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Advanced Course of Study School

Perkins School of Theology

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. Please review the information sheet and registration form below.

Academic Resources 

Students enrolled in Advanced Course of Study classes can request access to Bridwell Library. Please inform Jazmin Cabrera that you wish to access the Bridwell Library resources after you have received confirmation of your class enrollment and she can provide you with further details regarding library access. 

Summer 2019 Advanced Courses

Session 1: United Methodist Doctrine

Pre-class Assignment due on June 12, 2019

Instructor: Adam White
Dates: July 8 - July 26
1st week in residence: July 8 - July 12
2nd and 3rd week online: July 15 -July 26

Session 2: United Methodist History

Pre-class Assignment due on June 26, 2019

Instructor: Jared Maddox
Dates: July 29 - August 16
1st week in residence: July 29 - August 2
2nd and 3rd week online: August 5 - August 16

Fees per course:
$350.00 Tuition
$75.00 Community Life Fee, non-refundable
$50.00 Registration Fee, non-refundable

To register for the advanced course offered the summer of 2019, please follow the instructions on the Registration web page.

For courses offered in the Spring of 2019, please click the links below.

INFORMATION SHEET                             Perkins Courses
REGISTRATION FORM    Perkins Professors

Contact Information 

If you have further questions, please contact Jazmin Cabrera at 214.768.2265 or at jcabrera@smu.edu.