Credit for COS

Earn college credits for the Course of Study (COS) program.

Join this unique program which allows licensed local pastors and those currently completing the coursework to become a licensed local pastor to earn college credits for the Course of Study (COS) program.  Course of Study is a 20-course program that educates licensed local pastors in the Methodist church.  There are dozens of affiliates that administer the COS.  DWU will grant up to 24 credits for scholars who have, or are currently, completing COS from any qualified affiliate.

Credits granted can be applied toward DWU's online degree programs.  Scholars can choose to complete a 100% online associate or bachelor's degree in either Nonprofit Administration or Organizational Leadership.

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What can you expect in DWU's COS degree completion program?

Combine your COS courses with your DWU courses to earn your associate degree!

Combine your COS courses with your DWU courses and life experience to earn your bachelor's degree!

  • 24 credits granted for the completion of the Methodist Course of Study (COS)
  • 100% online
  • 7-week courses
  • Applied projects that relate directly to your work
  • Full-time and part-time options available

Now enrolling for August!  Complete our FREE application!

Looking for scholarship information?

The following programs may be availble to Methodist students enrolled in the Course of Study.

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

Applications open December 15th and will close March 24th.

Interested students should complete a general application form. GBHEM will match the applicant to the scholarship that best fits his or her needs.

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation

Interested students should complete a general application form. UMHEF will match the applicant to the scholarship that best fits his or her needs.

Dollars for Scholars Program

Dollars for Scholars is a unique source of funding with its own applcation process.  Applications close in March annually.  Note: Students may be eligible for both a general scholarship and a Dollars for Scholars awa

Local Foundations

Check with your local Methodist Foundation. Your conference may also have scholarship money available.

"We are thrilled to offer another eduational opportunity to local pastors in our Course of Study program.  This will alow more local pastors to pursue undergraduate degrees, working with Dakota Wesleyan University.  We are excited about this agreement and the pathways for leadership development and formation that it opens for our United Methodist leaders.

—Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller, Connectional Relations Officer, GBHEM

Missy Leuthold

Missy Leuthold

Adult & Online Enrollment Coordinator


Phone: (605) 995-2688