United Methodist Course of Study

Course of Studycos_gradclass_2014 (Small) is a continuing education program designed for licensed local pastors in the United Methodist Church. The specialized theological studies program is developed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and administered by a seminary. 

Saint Paul School of Theology's Course of Study School offers these required courses in a variety of formats.  Full-time and Part-time students may attend ANY of our offered sessions.

Summer Session – Beginning in 2018, 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 and ends with three days if in-class instruction in January.

Fall and Spring Course of Study will be offered as weekend sessions.

Foundational and functional classes are taught, exposing students to both theory and application.

Course of Study School is designed to be a year-round learning experience. Registered students receive advance assignments and book lists in order to prepare. Students who do not complete and submit the assignments by the published deadlines will receive grade deductions. Students also receive further assignments during class sessions.




  • 2019 SCHEDULES NOW AVAILABLE!  Continuing Education schedules for 2019 are now posted online.  New to 2019 …  the winter term will be offered as a  hybrid course with both online engagement and face to face classroom time. In the Spring and Fall, classes in Oklahoma City and Springfield will be two weekends (Fri - Sat) per course instead of three Saturdays.  Registration forms for 2019 will be available end of June. 
  • NEW COURSES ADDED FOR FALL TERM AT HAYS!  COS 122 and COS 324 has been added as additional course options in the fall  in our Hays, KS location.
  • If you're a local pastor and you wish to take more than four United Methodist Course of Study courses in one year, you must obtain written approval from the DS, the LPR, the Director of the Regional School, and from the Assistant General Secretary at GBHEM. All written approvals should be submitted along with your course registration form.  Effective January 1, 2017, if a student enrolls in more than four  courses per calendar year without receiving ALL approvals listed above, any courses taken over four  will not be recognized on your transcript and will not be counted towards completion of the Basic Course of Study. Please complete this form to start the approval process.
  • Krista Kiger will not be providing writing or proofreading assistance for 2018.
Local Pastor Guidelines (steps to take before registering)

The United Methodist Book of Discipline provides guidelines for local pastors. Some of the basics include:

  • Make initial contact with an elder / deacon in your local parish.
  • Read The Christian as Minister (available from Cokesbury).
  • Visit with your district superintendent.
  • Make contact with your district committee on ordained ministry for help with the inquiry and discernment process. A mentor will be assigned to you for guidance and supervision.
  • If your ministry decision is affirmed and a setting is available, you may be appointed to a part-time or full-time ministry setting. Full-time local pastors are required by the Discipline to complete four Course of Study classes per calendar year. Part-time local pastors are required to complete two classes per calendar year.
  • Attend licensing school facilitated by your annual conference’s board of ordained ministry.
  • Register to attend Course of Study School

New Course Goals

The New Course Goals was prepared by the GBHEM. It defines the goals of each class in the basic Course of Study program.


New Curriculum Exchange Credits

The New Curriculum Exchange Credits document shows you how the courses you have already completed compare with the new curriculum.  This will assist you in planning which courses you need to complete the program.

Housing & Meals

Summer & Winter Hotel Information

Click HERE for seminary commuter housing options.


Kansas City Spring & Fall Hotel Information

Fairfield Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport

11820 NW Plaza Circle
Kansas City, MO 64153

For reservations, call 816-464-2424 and ask for the Saint Paul School of Theology group rate. Or go to www.marriott.com/mcifa, select your arrival and departure dates,  check the box “special rates,”  and (in the “group code” box) type in group code: SPSSPSA.

Reservation Deadline: three weeks prior to arrival date

February 22 – 24, 2018: $87 per night plus tax
March 15 – 17, 2018: $87 per night plus tax
October 4 – 6, 2018: $87 per night plus tax
November 1 – 3, 2018: $84 per night plus tax

La Quinta Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport
6901 North West 83rd St
Kansas City, MO 64152

For reservations, call 816-587-6262 and ask for the Saint Paul School of Theology group rate.

