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Prepare for a career in the church, mission field, and world. This degree lays the foundation for you to pursue graduate study.
Northwestern has been training the next generation of church leaders, missionaries, nonprofit leaders, and other ministers for over 100 years. Making us one of the best places to study the Bible in Minnesota and the nation. With our small class sizes, you'll get hands-on attention from experienced ministry professionals with years of experience in the field. You'll be able to focus your passion for ministry by choosing from a variety of concentrations. Including children and family, nonprofit, social justice, worship ministries, camping ministry, or youth and adult ministry.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits while living, studying, and interning for one year at the Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center. Our department partners with the camp's LTD (Leadership, Training, and Development) program to equip leaders for camping ministry around the world. Required classes including Camping Ministry, Camp Management, Camp Counseling, and Camp Health and Risk Management.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of gaining essential skills in relational leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership so that they can work in either local church or nonprofit contexts. Classes include Management, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Marketing.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them with the theological and practical understandings that are needed to act mercifully and love justly in a broken world. Required classes include Theology for Social Engagement, Social Justice, Race and Ethnicity in America, and Urban Community Development.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them with foundational skills in music ministry and technology so that they can best utilize their skills in leading worship or designing creative arts ministries in the local church or nonprofit ministry context. Classes include Music Ministry Foundations, Music in World Cultures, and Technology in Worship.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them for ministry with youth and emerging adults in the local church or nonprofit contexts. Required courses include Every Day Lives of Adolescents and Youth, Spiritual Lives of Adolescents and Youth, and Practices of Youth and Emerging Adult Ministry. The requirements for this concentration in the Youth and Emerging Adult Studies major are slightly different since some of these courses are taken in the major core.
Students may apply through the Ministry department to combine an undergraduate degree in Ministry with an accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Ministry majors complete up to 16 credits of the MA degree during their undergraduate program and the remaining 20 credits during a fifth year of study. The fifth year can be completed on site or through online learning. This pathway saves students time and tuition expense as they add a graduate degree to their portfolio.
You will learn how to engage non-believers and develop effective communication skills.
of Northwestern ministry graduates had professional employment within 6 months
complete 200 hours of ministry experience during internships
of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern