Summer Course of Study
July 5-16 and July 19-30, 2015
Duke Divinity School offers the Summer Course of Study in two 2-week sessions:
Summer Session 1
Summer Session 2
Registration for the Summer 2015 session will open in January 2015.
Students may enroll in two courses each session. Students may enroll in either session or both sessions, depending on their academic and pastoral needs. 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.
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 application approval 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.
Summer Course of Study
Basic Course of Study
All of the twenty required courses will be offered during the summer sessions.
Advanced Course of Study
The Advanced Course of Study courses that will be offered during the Summer 2015 COS Session are: United Methodist (UM) History, UM Doctrine, and UM Polity; and four elective courses: Evangelism, Homiletics, Theological Ethics, and Old Testament.
Advanced preparation is required of all students. Each course will make 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.
The Divinity Bookshop is the preferred provider of textbooks for the Course of Study program.
Below are the course offerings for each of the summer sessions. Click on the course name to find the course descriptions, instructor contacts, book lists, and pre-work assignments as they become available.
- Session 1 Courses
- 122: Theological Heritage I: Introduction
- 123: Formation & Discipleship
- 221: Bible II: Torah & Israel’s History
- 224: Administration & Polity
- 322: Theological Heritage III: Medieval/Reformation
- 323: Congregational Care
- 421: Bible IV: Prophets, Psalms, & Wisdom Lit
- 424: Ethics
- 423: Mission
- 522: Theology in the Contemporary Church
- Advanced Evangelism
- Advanced Practical Theology
- Advanced UM History
- Session 2 Courses
- 121: Bible I: Introduction
- 124: Transformative Leadership
- 222: Theological Heritage II: Early Church
- 223: Worship & Sacraments
- 321: Bible III: Gospels
- 324: Preaching
- 422: Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement
- 521: Bible V: Acts, Epistles, & Revelation
- 524: Theological Reflection: Practice of Ministry
- Advanced UM Doctrine
- Advanced UM Polity
- Advanced Homiletics
- Advanced Bible: Eschatology in the Old Testament
Enrollment will open January 2015.
Early Bird Enrollment Deadline: March 1, 2015
Regular Enrollment deadline: May 29, 2015
Library access and Duke Net ID
Once your enrollment has been completed per the enrollment guidelines, we will submit a request for your Duke Net ID (an account that will allow you access to the online resources of the Duke Divinity Library). In order to receive your Duke Net ID (required for online access), Duke OIT will send you an email requesting information, please promptly complete the Duke OIT form and return to Duke OIT as soon as possible. Duke OIT will email your Duke Net ID to you and inform us that your Net ID has been issued.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition varies according to program enrollment. The information listed here 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.
Costs below are per session: please enroll in each session separately.
Application fee (non-refundable)
$70 (before March 1, 2015)
$85 (on or after March 1, 2015)
Year 1-5 Course Tuition fee
$50 per class
Advanced Course Tuition fee
$150 per class
Opening Dinner Guest
Durham Bulls Game Ticket
Late Payment Policy
Any students paying application and tuition fees after the May 29 enrollment deadline will be assessed a $50 late fee.
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 not be refunded their tuition fees.
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.
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 has arranged special rates with some area hotels and will also make available a listing of sublet apartments and houses in the spring. Sublet lists will be available from the Course of Study office beginning in April 2015.
On-campus meals are available in the Divinity Café, 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, utensils, and coffeemakers. In addition, students living in Central Campus may bring microwaves or toaster ovens for their use during the school term.
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.
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.
- Program Guidelines (pdf)
- Writing Guidelines (pdf)
- Handicapped Parking Permit Form (pdf)
- Medical Information Form (pdf)
- Housing form (pdf) (doc)
Please see the Duke Campus Map.
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.
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.
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.
During your summer stay, all correspondence should be addressed to:
Your Name C/O Course of Study
Duke Divinity School
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.
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.
Opportunities Outside the Classrom
Worship services will be conducted every day beginning at 10:05 a.m. in Goodson Chapel. Students are invited to share their musical gifts in coordination with worship leaders. The worship leaders and preachers are chosen from students and faculty to represent the diversity of our community.
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 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 23, 2015, 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).
On the evening of the last Thursday of Summer Course of Study, July 30 at 7:00 p.m., a special service of worship will be held in Goodson 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 Café.