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$520 per credit
Join passionate Bible teachers in a comprehensive, pre-doctoral program. The Master of Divinity meets ordination requirements for pastoral or chaplain positions and further doctoral studies for church ministry. This program combines biblically-based evangelical theology with Christian ministry.
You will learn from caring faculty who are theologians and ministry practitioners themselves. Some of our professors are internationally known experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Old and New Testaments, and minor prophets. You will gain the knowledge and character needed for effective ministry and education.
You will experience dynamic discussions in a rich, non-denominational setting. You will be in ministry internships with the option to apply to an outside Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program.
For students who have not yet earned their Bachelor's degree, Northwestern offers an accelerated M.Div. option. You can earn your undergraduate degree in Pastoral Ministry in a traditional day-school format and a Master of Divinity, after completing the fifth year, through the Graduate Studies Program.
The M.Div program is available completely online or in a blended learning format and can be completed in 42-46 months.
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You will learn to analyze, think critically, communicate effectively, and advance your knowledge of Scripture.
I want to give much credit to my advisor, Dr. Dale Lemke. He has moved mountains for me in pursuing my call to pastoral ministry and has helped me learn a great deal in leadership development in ministry. Much of my desire to write in the academic realm of theology stems from being inspired by professors such as Dr. Randy Nelson, Dr. Ardel Caneday, Dr. Ed Glenny, Dr. Paul Helseth, and Dr. Larry Siekawitch. These five men have inspired me to strive to become a pastor-theologian for God's glory and for the good of His people. During my time here at UNW, I've learned many things on theology, pastoral ministry, and the biblical worldview.
The professors walk with us as we wrestle with different theological perspectives, without too much of a heavy hand. A lot of schools waver on values or seem uncomfortable discussing them, but Northwestern doesn’t. It’s not in your face, but they hold fast to their values.