Course of Study

Training and educating local pastors to continue to lead in The United Methodist Church.

The Course of Study (COS) is a five-year program that offers training and education for people who are interested in becoming full or part-time local pastors in The United Methodist Church. Learn more about COS here.

The Western Jurisdiction Course of Study is the basic five-year theological education program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry taught by faculty from Claremont who are leaders in their field from across the Western Jurisdiction. Learn more about the theological courses of Course of Study by clicking here. The 2020 Course of Study will be held at University of Redlands.

To complete a year of education, a student must take four classes.  Anyone is welcome to take Western Jurisdiction Course of Study, whether your Annual Conference is in the Western Jurisdiction or any other UMC Jurisdiction.

This Course of Study program is made up of two sessions. Two classes are held in each session, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.   This allows a student to complete four classes in three weeks.  Pre-class assignments make this shortened time possible.

Up Coming Sessions

Session I 2020

June 29th-July 4th

Session 11st Year2nd Year3rd Year4th Year5th Year
Morning122 Hagiya222 Tuell323 Richardson422 Maddox524 Jordan
Afternoon121 Bell223 Conklin322 Tuell424 Hagiya522 Suchocki

Session II 2020

July 6th-July 11th

Session 21st Year2nd Year3rd Year4th Year5th Year
Morning123 Kujawa-Holbrook221 Tiueti321 Kim423 Hines523 Standiford
Afternoon124 Hagiya224 Standiford324 Conklin421 Tiueti521 Kim

Registration and Costs

Registration will be available beginning in late January 2020

Please contact Faith Conklin for questions about courses or registration:

Registration forms can be printed by clicking the link at the top of the page or going to the resources page. Students need the signatures of their District Superintendent and Annual Conference Registrar on the form.

Mail the form to: WJ Course of Study, 1325 N. College, Claremont, CA 91711

Deadline for registration is May 20th

Late registrations, received after May 20th, will be charged an additional $25 fee

Course of Study fees are $225 for each class or $900 for all four classes. Lunch on class days is included in the fees. There is also a $25 non-refundable registration fee.  Additional costs include travel, housing, books, and meals beyond lunch. Breakfast and dinner can be purchased on campus for an additional fee.

Student housing will be available on the campus of the University of the Redlands. The rate will be $50 per night.

Checks for fees and housing (except hotels) should be made out to Western Jurisdiction Course of Study.  Payment should be sent to Western Jurisdiction Course of Study at 1325 N. College, Claremont, CA 91711 before arriving for class.  All fees are due by the first day of class or before.

Syllabi and Books

The book list and course work for each class is described in the syllabus. When they are available they can be found under resources. Purchase your books and complete the pre-class assignments by the due date given.

Students may purchase their books online from, or Many students have purchased used books through Amazon, but Amazon does charge a delivery fee for used books.  Many books can be downloaded to a Kindle or Nook, but pages numbers are often deleted from these devices.  Books to be purchased are found in the syllabus for every class being taken.  Books change most years, so look at the syllabi for 2020 before buying books.

Academic Expectations

Course of Study offers similar courses to what one might find in a Seminary, reading and writing at the college level are expected for pastors who enroll. Original work is critical to demonstrating learning and understanding of material and plagiarism is not tolerated and may result in failing the class. Work cannot come from a book, the internet, another student, or any other person unless full credit is given to the author of that content in a foot note.

Further Information

Please feel free to contact us about any information you need or concerns you have.
Call or email Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin at  909-447-2595 or

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