Western Seminary

Western Seminary

Western Seminary, which is a theological seminary with a campus in Portland, Oregon, was established in 1927. The 5 acre Portland campus was acquired by the Board of Trustees in 1944. The seminary has other campuses in San Jose and Sacramento, California.

The Portland campus of Western Seminary offers a Master of Arts in counseling, biblical and theological studies, intercultural studies, and specialized ministry. It also provides Master of Theology, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Missiology, and Doctor of Ministry programs.

Some of the notable alumni of Western Seminary include Mark Bailey, President of Dallas Theological Seminary; Steve Tracy, professor at Phoenix Seminary; John MacMurray, co-author of To Own A Dragon; Nathan Baxter, assistant professor of Communication Arts, Gordon College; and Catharine Coon, Founder of Children of Hope relief project.

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Contacting Western Seminary

Western Seminary
5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland , OR 97215-3367
General Phone: (503) 517-1800

Western Seminary Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Religion and Philosophy78missionary studies, theology, ministry, pre-ministerial studies, theological and ministerial studies
Therapy and Counseling40marriage and family therapy

Number of programs and degrees for Western Seminary in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree834
Doctor's degree - professional practice202
Postbaccalaureate certificate151

Western Seminary Student Body

In 2007-2008, Western Seminary had a total enrollment of 725 students (419 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Graduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 4%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 14%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
20-21 2%
22-24 11%
25-29 23%
30-34 14%
35-39 13%
40-49 18%
50-64 18%
65+ 0%

Western Seminary Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Portland, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Western Seminary Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount

Financial Aid:
Western Seminary participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 717800)

Western Seminary Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$54,3571*
Associate professorcalendar year4$50,1171*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$58,8571*
All faculty totalcalendar year17$54,4183$49,219

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Western Seminary Degree Programs (2007)

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling

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Western Seminary Highlights

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What Sets Western Seminary Apart:

% students 40 years or older
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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 8%Western Seminary % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Western Seminary Male % of student body
% of degrees in religion and philosophy
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Western Seminary % of degrees in religion and philosophy

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