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School of Theology and Ministry

At Northwestern we believe the Scriptures relate to all areas of life, which is why every undergraduate major includes 30 credits of Bible. This solid biblical foundation allows you to enhance your major with advanced courses in theology, ministry methods, biblical languages, and more.

About the School

The School of Theology & Ministry offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to equip students for careers in churches, parachurch organizations, Christian education, missions, and more. The School is made up of two different departments: Biblical & Theological Studies and Christian Ministries.

As a ministry major, I hope to be an influence in someone’s life through sharing Jesus Christ by taking what I learn and sharing it with them. The classes that I’m taking are opening my mind and eyes to know and learn a lot of things that I’ve never thought ministry could include.

Majors and Programs

Both departments emphasize hands-on experience as a way to discover your strengths and improve your skills. Our programs will connect you with local and international internships, leadership opportunities, and theological conferences. The degrees and programs offered in both departments will prepare you for top graduate programs in ministry, theology, and seminary schools and careers working in churches and other nonprofit organizations. For more information about the degrees offered, check out our departments listed below.


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Meet your Professors

Learn from our experienced faculty who are passionate about ministry, research, missions, biblical studies, urban outreach, multicultural engagement, and teaching.

Randy W. Nelson, Ph.D.

Department Chair of Biblical & Theological Studies
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Dale Lemke, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries
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