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Cru Seminary Partnership

Cru Seminary Partnership

Cru and Western Seminary are united by a mission of gospel ministry that draws people from every walk of life to follow Jesus with whole hearts. We share our convictions about the inerrancy of scripture and the need for unparalleled discipleship in our communities. That's why Western offers several benefits to Cru staff members who make seminary training a part of their ministry career as well as those who simply seek education for enrichment. All benefits apply to internationally-based staff under the Cru umbrella as well as to staff of Cru organizations such as Athletes in Action, The Jesus Film Project, FamilyLife, Inner City, Global Aid Network (GAiN).



Exclusive Partner Scholarship
cuts your tuition costs


Seminary Credit
for IBS Courses


IBS Credit
for Seminary Courses


Cut costs with the Cru Ministry Partner Grant

Get world-class ministry training from a school you trust while keeping costs down. Full time Cru staff (RMO designation only) have exclusive access to a Cru Ministry Partner Grant (non-RMO staff are encouraged to consider other Western Seminary grant or scholarship programs). IBS courses taken on campus at Western Seminary are not eligible for this tuition discount, as they match national IBS course pricing. Contact an Admissions Counselor to learn what percentage of tuition this grant will cover. Then submit your aid application online on our Student Information System (S.I.S.).


Count IBS courses toward a seminary degree

The Institute of Biblical Studies (IBS) courses you've already taken as a Cru staff member may be used to give you a head start on your master's degree, diploma or certificate. The eleven required IBS courses may translate to as many as four credits toward the M.A. in Counseling, seven toward the M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, or 9 credits toward any other graduate level degree or program. Students looking to bring in IBS credits will be asked to complete an faculty interview to assess competency.

Western Seminary degree options include:


Get IBS credit for your seminary courses 

Cru staff can meet most Institute of Biblical Studies requirements by taking equivalent courses at Western Seminary. Complete these courses on campus in Portland, San Jose, Sacramento, or Seattle for travel convenience. Or take courses through our Online Campus whenever your schedule allows.


IBS Requirement

Western Seminary Class Title

Class ID

New Testament Survey


Interpreting the New Testament 1: The Gospels

Interpreting Acts to Revelation



Bible Study Methods 9


Understanding Biblical Theology



God/Bible/Holy Spirit 9 Theology I TH501

Old Testament Survey


Interpreting Genesis to Song of Solomon

Interpreting the Old Testament III: The Prophets 



Apologetics 9 Responses to Contempory Challenges ML507
Humanity/Christ/Salvation 9 Theology II TH502
Christian Worldview 9 No Equivalent N/A
Church History 9 Insight and Inspiration from Church History CH502


Want to learn more about your training options at Western Seminary?

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