College of Ministry

If You Want to See Your Future, Take a Look at Our Past.

Northwest University began as Northwest Bible Institute back in 1934. Equipping men and women for effective ministry has been core to our mission from the very beginning. While other ministry programs have come and gone or have moved away from sound biblical doctrine, we are still faithfully rooted in the unchanging gospel of Jesus Christ.

Over the years, hundreds of our ministry graduates have gone on to make a significant impact for the Kingdom of God. Some have made a difference locally. Others have had a national or global reach. Yet they all had one thing in common.

These men and women weren’t just called to ministry. They were well equipped as leaders.

Today, the focus at Northwest University’s College of Ministry remains the same: to prepare our students intellectually, spiritually, and personally, and to provide them with the practical tools they need to fulfill God’s unique calling in their lives to lead His church in the 21st century.

Northwest Bible Institute

Pictured Above: Our first Bible students standing in front of Hollywood Temple in Seattle. This building was our home until moving to our current Kirkland location in 1958.


If you are considering an advanced degree in ministry, choose a university with a rich, successful history in equipping its students. For more information, contact us at 425-889-7795.

What He Knows About Ministry Could Fill a Book. In Fact it's Filled 18.

Dr. Wayde Goodall has been called “a pastor’s pastor.” At NU, we’re proud to call him our Dean at the College of Ministry. His writing has been translated into 15 languages. He created Enrichment Journal, one of the leading magazines for clergy in the U.S. What does his knowledge and experience mean for students? Classes that are engaging, relevant, and practical. Theology that is sound. A faculty that is distinguished. And a world-class education that will fully equip you for ministry leadership.

Why Choose Northwest University?

Programs That Fit You

We offer programs that meet on-campus, as well as a program that is fully online. You don’t need a Bible/theology background for acceptance. Any accredited B.A./B.S. will do. Plus, you can tailor your degree to your personal ministry or passion.

A Legacy of Success

Complete your Master of Arts degree at a university with 80 years of preparing Christian leaders for service. Since 1934, we’ve provided a top-quality education for students interested in pursuing Christian ministry.

Designed for Busy Adults

All programs are designed for those with full-time careers. You’ll attend classes that are scheduled to accommodate the busy lives of working ministers, professionals, and their families.

Fully Accredited

All of our graduate ministry degrees are fully accredited at the highest level possible. You can be sure that a degree from NU will be widely recognized and deeply respected.

Training for Credentials

NU is the only evangelical, charismatic graduate ministry opportunity in the Pacific Northwest. Our M.A. programs are suitable for credentialing through the Assemblies of God, other denominations, and military chaplaincy.

Convenient Kirkland Location

If you live on the Eastside, there’s no reason to cross the 520 bridge. Our campus is located just off of Highway 520 and Interstate 405 in Kirkland. We’re easy to access. And once you’re here, you can enjoy our beautiful 56-acre campus.

Exceptional Faculty

Work with distinguished professors. Each one has extensive biblical training, deep theological education, and rich, diverse experiences in ministry and leadership.

An Affordable Investment

Our degrees are competitively priced in the Seattle area. Financial aid is available. Your investment into education can deeply impact your ministry for the rest of your life.

College of Ministry Graduate Programs

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