Advanced Course of Study School

The Purpose of Advanced Course of Study

The Advanced Course of Study is a curriculum which will enable a local pastor to meet the educational requirements for provisonal membership, full conference membership, and ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church. It consists of 32 semester hours of graduate theological study of its equivalent as determined by GBHEM (see ¶ 324.6 of the 2012 Book of Discipline). Included in this curriculum must be United Methodist history, doctrine, and polity for a minimum of two semester hours in each field of study. There are other guidelines regarding Advanced Course of Study, and it is important to seek this information from the Annual Conference and GBHEM, Section of Elders and Local Pastors.

Information from the 2012 Book of Discipline ¶ 324.6
Local Pastors may fulfill the requirements for provisional membership and commissioning when they have:

Policies and Procedures

2015 Application and Registration Forms and Costs

2015 Advanced Course of Study Application & Registration Form 

Registration Fees

  • Friday/Saturday Weekend Courses are $200 per course
  • 1 Week Summer Session $250
  • 2 Week Summer Session $325
  • 3 Week Summer Session $400
  • Late Fees - if your paper work is submitted after the deadline there is a $25 late fee penalty per course.

Course Fees - Each course has a $500 course fee in addition to the registration fees.

  • 1 Weekend/Summer Course = $500
  • 2 Summer Courses = $1000
  • 3 Summer Courses = $1500
  • Summer Weekend and 3 Summer Courses = $2000

2015 Course Offerings and Precourse Work

Winter 2015 Weekend School meets Janauary 23-24, February 6-7 and February 27-28

Summer 2015 Weekend School meets July 10-11 and July 24-25

Summer 2015 School Week ONE meets July 13-17

Summer 2015 School Week TWO meets July 20-24

Summer 2015 School Week THREE meets July 27-31

Fall 2015 Weekend School meets October 2-3 and November 6-7

Procedure for applying to the Advanced Course of Study via the Emory Course of Study Office

Admission Application Requirements Include:

A completed application and application fee by the appropriate deadline.

Once all materials are received and reviewed by the Academic Honor Committee, and if accepted you will be registered for courses you have requested. After a student is accepted into the program there is a general registration form that you will need to complete to register for future courses, you only have to complete the application process once. You will also be invoiced for any registration or course fees that are due, minus any annual conference scholarship funding.