The purpose of the advanced studies program is to fulfill requirements for both probationary and full membership in an annual conference (where an annual conference permits a non-seminary route). The advanced studies are not a requisite for serving as a local pastor or as an associate member. Educational credentials for local pastors comprise the successful completion of the five-year basic program. Advanced studies are designed for persons seeking probationary membership and commissioning toward ordained ministry.
The Book of Discipline requires that local pastors seeking probationary membership and commissioning complete 32 credit hours of graduate theological study or its equivalent. Perkins’ advanced studies offer the equivalent courses. These courses do not offer academic credit, but do offer credit toward attainment of the 32-hour advanced program. Persons seeking academic credit may apply for admission to Perkins’ degree programs.
Advanced studies students are expected to be able to do satisfactory work at the graduate level of the seminary. All advanced classes in English will be in the context of Perkins Master of Divinity classes offered during the year. Classes generally offer the equivalent of 1.5 or 3.0 credit hours each. For an application for advanced courses contact Rebecca Payan, 214.768.2362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.