Course of Study (COS)

The Indiana Extension Course of Study School is an extension of the Garrett-Evangelical School of Theology Course of Study School, operating under the authority of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Student performance is reported to the Division of Ordained Ministry, the annual conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the student's District Superintendent and District Committee on Ministry.

The United Methodist Church requires part-time local pastors to complete the Course of Study in 12 years. The student should complete two classes per year to be eligible for reappointment (Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2012 ¶ 318.2 See also ¶ 316-320)

The weekend schedule makes attendance at the Indiana Extension COS School possible for part-time pastors having a non-clergy vocation.

Applicants must complete the Candidacy and License to Preach requirements before beginning the Course of Study.


  • $190 – INUMC Local Pastor
  • $190 – Minister Other Denomination in Indiana
  • $300 – Other Conference Local Pastor

For financial aid applicants should check with the Local Pastor Registrar of his/her annual conference, District Superintendent or District Committee.

Students pay for textbooks and any other personal expenses. Tuition includes lunches on Saturdays and a shared motel room on the first Friday of the term.


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