United Methodist local pastors who have completed the Course of Study may meet the educational requirements for conference membership and elders orders by taking an additional 32 semester hours of graduate theological studies. At United, students who wish to complete the Advanced Course of Study apply for the Certificate of Theological Studies. When you complete the 32 hours required for the Advanced Course of Study, you will not only receive certification of completion from Nashville, but you will graduate from United with a graduate-level certificate and you are invited to participate fully in our commencement exercises.
When applying to United, students should also ensure that they are authorized by their Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. The standards for admission to United are the same as for masters degrees.
Coursework must be planned in consultation with a faculty advisor. United has already ensured that the basic requirements for the Certificate of Theological Studies is in conformity with the Guidelines for Advanced Course of Study published by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, but some conferences require small changes in this program. Those changes should be discussed with your faculty advisor.
Links on the “Certificate of Theological Studies” and “Guidelines for Advanced Course of Study”