College of Ministry

Northwest University's College of Ministry

Since 1934, the College of Ministry at Northwest University has been equipping students as ministry leaders. Over those 80 years we have established a rich tradition of academic excellence, spiritual vitality and empowered engagement with human need as a Christ-centered University in the Seattle area. We are ready and eager to provide you with sound and holistic ministry leadership training.

Empowering the Future

As a part of Northwest University’s Empowering the Future program, every Kirkland on-campus undergraduate student who is pursuing a College of Ministry degree will receive financial aid, not including loans, equal to at least 50% of tuition.

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Why Study Ministry Leadership at Northwest University?

From on-campus to online, we have a wide array of ministry programs to fit each student’s needs. All of our students receive teaching from professors that are experts in the world of ministry. Most have been or still are pastors in the Seattle area, and many are high achieving biblical scholars.

What Jobs Can I Get with a Ministry Degree?

The College of Ministry has many connections to churches across the country offering careers like these:

  • Senior Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Executive Pastor
  • Youth Director
  • Children’s Ministries Director
  • Women’s Ministry Director
  • Foreign Missionary
  • Religious Educator / Professor
  • Para-church Leader, Non-profit Organization Leader
  • Chaplain (military, hospital, prison, government, sports)
  • Biblical Counselor
  • Christian Author / Editor

What real-world experiences are provided by the program?

Each student in the College of Ministry participates in an internship at a church while going through their program. Many of these churches then hire our students upon graduation. In addition, each summer students from our program travel to Israel to take a 3-week tour of the places where Jesus ministered.

What kind of Ministry classes will I take?

A fully equipped minister should have the ability to teach with sound doctrine, and to care well for people in the church. The Ministry classes that make up our programs provide the depth of knowledge and situational training necessary for these two needs. Here are just a few classes that our undergraduate and graduate students participate in:


  • BIBL 2213: Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels
  • PMIN 3513: Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • THEO 3213: Systematic Theology
  • CMIN 2093: Evangelism, Outreach, and Mission
  • CMIN 3663: The Church in Contemporary Society


  • LANG 6513/6523: Greek I & Greek II
  • LANG 6413/6423: Hebrew I & Hebrew II
  • PMIN 6193: Pastoral Care and Human Development
  • BIBL 5553: Reading the Bible: Exegesis and Interpretation
  • PMIN 5253: Spiritual Formation and Direction

What do students say about our programs?

When Jason Deuman was looking for a graduate degree in theology, he wanted one that would challenge him to effectively engage with today’s culture. Most importantly, he sought a program that was biblically sound. He found both with our M.A. in Bible and Theology program. “I was taught by great professors who were always willing to wrestle with tough questions—but always from a biblical perspective. At NU, I learned how to think and teach the Bible well.”

College of Ministry Programs