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American Baptist Seminary Of The West

American Baptist Seminary Of The West also known as ABSW is a theological school. American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention have given affiliation to the school. It is situated in Berkeley, California. It is part of the Graduate Theological Union. It is a group of theological schools in Berkeley. Earlier it was known as Berkeley Baptist Divinity School. In 1887 the college shifted to Oakland and then to Berkeley. The merger of Berkeley Baptist Divinity School (BBDS) and Pacific Coast Baptist Theological Seminary resulted in the establishment of the American Baptist Seminary Of The West. It accepts students from Christian faith. The students have access to the largest and biggest theological libraries in the United States.

Course Details

The programs offered at American Baptist Seminary Of The West has its mission and vision integrated to facilitate the students intellectual development. The curriculum involves biblical, theological, and historical disciplines. Each program has a religious foundation. The art of preaching, and pastoral care are taught at the American Baptist Seminary Of The West. The programs offered at American Baptist Seminary Of The West are:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Community Leadership
  • Master of Arts
The certificate programs offered at American Baptist Seminary Of The West include:
  • Certificate of Ministry
  • Certificate of Theology
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies


Admission Procedures:

Students who are believers in Christian faith will only apply. They should have an accredited BA or BS degree with a grade point average of 2.5 and higher. The completed application forms should be sent along with a non-refundable application fee of $25. Two reference letters are to be sent along with the form. They should be from college professors and a pastor. All high school records are to be sent along with the TOEFL scores. Admission at American Baptist Seminary Of The West is not very tough but each programs has a different set of requirements. For further queries one can contact the admissions department.

Accommodation Facilities:

On-campus housing is available at American Baptist Seminary Of The West. It helps the students to connect better when living on campus. The college has two apartment buildings. They have different style of accommodation-one, and two bedrooms and studio styles. Telephone, Internet, and Cable are available as housing amenities but the residents have to pay for it. Students seeking housing should indicate that on the admission form. The charges for the housing are quite affordable and students will be able to live conveniently.

Contact Details:

American Baptist Seminary Of The West
2606 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
Tel:+1 510-841-1905
Website: http://www.absw.edu/