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Department of Christian Ministries
Pastoral Ministry - Dual Degree
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Department of Christian Ministries

Pastoral Ministry - Dual Degree


  • Bachelor of Arts/M.Div.
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate

163 credits

required for program

163 credits

163 credits

required for program

Equip yourself with deep and practical knowledge of Scripture and gain the added value of a Master of Divinity degree upon graduation. In as little as five years, you can earn a pastoral ministry degree and a Master of Divinity -- a combination that will increase your influence as you go out to lead for Christ. You’ll leave the program with an understanding of biblical interpretation, theology, and Christian discipleship. You’ll also be prepared to teach, preach, counsel, and lead effectively.

M.Div.
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is the standard degree for senior leadership and teaching

1-2 Years
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faster than separate bachelor's and master's programs

$20K

saved in approx. graduate tuition

Why get a dual degree in pastoral ministry at Northwestern?

You can earn a bachelor's degree after four years and a Master of Divinity after the fifth year. The first four years of the program are offered in a traditional day-school format through the Department of Christian Ministries; the fifth year of the program is taught in an accelerated format (evenings or online) through our Graduate Studies Program.

Courses are taught by qualified instructors with extensive pastoral experience. When you complete this program you will be prepared to serve in general pastoral ministry or as a future member of a church planting team, ready to hit the ground running in your ministry career.

Because of the rigorous and accelerated nature of this program, we encourage you to discuss this opportunity with your enrollment advisor and our faculty team as soon as possible. If you desire to have a Master of Divinity added to your professional arsenal, you must first apply to Northwestern to be admitted and then submit a dual degree B.A./M.Div. program application in your sophomore year. Dedicated scholarship funds are available for qualified students and are provided in addition to the Northwestern financial aid package.

If you want to serve others, feel that you are called by God to spread the Gospel, and are interested in a career working as a pastor, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will develop a passion for God’s written word and be prepared to spread the good news to others.

Some classes include:

  • Leading and Organizing Ministry
  • Care and Counseling in Ministry
  • Communicating the Biblical Message
  • Biblical Theology of the Old & New Testaments
  • Gospels and Pauline Epistles
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Northwestern is a highly relational environment, and so when students come here to learn, they're not just learning content, they're learning how to relate well to others.
Dale Lemke
Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries

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