Online Courses

Expand your knowledge

Earn college credit by taking undergraduate online courses at Northwestern. There are more than 60 courses to choose from, including several that have received the Course of the Year award from the Association of Christian Distance Education.

Anyone with a high school diploma or GED may take online courses through Northwestern.

How do you learn best?

Courses are offered as independent study or in online learning groups. An independent study course means that while you study, you have more flexible due dates and you may have less frequent interaction with your professor. You will need to make consistent academic progress on your course but will do so independently of other learners. An online Learning group course requires that students interact with other students and their instructor. Semester start and end dates are critical for a learning group course. The group of students starts the course together, works through the course materials and assignments together, and finishes together. This type of course has greater accountability because the courses have weekly due dates which are to be followed throughout the semester.

Apply for Individual Courses!

Course Change Deadlines

Spring 2017

  • Semester dates: January 9--May 11
  • Course registration opens: November 14, 2016
  • Last day to add/drop a course: January 23
  • Last day to withdraw from a course: April 1

Summer 2017

  • Semester dates: May 15--August 29
  • New student application deadline: April 15
  • Course registration opens: March 31
  • Last day to add/drop a course: May 29
  • Last day to withdraw from a course: July 21

Award-Winning Courses

Northwestern has received six Course Of The Year (COTY) awards!

2011 – DNA: The Language of Life
2007 – Old Testament Archaeology
2006 – Second Temple Judaism
2002 – Foundations of Communications
2000 – Concepts of Chemistry and Lab
1999 – Biblical Foundations for Intergroup Relations (renamed Race and Ethnicity in America)
1996 – Concepts of Astronomy