Northland is committed to supporting the Church scattered abroad by offering biblical training to those who, through various life circumstances, are unable to attend classes onsite. Students can continue their ministry preparation anytime, anywhere. Whether a student wants to study overseas, or pursue an advanced degree without leaving his or her current ministry, Northland Online exists to serve these graduate level students.
Northland Graduate School, in conjunction with Northland Online, currently offers the following four graduate programs to online students who are preparing for the harvest fields of the world:
- Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
- Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling
- Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies
- Master of Ministry
Classes for these degrees are available in both online and resident formats.
Northland Graduate School uses an eight-week session for most of their online courses. This allows them to offer two different sessions every fall and spring and one session during the summer.
A typical course will utilize a wide variety of pedagogical methods. Most courses will include lecture (audio, video, or both), handouts, reading assignments, writing assignments, assessments, and discussion forum questions. All of Northland’s online courses are asynchronous, meaning the student does not have to log on at a specific time for class. Courses typically have weekly milestones the student must accomplish.
The fees for online courses are the same as they are for the rest of the Graduate School. You can see the fee schedule on the Financial Info page.
One of the most frequently asked questions about online courses has to do with how much work is required in each course. Here are some general guidelines.
- 2 credit MA courses will require around 12–13 hours each week.
- 3 credit MA courses will require around 18 hours each week.
- 4 credit MMin courses will require around 20 hours each week.
- 4 credit DMin courses will require around 22 hours each week.
All students wanting to take courses online should be able to comply with the following:
- Have a computer that is no older than 3 years old. This ensures that newer learning technologies will be available to the student.
- Have high-speed Internet access that is at least 1.5Mb/s download. Speeds any slower than this are not recommend for online courses.
- The students computer should have certain software that will aid in the completion of online courses, such as Microsoft Office 2007 or newer (or iWork), Quicktime, iTunes, and a compatible Internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari).