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Department of Christian Ministries

Nonprofit Leadership

Student working with nonprofit organization
Department of Christian Ministries

Nonprofit Leadership

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

Prepare to work in nonprofit organizations alongside fellow Christians who have been called to serve around the world. The nonprofit leadership degree combines multiple ministry and business courses, along with an internship to provide real life experience with nonprofit organizations.


of seniors feel prepared to integrate their faith with their academic field


business and ministry skills for Kingdom impact


of seniors felt their major encouraged critical thinking

Why study nonprofit leadership at Northwestern?

You will develop skills in relational and ethical leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership as a Nonprofit major. You’ll be well-equipped for a career in nonprofit leadership and administration when you graduate because you’ll have spent 200 hours ministering during required internships. You will grow closer to God as you learn from experienced professionals serving communities. For more information about internships in our department, please click here.

Students at Northwestern have the opportunity to intern in a variety of church-based and nonprofit ministries around the Twin Cities. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving nonprofit and church organizations.

If you are mission-oriented, interested in humanitarian outreach, have a cross-cultural mindset, and are interested in a career working in the nonprofit sector, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will develop a business mindset and establish strong written and verbal communication skills for work in nonprofit organizations.

Some classes include:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Grant Writing
  • Business Ethics
  • Business as Mission
  • Ministry in a Globalized World

Accelerated M.A. in Ministry Leadership

Students may apply through the Ministry department to combine an undergraduate degree in Nonprofit Leadership with an accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Nonprofit majors complete up to 14 credits of the MA degree during their undergraduate program and the remaining 22 credits during a fifth year of study. The fifth year can be completed on site or through online learning. This pathway saves students time and tuition expense as they add a graduate degree to their portfolio.

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We equip men and women as they respond to God’s call on their lives. Whether it is in business, professional and volunteer ministry, or in life, all Christians are called to represent Christ in their spheres of influence. We help students to listen carefully as they look to discover God’s design for them, as they develop the heart, knowledge and skills needed for their profession.
Rick Thoman, Dean of the College of Professional Studies-Retired; Department Chair, Professor of Christian Ministries

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Meet your professors

Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.

Meet the entire department

Dale Lemke, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries

Prior to teaching at Northwestern, Dr. Lemke was an Assistant Professor of Ministry Leadership at Crown...

John Easterling, D.Miss., D.Min.

Professor of Intercultural Studies

John Easterling has been teaching at University Northwestern – St. Paul since the fall of 1988. Prior to...

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