Prospective Students


“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
–Frederick Buechner

God doesn’t call us out of ourselves to be faithful leaders. Instead, God calls us more deeply into ourselves to in order to answer the call of leadership. This has always been true, but it seems especially true in our current day and time.

God needs you to be you.

In this way we may all work for the liberation of all God’s people.

At American Baptist Seminary of the West, it is our hope that your sense of calling is rooted deeply in who you are, your passions, skills, and your ties to community. We invite you to join our diverse community of leaders in the journey of living most fully into God’s calling for your life.

Request more information about our programs, and apply today.
(510) 841-1905 ext. 229



The Admissions Committee of ABSW meets regularly throughout the academic year and evaluates applications as they are completed. Housing and financial aid are allocated to newly admitted students in order of receipt and confirmation of intent to enroll.

It is the policy of the American Baptist Seminary of the West not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, creed, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws in its educational programs, student activities, employment or admission policies, in the administration of its grant and loan programs, or in any other school administered programs. This policy complies with requirements of the Internal Revenue Service Procedure 321-1, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, and Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments as amended.

While ABSW has a formal relationship with the American Baptist Churches USA, the seminary encourages applicants from other Christian denominations and traditions.