Our Fall term is meeting in a hybrid format and the rest of the year is fully online
New students should submit the New Student Form, above. Directions for online registration for current students are in the section below this.
1. COS 121 and 122 must be taken first (effective 6/1/19). Then, the 100-level courses must be completed.
2. Although 200/300/400 level courses may be taken in any order, it is strongly recommended that students progress through the levels sequentially when possible.
*COS 221 must be completed before taking COS 421.*
3. As of 2015, students who have completed all 100-300 level courses and at least two 400-level courses will be permitted to take up to two 500-level courses. Exceptions to this policy are made only with written permission from the Director. *COS 321 must be completed before taking COS 521.*
4. District Superintendent and Local Pastor Registrar approvals are required for every registration. Conference scholarship amount is applied to the student billing record when the DS and LPR registration approval has been received. You can register for up to 4 courses per paper registration form.
5. Scholarship amounts vary by conference and are applied to the $270 tuition fee per course (as of 2022; in 2023 tuition is increasing to $300 per course). In general, full-time Local Pastors receive conference scholarships for up to four courses per year and part-time Local Pastors receive conference scholarships for up to two courses per year.
6. Registration fee of $80 per 2023+ course (non-refundable and non-transferable) must accompany the registration. Contact the COS office ASAP if the registration form might not arrive at the COS office by the registration deadline. (See SCHEDULE.) Submit registration early to insure a spot - CLASS SIZES ARE LIMITED (we will note on the SCHEDULE page if a class is full).
7. If you register with the paper form, send completed registration form with registration fee payable to MTSO:
COURSE OF STUDY
3081 Columbus Pike
Delaware, OH 43015
For new COSSO students, you will receive an email to set up your Populi account after you submit the New Student Information form linked above. If you are a returning COSSO student and have not yet received an email to setup your Populi account, please email email@example.com.
1. Login to Populi, click My Profile, and then click on the Registration tab.
2. Select the term you wish to register for from the drop down menu
3. The list of courses will display for the requested term
a. If you’ve already received credit for a course offered, you will see a note below the course, so that you don’t accidentally retake it
b. By default, courses that you haven’t met the prerequisites for will not display (effective June 1, 2019, COS 121 and 122 must be taken before any other COS classes). To request permission to enroll in a course before you’ve met the prerequisites, email firstname.lastname@example.org and explain why. If approved, we’ll register you for the course.
c. A clock icon indicates that there is a waiting list for the course.
4. Enroll in a course by clicking the green plus sign to the left of the course (to be added to the waitlist, click the clock icon that displays to the left of the course).
5. A description of the course will pop up—click “Add” below that.
6. Next, click “Save” in the upper right corner of the tab to submit your registration.
7. If you wish to register for multiple terms, repeat this process, starting from step 2.
8. You will receive 2 emails from Populi for each term that you register for. The first is a confirmation of your registration. The second email you’ll receive from Populi is the registration approval form. Click to forward the email, fill out your Conference and District, add any additional courses you just registered for, and forward the email to your District Superintendent to request their approval of your registration/s.
9. For hybrid classes, email email@example.com (or call 740-362-3120) if you'd like to request on-campus housing for the term/s you’ve just registered for. A limited number of dorm rooms are available for students. If housing is available, we’ll reserve your room. If housing for that term is full, we’ll add you to the waitlist (we’ll post when housing is full on the front pages of both the COSSO website and Populi).
10. The COS office will invoice your registration fee/s and create your term Enrollment Agreement (which replaces your signature on a paper registration form). Populi will send you an email with a link to sign your enrollment agreement. Follow the link, click the box below the agreement, then click Sign and Save.
11. After you sign the enrollment agreement, you will be directed to your Populi Financial section. Click the Dashboard tab, to the left of the By Term tab. The amount due for your registration fees (and housing deposit/s, if you’ve reserved housing) will show up on the right side as the “Pay now amount.” Click Make a Payment, fill out the fields with your information, then click Pay Now. Populi will automatically email you a receipt. If a class you’re taking here is starting in less than 6 weeks, your tuition will also be included in the “Pay now amount.”
*If you prefer to send in a check, you may. Make it payable to MTSO and mail it to: COS c/o MTSO, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015
Students are responsible for securing housing.
NOTE: as of 2023, if a term can meet in person, we will invoice the full on-campus housing cost 6-weeks before the start of the term. A limited number of rooms are available on campus and room availability fluctuates with each term. If the dorm is full, it will be posted under ANNOUNCEMENTS on the HOMEPAGE. See COS handbook for additional information. In 2023, the housing cost is $55 per hybrid weekend term.
A PDF of Delaware-area hotels is available at the top of this page.
Requests for official transcripts must be made to GBHEM. Include your PID# (if you don't know your PID, you can find it listed on the right side Student tab of your profile in Populi as your Student ID), date of birth and annual conference with your request.
Contact the COS office at COS@mtso.edu. You can also generate your own unofficial transcript in Populi. Log in at https://cosohio.populiweb.com/, click My Profile, then the Student tab. On the drop down menu titled Transcript Actions, chose Export Transcript, then click OK. A PDF of your unofficial transcript will pop up Click the download icon to download the transcript, or the printer icon to print it. The Populi transcript shows your classes in chronological order. To get a record of your classes ordered by class number, click the Degree Audit tab in the Student section of your Populi profile, then click "Export Degree Audit."
Registration fees are nonrefundable, nondeductible, and nontransferable.
At the request of your Bishop, District Superintendent, District Committee of Ordained Ministry, or an officer of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, materials should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
PO Box 340007, 1001 Nineteenth Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203-0007
Syllabi are sent to the COS office by faculty two to three months prior to the beginning of the term. It will be posted to the Schedule webpage and Populi course page as soon as it has been processed and is ready for use. We will email those who are already registered for a class to let them know when the syllabus is posted.
Required reading is described in each course syllabus.
Print, complete, and return the MTSO COS Request to Withhold Directory Information form.