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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Course of Study Satellite School

    The Course of Study Program continues to work schedule courses so that everyone remains safe and healthy. To that end, we have moved all fall weekend courses to a fully online format. It is highly likely that the winter and spring courses will follow as well. The deadline to register for the fall courses is September 1, 2020. Because of the online format, we will need to adhere to the 20 student maximum limit. 

    Online courses will have both online writing and synchronous Zoom components. Faculty are now working to adapt their courses and syllabi should be posted soon. Please keep the dates listed below on your calendar for the Zoom sessions. These will likely not be the whole day, but parts of the day. Watch for instructions from your faculty person.

    Please stay safe, social distance, wear your mask, and know that we are praying for you and your churches. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Sheppard at

    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

    Click the following links for:

    Wesley Theological Seminary
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    Admissions Information
    General Information About Courses
    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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    Fall 2020 (Fully online; Registration deadline Sept. 1, 2020)
    Oct. 16-17 & Nov. 13-14, 2020

    122 - Theological Heritage 1: Introduction: This course is being taught on-line from Perkins School of Theology. You may register by clicking here. Questions should be forwarded via email to Sara Sheppard.
    123 - Formation and Discipleship; Rev. Gina Campbell
    221 - Bible 2: Torah and Israel's History; Dr. Jonathan Lawrence
    422 - Theological Heritage 4: Wesleyan Movement; Dr. John Tyson

    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.


    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."