If you intend to become an ordained United Methodist minister, give some serious thought to attending one of the thirteen United Methodist seminaries. They are located throughout the country and all offer a variety of focus areas for ministry. In addition, you’ll get some required courses that aren’t necessarily offered at non-UM schools, such as United Methodist history, doctrine and polity. All UM seminaries are approved by the University Senate (a must when earning your degree). It’s also nice to know that there are more scholarship opportunities available for certified candidates attending UM seminaries (like the Special Seminary Scholarship for young adults who are enrolled at a UM school).
Choosing a seminary is similar to choosing a college. Take the time to learn the differences in the institutions and set up visits – all schools will welcome you on campus, and many offer events specifically for those considering attending seminary. Check out www.yasn.org for a list of upcoming events for prospective students as well as links to the thirteen UM theological schools.
If you are considering attending seminary at a school other than one of those related to The United Methodist Church, you must first make sure that institution is approved by the University Senate. Otherwise, your degree won’t be recognized by the church and will not fulfill your ordination requirements. These seminaries are approved by the University Senate.