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Do you desire a deeper understanding of Scripture and don’t have time to come to class? Do you already have a Master of Divinity and need a few courses to sharpen your skills? Do you need to find a way to complete a degree at Northern while working and taking care of a family? If you answered yes to any of these, then our online courses are for you! Each online course can be taken as part of any master's degree or diploma program.

Areas of Study

  • Christian Heritage
    Bible, Church History, Theology, and Ethics
  • Electives
    Can be any course in Christian Heritage or Christian Ministry
  • Christian Ministry
    Evangelism, Mission, Preaching, Pastoral Care, Counseling, Youth Ministry, and Worship & Spirituality

Online Master's Specialization

Online SpecializationEntirely online, this program offers the convenience of an education that happens on your time and in your space yet with the support and interaction of a community. It doesn’t get any better! Throughout this program students may take courses in biblical study and theology while choosing courses that fit their needs.

ConcentrationsEmphasis

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Biblical Studies

Program DetailsDetails

Hours vary by concentration but fall into the following categories.

  • Christian Heritage
  • Christian Ministry
  • Life in Christ and Ministry

Application RequirementsRequirements

  1. $35 application fee
  2. Completed application for admission
  3. Bachelor degree from accredited institution (official transcripts must be mailed to Northern Seminary)
  4. Letter of Reference from your pastor
  5. An autobiographical statement (400 words or more)

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Online Diploma

Online OverviewStudents can complete part of their diploma programs online. Diplomas provide a great way to enhance your knowledge and interact with a community desiring the same. It is easy to get started.

Program DetailsDetails

Hours vary by concentration but fall into the following categories.

  • Christian Heritage
  • Christian Ministry
  • Life in Christ and Ministry

Read more about our diploma programs.

Part of Degree Program

Online Part ProgramEvery course in our online program can be applied toward any degree Northern offers. You can easily start a degree without leaving your home. In fact, 49% of an MACM and 66% of an MDiv can be completed online. After that, you simply need to attend any of our conveniently scheduled courses on our main campus in Lombard to complete your degree.

ConcentrationsEmphasis

  • Old and New Testament
  • Church History
  • Ethics
  • Electives

Degree ExampleDetails

(Master of Arts in Christian Ministry)

  • 10 courses taken online - 30 hours
  • 12 courses on campus - 36 hours

ABC Ordination

ABC PicAre you seeking ordination in the American Baptist Churches of the USA? Do you have an interest in the Baptist movement through history? If so, we have a great progam for you. Baptist History and Polity meets the requirements for ordination and is a fascinating look at the Baptist tradition. In addition, you can take more online courses to fulfill the education requirements for ordination. Please note that your ordination requirements are goverened by your local region.

CoursesEmphasis

  • Baptist History and Polity
  • Old and New Testament
  • Ethics
  • Theology

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  • For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 630.620.2180 or by email at

How do online classes work?

Online How it WorksPersonal attention, spiritual formation, and community interaction are the key components of every online course at Northern. Each course involves engaging in discussion with professors and students while providing various methods for understanding the content of the course. It’s personal and yet connected to a community.

What students are saying

"I would encourage anyone to apply who is serious about their vocational goal in the church. You work hard at Northern, but you meet the best people here--sisters and brothers in the faith."
--Sharon Olson, M.Div Student

How long is each course?

The average course is 10 weeks long and runs during the Fall, Winter or Spring quarter.

Courses during the summer quarter are often shorter and can be anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks long.

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