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The Graduate Studies program offers a variety of degree options in an accelerated format designed for busy, working adults. The integration of biblical ethics in all programs also lays the foundation for personal and professional leadership.

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The Graduate Studies program offers a variety of degree options in an accelerated format designed for busy, working adults. Students complete a certificate or degree by taking one course at a time and by meeting one night per week onsite, online, or in a blended cohort structure. Depending on the number of credits transferred into the program, the certificates take approximately 8 months to complete; the MAED, MAHS, MAML, MOL, and MATS degrees take 18–22 months to complete; the MBA degree takes 22–26 months to complete; and the M.Div. degree takes 42–46 months to complete.

Graduate Core Competencies

The following core competencies should be reflected in all graduate-level coursework at Northwestern. Graduate students will:

  1. Develop and demonstrate advanced skills in critical thinking and in written and verbal communication.
  2. Develop advanced skills in evaluating material and effectively presenting their research in a variety of media.
  3. Analyze key issues in their field of study through analysis and synthesis of significant field-specific research.
  4. Explore their field of study through a biblical worldview.
  5. Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity for building relationships and for communicating the Gospel in context.

Graduate Degrees


The Graduate Studies program offers a variety graduate degrees. If you want to take individual courses for personal development not specified in a degree plan, you have the option to select from a variety of subjects. These degrees and programs will enhance your career working in a variety of industries.

Professional Development


Take the next step in your career and earn a graduate certificate. These shorter programs of study allow you to focus on a specific area to gain expertise quickly. Earn a certificate on its own, or apply the credits to a graduate degree should you wish to continue your studies. Graduate Certificates curriculum has been developed to ensure our students learn real-world skills and expertise that put them in high demand.

Graduate Admissions Counselors


Looking to start or complete your master's degree? Our counselors are able to help you.

Jody Reynolds

Admission Counselor
Partnership Specialist
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Contact Jody for information about:

  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Human Services
  • Certificate in Christian Studies

Sam Raun

Regional Admission Counselor and Partnership Specialist
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Contact Sam for information about:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Data Analytics Certificate
  • Leadership Certificate

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