Impacting urban communities.

Following God's call means serving Him wherever that call may lead. For many the call to service is among the marginalized and the under-resourced. Since 2008, the Urban Cohort program at GRTS has brought together ministry leaders who currently serve, or desire to serve in a variety of ministry roles. Senior and staff pastors, directors of non-profit ministries, and lay leaders learn in community. Students come from a wide range of denominations with a shared vision of impacting the urban community with Kingdom influence.

Program Highlights

  • 36 credits
  • 65% tuition scholarship for eligible program participants
  • Classes held one night a week (same night for duration of program)
  • One class per semester
  • Complete program in 4-6 years
  • Cohort model with additional academic resources available for greater academic success
  • Faculty led trip to Israel included in program (available option)
  • Option to study Greek and Hebrew along with advanced Biblical exegesis courses (MABS)
  • Specialized ministry leadership training (MAML)
  • Classes count toward other degree programs offered at GRTS
  • Complete the program while working full-time

Program Plan

Choose from one of two degree tracks: the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML) or the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS).

The program is built around seven core courses in Bible and Theology which are the foundation of the master's degree program at GRTS:

  • BBL-501: Biblical Hermeneutics
  • BBL-508: Biblical Theology
  • THE-502: Program Introduction Seminar
  • THE-540: Systematic Theology I
  • THE-640: Systematic Theology II
  • THE-641: Systematic Theology III
  • THE-670: Christian Social Ethics

Students with accredited undergraduate degrees will proceed to the next four classes and upon successful completion, receive either the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership or the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree. Students without a complete undergraduate degree may apply the seven core courses to one of several bachelor's degrees offered by the Professional and Graduate Studies division of Cornerstone University. This flexibility allows ministry leaders from various academic backgrounds to further their theological education.

A critical component of the program's success is facilitated by funding partners who make seminary training and skills development available and affordable.

How to Apply

To begin the application process to join the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Urban Cohort Program, complete the electronic application form.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Conduct disciplined biblical interpretation and application with reference to the English Bible text.
  2. State a basic understanding of the primary elements of Christian Theology.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking practices in relation to the context of urban ministry.