Claremont School of Theology is proud to host Western Jurisdiction Course of Study and Licensing School as part of its service as a United Methodist seminary.

Course of Study

The Western Jurisdiction Course of Study is a basic theological educational program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  The program, comprised of 20 classes, is designed for those pursuing a call to ministry, but for whom seminary is not a viable option.  All 20 classes of the program are offered each year, sponsored by the Claremont School of Theology. To complete a year of education, a student must take four classes.  Students from any UMC Jurisdiction are welcomed to Western Jurisdiction Course of Study. You can find more information here.

The Course of Study at Claremont is offered by Zoom videoconferencing, with a hybrid session in summer. This allows for real-time classroom discussion and engagement, without requiring travel. General information about the program can be found on the GBHEM  Course of Study website

Licensing School

All students who are certified candidates within the United Methodist Church are welcomed to the Western Jurisdiction Licensing School.  This program provides 80 hours of education to prepare students to become licensed by their Bishop as a Local Pastor.  The areas for study are worship, preaching, administration, spiritual formation, mission, evangelism, pastoral care, educational ministries, and United Methodist tradition.

Detailed information on Course of Study and Licensing School offered at Claremont School of Theology, including dates, course syllabi and registration information, is available at the Western Jurisdiction Course of Study website.