Summer Course of Study

Summer Course of Study

The Summer Course of Study meets at Candler School of Theology on Emory University's campus and is open to both part-time and full-time local pastors. A typical day starts with class in the morning, followed by worship, and then an afternoon class.

Housing & Food

Summer school students have the opportunity to stay on campus in the graduate residential complex located on the Clairmont campus. The residential complex is fully accessible and students who indicate accessibility needs will be accommodated. Students can sign up for shared housing, private housing, or family housing. All University Housing apartments come furnished and include fully-equipped kitchens and a washer & dryer in each apartment.

Students are responsible for their own food. For those students living in University Housing without access to a vehicle, a nightly shuttle operates between campus and local grocery stores. 


All students will have access to the campus shuttle system, which provides transportation between the residential complex and Candler. Alternatively, the campus is accessible via a pleasant walk through Lullwater Park. Transportation accommodations will be made for those with health conditions or accessibility needs, if indicated on the registration form.

Worship & Activities

While completing the academic work is a priority, students are invited to participate in daily worship services. Graduating students often preach at these services and coordinate aspects of the services, however, all students are invited to share their musical gifts or serve as liturgists. On the last Friday of summer school, students, faculty, family, church members and other guests are invited to attend a special worship service celebrating the graduating class. 

Summer school students have access to the Student Activity and Academic Center (SAAC) located on the Clarimont Campus, which includes the fitness and aquatic centers. Students can register their families or guests directly with the SAAC for an additional fee. Students also have access to the Pitts Theological Library.

Registration Policy


- Complete the summer session registration form, including the course selection and housing option sections.
- Get the signatures of your District Superintendent and the Board of Ordained Ministry Local Pastor Registrar for your Annual Conference. Signatures of both the DS and LPR, plus your signature, are required for registration and financial assistance.
- Mail your completed registration form (with all the signatures) and registration fee to the Course of Study office no later than March 31. You will not be officially enrolled in COS until your registration paperwork and fees have been submitted and processed by the COS office. The registration deadline for summer school is March 31. If you register after the March 31 deadline, the registration fees increase.
- No matter when you register, your pre-course work is due by June 1.

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Cancellation & Attendance Policy

In the event that you cannot attend classes as planned, you must contact the Course of Study office at least five (5) business days before the beginning of the session for which you are registered. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. No credit hours will be earned for cancelled classes. Students must attend the entire 20 hours of each course to complete the course and be eligible to receive credit. Annual conferences will be charged the entire course fee for any student who begins a course, even if they do not complete the course. Annual conferences will not be charged for students who register and cancel prior to the start of summer school.

Students are expected to attend every class session. All absences require an emailed excuse to the COS office and the faculty member teaching the class. Students are responsible for the materials covered and make-up work may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor. Unexcused absences may lead to loss of credit or dismissal from the school. A student who misses more than twenty (20) percent of the classroom time shall not receive a grade for that class.

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"COS has been a wonderful experience. The teaching is exceptional and so are the students and staff. The connections and networking with other pastors is invaluable. I told the congregation last year, 'Although it is hard to be away from family and church family for four weeks, it is never a waste of my time.' "
-Ann Hatcher, Tennessee Conference