Western Seminary offers several degree programs in a cohort model, allowing a small group of students to journey through their program together from start to finish.  Western reviews prospective students for admission based on criteria for each program. 

All of Western's cohorts provide:

  • The convenience of condensed, once-a-month classes
  • The opportunity to develop close relationships with other ministry leaders
  • Bible and theology classes applied immediately to your ministry context

Accepting Applications for Fall 2022!

We have openings in most of our cohorts this fall. Review the different options below to see what best fits your needs.

Not sure which cohort is right for you? Request info and an admissions counselor will help walk you through your options.

cohort students

Leadership Cohort

A peer-to-peer learning environment for experienced ministry leaders in need of further graduate education. 

36 credits (3 years)

Portland / Online

Todd Miles and students

Theophilus Cohort

Flexible, face-to-face ministry training for church leaders in a condensed, discussion-based format.

26 credits (2 years)


Golden Gate Bridge

Bay Area Cohort

A cohort specifically designed for Bay Area church leaders in need of theological training.

52 credits (3 years)

San Jose


Urban Ministry Cohort (closed to new applicants)

A cohort designed for urban ministry leaders in Northern California.

36 credits


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