Course Offerings

Do you feel called to strengthen your faith, grow in your understanding of God’s word, and develop a greater capacity for effective ministry leadership?  Explore our programs and course options to discover where God may be calling you.

Master of divinity

Our flagship degree, the MDiv is a comprehensive degree program designed to prepare students for service in ministry by providing a broad foundational knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, Theology, Church History, and Christian Ethics while integrating ministry practice.

108 Quarter Hours

3-4 Years

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Master of arts in christian ministry

The MACM is a degree that incorporates practical ministry training in preaching, pastoral care and counseling, adult and children’s ministries, cross-cultural ministry, worship, urban studies, youth ministry, missional church and evangelism while deepening biblical and theological understanding.

66 quarter hours

2-3 years

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master of arts in theology and mission

The MATM focuses on the mission of God in today’s cultural contexts. The program seeks to develop leaders who can effectively proclaim the gospel through missional theology, contextual reflection, and ministry experience. It will broaden understanding of God’s mission and it is specifically designed to be affordable, local, and communal.

57 quarter hours

4-5 years

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Come study the Gospels and Paul with Scot McKnight; Missional Ecclesiology, Theology, Mission and the Cultural Issues of Pluralism, Sexuality, and Justice with David Fitch; Christology, the Trinity, and Christian Doctrine with Cherith Fee Nordling; Ethnography, Evangelism and Mission with Robert Price;and the Old Testament with Claude Mariottini.

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master of arts in new testament

The Master of Arts in New Testament (MANT) provides an in-depth exposure to New Testament studies with additional study in the Old Testament, church history and theology. The focus of this program is to genuinely explore the hermeneutics of doing New Testament theology.

57 quarter hours

4 years

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Come study six new New Testament courses with Dr. Scot McKnight; Missional Ecclesiology, Theology, Mission and the Cultural Issues of Pluralism, Sexuality, and Justice with David Fitch; Christology, the Trinity, and Christian Doctrine with Cherith Fee Nordling; and the Old Testament with Claude Mariottini.

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master of arts in worship

The Master of Arts in Worship (MAW) is a dynamic and enriching program of personal, professional and spiritual development involving peer learning and accountability, mentorship and spiritual formation over forty months. The program is designed to supplement the life and ministry of worship leaders who work in a part-time or full-time capacity as servants of Christ and His Church.

57 quarter hours

3-4 years

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This program represents a partnership with the 10,000 Fathers Worship School led by Aaron Keyes in Atlanta, Georgia. For nearly a decade, the 10,000 Fathers Worship School has offered worship leaders an alternative to a contemporary worship culture that is more about being professional than prophetic, to worship services that are more about production than presence, and to worship leading that is more about tours than tears. The 10,000 Fathers Worship School hopes to raise up an army of men and women who are gifted to lead worship, equipped to do so with theological soundness, convicted to grow in both character and competency, and committed to doing it all for the goal of making disciples. In order to participate in this program of study, students must apply to BOTH the 10,000 Fathers Worship School and to the MAW program through Northern Seminary.

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graduate certificate

The Graduate Certificate (GC) is a non-degree program which offers graduate-level credit to students wishing to strengthen their ministry without committing to a full-length program. With four areas of specialization available, these programs are an ideal entry point into theological education.

5 courses

1-2 years

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Biblical Studies, Pastoral Care, Preaching and Teaching, and Church History

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New Kind of Preacher Certificate

Northern’s New Kind of Preacher program will address the challenges pastors face as they seek to develop their preaching.  The program will go beyond the mechanics of sermon preparation ultimately providing the tools needed to become a new kind of preacher.

Learning Groups

2 Years

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No additional emphasis available.

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Spiritual Transformation Certificate

In partnership with the Transforming Center, headquartered at The Loretto Center in Wheaton, IL, Northern offers a Certificate in Spiritual Transformation.  This Certificate will transform your leadership, helping you become a leader in authentic spiritual transformation within your ministry context.

 

9 Retreats

1-2 Years

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doctor of ministry

The DMin degree is the highest earned professional degree for ministry, and brings attention to issues which arise within the student’s ministry setting. Northern offers cohort- and partnership-based degree programs with several specialized emphases available.

36 quarter hours

3-4 years

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Northern offers two types of DMin programs with specialized emphases available in each.  In the Partnership program, there is an emphasis in Spiritual Transformation.  In the Cohort program, there are emphases in New Testament Context, Christian Community Development, and Missional Leadership.

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inspiration

“Northern has degree and non-degree programs that fit a variety of life experiences and ministry callings; they are there to meet your ministry goals and to develop your ministry calling.”

 

 

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