United Methodist Studies

As a charter seminary of The United Methodist Church, Wesley Theological Seminary provides all the courses required for ordination as an elder or deacon in the UMC. United Methodist Studies courses do not fulfill requirements for the Master's degree at Wesley, and so should be taken as electives either during or after completing a Master's program. All UM Studies courses are also available to non-degree students, Licensed Local Pastors enrolled in the Advance Course of Study program, and alumni and may be taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or audited. (Note: The decision to audit a course or take it for CEUs must be approved by your District Superintendent or Board of Ordained Ministry prior to registration.)

Some of the required courses for election as a probationary member or commissioning in the UMC, per the 2008 Book of Discipline ¶324.4a, are as follows:

  • Mission of the Church in the World
  • Evangelism
  • Worship/Liturgy
  • United Methodist Doctrine
  • United Methodist History
  • United Methodist Polity

A chart detailing the specific Wesley courses that meet each of the above requirements, and the frequency with which they are offered, will be made available shortly.

Partnerships with Non-Methodist Seminaries

Wesley has partnered with several non-UM seminaries outside of the Washington, D.C. region to offer United Methodist Studies courses to United Methodist students attending those institutions. As of Summer 2012, these partnerships include Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and Eastern Mennonite Theological Seminary in Harrisonburg, VA. Wesley also partners with  Pfeiffer University (through Wesley's Center for Deacon Education) to assist UM Diaconal students in fullfilling their denominational requirements.


Any student seeking credit at Wesley must first apply for admission, including the authorization of a background check. For courses held in the Fall or Spring semesters, you should complete the non-degree student application through our Admissions page. If the course is held at Wesley's campus during the Summer Term, you may complete the combined application/registration form to both apply and register simultaneously.

A waiver of the application fee is available for students from our partner seminaries (listed above). Contact the Admissions Office at 202-885-8659 or admissions@wesleyseminary.edu to request the code you should use while completing the online application. In lieu of other application materials (e.g. official transcripts, a personal statement, letters of recommendation) your home school's Registrar should submit a Letter of Good Standing on your behalf. This may be emailed to admissions@wesleyseminary.edu or faxed to 202-885-8585 attention: Partner Seminary Applications.

Registration for UM Studies courses held at Wesley Theological Seminary or at Partner Schools:

For incoming students who wish to take UM Studies courses held during the Spring and Fall semesters either at Wesley's campus in Washington, D.C. online, or at our Partner Schools you may register for classes by printing and completing a Registration Form.  To register for Summer Term courses at Wesley, please use the combined application/registration form. Registration forms will be processed as soon as you have been admitted for study. Shortly thereafter, you will receive two letters from Wesley: one confirming your admission and registration, and the other providing you with account information for our online systems. The login/password in this letter will work on our My Wesley portal and provides access to all of the systems listed below:

  • WesleyWeb (viewing your final grades and the online registration module for subsequent courses)
  • Student Email @students.wesleyseminary.edu
  • Blackboard (learning management system for downloading course materials and online class discussions)

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