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United Methodist Course of Study School

Course of Study School

The UMC Course of Study (COS) School is a five-year continuing education program designed for Licensed Local Pastors, those who are certified for ordained ministry, or those who are under appointment in the United Methodist Church. The program was developed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and is administered by approved seminaries such as Saint Paul School of Theology.

Saint Paul School of Theology's UMC Course of Study

Our UMC Course of Study School prepares pastoral leaders for local church ministry. This school is designed to be a year-round learning experience ​and is learning intensive. Within our program, foundational and functional classes are taught, exposing students to both theory and application. Additionally, our Course of Study School offers all 20 courses  in a variety of formats in multiple  locations.

Upon completion of registration, students will receive book lists and advance assignments, or pre-work, that is to be completed by the given deadline. Students who do not submit the pre-work by the given deadline will receive grade deductions. In addition to pre-work, students will also receive further assignments during class sessions.

Students interested in the Saint Paul UMC Course of Study School should note that the​ General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) requires certain prerequisites to be taken and passed prior to enrollment in COS courses. COS 121 Bible I Introduction and COS 122 Theological Heritage Introduction must be taken and passed before any other courses maybe taken.

UMC Course of Study School Sessions:

Saint Paul School of Theology offers multiple sessions throughout the year. These courses are offered in a variety of formats, and students may attend any of our sessions/satellite locations.

  • Summer Session: Course of Study will be offered for two weeks in July. Each course is one week long (Mon - Fri) with two courses offered per day.
  • Winter Session: Beginning in 2019, Course of Study will be offered as a HYBRID course that starts with online engagement in November and ends with three days of in-class instruction in January.
  • Fall and Spring: Course of Study will be offered as weekend sessions.


Enter the info onto this fillable pdf form, then save to your desktop with a different name. Forward your form via email to your DS & LPR where they may sign digitally, or mail to them. Pay your $75 reg fee. Email me your completed form. I then manually register you and send you a detailed confirmation & new credentials. Fall - confirmations made after 7/19/21, registration ending 9/1/21.

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 Contact Us

Our mailing and physical address is:
Saint Paul School of Theology - COS
13720 Roe Ave, Bldg C, Leawood, KS 66224

Dr. Lucas Endicott
Regional Director of Course of Study School
Saint Paul School of Theology

Jennifer Smith
Course of Study Coordinator
Saint Paul School of Theology

Information on Upcoming COS Session Graduation:

2020 and 2021 Graduation information coming soon.  Tentative date is tbd due to Covid-19, 

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