Stuides and Requirements

We are so glad you are pursuing studies in preparation for licensing and ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.  To learn more about the educational foundations for ordained ministry please consult the Church of the Nazarene’s Manual (2017-2021). Access the Manual.

Please refer to the requirements necessary to come before both the Ministerial Board of Studies and Credentials. Read More

As a student, you have many ways to complete the 26 courses required for ordination in the course of study.  Previous academic work through accredited schools can count towards these courses.  Read More about the Courses Required


Please send all previous academic work and completed course work to our board of studies secretary,


We encourage you to use one of our Nazarene institutions for higher education as your work could count towards a degree.  Most of these institutions offer both online and in-seat education.  The courses you need may be offered throughout the year at these institutions.


Only online programs are listed below, although most of these institutions offer in-seat education as well. Costs are also only for online programs and per credit hour as of 2018.


Trevecca Nazarene University

BA in Christian Ministry, MA in Religion


Nazarene Bible College

AA in Ministry, BA in Ministry

Certificate in Ministry (Ministerial Preparation Program)

Courses taken in the MPP can be converted to college credit afterwards.


Northwest Nazarene University

AA in Christian Studies, BA in Christian Ministry (online)

MA in Pastoral Leadership (online)

MA or MDiv in Missional Leadership or Spiritual Formation (online)

Course of Study (COS)


Georgia District Course of Study

Certificate in Ministry

The course of study may be pursued in an in-seat setting locally through an approved instructor.  These courses are offered throughout the state in different formats at different times usually on an as needed basis.  You are encouraged to contact an instructor near you to learn more about what will be offered when and where.

Contact for a list of approved instructors.


The International Board of Education (IBOE) serves the Church of the Nazarene system of higher education through 52 colleges, universities, and seminaries and is resolute in shaping Christlike disciples and servant-leaders for lifelong service and global impact.