Welcome to the Course of Study 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 United Methodist 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 as well as access resources and course-work for some regional and extension schools.

Registration for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Program

In order to take any courses offered through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry program, you must first register with the Course of Study office through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).

How to register

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

    • 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.

  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.

For questions or more information, call Pamela Frost at 615-340-7416 or send an email to cos@gbhem.org.

Registration for a Regional or Extension School Program

In order to take any courses offered by regional or extension schools, you must first register with the dean or program director of the specific Course of Study program. In most cases, the name of the dean or director will appear alongside the course listings. You can send an email to the dean, director, or course instructor by selecting his/her name within the listing description.

If you cannot locate the contact information, send an email to cos@gbhem.org and include the name of the course you are interested in accessing. We will provide a contact for you to complete the registration process with the regional school or annual conference program.

For All Students

Please ensure you have the Minimum Requirements for Online Learning Using Moodle.

To contact the Course of Study Registrar, Pamela Frost, send an email to cos@gbhem.org.