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NNU’s Graduate School of Theology (GST) is designed to prepare ministry leaders for the twenty-first century as they serve the Church and advance the Kingdom of God. All of NNU’s GST programs are fully online and will allow you to further your education while working around your current life and occupational demands.

NNU’s GST faculty members have earned their doctoral degrees from some of the world’s finest theological institutions, including Drew, Emory, Perkins, Asbury, Garrett, Claremont, Trinity and Fuller. Our experienced professors are fully committed to preparing you for Christian ministry while challenging you in ways that bring out your best, both academically and for your future in ministry.

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Master of Divinity

For decades, the Master of Divinity degree has been regarded as “the gold standard” for individuals pursuing graduate theological education leading to vocational Christian ministry. NNU’s M.Div. degree is fully online, consists of just 75 semester hours and can be completed one course at a time. Although multiple factors may impact program length, it can normally be finished in just over four years. As an M.Div. student, you’ll work in an online learning community and complete a specialization of your choosing. Explore an array of disciplines in your coursework, including Pastoral Care, Leadership, Preaching, Christian Education, Bible, Theology, Worship, Evangelism, Church History and Philosophy. At NNU, our M.Div. also includes an interactive foundational core that allows you to tailor 16 credits in one of three specializations:

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

NNU’s 40-credit Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry offers you a streamlined ministry degree designed to meet all educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene as well as fulfill most requirements from other denominations. Designed for busy adults, you can complete this fully online program one course at a time* in as few as 27 months.

*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.

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Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation

NNU’s 36-credit Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation offers adult learners multiple options of focused study that can be completed fully online in as few as 24 months. With a cohort of 12-25 adult learners, you will progress through the program using our flexible online learning management system.

The Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation tracks allow you to personalize your program with specializations in the following areas:

Doctorado en Teología

El programa del título de Doctor en Teología (Th.D.) está diseñado para proporcionar estudios e investigaciones avanzados para personas en el liderazgo pastoral, ministerial, educativo y/o de la iglesia en el área específica de la Teología Práctica. El programa de Th.D. brinda oportunidades para la exploración, el estudio, la investigación y el análisis en profundidad con respecto a la Iglesia, sus prácticas y el ministerio en campos interdisciplinarios seleccionados (es decir, bíblico, teológico, histórico y filosófico, un componente consistente con todos los programas de posgrado que el Colegio de Teología y Ministerio Cristiano—CTCM—ofrece) y en cursos enfocados en prácticas específicas de la Iglesia y el ministerio.

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Ashley and Grant speaking in chapel

Th.D. in the Theology of the Church

The Th.D. program at NNU is uniquely tailored for individuals in pastoral, ministerial, educational and ecclesiastical leadership roles in Practical Theology. This doctorate offers a distinctive opportunity for comprehensive exploration, research and analysis of the Church, its practices and ministry in interdisciplinary fields. The curriculum is designed to focus on specific practices of the Church and ministry, setting it apart from other programs.

GST Certificate Programs

NNU’s GST Certificate Programs offers courses you can take for your personal or professional development or to get a jump start on a future graduate program in the same area of study. Graduate Certificates empower you to focus in a particular area of academic study at a pace that fits your schedule. Depending on the certificate selected, you may complete one or two eight-week courses per semester. Certificates are offered in:

Accreditation & Educational Effectiveness

NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is 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 in Pastoral Ministry; Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; and Youth, Children & Family Ministry.

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.

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