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UMC Advanced Course of Study

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The Advanced Course of Study is a curriculum that enables a local pastor to meet the educational requirements for probationary membership, full conference membership, and ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church. Local Pastors who have completed the five-year basic Course of Study and are at least 40 years of age may be eligible for ordination as an elder in full connection with the completion of a minimum of 32 hours of graduate theological study.

Through coordination with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has developed a certificate program for the completion of the Advanced Course of Study curriculum. Students study in classes alongside Master of Divinity and Master of Arts students in completing their coursework. Through this program, Advanced Course of Study students complete 33 hours of graduate level work.

Course work for the Advanced Course of Study may be completed in English and Spanish and is eligible for transfer to other graduate-level programs. Students who complete the Advanced Course of Study at Garrett-Evangelical can receive a maximum of 43 hours of credit towards a Master of Divinity or a maximum of 28 hours towards a Master of Arts degree at Garrett-Evangelical.

While students completing course work in English may take courses in any term, we currently offer two Spanish-language courses during a summer intensive each year. 

Please click on the individual slides below to learn more about Registration, Technology Requirements, and Coursework.

Applying for Admission

Admission Requirements for Advanced Course of Study

  • Transcripts from Course of Study and any other schools attended
  • 3 References
  • Personal Statement
  • Application fee - $75
  • Tuition deposit - $200 (applied to first term tuition)
  • Tech activation fee - $55

Application Procedure

To apply to the Advanced Course of Study program:

  1. Click on the Apply button to access the online application.
  2. Fill out the requested information.
  3. Request transcripts from Course of Study as well as from any colleges, universities, or other seminaries attended.

Completed applications for the Advanced Course of Study program, including fees and deposits, should be received at least 6 weeks before classes begin.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is charged for each course based on the number of hours enrolled. Advanced Course of Study students are considered master’s level students and are therefore charged at the current master’s rate. Current fees can be found on the Costs and Financial Aid page on the main Garrett-Evangelical website.

  • Tuition - $700 per semester hour
  • Student fee - $55
  • Technology fee - $120

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry has scholarships available for part-time students completing the Advanced Course of Study. Students can complete the United Methodist Studies Scholarship for Part-Time Students Application (Form 116). The form is submitted to Garrett-Evangelical for confirmation and processing. In addition, many Conferences provide educational funds for candidates attending seminary.

For questions about financial aid, please contact our financial aid office at 847.866.3987.

Please mail all checks to:    

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60201 

Housing and Food Service

If students will require housing and/or a meal plan on Garrett-Evangelical's campus, they can contact the office of residential ministries at 847.866.3939.

Students can also find additional information about housing on the Garrett-Evangelical website. Students will need to complete a housing application regardless of which term they will be attending.

  • Food Service - varies by length of stay and number of meals needed per week; see link to housing information above or contact office of residential ministries for more information.
  • Housing - varies by location and length of stay; contact office of residential ministries for more information.

For those traveling to Garrett-Evangelical, you can find directions and travel information on our Directions and Maps page.

Technology Requirements

Minimum Technology Requirements

  1. Reliable access to a broad-band (high-speed) internet connection (e.g. DSL or cable). Modem dial-up will not work for all classroom activities).
  2. Access to an up-to-date computer and operating system, sufficient to run an up-to-date web browser (e.g. Windows 7 or 8 for Windows users, Mavericks or Yosemite for Mac users). The user should have run/installed all system-related updates.  
  3. Computer with sound and web camera (built-in or as a plug-in device) capabilities.
  4. The most up-to-date version of a Web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari). Internet Explorer is not recommended.
  5. Ability to work with files normal to the Microsoft Office environment, mainly *.doc/*.docx, *.ppt/*.pptx. Many students with Apple computers can manage such files with the iWork suite of applications. Students without MS Office or Apple iWork might try the freely available OpenOffice application: http://www.openoffice.org/. Finally, documents and presentations made on Google Drive can also be exported/downloaded in MS Office formats.
  6. Adobe Reader to view PDF files.
  7. For synchronous audio-visual sessions (e.g. Google Hangouts), students should plan to wear earphones or ear buds to minimize echoes and feedback.
  8. A given course *may* ask students to download and use safe, freely-available cross-platform software like Apple QuickTime or iTunes.

 

Additional information about program requirements, resources, or offices to contact with specific questions can be found in the Advanced Course of Study Program Guide.

Courses

Curriculum

The Advanced Course of Study is a curriculum that enables a local pastor to meet the educational requirements for probationary membership, full conference membership, and ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church. Local Pastors who have completed the five-year basic Course of Study and are at least 40 years of age may be eligible for ordination as an elder in full connection with the completion of a minimum of 32 hours of graduate theological study. The current guidelines from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry require students to complete the basic graduate theological studies required by the Book of Discipline plus at least two additional courses.

Students completing the Advanced Course of Study certificate at Garrett-Evangelical complete a total of 33 semester hours of work. These 36 hours include both foundational and functional studies designed to expand students' knowledge in each of these areas and covers the basic graduate theological studies requirements as outlined in the Book of Discipline.

Per GBHEM guidelines, one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) can be completed for up to six semester hours of credit towards the Advanced Course of Study requirements. If a student chooses this route, the CPE would replace two of the Functional area courses that are not part of the basic graduate theological studies.

Students are eligible to transfer no more 3 courses (9 hours) from another approved seminary towards the completion of the Advanced Course of Study requirements.

Students may complete a maximum of 10 hours of work towards the Advanced Course of Study through online courses.

Garrett-Evangelical offers a mix of both English and Spanish-language courses to assist students in completing the Advanced Course of Study curriculum.

Students completing the full 33 hours certificate are recognized and invited to participate in Garrett-Evangelical’s annual Commencement celebrations.

Faculty

Our faculty is made up of professors from Garrett-Evangelical and other theological seminaries, as well as program staff from boards and agencies and seasoned pastors who are excellent instructors. 

Homework

While graduate-level and Advanced Course of Study courses at Garrett-Evangelical may require reading in advance of class session, homework is not due until after the course begins.

Courses in English

English-language courses that meet the Advanced Course of Study requirements are available during the fall and spring semesters and during January and summer intensive sessions. Courses may be taught online, on campus, or in a hybrid model.

Students work with an advisor on campus to choose courses to meet their requirements.

Courses in Spanish

Garrett-Evangelical currently offers two courses in Spanish that meet the Advanced Course of Study requirements every summer. These courses are offered during the same two weeks as the Basic Course of Study program, providing a built in community of other Spanish speakers. Typically, one course is offered in the morning, there is a break for lunch, and then the other course meets in the afternoon.

Students work with an advisor on campus to choose courses to meet their requirements.

Summer 2017

Courses in Spanish will meet July 17-28, 2017. Additional information about each course below. Once available, course syllabi will be posted on our Course Syllabi page.

33-627S Educación para la Solidaridad/Educating for Solidarity – Dr. Débora Junker
Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

40-673S Estudios Metodistas: Siglo XX hasta el presente/20th Century to Present – Dr. Phil Wingeier-Rayo
Monday-Friday 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm