Admission Requirements

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.

Application Process

  1. Submit our online application form.
  2. 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 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: Stacey Bullard
    623 S. University Boulevard
    Nampa, ID 83686-589

  3. 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.
  4. 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.