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The Church of the Nazarene is committed to preparing its ministers for a lifetime of effective service. In addition to experience gained through serving in the local church and other settings, there are educational requirements that must also be met. 

The goal is for every Nazarene minister to develop certain abilities and capacities by completing an array of studies and practicums called the Course of Study (COS). Those seeking ordination in the Church of the Nazarene must complete a Course of Study program that has been approved (validated) by the General Board and Board of General Superintendents. Both degree and non-degree validated COS programs are available. 


Guide to Ministerial Preparation and Ordination (Español or Français)


Course of Study Programs

Degree Programs
A list of Course of Study validated undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Non-Degree Programs
A list of Course of Study validated non-degree programs.

     • Modular Course of Study Program (MCOS)
       Instructors and continuing students may use this link to access course materials and resources for this program in English, Spanish,         
French, Korean, and Portuguese. There is limited availability of these materials in some languages other than English. 

The Modular Course of Study Program is to be discontinued after the close of 2024. Individuals who are now in the beginning years of their preparation using this program are encouraged to transition to other validated Course of Study programs soon so that there will be no disruption in meeting the educational requirements for ordination. Students nearing completion of their preparation under this program may find it best to remain in the program if they can complete the remaining coursework by the end of 2024. 



Contact your pastor or district superintendent.

You may also contact Global Clergy Development at or toll-free at 800-306-7651.