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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)
       The Modular Course of Study Program will be available in English only until 2024.
       New Students are encouraged to consider other Course of Study programs, both
       Degree and non-degree. Instructors and continuing students may use this link to
       to access course materials and resources currently available in English, Spanish,
       French, Korean, and Portuguese.



Contact your pastor or district superintendent.

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