Jun 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dual Degree

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Purpose of Dual Degrees

Northwest University, having recognized the possibility of shared features between certain of our graduate programs, has created dual degree programs that will serve a select constituency of students wishing to embrace a broader academic experience.

The College of Ministry in conjunction with the College of Education and the College of Business has created the following dual degree programs:

  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership with Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership with Master in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership with Master of Education

Moreover, we recognize that individual degree programs undergo episodic curricular revision and so both academic departments involved in the delivery of a specific dual degree program will remain in close communication with each other when either individual degree program is undergoing curricular changes that could affect the program and delivery of the dual degrees.

Programmatic Distinctive of Dual Degrees

There are some distinct differences in the nomenclature of “dual” vs. “joint” degrees that require clarification. Here are some of the essential programmatic features of a dual degree should be viewed:

  • A dual degree is a combined program whereby at the completion, a student will earn two master’s degrees (not one).
  • Students enrolled in a dual degree program must complete the entire prescribed program as stated in order to earn the dual degrees.
  • Students wishing to enroll in the dual degree program must meet all programmatic prerequisites as well as gain admission to both degree programs.
  • Students will be expected to pay all the respective tuition and fees corresponding to both degree programs unless otherwise indicated.
  • Each program will determine whether or not they wish to have their own thesis or action research, or whether they choose to allow an interdisciplinary capstone experience.
  • The curriculum and delivery of each distinct degree remains under the sole jurisdiction of its respective academic unit.
  • The individual programs are pursued seriatim, meaning that a student will pursue the prescribed requirements of one program and complete them in their entirety before moving on to the other program. Essentially, we are using a “stackable” delivery format.

Dual Degree Programs

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