Weekend Course of Study

The Weekend Course of Study program was developed to augment the regular summer program held at Wesley Theological Seminary each July for the purpose of helping part-time local pastors complete their required studies. 
Weekend Course of Study courses will be held on the main campus of Wesley Theological Seminary beginning at 1pm on Friday and ending at 1pm on Saturday. Each course requires attendance of two weekend sessions and course work is to be turned in directly to the professor. We do not use Blackboard during the weekend sessions.


Download the updated five year course schedule (2015 - 2019) here.  

New England Spring Registration is here.  April 22-23 and May 13-14, 2016 at the The Rock UMC in New Hampshire.

Philadelphia Winter Registration click here. January 8-9, 23 and February 6, 2016

Philadelphia Spring Registration coming soon. April 1-2, 16 and 30, 2016
Wesley Weekend

Winter Weekend Registration here  |  January on-line & February 26-27, 2016
Deadline for registration is November 20, 2015

Spring Weekend Registration here  | March 11-12 & April 22-23, 2016D
Deadline for registration February 12, 2016

Before you start:
  1. Register for the courses you are working on.
  2. Obtained all the required signatures – including your DS and the conference registrar.
  3. Enclosed the $75.00 non-refundable registration fee per course and mailed it to: Sara Sheppard, Course of Study, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.
  4. Order books and make sure you understand the pre-course assignment, found below by term.



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 along with the dates you will arrive and depart. 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 courses is cancelled within two weeks of the start of class or for no shows. Cancellations must be received in writing - send to Sara Sheppard.

Daily Schedule

Arrival/Registration 10:00am - 1:00pm in front of the Gallery (Kresge Building) First Weekend only - please go directly to your class at 1pm the second weekend.
Lunch 12:00 noon - 1:00pm (on your own)
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

Purchase Books

Wesley now has a virtual bookstore.  This is where you will find textbook lists and be able to order your books directly from Amazon. Required textbooks are listed in the syllabi or pre-course assignment posted on the website and on Blackboard


To access Wesley's e-bookstore, click here.  
If you would like to order your books from Cokesbury, click here.

 Note:  The following hardback books are only available through Cokesbury.  You may still purchase Kindle versions through Amazon:

  • 2012 Book of Discipline
  • 2012 Book for Resolutions
  • UM Hymnal
  • UM Book of Worship

Aug/September Pre-Course Assignments Hybrid

With the August and September Weekend courses we will begin a couple of new things.  This is the first session with the new curriculum being rolled out by the GBHEM.  We will also offer the summer weekend courses in a hybrid model with the August course being on-line and the September course being face to face on campus.  This means, students enrolled in the summer weekend session must have access to Blackboard. Watch for more details on the schedule.

August  on-line and September 18-19, 2015 on campus Registration is closed for this term
Access to Blackboard required.

pre-course assignements are available for viewing and printing when the course title is underlined.  Assignments will be posted as they are received by the faculty. For Program questions contact Sara Sheppard.  

CS-124 Transformative Leadership   

CS-322 Theological Heritage 3: Reformation  (updated 7/1/15)

CS-423 Mission

CS-521 Bible 5: Acts, Epistles and Revelation - Cancelled

October/November Pre-Course Assignments

October 16 - 17 and November 6 - 7, 2015 * updated 8/13/15

CS-224 Administration and Polity

CS-321 Bible 3: Gospels

CS-422 Theological Heritage 4: Wesleyan Movement

CS-524 Theological Reflection: Practice of Ministry



January/February Pre-Course Assignments Hybrid

January on-line and February 26-27, 2016

Registration deadline is November 20, 2015


CS-122 Theological Heritage 1: Introduction

CS-223 Worship and Sacraments

CS-324 Preaching

CS-421 Bible 4: Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom Literature


March/April Pre-Course Assignments

March 11-12 and April 22-23, 2016

Registration deadline is February 5, 2016

CS-121 Bible 1: Introduction

CS-222 Theological Heritage 2: Early Church

CS-323 Congegational Care

CS-523 Evangelism

New England / Philadelphia Satellite School Course Information

Wesley Theological Seminary launched a new Satellite location in the New England Annual Conference in 2014.  The first courses were offered in Bangor, ME. Subsequent courses will be in other locations within the New England Conference. Tuition for these courses will follow the Wesley Weekend COS format and housing will be provided at a hotel nearby. Details for each session will be mailed out to students once the arraqngements have been confirmed.

Program dates and course information is listed below.  Pre-course assignements are available by clicking on the highlighted course name.  This information will be posted as it is received from the faculty.  Faculty may be contacted directly by clicking on their name.

New England Courses 

Spring 2016 coming soon

Philadelphia Courses

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