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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Course of Study Satellite School

    The Directors and staff of the Wesley Course of Study program at Wesley Theological Seminary sends regards to everyone and prays that you are safe and well. The Course of Study Program continues to be taught fully on-line due to the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic. We expect this to be the case through the fall of 2021 at a minimum. Registration for spring 2021 weekend courses is still open until February 15, 2021. 

    We are also releasing the registration form for weekends beginning fall 2021.  You will note that these are also planned for on-line.  If that changes, we will notify the students registered as soon as possible.  We have scheduled all 20 courses during the July program and have all 20 courses scheduled once over the course of the next academic year in the weekend program.  

    Questions regarding the Course of Study should be sent to Sara Sheppard, Managing Director, or call 202-885-8688.

    Click here for the Wesley Course of Study website, with courses now being held at the Upper New York Satellite School at the UNY Conference Center. Program, registration forms, and course information is available at For the 2021 registration link, click here

    Click the following links for:

    Wesley Theological Seminary
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    Admissions Information
    General Information About Courses
    Weekend and July 2021 Program
    Daily Class Schedule
    Costs Per Course
    Contact Information


    Requirements for enrollment in Course of Study include:

    • High School diploma
    • Recommendation by one’s District Superintendent
    • Recommendation by the designated officer of one’s Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (Local Pastor Registrar)
    • Completion of Candidacy Studies (approved candidate for local ministry)
    • Completion of Local Pastor’s Licensing School
    • Timely completion of the registration process (see below)

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    Upper New York Conference Center
    7481 Henry Clay Blvd.
    Liverpool, NY 13099

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    General Information About Courses

    • Minimum enrollment requirement of 6 students per course. Full refunds (including registration fee) will be granted if a course is cancelled because of insufficient enrollment.

    • Course syllabi will be posted on the Wesley Seminary website site approximately 3 months prior to the beginning of each course.

    • Students are expected to acquire books for courses on their own, since there is no bookstore on campus. Normally books can be ordered through Cokesbury or other online resources.  Wesley also uses Blackboard, and on-line learning tool.  You will receive log on information after we receive your first registration.  Please contact the Instructor of the course or the Course of Study office at Wesley Seminary if you have questions.

    • It is expected that a significant portion of the reading, and written assignments, will be completed by the first meeting of class. Please be sure to study the syllabus for each course as soon as it is posted to allow sufficient time for preparation.

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    Winter 2021 (Anticipated to be online; Registration deadline Dec. 1, 2020)
    Jan 15-16 & Feb 26-27, 2021

    121 - Bible 1: Introduction; Dr. John Fulton
    223 - Worship and Sacraments; Dr. Sarah Elewononi
    322 - Theological Heritage 3: Reformation; Dr. John Tyson
    524 - Theological Reflection: Practice of Ministry; Dr. Aaron Bouwens

    Spring 2021 (Anticipated to be online; Registration deadline Feb. 15, 2021)
    March 19-20 & April 23-24, 2021

    124 - Transformative Leadership; Dr. Tim Baer
    421 - Bible 4: Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom Lit; Dr. Jonathan Lawrence
    523 - Evangelism; Dr. Doug Powe

    Click here for more course information.

    Weekend & July 2021 Program

    Weekends 2020-2021: Click here to register.

    Weekend 2021-2022: Information coming soon

    July 2021: Click here for to register.


    Click here to download the registration form and to find instructions on how to submit the form upon completion.

    Tentative Daily Class Schedule

    Each course will meet on a Friday/Saturday format as follows:

    12:30 - 1 p.m.: Arrival and check-in (first weekend only)
    1 - 1:45 p.m.: Worship (second weekend starts with worship at 1 p.m.)
    2 - 5:30 p.m.: Class
    5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Dinner
    6:30 - 9 p.m.: Class

    7:45 - 8:30 a.m.: Coffee and conversation
    9 - 1 p.m.: Class

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    Costs Per Course

    Tuition: $350
    Registration fee: $75

    Students will be billed for these charges and payment will be made to Wesley Theological Seminary.

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    If you require housing for this program, please;

    1. Indicate that on your registration form.
    2. Include if you would like a room mate and if you have a preference for your roommate.

    Wesley will make a reservation for you in our room block at the Staybridge Suites. We will make arrangements for early check-in so you can check in before you go to class.

    1. Students are required to pay for the room upon checkout.
    2. If you need to cancel, please contact the seminary and we will take care of these arrangements. We must receive cancellations in writing. An email is fine.
    3. Student who do not show will be billed for the full amount on their Wesley student account.

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    Contact Information

    Sara Sheppard
    Managing Director, Course of Study 
    (202) 885-8688

    Doug Tzan
    Director, Course of Study

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    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."