NNU Graduate Theology Degrees Emphasize Active Learning

Jay Akkerman

Dr. Jay Akkerman

Active learning. It’s one of the best aspects of the fully online graduate theology degree programs at Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Theology & Christian Ministries.

Active learning is infused throughout our offerings—no matter if you pursue a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree or which of our 10 graduate degree tracks you choose.

So what is active learning? It’s the way that NNU compresses the gap between theory and practice. In other words, you’re not just developing sermons and delivering them in the pseudo environment of the classroom. You’re not just writing papers for your professors’ eyes only. You’re not just creating workshops and ministries that only live on your computer.

By being an online graduate student at NNU, the Sunday message you develop for class can actually be delivered in your church. Papers our students have written have been published in books and journals for a worldwide audience. The workshops and retreats you create for a class assignment can make a difference in people’s lives—right now.

That’s because NNU’s online graduate students go beyond just mastering theological knowledge and instead put that knowledge to work in the world—even before they have their Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree in hand.

We’ve heard it often over the past 10-plus years we’ve been offering our online theology degrees: Church boards or congregations that were initially reluctant about sharing their pastors with a master’s degree program inevitably see the benefits when they bring back new dreams, new visions, and better ways of reaching their communities with God’s love. More than one has told us it’s the best thing that ever happened to their church!

If God is calling you to expand your spiritual toolkit through graduate studies, consider NNU. Request more information or contact us. We’ll answer your questions and address your concerns.

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Jul 2013