Summer Course of Study

June 29-July 10 and July 13- 24, 2014

Beginning in 2014, Duke Divinity School will offer the Summer Course of Study in two 2-week sessions:

Summer Session 1

Basic: June 29-July 10
Advanced*: June 30-July 11

Daily Schedule
Class Period 1: 7:45-10:00 a.m.
Break and Worship: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Class Period 2: 11:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Summer Session 2

Basic: July 13-July 24
Advanced*: July 13-July 25

Daily Schedule
Class Period 1: 7:45-10:00 a.m.
Break and Worship: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Class Period 2: 11:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

* Advanced courses require an additional 2.5 hours of study per session, to be determined by faculty member depending on instructional needs

Students may enroll in two courses each session.  Students may enroll in either session or both sessions, depending on their academic and pastoral needs. 

Enrollment is not complete until all application materials and fees have been received by the Course of Study office. Once students have completed the entire enrollment process, including receipt of the signature forms and payment of all fees and tuition, they will be given access to the Duke Divinity Library  online resources to assist in their studies.

Although classes do not meet on Saturdays and Sundays, students are strongly encouraged to remain at Duke on the weekends. Being here both physically and mentally provides a valuable time for study and fellowship, contributing to a full and rich experience.

Summer Course of Study


Pre-Class Preparation

Advanced preparation is required of all students.  Each course has made available a book list and pre-work that is to be completed before the session begins, according to the deadlines set by the instructors. Course of Study at Duke Divinity has provided writing guidelines to assist students in completion of their assignments with best academic practices.  We ask that you would take particular note of the sections on plagiarism and asking for help. Students with learning disabilities should contact the director to discuss appropriate accommodations.

Below are the course offerings for each of the summer sessions.

Application and Enrollment

Enrollment deadline:  June 1, 2014.

Once your application is received, a hold will be placed upon your enrollment until all enrollment materials have been received and all fees have been paid. Once you have completed the entire enrollment process, you will be given access to the Duke Divinity Library online resources to assist in your studies.  


Duke Net ID
After your application is received, you will receive an email “Request for more information” from Duke OIT.  In order to receive your Duke Net ID (required for online access), please complete this form and return to OIT as soon as possible. The Net ID will be activated as soon as enrollment is completed and all fees have been paid.

Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and financial aid vary according to program enrollment. The information listed in this bulletin applies to students who are United Methodist pastors under appointment and in the care of their annual conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Students not fitting these criteria should contact the Course of Study director for information.

Summer Session: Basic Classes (Years 1-5)

Application fee (non-refundable)

$125 (before March 1, 2014)

$150 (on or after March 1, 2014)

Tuition fee

$50 per class

Summer Session: Advanced Classes

Application fee (non-refundable)

$125 (before March 1, 2014)

$150 (on or after March 1, 2014)

Tuition fee

$150 per class

Late Payment Policy
Any students paying application and tuition fees after the June 1 enrollment deadline will be assessed a $50 late fee.

Cancellation Policy
There are times when it is necessary for a student to cancel their enrollment in Course of Study, but any student failing to cancel their registration for Course of Study courses two weeks prior to the start of the session will be charged a $50 fee.

As has been the longstanding policy of the Divinity School, there are no refunds given for the application fee.

Returned Check Policy
Should a student’s payment be returned because of insufficient funds, an additional fee of $15 will be assessed.

Financial Aid
Students may be eligible for funds from their conference Board of Ordained Ministry to cover tuition and/or non-tuition expenses. In order to receive an annual conference scholarship, students must be in touch with their Local Pastor Registrar. Conferences will issue financial aid awards directly to the students. 

Housing, Meals, and Parking


Housing for the summer session can be arranged on campus through the Course of Study office of Duke Divinity School in cooperation with Duke University Conference Services. A housing application (pdf) (doc) must be completed and submitted to Duke University Conference Services by April 5, 2014.

Students attending the Summer Course of Study School have several housing options:


On-campus housing is provided in cooperation with Duke University Conference Services. Students may request housing on Central Campus in one or two bedroom apartments. Central Campus is within an easy walking distance of the Divinity School and is served by the free Duke Transit System. Central Campus is also equipped with a convenience store, a swimming pool, and tennis courts. Central Campus apartments will be provided by reservation on a first come, first served basis. On-campus housing assignments will be available on orientation day. (West Campus dorm rooms are not available for Summer 2014.)


