The student will have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent, which should include at least 8 semester/12 quarter credits in Biblical Studies, Christian Theology and/or Western Philosophy, and evidence an overall GPA of 2.5, or 3.0 in the last 30 semester/45 quarter credits.
Students with academic deficiencies because of low GPA or lack of religion courses may be admitted into the program on a provisional basis. All deficiencies must be remediated during the first year of the program
Students should also have some experience in ministry, either professionally or as a volunteer, and be prepared to apply their course work to their present assignment. A minimum of two years of experience is recommended.
- Submit our online application form.
- Submit an official transcript from the undergraduate institution from which you graduated reflecting all individual courses taken. Official transcripts for graduate work should also be submitted if it relates to a theological discipline. Note: Faxed transcripts are not official. Students who earn degrees outside the United States must have a complete evaluation done by a member of NACES to ensure undergraduate degree equivalents. Visit www.naces.org to locate a member. Exceptions are: all Nazarene Universities and Northwest University in China. All official transcripts must be mailed directly to:
Northwest Nazarene University
Graduate Admissions Dept.
Attn: Marilyn Holly
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686-589
- Using the online recommendation form, please provide three recommendations, one from each of the following:
- The prospective student's present district superintendent or equivalent ecclesiastical superior;
- Someone who can evaluate the prospective student's previous academic performance, such as a college professor or administrator; and
- An adult lay person who knows the prospective student well, or the prospective student's senior pastor if he or she is in staff ministry.
- During their online orientation course, all students are required to complete a National Sex Offender & Criminal Background Check.
Note: If English is not the student's native language, proficiency must be demonstrated through earning an appropriate score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores accepted: 550 (paper score); 213 (electronic score); 85 (internet-based test IBT) with writing and speaking no less than a score of 22, and no score under 20.