The University of Northwestern-St. Paul (formerly known as Northwestern College) was established in 1902, originally serving as a bible and missionary training school for just seven students. The school has expanded a great deal since then, now serving more than 3,200 students and offering 70 bachelor’s degrees and 5 master’s degrees in a wide range of subjects. In recent years, the school has also added a number of online and blended courses, in the process becoming the largest provider of college-credit courses for high school students among private Minnesota colleges.
The University of Northwestern-St. Paul was founded as a Christian educational institution and maintains that connection today. Students are required to attend daily chapel programs featuring local, national, and international speakers and must also earn a minor in Bible Studies by taking at least 30 credits of courses in related topics throughout their college career. Administrators at the school want students to not only develop intellectually during their time at Northwestern, but also spiritually, and the campus and degree programs are set up to facilitate both kinds of personal development.
While the University of Northwestern-St. Paul provides a great deal of online educational opportunities to the state’s high school students through early college programs, it’s also home to undergraduate courses and degrees and graduates degrees that are open to students of any age. Currently, the school offers two online degree bachelor’s degree programs, one in Biblical Studies, also available at the associate’s or certification level, and one in Global Studies. Students can also take more than 50 individual courses online through Northwestern’s distance learning program, including diverse subjects like business, English literature, science, mathematics, Spanish, and history.
The school is also working to add additional graduate level programs to its online offerings. Currently, there are four different options that students can pursue, two of which are offered in a blended format and two that are wholly online. The blended programs include a Master of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Human Services, which require students to complete coursework both online and on-site. Students seeking degrees that are wholly online can take advantage of the programs the school offers in Organizational Leadership, with an Master or Organizational Leadership and graduate certification in Leadership available, and in Theological Studies, which offers access to a program for Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and a graduate certification in Christian Studies.