In an effort to serve as a transformational influence in West Michigan, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University initiated the Urban Cohort Program in the fall of 2008. At GRTS we believe that those serving in urban ministry are community leaders who possess significant redemptive influence within the urban community. The Urban Cohort program was created to facilitate advanced theological education for those seeking to make an impact on our urban community. This cohort-based educational model has brought together urban pastors and staff ministry leaders (from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Muskegon) in a learning environment that speaks from a decidedly Christian worldview.


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

  • BBL-501 Biblical Hermeneutics
  • BBL-502 Old Testament Biblical Theology
  • BBL-503 New Testament Biblical Theology 
  • THE-501 Program Introduction Seminar
  • THE-540 Systematic Theology I 
  • THE-640 Systematic Theology II 
  • THE-641 Systematic Theology III

Students with accredited undergraduate degrees will proceed to the next five 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.  

  • Overview

    • School: Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
    • Division: Bible, Religion & Ministry
    • Degree Type: Master of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • How to Apply

    To begin the application process to join the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Urban Cohort Program please click on the link below to complete an electronic application form. If you require a paper application form please contact Diana Marquez at the email address listed below.