The Certificate in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies is for pan-Methodist/Wesleyan students who wish to engage in robust and intentional training in Wesleyan theology and spiritual practice in preparation for leadership positions in Methodist and Wesleyan churches, including the United Methodist Church, African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and Korean Methodist Church.

The certificate can be earned as part of the M.Div. (residential and hybrid), M.T.S., and M.A. degrees.

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"The Certificate in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies has allowed me to embrace my calling’s transformative power. Through this program, I have gained a profound understanding of my beliefs and have begun envisioning innovative pathways for Methodism’s relevance in the 21st century. Each certificate underscores Duke Divinity's deliberate commitment to identify, nurture, and ordain outstanding leaders for the Church and the world."

Duke Divinity School has rich resources in Methodist/Wesleyan studies, including renowned Methodist/Wesleyan scholars, vast primary sources in Methodism, the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition, seasoned Methodist pastors in field education and spiritual formation programs, and close partnership with Methodist churches. The Certificate in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies, administered by the Methodist House of Studies, will guide pan-Methodist/Wesleyan students to identify and engage in these resources and integrate them into their academic study and ministry. 

The goal of the certificate is to nurture Christian leaders whose theology and practice are deeply embedded in the Methodist tradition of serving the marginalized and creating innovative practices to foster thriving communities. Through the certificate program, the students will better integrate their academic learning with ministerial practices in the Wesleyan tradition, learn and practice spiritual exercises (“the means of grace”) in the Wesleyan tradition, and receive mentoring for vocational discernment and leadership development in the Wesleyan tradition.

As part of an advanced spiritual formation learning community that seeks Wesleyan spiritual disciplines to sustain the life of study and ministry, students will build connections with other Methodist/Wesleyan students, faculty, and ecclesial leaders, crossing conventional cultural, racial, and ethnic boundaries.

Fellowship and Formation

Methodist House of Studies

Methodist House provides opportunities for United Methodist and other Pan-Methodist students to gather for fellowship and formation. The house hosts worship, seminars, social events, and other Methodist enrichment events that help support students who are pursuing ordination or ministry in other forms.



Find detailed information about requirements and courses for current students (NetID required) »

For more information about the certificate, contact:
Sangwoo Kim
Senior Director of the Methodist House of Studies and Associate Dean for Vocational Formation
(919) 613-5347

  • Three courses in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies from approved list
  • (Residential M.Div. and Hybrid M.Div. only) A minimum of two semester’s participation in the Wesleyan Discipleship Group
  • (Residential and Hybrid M.Div. only) At least one field education placement in a Methodist/Wesleyan setting
  • (M.T.S. and M.A. only) A 500-word essay explaining how the student's coursework integrates with current vocation/work with specific reference to the Certificate in Methodist/Wesleyan Studies
  • (M.A. only) A project or experience deepening the student’s Methodist/Wesleyan formation; this formation may be done inside a course or independently with the approval of the certificate director