pastor scholar program

Recharge, refresh, and renew yourself for ministry and life in the Pastor Scholar Program. Study with Boston University School of Theology’s world class faculty and dedicated students in an intellectually challenging and spiritually rewarding atmosphere. Pastor scholars can take regular Boston University School of Theology courses for continuing education credit. Tuition for the semester is $150 per course, and classes begin Tuesday, September 6. Registration deadline for the Fall classes is Friday, August 25.

Courses

Select School of Theology courses are open to Pastor Scholars with the permission of the professor. Go to Pastor Scholar Fall 2016 Course List for the up-coming semester.

Expectations

Pastor scholars attend their chosen course regularly, do all course reading, complete any additional requirements stipulated by the professor, and participate in classroom activities and discussions. The extent to which Pastor Scholars take exams or hand in assignments is left to the discretion of the professor.  At the end of the semester, Pastor Scholars submit a 1,500 word essay to the Office of Contextual Education on one aspect of the course that is particularly relevant to their own life and work. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) will only be granted when the essay is received.

Courses may not be joined after the second full week that the class has met. Language courses may be taken by pastor scholars, but only with the expectation that all course requirements will be fulfilled. Language courses require a whole academic year commitment.

Ordination Credit

Individuals seeking to take a course to meet United Methodist ordination requirements (specifically, the 9 courses that comprise the UMC Basic Graduate Theological Studies (BGTS) courses – Old Testament, New Testament, theology, church history, mission, worship/liturgy, evangelism, UM Polity, and UM history and doctrine – may not do so through the Pastor Scholar program, but must instead take the course as a “special student” so that the work completed may appear on an academic transcript with a grade. All of the required work for the course must be completed as with a regular seminary course. The application for admission as a special student is streamlined. Please contact the Admissions Office at sthadmis@bu.edu. For persons pursuing ordination and taking courses required for UMC ordination, STH is able to provide 70% tuition scholarships, thereby greatly reducing the total cost of each four credit course. Students should also check into the possibility of receiving a United Methodist GBHEM grant for part-time study leading to ordination here. That grant, if received, would be applied to the total original tuition charge.

Prerequisites

This program is available by application only to those who show sufficient preparation and interest to carry out the work of the class. Pastor scholars will usually have a masters degree or its equivalent.

Credits

Pastor scholars can earn up to four CEU’s per course for their regular participation. Academic credit may not be gained, earned, or accrued. Courses taken as a pastor scholar cannot be applied to a degree program and do not appear on a BU transcript. At the satisfactory completion of all program requirements for that course, pastor scholars receive a certificate of completion attesting to the CEUs they have earned. The Pastor Scholar program is an invitation to a community of learning, not a degree program.

Application

Interested pastors, counselors, denominational staff, Christian educators, and other church professionals are invited to apply. Students who were not in good academic or financial standing with Boston University School of Theology, who are currently on leave of absence from the school, who have withdrawn themselves, or who have been withdrawn by the School of Theology in prior semesters are not eligible without approval from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

If you would like to apply to the Pastor Scholar program, please fill out the application and email it to the program administrator at sthope@bu.edu.

Pastor Scholar Application