or train in a church or educational setting
  • Church members wanting to delve deeper into the study of Scripture and the church
  • Seminary students taking electives to transfer into another institution
  • Future students trying the online seminary experience before applying to one of our degree programs
“This experience has been absolutely wonderful for me."
"I think Westminster and their emphasis on biblical theology and the emphasis on philosophical apologetics stand out, and most schools don’t go that deep.”
TIMOTHY KELLER, Founder, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, NY
“This institution is an absolutely amazing reality. Thank you, Westminster, for your commitment to the Bible. Thank you for your Reformed theology—your solidity and symbolic presence.”
JOHN PIPER, Founder and Leader of, Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary
"Studying biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary was a life-shaping experience for me.”
PHILIP GRAHAM RYKEN, President, Wheaton College
Frequent Questions
What is the weekly time commitment for taking a class?
Plan to spend about 10 hours a week on readings and assignments for each class you’re taking
How often are courses offered throughout the year?
Courses are offered at least annually and some will be taught even more frequently