Northern Seminary is partnering with the Baptist General Association of Virginia to train the next generation of church leaders.

As the BGAV’s seminary partner for distance education, Northern delivers accessible theological education to students in Virginia through interactive live streaming classes and local intensive gatherings. The program is focused on training students to understand their local context and lead in their church wherever they live.

Programs and Specializations

Northern offers the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Certificate programs. Students may choose one of several specializations, including Theology & Mission, New Testament, Christian Ministries, Christian Community Development, Worship, and many more.

Remote Format

The Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries can be completed remotely in Virginia through a combination of live-streaming classes and local intensive classes.

Live-Streaming Classes: Students take most classes through our unique interactive live-streaming delivery called Northern Live. Students are able to engage in a vibrant classroom experience and interact with Northern’s premier faculty and classroom peers in real time (while staying close to their local church).

Local Classes & Gatherings: Students will take a one-week summer intensive class each year in Virginia, as well as gather each Fall at the BGAV annual meeting and each Spring at the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Training event. (If students choose a specialization in MDiv or MA, they will participate in an annual one-week long travel to annual one-week intensive class at Northern on the main campus in Chicago).

Convenient Schedule

Classes are offered conveniently in the evenings on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Students in a specialization group will take a sequence of classes at the same time each week.

Tuition & Scholarships

We invite you to learn more about tuition and Northern scholarships. Information about tuition and Northern scholarships is available here. Students may apply for Northern scholarships up to 20%.

Students from BGAV churches may receive a scholarship up to $5,000 annually. Click here to learn more and apply.

All students are encouraged to seek additional support from their churches and other sources, as well as set up monthly payment plans by dividing the total cost (less scholarship and financial aid) over the length of the program.


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