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. Most cohorts feature a condensed classroom format, meeting once a month. Western reviews prospective students for admission based on criteria for each program. 

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

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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

A cohort designed for urban ministry leaders in Northern California.

52 credits