Certificate in Christian Studies

In January 2012, Wesley began an innovative program for laity to enroll in non-credit courses in biblical studies, church history, theology and practical ministry.  Students who complete six (6) courses may receive a "Certificate in Christian Studies" from Wesley Theological Seminary.  We welcome all interested participants who desire theological enrichment and being equipped for a particular ministry to register for this program. Certificate of Christian Studies students are auditors.  You may complete as many of the assignments as you have time to do.  We do request that you keep up with the reading and you must attend all class sessions to receive credit for the course.

Course sessions will be held at Wesley's main campus, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC on weekends.  Each weekend session is held from 1pm - 9pm on Friday and 9am - 1pm on Saturday with breaks. Each course is comprised of  two weekend sessions scheduled approximately one month apart and are taken concurrently with the Course of Study Weekend Program.

Please note: Courses in the Certificate Program will not earn graduate-level credit and cannot be transferred to a Wesley degree program.  



Registration for the summer and fall 2014 terms are now open!  To register, please download the form, complete it and return it with any applicable fees.  New students should send forms to the Admissions office.  Returning students should forward the registration form directly to Sara Sheppard with the registration fee of $75.00.

Registration for Summer 2015 - this course is taught in a hybrid format.  The August meeting is on-line and the September meeting is on campus.  Registration deadline is July 1, 2015.

Registration for Fall 2015   - Registration deadline is September 15, 2015


Wesley uses the Chevy Chase Courtyard Marriott located about 2 miles for the seminary for housing during the weekend sessions. Please indicate if you will need housing on the registration form. We will make a reservation for you based on the information we receive on the registration form. You will receive a hotel reservation confirmation number from Wesley about one week prior to the course. Public transportation is available from the hotel via metro and AU shuttle or Metro bus which drops you right in front of the seminary. You will find directions to the hotel here. You will be required to pay for your room directly to the hotel.
Limited housing is also available on campus for the Weekend Course of Study program. Students are responsible for making these arrangements directly with the housing office. To request on campus housing, please complete the Guest Housing form. You may also opt to stay in one of the many area hotels; download a listed of suggested hotels here.


Registration fee is $75.00 per course
Tuition Rate: $350.00 per course
A Cancellation fee $50 is assessed if course attendence is cancelled within two weeks of the start of class or for no shows. Cancellations must be received in writing to avoid the cancellation fee - send to Sara Sheppard.

Daily Schedule

Arrival/Registration 10:00am - 1:00pm in the Narthex (Trott Building)
Worship 1:00pm - 1:30pm (Oxnam Chapel)
Class 1:30pm - 5:30pm (classroom location available upon arrival)
Dinner 5:30pm - 7:00pm (on your own)
Class 7:00pm- 9:00pm

Arrival/ Fellowship 8:30am - 9:00am Elderdice Hall - coffee and light breakfast provided
Class 9:00am - 1:00pm
Departure 1:00pm

Class Schedule and Pre-course Assignments

For pre-course assignments please click on the appropriate course below.  Students are required to complete the assigned reading and attend all class sessions to receive credit for the course. Courses offered are:

Winter Term 2015

January 2-3 and February 5-7, 2015

Registration deadline is December 12, 2014

CS 121 Bible 1: Introduction
CS 223 Worship and Sacraments (of the United Methodsit Church)
CS 323 Congregational Care
CS 522 Theology in the Contemporary Church


Spring Term 2015

March 13-14 & April 17-18, 2015

Registration deadline is February 27, 2015

CS 123 Formation and Discpleship
CS 221 Bible 2: Torah & Israel's History
CS 421 Bible 4: Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom Literature
CS 523 Evangelism


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