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The Master of Divinity degree has long been regarded as "the gold standard" for men and women pursuing graduate theological education leading to vocational Christian ministry.
Historically, M.Div. programs have been significantly more robust than most master's degrees in other academic disciplines. Northwest Nazarene University's M.Div. degree is fully online with no residential requirements whatsoever. Consisting of 74 semester hours, our M.Div. programs can be completed one course at a time in as little as 50 months, with most summers off.
By contrast, many other seminaries and divinity school programs today continue to require their M.Div. students to complete 90 or more semester credits and also expect them to complete all or much of their course work in residential, campus-based settings. NNU students enroll in a cohort of 12-20 other adults in their learning communities and also complete one of three specialized interest tracks. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, or students can take advantage of a zero interest monthly payment plan.
Online M.Div. students at NNU explore a depth of disciplines in their coursework including 42 credits in pastoral care, leadership, preaching, Christian education, Bible, theology, worship, evangelism, church history, and philosophy. NNU is unique in that students also tailor 32 credits of their 74-hour M.Div. in one of four areas of emphasis: Christian Education, Missional Leadership, Spiritual Formation or Youth, Church & Culture. All of our graduate students begin their programs with a zero-credit online orientation to learning and research.
While many of our students come from traditions outside the Church of the Nazarene, many Nazarene students will be encouraged to know that NNU's fully online M.Div. fulfills the academic requirements for ordination required by the denomination*. Since 1930, NNU has held continuous regional accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and recently the university was granted associate membership with The Association of Theological Schools. NNU is the first institution with a fully online M.Div. program ever to be granted associate membership by ATS.
At NNU, our faculty members have earned their doctoral degrees from some of the finest theological institutions in the world, including Drew, Emory, Perkins, Asbury, Garrett, Claremont, Trinity, and Fuller. Many of our professors have extensive teaching experience in other world areas. We love the Church and take seriously our commitment to prepare men and women for Christian ministry while challenging them in ways that bring out their best, both from an academic standpoint and in terms of a future in ministry.
Explore how NNU's fully online Master of Divinity tracks can better prepare you for twenty-first century ministry. For more information, call 877-NNU-GRAD (668-4723).
*While NNU's M.Div. programs have been validated by Nazarene Clergy Services as meeting the educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene, denominational polity gives final authority on such matters to the district, not to general authorities.