Advanced Course of Study

Local pastors need to complete a total of 32 semester hours of graduate theological studies or the equivalent as determined by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in order to qualify for probationary or full conference membership. Advance work enables local pastors to meet the educational requirements for full conference membership and ordination as an elder. This work is done after a local pastor has completed the five year basic Course of Study School. 

A minimum of six semester hours of credit in United Methodist history, doctrine and polity are required for this curriculum. These courses are available through correspondence with the GBHEM, a University Senate approved seminary and some COS schools. The courses chosen will not duplicate those included in the basic five year curriculum.

To enroll in Advance work at Wesley Theological Seminary

  • Local pastors interested in advance work should complete a seminary application for admission indicating their program as Special Student. Course work must be taken for academic credit. Apply Now
  • Once admitted, students should enroll in classes along with regular MDiv students. Wesley offers summer school class in an intensive format of one or two weeks as well as regular 14 week semesters. Summer course schedules are usually published by the beginning of the year for the next summer.

2011 summer school schedule will be available in March 2011. Registration will begin in April 2011. Questions?  Contact Sara Sheppard at 202-885-8688.

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