Weekend Course of Study

Weekend Sessions for Course of Study for Ordained Ministry are designed for part-time local pastors who cannot attend the month-long summer program. Classes meet for three consecutive weekends (Friday 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – noon) at the Divinity School. Students complete one course in each weekend session and complete one year of study by completing all four weekend sessions.

In 2013, Duke Divinity School will begin offering Advanced Course of Study classes on the weekend model. Each class will meet over four weekends—two in September and two in November or two in January and two in March. Students must attend all four weekends in order to receive Advanced Course of Study credit.

2013-2014 Weekend Course of Study

Basic Course of Study
September 2013: 6-7, 13-14, 20-21
November 2013: 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
January 2014: 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
March 2014: 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

Advanced Course of Study
September 2013: 6-7, 13-14 and November 2013: 1-2, 8-9
January 2014: 3-4, 10-11 and March 2014: 7-8, 14-15


An application fee must be received by the Course of Study office in order for students to be considered enrolled for the upcoming session.

Pre-Class Preparation

Upon submission of a completed application, students will receive a confirmation of registration. Access to booklists and pre-class assignments for each course will be made available to the student at that time. Students are expected to purchase and read their texts prior to the first sessions of class, as well as complete assignments as designated by the pre-class assignment sheet.

Weekend Course of Study


1st-Year Courses

  • WCOS111: Pastor as Interpreter of the Bible
  • WCOS112: Theology in the Wesleyan Tradition
  • WCOS113: Pastoral Care for Spiritual Formation
  • WCOS114: Pastoral Leadership & Administration

3rd-Year Courses

  • WCOS311: New Testament
  • WCOS312: Historical Theology, Reformation
  • WCOS313: Our Mission from God: Evangelism
  • WCOS314: Pastoral Care and Counseling

5th-Year Courses

  • WCOS511: New Testament II
  • WCOS512: Contemporary Theology
  • WCOS513: God’s Transforming Agent
  • WCOS514: Theology and the Practice of Ministry

Advanced Courses

  • Advanced: The Mission of the Church
  • Advanced: UM Worship & Liturgy
General Information

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 six weeks prior to the start of class will be charged a $50 fee per course cancellation.
As has been the longstanding policy of the Divinity School, there are no refunds given for the registration fee.

September Session
Registration deadline: August 1, 2013
Cancellation deadline: July 15, 2013

November Session
Registration deadline: October 1, 2013
Cancellation deadline: September 15, 2013

January Session
Registration deadline: December 1, 2013
Cancellation deadline: November 15, 2013

March Session
Registration deadline: February 1, 2014
Cancellation deadline: January 15, 2014

Returned Check Policy

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

Attendence Policy

Students are expected to attend all class sessions during Course of Study. There are no excused absences from Course of Study classes. Absences may affect class participation grades, and therefore a student’s overall performance at Course of Study. Per the policy set by the Board of Higher Education and Ministry, a student missing more than four hours of any one course shall not receive a grade for the course. If you find you must miss a class, please be courteous to your instructors by notifying the instructor and class representative of your absence and arranging to share notes with one of your classmates.

Conduct of Students

The Course of Study expects and will require of all its students continuing loyal cooperation in developing and maintaining high standards of scholarship and conduct. The Divinity School expects Course of Study students to participate in a communally shared concern for growth in life appropriate to Christian faith and to the dignity of their calling.


Grades are assigned by faculty following completion of all coursework. Grades range from “A” to “F”, including + and - . A “D” is considered a passing grade.


Official transcripts for Course of Study work are available through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry; contact at Linda Heist or 615.340.7416.

The Honor Code

Ministerial and theological education involves developing and shaping a life of honor and integrity, virtues rooted in our faith. Therefore, we in the Divinity School of Duke University pledge, individually and corporately, to exhibit our commitment to these virtues by abstaining from any form of cheating, lying or plagiarism and by respecting the facilities of the Divinity School and the property of our peers and professors. We do also assume responsibility for the maintenance of these virtues by pledging, individually and corporately, to report any violation of this code. By signing their application to the Course of Study school, students indicate their willingness to abide by all policies outlined in these program guidelines.

Academic Integrity

All students are expected to do their own work. Friends and spouses may help with spelling and punctuation and may proofread papers, but should not participate in the research and writing of the papers. Plagiarism, the use of someone else’s work without giving appropriate recognition, is a highly serious matter of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism and other instances of academic dishonesty will be dealt with harshly and may result in the failure of the class involved. It is at the discretion of the Course of Study Director whether to report academic dishonesty to the student’s District Superintendent, the Board of Ordained Ministry, and the Bishop.


No form of harassment is acceptable at Duke University. It is inconsistent with the University's commitments to excellence and respect for all individuals. Duke University is also committed to the free and vigorous discussion of ideas and issues, which the University believes will be protected by this policy.

Inclusive Language

Using inclusive language that expands and enriches our understanding of God includes the practice, when writing and speaking of persons or God, of using precise language and explicit pronouns; referring to collective and abstract nouns without gender; and avoiding the exclusive use of either masculine or feminine pronouns for God.


Tuition and financial aid vary according to program enrollment. The information listed on this website 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 staff.

Weekend Session

Registration fee (non-refundable): $60
Tuition for Basic Classes: $170 per class
Tuition for Advanced Classes: $200 per class

Financial Aid

Students may be eligible for funds from their conference Board of Ordained Ministry to cover 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.


Weekend Course of Study participants are responsible for making their hotel reservations directly with the hotel of their choice. Contact information and rates for local hotels are listed below. Accommodations for the program are no longer arranged through the Leadership Education office.

When making your hotel reservations, please be sure to state you are with the Duke Divinity School Course of Study program.


Students are responsible for their meals while at Weekend Course of Study.