5-Year BA/MDiv : 5-year BA/MDiv

Program Type

Masters Degree


108 Hours


5 Years

Northern Seminary (Lisle, IL) has partnered with Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL) that allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Divinity (MDiv) in five years. Traditionally, this educational path takes seven to eight years. Through this program, supported by a grant from the Kern Family Foundation, students can complete both degrees in two fewer years, saving both time and tuition dollars.


Students will receive Trinity Christian College’s regular financial aid package. Eligible students can apply to receive an additional $10,000 scholarship that is dispersed throughout the 5-year program leading up until graduation.

Features of the Program

  • The program is highly mentored, and students will be enfolded into a group of peers
  • Students will participate in multi-year practical experience and internships in local churches and ministries
  • Students will take integrated undergraduate- and graduate-level theological studies, in a program tailored to maximize academic learning
  • Faculty from multiple Christian traditions will provide broad biblical and theological exposure
  • The program emphasizes contextual and multi-cultural ministry
  • On-campus housing opportunities exist for all five years
  • Find our information booklet here

Requirements for Completion

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Check out our most common questions:

When does the next academic term begin? 

Northern Seminary does not run on a traditional semester calendar. Classes begin every 10 weeks. Open enrollment allows you to register throughout the year.

Are the classes virtual or in-person?

Northern classes are primarily virtual but include several in-person sessions per year.  

What are the costs for the program?

You can find tuition information here. You can also contact Josh Carney at 630.620.2188 or at jcarney@seminary.edu.

How do I apply for financial aid?

You can apply for financial aid by filling out this application.

Are there scholarships available?

You can find scholarship information here.

Can I sit in on a class to get a feel for the program? 

Call and or email Greg Armstrong at 630-620-2175 or grarmstrong@seminary.edu for upcoming Taste of Northern events, which allow potential students to sit in on several of our current classes.

Who do I contact for more information?

Reach out to Greg Armstrong, Director of Enrollment, at admissions@seminary.edu.  

Student Stories

Read what our students have to say about their experiences here.

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