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$440 per credit
Prepare for a transformative career in Christian ministry with an online ministry degree. Engage with critical leadership training and graduate prepared for work in the church, mission field, and around the world.
If you’re looking for an online ministry degree, our ministry degree is intentionally designed to be both realistically attainable and undeniably valuable. In other words, we've created an online program that fits your busy life and equips you to join the next generation of church leaders, missionaries, nonprofit leaders, and other ministers—something we’ve been doing for over 100 years!
Through this major, you will develop skills in teaching, counseling, and leadership so that you can make an impact in the world. Our ministry curriculum was developed by faculty with years of practical ministry experience. With the embedded Christian Studies concentration, you will establish a foundational understanding of the Bible, theology, and apologetics.
Experience it all within a supportive Christian community to encourage you as you live out your calling.
Students may apply to combine an undergraduate degree in Ministry with an accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Ministry majors complete up to 16 credits of the MA degree during their undergraduate program and the remaining 20 credits during a fifth year of study. The fifth year can be completed through online learning. This pathway saves students time and tuition expense as they add a graduate degree to their portfolio.
of students receive a concentration in Christian Studies
able to be earned towards a graduate program
Still have questions about earning an online ministry degree? Check out a few of our most frequently asked questions!
Definitely. We know it can be nerve-wracking to take the next step toward your ministry goals, especially as you consider how pursuing a degree will fit into your busy life.
That’s why we’ve created a value-packed online program in ministry that provides a manageable workload for a busy adult. Experience flexible education and student-friendly courses all within a convenient online format—so you can complete coursework when it’s convenient for you.
Yes! It is a top priority to make quality education affordable so that you can fulfill your calling right here at UNW. You can expect competitive tuition that’s actually less than the cost of most state undergraduate programs.
More than our commitment to an affordable education, though, is our commitment to a valuable one. Invest in an education at UNW that offers faith-infused learning, a highly interactive online community, courses taught by actively practicing faculty, and student-friendly course design.
Absolutely. We believe students of all ages thrive in a learning environment where they feel known, supported, and encouraged. Our online ministry program, firmly rooted in biblical principles, offers access to free tutoring and coaching resources, personal academic advising, optional live-learning sessions, and—of course—our highly interactive virtual community.
Our online curriculum is designed to provide you with a foundation for success in the real world. Whether you’ve served in ministry for years or are considering a mid-career transition, a ministry degree can open doors to many careers in a variety of settings.
UNW alumni have taken on roles in pastoral ministry, church leadership, mission work, church planting, bi-vocational ministry, chaplaincy, church administration, counseling, nonprofit work, substance abuse counseling, and more.
We recognize that faith is central to ministry. Experience an online B.S. in Ministry that combines biblically based, evangelical theology with Christian ministry skills to fully prepare you to step into your unique calling.
Grow in your spiritual walk and develop strategies for effective ministry work locally or around the world. Wherever you feel led in ministry, graduate with a deepened level of confidence as a faithful servant leader in the Kingdom of God.
Northwestern has a really good mission and purpose to educate us in the ways of God, but also offers education that focuses on the profession you are going into, whether that's ministries or communications or business. We have an opportunity and a platform to preach Jesus through our lives.
The Ministry Program gave me a foundation of Bible understanding, critically examining ministry practices in the 21st century, spiritual development, and effective teaching practices. The professors were amazing, answering questions, and providing meaningful teaching all with a Christian focus.
The ministry professors at Northwestern truly cared about who I was. They wanted to see me grow, not only as a student, but as a person and as a follower of Jesus. And that changed everything for me.
A bachelor’s in ministry provides you with a foundation for success in the real world. With an online ministry degree, you will be prepared for a variety of careers and academic pathways.
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As you pursue a bachelor’s in ministry at UNW, you will learn how to engage non-believers and develop effective communication skills. You will also explore specific knowledge, skills, and personal values that prepare leaders biblically, relationally, and practically for wise service in church, nonprofit, or cross-cultural roles.
Meet the Ministry Program Faculty
Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our online ministry program faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your knowledge, skills, and faith while you earn your degree.
Study under professors in our ministry program who not only have decades of past experience, but who are active in Christian ministry on a daily basis. This means you will have the opportunity to learn about potential real-world challenges (and their solutions), hone in on ministry-specific skills needed in your area of interest, and be encouraged in your faith.Meet the Faculty Explore the department