Academics

American Baptist Seminary of the West has been located on its current campus since 1912.  This means that 34 generations of students have made their way to this campus several times a week for three or more years.  The majority of these students have fond memories of their time spent here and are eager to come back to visit for special events.

The campus is strategically located within walking distance of the Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Berkeley, and numerous affordable restaurant and shopping options.  It has long been a place of import for local congregations of denominations that we serve.

As a member school of the GTU, and given its geographical proximity to GTU and CAL, the ABSW campus provides a gateway into the educational resources offered in Berkeley and the surrounding area.  Our students, alum, constituent pastors, faculty, administrators, and friends have access to 8 seminaries, 12 inter-faith centers of distinction, 1 world class theological library with over 733,000 holdings, 26 libraries of distinction at CAL, 110 full-time theological faculty, 1100 student colleagues, world class PhD/ThD and MA programs, and thousands of courses, taught on every topic imaginable, each year.

Masters of Divinity: The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the basic professional degree program designed to prepare men and women for church ministry, chaplaincies, or other specialized ministries. The Program meets American Baptist ordination requirements, is recognized by numerous denominations, and provides appropriate preparatory background for further graduate study in theology and religion. All applicants must have a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Masters in Community Leadership: The Masters in Community Leadership (MCL) is a professional degree program designed to prepare men and women for church and community service in ordained and non-ordained capacities. The following three concentrations offer a breadth of theological training in addition to a particular specialization. All applicants must have a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Doctor of Ministry: The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is an interdisciplinary advanced degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry in urban multicultural settings. The DMin is a flexible non-resident program. Courses are taught in one-week intensives, typically offered in January and June. Additionally, students have access to the rich resources available throughout the academic year at ABSW and its partner institutions.

Qualifications for Admission to Doctor of Ministry Program:
Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent from accredited seminary or university, with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
A minimum of three years of ministry experience and present engagement in ministry
Completed Application form and supporting materials

Masters of Arts, ThD, and PhD: ABSW also participates with the GTU in offering the, MA, Th.D. and Ph.D. degrees. The curriculum involves students in an interdisciplinary approach to biblical, historical, theological, and social–psychological disciplines covering a variety of religious and cultural orientations.