CGS 2012-13 Viewbook
Viewbook for the Northwestern College Center for Graduate Studies.
Believe. â€œAs a leader I want to lead from my beliefs; my education has helped me bring my faith from something I just think about to something I actually do and live out every day.â€? Peter, Master of Organizational Leadership The Northwestern Difference The Northwestern College Center for Graduate Studies puts Christ at the center of your education. As you earn your master’s degree you’ll experience: Preparation for Your Career and Calling Your advanced education from Northwestern will prepare you for greater opportunities. Our graduates become well-rounded individuals able to apply their knowledge and practice Christlike leadership. A complete education prepares you for all of life, not just a job. We regularly hear from students who tell us their education has helped them advance and has made a difference others can see in their workplaces, churches and communities. Academic Excellence If you believe God is calling you to higher goals in your life and are ready to advance your career and education, a master’s degree from Among our faculty you’ll find authors and researchers highly respected in the academic community. They bring real-life experience to the classroom and are committed to creating a quality learning experience for you. Northwestern will equip Integration of Faith and Learning faith. Anchored in biblical With the Bible as the foundation, every course you take helps you understand God’s role in what you’re learning. Our faculty share your Christian faith and provide relevant and practical insight on how to apply faith and knowledge to your life and work. Quality and Affordability Northwestern’s graduate programs cost less per credit than most private Twin Cities colleges while offering a rich and vibrant learning experience. Our financial aid professionals will help you evaluate your individual options to make your education as affordable as possible. you in knowledge and truth, Northwestern’s challenging graduate programs will inspire you as you pursue your educational goals. Our Commitment to Your Success Your academic or faculty advisor will help you plan your schedule to integrate your learning into your life. The tools you need to succeed are readily available, including access to learning resources, student services, and even a campus coffee shop for refreshment and study. 3 Learn. Graduate theology professor Michael O. Wise, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Fellow professor Randy Nelson, Ph.D., says of Wise, â€œWhat surprises people is not how brilliant he is, but how down to earth. Serving Jesus is real, not abstract.â€? Learn more about our graduate studies faculty at nwc.edu/gradfaculty. Programs of Study Master’s Degrees Master of Arts in Education (MAED) — Page 7 Expand your knowledge and skills related to curriculum, instruction, technology and assessment through this non-licensure degree. Increase your abilities as an educator in a variety of educational contexts. Master of Arts in Human Services (MAHS) — Page 8 Apply your Christian faith to prepare for or continue work in social services settings. Learn how to provide non-therapeutic assistance to people in need or pursue further graduate study in human services or social sciences. Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) — Page 9 Increase biblical knowledge and bring a Christian worldview to your profession. The MATS is a good choice for those interested in lay leadership or anticipating further study and/or service in professional ministry. Master of Divinity (M.Div.) — Page 10 Combine theology and Christian ministry with a concentration in either Bible exposition or biblical studies. This comprehensive degree program will prepare you for pastoral and chaplaincy positions or further theological study. Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) — Page 11 Integrate a Christian perspective into the context of leadership. Prepare to lead effectively and incorporate leadership into a variety of organizational settings. Graduate Certificates Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies — Page 9 This certificate is granted for completing five core courses of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) degree. Graduate Certificate in Leadership — Page 11 The certificate is granted for completing five core courses of the Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) degree. Flexible Learning Formats Whether you attend class on site one night a week, take courses online, or do a combination of both in a blended learning format, Northwestern graduate programs are convenient. The available format depends on your program of study: ON SITE — MATS, M.Div. and MOL If you enjoy dynamic discussion, strong peer support and expanding your mind by interacting with others, the one-night-a-week, on-site courses may work best for you. You’ll learn in person from expert professors and work on collaborative projects with other students. ONLINE — MATS, M.Div. and MOL Our online programs provide the opportunity to take courses without disrupting your career or other scheduled activities. As an online learner, you’ll be part of a cohort and interact with each other and professors through course sites, e-mail and other electronic means. BLENDED — MAED and MAHS In the blended learning format, classes meet on campus once a week for 2½ hours, complemented by approximately 1½ hours of online class work, plus related group and independent study time that varies based on the course and individual. 