United Methodist Course of Study

The Course of Study School educates and trains local pastors in The United Methodist Church. To be admitted, students must be certified candidates for ordained ministry, have completed the requirements for license as a local pastor, have been tested in language skills proficiency through a process determined by the annual conference, and received endorsement of the annual conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

The Course of Study School at Emory is sponsored by The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the Southeastern Jurisdictional Administrative Council, and Candler School of Theology. For further information email Amy Walker, Associate Director, Methodist Studies, or call (404) 727-4587.


  • Excused absences must be approved ahead of time by Candler’s associate director of Methodist studies.
  • Students shall not miss more than 2 hours of a class.
    • If you miss 2 hours or less, you will have to watch the recording of the session you missed and write a short paper on its content.
    • If you miss more than 2 hours, you will be dropped from the class.

Work that is not received by the deadline will receive a grade deduction of 1/3 letter-grade per day it is late. For example: If your “A” assignment is one day late, it will drop to an A-. If it’s two days late, it will drop to a B+ and so on.

Plagiarism is a combination of stealing and lying. Emory Course of Study uses plagiarism-detection software on every paper you turn in. If you are caught plagiarizing, you will receive academic consequences and your district and annual conference will be notified.

  • Registration fees are non-refundable.
  • Tuition fees are refundable up until the first day of class.