Course of Study

The Western Jurisdiction Course of Study is a basic theological educational program  of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  All 20 classes of the program are offered every summer at Claremont School of Theology. To complete a year of education, a student must take four classes.  You are welcomed to Western Jurisdiction Couse of Study, whether your Annual Conference is in the Western Jurisdiction or in any other UMC Jurisdiction.

The Course of Study at Claremont 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.

Dates Session I

June 26 – July 4, 2017

Dates Session II

July 6 – July 14, 2017


Registration Forms can be down loaded from this site.  Signatures of a student’s District Superintendent and Annual Conference Local Pastor Registrar must appear on the registration form.  Mail the forms to Western Jurisdiction Course of Study, 1325 N. College, Claremont, CA 91711.  Any Registration form that is mailed after May 27 will be assessed a $25 late fee.

Link to Registration Form


$210 fees per class or $840 for 4 classes – lunch on school days is provided with this fee; housing and travel costs vary per students; see the Resource section of this website to view the housing that is available.

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.  Payment will be accepted before class on the first day.


The book list and work for each class is described in a syllabus.  These syllabi can be found and printed from this website.  Print the syllabus for each class you are taking, so that you can refer to it often.  Note the dates for the pre-class assignments to be completed and sent to your faculty members.


Students should purchase their books on the Internet from, or Many students have purchased used books through Amazon, but Amazon does charge a $3.99 delivery fee for every used book.  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 2016 before buying books.


Students will be given grades of A, B, C, D or F.  Some Conferences will not accept or pay for a grade of D or F.  A student will have to retake the course at their own expense after receiving an F and possibly a D.  A student may take an I for incomplete.  Work for an incomplete must be finished by August 20. If the work is not given to the faculty member by August 20, the I becomes an F.  Then the class must be taken again in a following year.


The Western Jurisdiction Licensing School and Course of Study require that all work be done by the student as their original work.  Work cannot come from a book, the internet, another student, or any other person unless full credit is given to the other author in a footnote. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in failing the class.

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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