5 Master. “My Northwestern graduate education has brought me from being a follower to a leader. I truly feel you have to have it in your heart. You have to be passionate about what you do—what you’re doing on a day-to-day basis—and lead by example.” Kelly, Master of Organizational Leadership Master of Arts in Education BLENDED LEARNING FORMAT The Master of Arts in Education (MAED) is a non-licensure graduate degree for licensed teachers (P–16) who wish to expand knowledge and skills related to curriculum, instruction, technology and assessment. Northwestern’s outstanding education faculty and reputation for excellence in teacher preparation are the marks of this Christ-centered master’s degree program. You will be affirmed in your calling and prepared to advance as you develop as a master educator. Concentrations CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION Synthesize curriculum process, learning theory, assessment and evaluation to enhance professional decision-making and leadership. INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY Integrate sound instructional design principles and technological media to provide quality instruction and technological leadership. IMMIGRATION & EDUCATION Integrate social integration theories, national policy, resources, and current issues faced by immigrant populations to design effective, culturally responsive learning experiences and environments. Course of Study The Master of Arts in Education is granted upon completion of 36 credits. COURSE HIGHLIGHTS MAED students complete 12 courses, which vary depending on selected concentration. Key courses include: • Worldview and Educational Leadership • Educational Leadership for Educational Improvement • Assessment and Evaluation • Learners and Learning in Diverse Classrooms Visit nwc.edu/gradstudies for degree details outlining the complete course of study, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 651-631-5200. OUTCOMES The MAED program will provide the experience and opportunity to: • Explore the depth of your calling as an educator and leader • Effectively integrate a biblical worldview with professional practice • Serve your learners and learning community with advanced preparation • Provide leadership in a variety of educational settings IS THE MAED FOR YOU? The MAED is a rigorous program designed for: • Educators who want to expand their influence and excellence • Teachers in leadership or transitioning to leadership roles • Business professionals in settings that deliver and assess professional development training • Christian educators in church or parachurch organizations • Social service personnel working with immigrant populations within educational contexts The MAED is not a teacher licensure program and would not be appropriate to make a career change from another field or to pursue administration licensure preparation. 7 Master of Arts in Human Services BLENDED LEARNING FORMAT OUTCOMES Through the MAHS program, you will complete coursework that focuses on the foundations of: • Human services • Human development • Worldview and ethics • Legal issues • Diversity issues • Interviewing skills • Research methodology/ program evaluation • Program development IS THE MAHS FOR YOU? The MAHS degree is designed for those who work or want to pursue work in private or public social services settings providing nontherapeutic assistance to people in need. It is also appropriate if you work in a setting where you apply psychological insights; for example, in roles such as pastor, human resource director, teacher, coach, nurse, public health worker, law enforcement officer, manager, or student affairs personnel. 8 The Master of Arts in Human Services (MAHS) is an applied non-licensure degree program that will help you develop your professional abilities to assess and meet the needs of people. You will learn to look at individual and systemic needs and solutions. The MAHS will also help you prepare for further graduate study in human or social sciences programs. You will develop an understanding of how to assist people experiencing complex, problematic situations, how faith and human services intersect, how research can facilitate understanding people and their needs, and how to design and evaluate human services programs. Course of Study The Master of Arts in Human Services is granted upon completion of 36 credits. Coursework can be completed in approximately 18–22 months. COURSE HIGHLIGHTS MAHS students complete 12 courses, including a concentration in family studies. Key courses include: • Worldview, Leadership, and Human Services • Multicultural/Diversity Issues in Human Services • Ethics and Legal Issues in Human Services • Family Studies and Education Visit nwc.edu/gradstudies for degree details outlining the complete course of study, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 651-631-5200. Master of Arts in Theological Studies ON-SITE OR ONLINE FORMAT As both an academic and professional degree, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) provides biblical and theological training to equip you for effective ministry in the church, workplace, parachurch organizations or academic settings. Concentrations BIBLE EXPOSITION The Bible exposition concentration is for individuals who desire to study the Word of God at a deeper level, presenting an expository study of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. BIBLICAL STUDIES The biblical studies concentration is designed for students who plan to use the biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek) in their ministries. THEOLOGY The theology concentration includes study of systematic theology, apologetics and ethics. If you’re considering further study toward your M.Div. or at the doctorate level, the theology concentration provides an excellent foundation. Course of Study The Master of Arts in Theological Studies is granted upon completion of 36 credits. Coursework can be completed in approximately 18–22 months. COURSE HIGHLIGHTS MATS students complete 12 courses, which vary depending on your selected concentration. Key courses include: • Spiritual Formation • Biblical Hermeneutics • The Bible in Its World Visit nwc.edu/gradstudies for degree details outlining the complete course of study, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 651-631-5200. OUTCOMES Through the MATS program, you will: • Develop biblical principles for spiritual formation and discipleship • Learn advanced principles of biblical interpretation • Study the socio-historical worlds that gave rise to the Old and New Testaments • Survey the history of Christianity • Construct a personal theology of leadership IS THE MATS FOR YOU? The MATS will increase your biblical knowledge and help you bring a