Course of Study is a twenty course “learn while you practice” alternative educational program for United Methodist local pastors who are not interested in or not eligible to complete a Master of Divinity degree. For full-time local pastors, the expectation is that the program will be completed within five years (4 classes per year) with a reduced course load expectation for part-time local pastors. The COS program is designed and overseen by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).