Reservation Deadline: 3 weeks prior to arrival date

February 22 – 24, 2018: $89 per night plus tax
March 15 – 17, 2018: $89 per night plus tax
October 4 – 6, 2018: $89 per night plus tax
November 1 – 3, 2018: $89 per night plus tax

Other hotels that are nearby but we don’t have discounted rates with include the following:

Extended Stay America Kansas City Airport – Tiffany Springs: 816.891.8500
Sleep Inn Kansas City International Airport: 816.891.0111
Drury Inn & Suites Kansas City Airport: 816.880.9700
Embassy Suites Kansas City International Airport: 816.891.7788


Hays Spring & Fall Hotel Information

Hampton Inn Hays-North of I-70
4002 General Hays Rd.
Hays, KS  67601

For reservations, call 785-621-4444 and ask for the Saint Paul School of Theology group rate.

Reservation Deadline: 2 weeks prior to arrival date

October 11  -13, 2018: $109 per night plus tax
November 8 – 10, 2018: $109 per night plus tax


Meal Information

Meals are included for all courses.

Spring & Fall terms:
Kansas City and Hays locations include:
Friday: lunch & dinner
Saturday: “to go” lunch

Springfield and Oklahoma City locations include:
Saturday: lunch

Winter & Summer terms:
Monday – Friday: lunch

COS GRADUATION - Fri 7/20/18 5:30p

Course of Study Graduation will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 5:30pm  at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. 

Our featured speaker is Jane Boatwright Wood, President of the Foundation for Evangelism.

Jane Boatwright Wood is president of The Foundation for Evangelism (FFE), an international grant-making organization equipping generations of Christ followers – clergy and lay – to live out their passion for evangelism by inviting others to join them in life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
FFE will grant over $900,000 this year. Grants impact the United States, Germany, Russia and the continent of Africa. The foundation supports innovative ministries that make disciples, nurture next generation leaders, and equip young adults to become lifelong Wesleyan leaders. In 2017, FFE will work with 39 of 56 U.S. conferences to recognize youth, lay and clergy who are in ministry together in the local church or on the college campus.
Jane is a member of First United Methodist Church – Waynesville (NC). She has the honor of serving as Conference Lay Leader for the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church (2016-2020) and is a member of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) board.
A native of Western North Carolina, Jane received her BS from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and her MBA from Western Carolina University. Prior to joining FFE, she worked in the healthcare industry specializing in hospital administration, physician recruitment, and managed care contracting for both hospitals and physician practices.
Between travel to visit exceptional evangelism ministry partners for FFE and UM meetings, Jane loves to hike with her husband, dabble in photography, and hang out with her nephews and niece.

If you are scheduled to complete basic Course of Study this year, please complete the Graduation Form to let me know so I can audit your transcript to make sure you are not missing any courses and include you on information regarding the graduation ceremony this summer.  Friends and family are welcome to attend!

Tuition & Fees

Costs are listed per course. Full payment is due on the Payment Due Date listed on the registration form.   Payment can be submitted online or by check.  Check payments should be RECEIVED by the Payment Due Date.  Tuition fee includes the meals.

Registration Fee   $75 per course (non-refundable)
Tuition                   $250 per course

Make a Payment

To pay by check, please mail check payment with either your Registration Form or the Payment Remittance Form to:

Saint Paul School of Theology
Attn: Course of Study
4370 W 109th Street, Ste 300
Overland Park, KS  66211-1397

To pay online, students (or anyone making a payment on the student’s behalf) can make a payment as follows:

  • Click the button below to get to the payment page.

  • Enter amount and Select “Continue”
  • Enter personal information (please include email address for payment confirmation)
  • Select “Process”
  • Follow the remaining prompts and keep a record of your confirmation #

Students may request a copy of their COS transcript by emailing cosregistrar@gbhem.org.  Please include your full name and Annual Conference in the email.

General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM)

For information about the GBHEM online COS offerings, visit www.gbhem.org/cos. You will need Form 110 (Basic) or Form 111 (UM Studies/ACOS).

Scholarship & Financial Assistance Information

Most Annual Conferences offer some form of financial assistance in the form of scholarship or reimbursement. For specifics to your Conference, please contact your DS or Annual Conference Registrar.

COS Gear

Shop t-shirts, sweatshirts, infant wear, mugs, stickers, and more at our Course of Study School online store.

Book Lists & Advanced Assignments

Book Lists & Advanced Assignments

GBHEM Policy Handbook

COS Policy Handbook 2017

Course of Study Handbook

2016 COS Handbook

Attendance Policy


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