Christian worldview to your profession. The degree provides a foundation for educational advancement and professional development for lay ministers, vocational ministers and teachers. GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CHRISTIAN STUDIES Northwestern offers a Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies that includes the five core courses of the MATS degree. You’ll expand core theological knowledge and gain skills to equip you for ministry. The certificate can be completed in approximately eight months, and course credit will fully transfer toward completion of the MATS or M.Div. 9 Master of Divinity ON-SITE OR ONLINE FORMAT OUTCOMES Through the M.Div. program, you will: • Develop biblical principles for spiritual formation and discipleship • Learn advanced principles of biblical interpretation • Study the socio-historical worlds that gave rise to the Old and New Testaments • Survey the history of Christianity • Construct a personal theology of leadership • Study systematic theology methods • Analyze contemporary theological issues relevant to evangelical theology • Assess (analyze and develop) the organizational and spiritual health of the local church • Develop the ability to shepherd others IS THE M.DIV FOR YOU? The M.Div. is a challenging degree designed for those committed to their studies and their ministry. You may pursue the M.Div. to meet ordination requirements, prepare for doctoral studies, or to be better prepared for church or parachurch ministry. 10 The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is a comprehensive, pre-doctoral degree that combines theology and Christian ministry with a selected concentration in either Bible exposition or biblical studies. The program builds upon Northwestern’s history and commitment to biblically based, evangelical theology. The M.Div. serves as excellent preparation for pastoral or chaplaincy positions, as well as pursuit of advanced degrees. Course of Study The Master of Divinity curriculum is integrated with Northwestern’s Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS), described on page 9. The M.Div. program includes the MATS core curriculum and theology concentration (36 credits), plus a chosen concentration in either Bible exposition or biblical studies (20 credits) and a series of ministerial courses (20 credits). The M.Div. is granted upon completion of 76 credits, and you can earn your degree in approximately 44–48 months. Students who elect to do so may obtain both the MATS and M.Div. degrees for the complete course of study. COURSE HIGHLIGHTS M.Div. students complete 36 courses, which vary depending on selected concentration. In addition to the MATS courses, key courses for the Northwestern College M.Div. include: • Self-awareness • Ministry Relationships • Leading and Organizing Ministry • Ministering Culturally and Globally Visit nwc.edu/gradstudies for degree details outlining the complete course of study, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 651-631-5200. Northwestern also offers an alternate path toward the M.Div. through the Dual B.A./M.Div. Degree in Pastoral Ministry. If you are interested in the dual degree program, visit nwc.edu/mdiv5 or contact Undergraduate Admissions at 651-631-5110. Master of Organizational Leadership ON-SITE OR ONLINE FORMAT The Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) offers a dynamic course of study that explores a variety of leadership venues including businesses, churches, nonprofit organizations and government. At Northwestern you’ll find a learning environment where your life experience and perspectives are valued. You’ll be challenged to grow spiritually and intellectually as you learn from your professors and colleagues in your cohort. Northwestern faculty members bring expertise from a variety of perspectives and venues such as business, ministry and education. Through their teaching and mentorship, you’ll be able to integrate your studies with your professional work to realize immediate benefits and position yourself for advancement. Course of Study The Master of Organizational Leadership is granted upon completion of 36 credits. Coursework can be completed in approximately 18–22 months. COURSE HIGHLIGHTS MOL students complete 12 courses, including key courses such as: • Personal Growth for Effective Leadership • Strategic Leadership • Leading in the Knowledge Economy • Case Studies in Leadership Ethics Visit nwc.edu/gradstudies for degree details outlining the complete course of study, or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 651-631-5200. OUTCOMES Through advanced coursework, the MOL synthesizes several essential components for effective leadership: • Leading through change • Leadership considerations for organizational complexities • Communicating effectively • Strategic leadership IS THE MOL FOR YOU? The MOL is structured for people working anywhere leadership is needed. Through your studies you will develop knowledge, skills and perspectives to integrate your Christian faith into the context of leadership and management. Your MOL degree can help advance your career and provide an effective path for personal and professional development. GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN LEADERSHIP Northwestern offers a Graduate Certificate in Leadership that includes the five core courses of the MOL degree. This certificate provides a significant step toward leadership development for business or ministry. You can complete certificate coursework in approximately seven months and course credit will fully transfer toward later completion of the MOL. 11 “Northwestern provides the type of education I was looking for to fulfill my educational objectives—academic rigor along with a pragmatic perspective.” Nehil, Master of Arts in Theological Studies Invest Tuition & Financial Aid You’ll find current tuition rates online at nwc.edu/gradstudies/finaid. Our financial aid professionals will work with you to help you chart a path to pay for your graduate education. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ (Northwestern FAFSA Code: 002371). 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