Students living within a 50-mile radius of the campus may commute daily. Others may wish to make housing arrangements at motels or campgrounds in the area. Persons desiring to live off-campus must make their own arrangements, although the Course of Study office does make available a listing of sublet apartments and houses in the spring. To request a current sublet housing list, please email Rebecca Hymes-Smith.


Meals are available in the Duke University cafeterias; the Duke Medical Center cafeterias; and the fast-food facilities in the Bryan Center (the University student union) and the Dining Pavilion. Because of the hospital's schedule and needs, both very early and late meals are available at a reasonable price in the Medical Center cafeterias. In addition to the University facilities, Durham has a wide variety of restaurants, including fast-food chains and low- to medium-priced restaurants located close to campus.

Many students choose to prepare food in their campus room or apartment. Apartments located on Central Campus are equipped with a kitchen. Students must bring their own cookware and utensils. In addition, students living in Central Campus may bring microwaves or toaster ovens for their use during the school term. Conference Services also has combination dorm-sized microwave/refrigerators available for rent in the residence halls.

Parking and Automobile Registration

Motor Vehicles: All motor vehicles must be registered with the University Parking Services. Parking on campus requires the purchase of a parking permit. Students must obey all parking and traffic regulations. To register a car on campus you must have:

  • A valid driver's license
  • The current vehicle registration card
  • The name of your insurance company
  • Your social security number

Handicapped Parking: Handicapped parking on campus requires a Duke University permit as well as a state permit.  Please see the “Forms and General Information” section for the application form.

Bicycles: Bike racks are available for students and are located adjacent to the Divinity School building.

Duke Campus Map

Forms & General Information



Fully enrolled students will have online access to the Divinity School Library prior to arrival on campus. During the sessions, the Divinity School Library is available for use by Course of Study students. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Internet Access
Students, while on campus, will have access to free wireless internet. Access to the internet is also available on the Duke Visitors network which is available throughout campus.

Computer Services
A computer cluster is available in the Divinity School library during regular library hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.). Additional computer clusters on the Duke University campus are available for your word processing use. Included are PC and Macintosh models. Students will be assigned a temporary Duke University network account upon completion of their enrollment. This account provides access to the Duke University network both through on-site computer clusters and for remote system access.

Mail Service
During your summer stay, all correspondence should be addressed to:

Your Name C/O Course of Study
Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0966

Mail will be delivered daily to individual student mailboxes located in the Student Lounge. General mail services are NOT available at the campus post office in the Bryan University Center. Students are asked NOT to forward mail through the U.S. Postal Service from their home address to the Course of Study. Students are encouraged to make arrangements for someone to collect their mail at their home and forward only those items that need immediate attention.

Duke Divinity Bookstore
The Duke Divinity Bookstore is the preferred provider of textbooks for the Course of Study program.  See the “Forms and Useful Info” link for the book order form.

Medical Care
The most convenient and accessible health care for Course of Study students is the Duke University Medical Center, located on the Duke campus. Duke University Medical Center provides a wide variety of health care services, ranging from basic primary care to highly specialized treatments. All students are asked to complete the medical information form as part of the registration process. Students with ongoing medical concerns are encouraged to bring pertinent medical records and prescriptions with them if they need medical care during the Course of Study. Please note that Course of Study students are unable to use the Student Health Clinic.


Worship services will be conducted every day beginning at 10:10 a.m. in Goodson Chapel. The worship leaders and preachers are chosen from students and faculty to represent the diversity of our community.

The student choir prepares an anthem for the daily chapel services and provides special music for other occasions including Closing Convocation. The choir rehearses each weekday class is in session.

Many fellowship opportunities are scheduled during the course of the summer session. Periodic activities scheduled during the afternoons or evenings provide opportunities for students and their families to spend time as a community.

Student Government
Student officers and class representatives are elected annually. They work with the director and school staff to help maintain the excellent opportunities for fellowship and learning at the school.

Annual Community Luncheon
On Thursday, July 17, 2014, representatives from our constituent annual conferences will visit. There is a community luncheon and an opportunity for students to meet with their conference representative(s).

Closing Convocation
On the evening of the last Thursday of Summer Course of Study, July 24 at 7:00 p.m., a special service of worship is held in Duke University Chapel to close the school and to recognize those students who are completing their fifth year or advanced studies. Immediately after the service a reception for all students and families is held in the Divinity School.