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Missional Leadership

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Missional Leadership

Master of Divinity



For over a decade, NNU has been a leader among seminaries and divinity schools by offering a fully online, 75-credit Master of Divinity degree with a graduate specialization in Missional Leadership.



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75 semester credits
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Missional Leadership

For over a decade, NNU has been a leader among seminaries and divinity schools by offering a fully online, 75-credit Master of Divinity degree with a graduate specialization in Missional Leadership. As an M.Div. student, you'll pair our strong pastoral ministry core with our Missional Leadership track to transform you, your church, and your neighborhood. Complete your entire program in as little as four and a half years, taking just one course at a time*. NNU's M.Div. program is flexible: start with your pastoral ministry core, or dive in to your specialization first. Either way, our experienced faculty will invest in your growth and development. To learn more about our Master of Divinity with a specialization in Missional Leadership, reach out to us now with your questions or complete our online information form. We'd love to talk more fully with you! *Students in their final year of study may complete Supervised Ministry concurrently with other course/s or enroll in it separately during the Summer session.

Program Outcomes

Our graduates assume leadership in various ministry venues, including pastoral leadership, staff ministry, university student development, chaplaincy, non-profit leadership, church planting, and other innovative settings. A recent survey of graduates revealed that 68 percent had already been offered positions by graduation. Additionally, many of our graduates have advanced to doctoral studies at a variety of other educational institutions, including Drew Divinity School, Boston University, Claremont, Portland Seminary, Fuller, Perkins, and Nazarene Theological Seminary, to name just a few.

Academic Outcomes

  • The graduate understands and is able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness theology as it relates to scripture, Christian tradition, reason, and experience in the practice of ministry.
  • The graduate identifies characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assesses them through an appropriate theological perspective, compares existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions, and develops personal and corporate practices consistent with the Kingdom of God.
  • The graduate practices the means of grace (spiritual disciplines) that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian virtue, and responsible social engagement.
  • The graduate integrates Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership.
  • The graduate understands the historical interplay between cultural, philosophical, and theological shifts that inform Christian ministry practice.
  • The graduate engages the social context from the perspective of Christian mission to articulate and embody the gospel of Christ.
  • The graduate utilizes insights of missional leadership to evaluate and assess congregational contexts and move persons and congregations toward practices consistent with a Wesleyan-Holiness theology.
  • The graduate understands and is able to explain God's mission in the midst of a dynamic and changing world.


Since 1930, NNU has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, the same respected accrediting body that validates other leading educational institutions across the Pacific Northwest. If a quality education from a respected institution with external validations is important to you, then NNU’s Master of Divinity or Master of Arts tracks are a great fit.
NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is also accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools. The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts: Pastoral Ministry; and Master of Arts: Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; and Youth, Children & Family Ministry.



Degree Details

Master of Divinity

Offered Online

$525 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info



I've learned a lot both professionally and personally. I've discovered more of who I am and kind of my role in the world. And then I really found a passion and kind of my calling in life this far and a career as well.

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NNU’s graduate programs are designed for you to achieve your educational goals while working around your career, your family and your other commitments.

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100% of the program can be completed online.


4.5 is the number of years it takes to complete the MDiv programs, with the majority of summers off.


NNU’s College of Theology offers 4 different graduate degrees, including Pastoral Ministry, Missional Leadership, Spiritual Formation, and Youth, Children & Family Ministry.


NNU is the 1st institution offering exclusively online graduate programs ever to be granted membership by the ATS.