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UMC Course of Study

We offer all 20 English COS courses in a Residential Hybrid format, in which students engage faculty and one another through 5 hours of online learning pre-session and 15 hours in residence per course. The online classroom hours are facilitated through individual course hubs at Our residential sessions are held at Garrett-Evangelical on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. 

The dates for the 2015 residential sessions are July 19-24 for Session I and July 26-31 for Session II.  

Please click on the individual slides below to learn more about Registration, Technology Requirements, and Coursework.  


Admission Requirements for Course of Study

In order to attend the Course of Study School, you must:

  • Be licensed as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church (students from other denominations or programs may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the Course of Study director in consultation with your presiding elder or other denominational supervisor. If you are attending our school for the first time a copy of your License to Preach must accompany your application);

  • Be endorsed by your annual conference board of ordained ministry's registrar for local pastors;

  • Receive permission from your district superintendent and local pastor registrar.

Application Procedure

To apply to the Course of Study program:

1.  Click on the Apply button to access the registration and housing forms.

2.  Type in your required information on the forms (in PDF format).

3.  Save as a file to your computer and email as an attachment, first to your District Superintendent, and upon return receipt, to your Conference Local Pastor Registrar.  

4.  When the forms are complete, save and email to

Completed applications for the Course of Study program, including fees, must be received by June 1.

Tuition and Fees

  • $75 registration fee per session if paid by February 15, $85 if paid by May 1, $135 if paid by June 1 (non-refundable after March 15) 

  • $185 tuition fee per course

  • $30 Student activity fee per session

  • $250 to $425 housing fee per session (depending upon location)

  • $60 housing deposit ($30 late fee after June 1)

  • $100 meal plan per session

Many annual conference Boards of Ordained Ministry help students with costs for Course of Study School. Contact your conference BOM directly to determine your annual conference policy.  

Please mail all checks to:    

                                            Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
                                            C/O Course of Study Office
2121 Sheridan Rd.
                                            Evanston, IL 60201 

Technology Requirements

Minimum Technology Requirements

1.  Reliable access to a broad-band (high-speed) internet connection (e.g. DSL or cable). Modem dial-up will not work for all classroom activities).

2.  Access to an up-to-date computer and operating system, sufficient to run an up-to-date web browser (e.g. Windows 7 or 8 for Windows users, Mountain Lion or Mavericks for Mac users). The user should have run/installed all system-related updates. 

3.  A Google gmail account (sign up at: 

4.  Computer with sound and web camera (built-in or as a plug-in device) capabilities.

5.  The most up-to-date version of a Web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari). Internet Explorer is not recommended.

6.  Ability to work with files normal to the Microsoft Office environment, mainly *.doc/*.docx, *.ppt/*.pptx. Many students with Apple computers can manage such files with the iWork suite of applications. Students without MS Office or Apple iWork might try the freely available OpenOffice application: Finally, documents and presentations made on Google Drive can also be exported/downloaded in MS Office formats.

7.  Adobe Reader to view pdf files.

8.  For synchronous audio-visual sessions (e.g. Google Hangouts), students should plan to wear earphones or ear buds to minimize echoes and feedback.

9.  A given course *may* ask students to download and use safe, freely-available cross-platform software like Apple QuickTime or iTunes.




The Course of Study School prepares pastoral leaders for local church ministry through a 5-year, 20-course curriculum established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Normally courses are to be taken in the sequence prescribed by the curriculum. At a minimum, students are expected to take first year courses in the first year of study and fifth year courses in the final year of study. 

Online Hybrid Learning

Each of our 20 courses are structured in an online hybrid format, with 5 classroom hours facilitated online pre-session by an instructor and 15 classroom hours faciliated face-to-face on campus during one of the July sessions. To access courses, including syllabi, you will first need to register (see Registration slide). Once registered, you will be given a username and temporary password to be able to login at the online host site All students, new and returning, will then be required to take a prerequisite course through the site titled GETSCOS 101. Upon successful completion, you will then be able to access all of the online course hubs.    


Our faculty is made up of professors from Garrett-Evangelical and other theological seminaries, as well as program staff from boards and agencies and seasoned pastors who are excellent instructors.   


Individual courses may require homework submissions as you work through online course assignments at your own pace. All final homework, however, is due June 15, 2015. Submit your homework by emailing one attachment (e.g. Word doc.) per course to All written work shall use proper citation methods to avoid plagiarism (see GETSCOS 101 prerequisite course).   

Session I

Session I

July 19-24, 2015

Course Instructor Hours
121-E Bible 1: Introduction
123-E Formation & Discipleship
Karen Mosby-Avery
Al Caldwell
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.
221-E Bible II: Torah & Israel's History
223-E Worship & Sacraments
Kimberly Russaw
Carol McPherson
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.
321-E Bible III: Gospels
323-E Congregational Care
Dennis Tevis
Lallene Rector
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.
421-E Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms & Wisdom Literature
423-E Mission
Brooke Lester
Patricia Efiom
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.
521-E Bible V: Acts, Epistles & Revelation
523-E Evangelism
Rene Schreiner
Mark Teasdale
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.


Session II

Session II

July 26-31, 2015

Course Instructor Hours
122-E Theological Heritage I: Introduction
124-E Transformative Leadership
Marigene Chamberlain
Steve Trefz
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.
222-E Theological Heritage II: Early Church
224-E Administration & Polity
Carol Korak
Mary Ann Moman
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.
322-E Theological Heritage III: Medieval-Reformation
324-E Preaching
Stephanie VanSlyke
Peter Civetta
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.
422-E Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement
424-E Ethics
Michael Turner
Darryl Stephens
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.
522-E Theology in the Contemporary Church
524-E Theological Reflection: Practice of Ministry
David Dault
Matt Charlton
8-11:30 a.m.
1:30-5:00 p.m.