Southern Idaho

Southern Idaho Site

Southern Idaho Site

Northwest University offers a 24-month, regionally accredited, cohort-based program of study in Nampa, Idaho, which may lead to the awarding of one of two degrees.

Associate in Christian Leadership Degree

Students who have not previously completed the general education requirements will be awarded the Associate in Christian Leadership degree. Students who complete the Associate in Christian Leadership degree may make arrangements to complete the general education requirements at a later date and then receive the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership degree. More info

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries Degree

Students who enter the cohort having fulfilled the 65 semester-credit hours of Northwest University's general education requirements will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership degree upon successful completion of the cohort courses along with four supplemental courses available through online or in class delivery. More info

Specific course requirements for these degrees may be found in Northwest University's Academic Catalog.

Program Features

Northwest University's Southern Idaho program will be offered through the College of Adult & Professional Studies.

The College of Adult & Professional Studies is designed to meet the unique needs of busy adult professionals, people who have multiple responsibilities and complex lives and who, therefore, require unique solutions to their educational needs. Our locations, classes, schedules, professors, degrees, and staff are all structured to serve the working adult professional.

Your Professors

Your professors have more than just great academic education and preparation. They also are experienced ministers with real-world, on-the-ground experience. Faculty in Southern Idaho will be a combination of Northwest's excellent faculty from the main campus in Kirkland, Wash., along with local professors from the Boise area who meet Northwest's high standards and possess appropriate academic credentials.

Your Cohort

Other students in the classroom with you will also be adult learners. This creates a learning climate of respect and collaboration, where you learn from one another and where your contributions are valued. You will take almost all of your courses with the same group of students–your cohort–in the same location, and on the same night of the week. This allows for a climate of mutual spiritual and academic support and a sense of camaraderie and community.

Other Program Benefits

  • Attend classes one evening a week, plus an occasional Saturday.
  • Earn your Bachelor's or Associate's degree even as you continue in your full-time career or ministry.
  • Discover that you may be eligible for Financial Aid.
  • Receive personal attention from dedicated faculty.
  • Learn from other students, who represent diverse professional, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
  • You may be eligible to receive credit for prior learning–college level credit for learning in non-academic settings. This can include on-the-job training, college-level exams, or documentation of college level competency in an academic field.
  • Small class size–usually 12 to 25 students.

Program Outcomes

The College of Ministry at Northwest University is dedicated to assisting students in the development of "heart, soul, mind and strength," in the service of ministry. This program has been designed to address the challenge of continuing education for adult students in today's fast-paced, ever-changing world.

Graduates should be able to

  • Demonstrate biblical literacy and exegetical skills.
  • Present a careful reasoned, coherent Christian world view.
  • Lead a life of integrity, compassion, service, and self-sacrifice based on the Christ-centered application of biblical truth.
  • Communicate the gospel through effective strategies of evangelism, teaching, preaching, and discipleship.
  • Exhibit habits of learning through experience, self-reflection, critical thinking, sensitivity toward diversity, and personal prayer.
  • Comprehend and apply effective leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Understand and utilize media, computing resources, and basic financial data.
  • Show evidence of confidence, understanding, and skill in leading worship, administering ordinances of the church, caring for the suffering, and leading other ministry activities of encouragement and comfort.

Costs and Payment Policies


  • Tuition (per credit hour): $321

Fees & Deposits

  • Application fee: $30
  • Confirmation Deposit: $100
    Deposit is applied toward tuition and is refundable
    until 30 days prior to Student Orientation.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available. Students desiring aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with a Northwest University financial aid application.

Contact us for more information

John Wilkie

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