Welcome to the COS Online Learning Center


The Course of Study (COS) is a theological education program prescribed by the United Methodist Book of Discipline and offered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. At this Course of Study Online Learning Center, you can complete many of the Course of Study courses online.



  1. Select a term from the menu on the left. The courses offered in that term will be listed. Students may only enroll in one course per term.

    • Registration for May term courses opens March 1

    • Registration for August term courses opens June 1

    • Registration for January term courses opens October 1

  2. Click on the "Pre-register now" button. If this is the first time you have registered using this system, you will be asked to create an account. If you have previously registered using this system, log in with your username and password. Once you have created your profile, you will need to go back to the course to complete the enrollment form.

  3. Fill in the form and submit it.

  4. You will receive an email confirmation that you have started the registration process. Your district superintendent and conference registrar will automatically receive email notes requesting their approval for you to take the course. Failure to provide an accurate name and email address for these people will delay your registration. Providing a false email address will result in receiving no credit for the course.

  5. After all the necessary approvals are received, you will receive an email note with a link to log in and pay for the course. Note: You are not registered until you have completed this process and paid for the course.

  6. After payment has been received and processed you will receive an email note with a link to the course for which you registered. Although you will be able to log into the Moodle site where your course is hosted and view the book list for the course, you will not have access to the course content until the official start of the course.

    Note: The registration fee for an online class is nonrefundable and nontransferable toward any other class.


Register for a Regional or Extension School

In order to take courses offered by the residential regional or extension schools, you must first register with the dean or program director of that specific COS program. For contact information for the residential schools, click here.



  • COS courses are $350/course.
  • Advanced COS courses are $400/course.
  • Book costs are not included in these course fees.


Learning Online with Moodle

Courses meet online using the Moodle learning management system. You log into Moodle via a web browser. There is no software to download unless you want to use the Moodle Mobile App on your mobile device. Some courses may include online meetings where you connect with your facilitator and colleagues via webcam and VOIP (audio through your computer using headphones and microphone) or telephone. Make sure you are aware of the basic Minimum Requirements for Online Learning Using Moodle before your course begins.

For questions or more information, contact the Course of Study Registrar at cos@gbhem.org.