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Self-Directed Studies

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Are you searching for a way to study The Urantia Book on your own in greater depth?

But you're also looking for some support and guidance in reading and thinking about The Urantia Book

Do you want to study online at your own pace at any time of the day or night?

Then UUI's Self-Directed Study Guides are designed to meet your need for independent study!


Self-Directed Study Courses of every paper in The Urantia Book, including
The Foreword, will be released gradually over time.

Take a look at the courses in the table below that have already been rolled out.

Scroll down the table to view them all. 


Urantia University's Self-Directed Study Courses (SDS) provide an opportunity for new and advanced students of The Urantia Book to:

  • Begin to master the content of individual papers

  • Explore resources

  • Apply knowledge

  • Actively engage with the meanings and values of the revelation.

These interactive online courses are free to everyone and can be taken anytime, anywhere, on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 


Never taken a course with UUI?

Follow the easy steps outlined in the document here. 



The intent of undertaking the Self-Directed Study courses is to help you: 

  • Master the content of individual papers. 

  • Identify the major themes of The Urantia Book and understand the placement of each paper in the context of the whole revelation. 

  • Engage in confident and informed conversations about The Urantia Book with others.

  • Possess the tools and resources you need to pursue advanced study of The Urantia Book.

  • Develop the capacity to unite study, worship, and service in a truth-coordinated way of living faithfully. 

What's in the Self-Directed Study Guide?



A short summary of the paper’s significance places its content within the larger context of The Urantia Book. In these summaries we aim to answer the questions: Why does this paper appear where it does? And in what ways do the major concepts and themes presented represent advancements in revealed religion?

Highlights from Each Section

An outline of each section’s contents that draws out the major themes and ideas of the paper.

Assigned Reading

To truly master the content of The Urantia Book, one must read each paper in its entirety. The Summary and Highlights are intended as guideposts and should not be used as a substitution for any concerted study of the original text.

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Explore Resources

Learner Resources

A link to the Learner Resources module that contains additional study materials such as: Online Reference Resources, Video Library, Further Readings, Charts, Visuals, and Handouts.

Definitions of Key Terms

Short definitions of key terms and/or concepts presented in the paper. This unit is intended to be used as a basic, though not comprehensive, glossary and cross-reference guide. 

Learn More and Notes of Interest 

Additional information about key figures, historical events, or concepts mentioned  in the paper, including links to further reading. In addition to creating original resources, we’ve collected study materials from several Urantia websites as well as other relevant sources.

Audio recording of The Urantia Book

If you prefer to listen to an audio recording of the paper, you can access and stream The Urantia Book audiobook, read by Merritt Horn. 

Tour Of The Urantia Book Course

Throughout your study we highly recommend utilizing the Tour of The Urantia Book Course and the Learner Resources module as guides and references.


You will have automatic access to these resources when you log into the UUI online campus at

The Tour of The Urantia Book Course identifies the major themes and explains the structure of the parts of the book in relation to the whole revelation. This design of progressing from the complex and infinite to the simple and finite is recommended as the best method for cultivating spiritual wisdom.  (19:1.5). 

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Certificate of Completion 


You can earn a Certificate of Completion for a Self-Directed Study Course by completing all the learning units in the online study guide.

Completion is indicated by a green checkmark on your Main Course Page. You can still earn a Certificate of Completion even if you do not complete the Advanced Reflective Questions. 

Note On Urantia University’s Teaching Philosophy


Just as the student’s understanding of The Urantia Book grows, so too does the skill of the teacher evolve. Therefore, UUI’s Self-Directed Study Courses are ever expanding and responsive to the needs of our learning community. It is the position of UUI that there is no one way to study the teachings of The Urantia Book. Our educational approach honors and supports the personal learning experience, while providing guidance and an environment rich in resources.

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