College of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Adult Undergraduate

34-40 credits

required for program
  • Available online
  • Minor Available

$455 per credit


22–26 months

Prepare for a transformative career in Christian ministry with an online ministry degree. Engage with critical leadership training and graduate prepared for work in the church, mission field, and around the world.

Our online ministry degree—known as our bachelor’s in ministry—may be the right fit if you…

  • Seek to serve and disciple others in a professional setting
  • Are a good communicator
  • Desire to learn more about scripture
  • Value faith-infused curriculum that interlocks faith and purpose
  • Appreciate an accelerated, online ministry degree format that fits your busy life and allows you to finish your degree in less time
  • Crave an interactive and supportive virtual community

Why study Ministry at Northwestern?

If you’re looking for an online ministry degree, our ministry degree is intentionally designed to be both realistically attainable and undeniably valuable. In other words, we’ve created an online program that fits your busy life and equips you to join the next generation of church leaders, missionaries, nonprofit leaders, and other ministers—something we’ve been doing for over 100 years!

Through this major, you will develop skills in teaching, counseling, and leadership so that you can make an impact in the world. Our ministry curriculum was developed by faculty with years of practical ministry experience. With the embedded Christian Studies concentration, you will establish a foundational understanding of the Bible, theology, and apologetics.

Experience it all within a supportive Christian community to encourage you as you live out your calling.

Program Features
  • Practical ministry coursework immediately applicable to your current work or ministry
  • Embedded concentration in Christian Studies
  • Expert faculty who are active in ministry
  • Optional virtual meetings to connect with your professor and classmates
  • Faith-infused curriculum
  • Courses optimized for quality and user experience

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Accelerated M.A. in Ministry Leadership

Students may apply 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 through online learning. This pathway saves students time and tuition expense as they add a graduate degree to their portfolio.


per credit


of students receive a concentration in Christian Studies

16 credits

able to be earned towards a graduate program

FAQ | Bachelor’s in Ministry

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Program Highlights

View highlights, career paths and courses related to the Ministries degree.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Camp administrator
  • Campus ministry professional
  • Christian education professional
  • Curriculum writer (church/para-church)
  • Disaster/aid relief worker
  • Life skills coach
  • Ministry support or coordination specialist
  • Missionary
  • Para-church ministry worker
  • Pastoral roles
  • Program administration or development specialist
  • Social/human services worker or case manager

Note: Roles in some settings may require additional education or training.


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Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our online ministry program faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your knowledge, skills, and faith while you earn your degree.