Valencia Hills Community Church Partnership

Learn about partnership details to earn a Graduate Certificate in Ministry Leadership and how to contact an admission counselor for more information.

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University of Northwestern is partnering with Valencia Hills Community Church in California to provide leaders the opportunity to earn a 16-credit Graduate Certificate in Ministry Leadership from Northwestern with a few specialized transfer courses taught at Valencia Hills. It is the desire of Valencia Hills and Northwestern to equip Christian leaders with spiritual formation, relational and cultural awareness, and management skills to prepare leaders for further impact in one’s home, church, community, and workplace.

Designed for working professionals or those in ministry, this graduate certificate can be completed in about one year, and students who want to continue their studies at Northwestern may apply all of the certificate credits toward a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, or Master of Divinity.


Partnership students who successfully complete the Valencia Hills courses listed below may receive up to four graduate credits that will substitute for Northwestern coursework. Contact Valencia Hills for registration information. The remaining 12 credits, which include some electives, are completed online through Northwestern.

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Spiritual Care I (1 cr) and Spiritual Care II (1 cr)
MIN5510 Ministry Relationships (2 cr)
Spiritual Formation for Leadership (2 cr)
MIN5011 Spiritual Formation for Leadership (2 cr)

Financial Information

Employees, interns, members, and regular attenders of Valencia Hills Community Church and its partner churches are eligible to receive a significant tuition discount for the Graduate Certificate in Ministry Leadership. If a student completes all four credits of coursework through Valencia Hills, the remaining certificate courses can be completed at Northwestern for under $5,000. A discount participation form needs to be submitted, so please ask your Northwestern admission counselor for this form. Financial aid loans are available for the coursework taken at Northwestern.


Jody Reynolds

Assistant Director of Non-Traditional Admissions
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