Build Your Career. Grow Your Faith.
The Seattle area is known for innovation. For area professionals seeking to advance their careers, we offer high caliber graduate programs to provide the expertise you need to bring even greater value to your organization. But what sets us apart from other institutions is our Christian heritage. With over 85 years of academic experience and our team of expert professors, we haven’t just created exceptional graduate programs. We’ve created a unique scholarly environment where your faith can grow.
Teaching & Leadership
Social & Behavioral
Business & Technology
Choose our Kirkland Campus or 100% Online
We developed our graduate programs with academic rigor, but we’ve made them easier to fit your day-to-day life. We offer two options to earn an advanced degree: On campus and 100% online. Most of our on-campus classes meet at night after work. And many of our online courses are identical to our on-campus programs. The only difference? You can take them from anywhere, anytime.
Highest Institutional Accreditation
Northwest University is accredited at the highest possible levels. In fact, we've earned the same accreditation as Stanford and other academic institutions. The degree you earn here will be highly respected by employers.
Best Regional Universities”
– U.S. News & World Report
Best Christian Institution, WA”
Top 20 Best Value Schools”
– U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 Christian College in US”
People's Choice Gold Winner: Best Colleges”
– The Seattle Times
9 out of 10 NU Graduate Students Agree
Percent of NU graduate students would choose to enroll again at NU.
Percent of graduate students who would choose to enroll again at other institutions.
I tell people to really consider NU. When you look at all aspects—the cost, the flexibility, the quality—it’s a great choice.
Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft
Built on a Foundation of Faith
Northwest is a Christian university. Every course we offer has a unique component that helps you understand how the subject relates to your faith. Unlike other graduate programs you may be considering, NU actually encourages your faith and helps you integrate it into your work. Most students find this to be a refreshing approach.
Professors Who Teach, Care, and Inspire
Both our online and on-campus programs are taught by professors with years of real-world experience at the companies that surround us. Not only that, but these experts are passionate about investing in the professional development of their students. They go above and beyond to connect with students, give them opportunities in the field, and to set them up for success upon graduation.
We’re In Good Company
In 2022, Money Magazine voted Kirkland as the 3rd best place to live in the US. This is no surprise when you look at the successful companies in the area. Seattle’s eastside is full of leading companies like Microsoft, Google, and Nintendo (just to name a few). This same innovative spirit infuses our graduate programs. At Northwest, we prepare you to move forward in your career and lead with greater confidence and purpose.