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Northern Seminary

Graduate and Professional Programs

Lombard, IL

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Northern Seminary / Graduate and Professional Programs is located in Lombard, IL, in a suburban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Ministry (D Min) Preaching
Master of Arts (MA) Urban leadership
Doctor of Ministry (D Min) Contextual theology
Master of Arts (MA) Theology and mission
Doctor of Ministry (D Min) Christian community development
Doctor of Ministry (D Min) New Testament context
Master of Divinity (M Div) Biblical studies
Master of Divinity (M Div) Old Testament
Master of Divinity (M Div) Theology
Master of Divinity (M Div) Worship
Master of Divinity (M Div) New Testament
Master of Arts in New Testament (MANT) New Testament
Master of Divinity (M Div) Missional church ministry
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (MACM) Christian ministry
Master of Arts in Worship (MAW) Worship
Master of Arts (MA) Christian community development

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam writing test
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam Writing test
Master's Degree Requirements All official transcripts, letter of reference from church, 3 letters of reference, autobiographical statement (400 words or more)
Doctoral Degree Requirements M Div, 3 years in the ministry post-M Div, 3 letters of reference

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards September 1
Types of financial support available Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 3.85%
Black or African American 35.1%
White or Caucasian 55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2.88%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0.96%
Unknown 0%


Male (70%)
Female (29%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 6
Part-time - 33
Male (30)
Female (9)


Focus of faculty research: Theology and mission, worship studies, church history, evangelism, Christian ministry, urban leadership, New Testament
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 660 East Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL  60148-5698
United States
Contact Dr. William Shiell
Phone: 630-620-2101
Fax: 630-620-2190

Northern Seminary