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 24 – June 29, 2019

Dates Session II

July 1 – July 16, 2019


Registration forms can be printed from the Western Jurisdiction Website at Students need the signatures of their District Superintendent and Annual Conference Registrar on the form. Mail the form to: WJ Course of Study at CST. Any registration form that reaches WJ COS after June 7 will be assessed a $25 late fee.

Link to Registration Form


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.

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.


The book list and work for each class is described in a syllabus. These can be found on and printed from the website at Purchase your books and complete the pre-class assignments by the due date given.


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 2019 before buying books.


Housing MAY NOT be available on the CST campus. Please indicate on your registration form if you’re interested and we will get back to you. Note: We may not know until April/May. You may wish to make other arrangements.
Dormitory Housing: Housing at the Harvey Mudd Dorms is expected to be available at the rate of $65-70 per night. Each room will have single occupancy.
Housing costs are subject to change. Area hotels are available at various rates.


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.

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