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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Students complete a certificate or degree by taking one course at a time online. Depending on the number of credits transferred into the program, the certificates take approximately 8-12 months to complete; the 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.

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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. The Graduate Certificates curriculum has been developed to ensure our students learn real-world skills and expertise that put them in high demand.