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Frequently Asked Questions


What is NNU Online?

 NNU Online is the segment of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) which offers degrees online, either graduate or undergraduate. Found in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS), NNU Online includes the Adult and Professional Programs (APP), Master’s Degrees in Business, Education and Theology, the Doctoral Degree in Education, the Bachelor of Arts program funded through a federal Title III grant—NNU Online B.A—and a growing number of Associate of Arts degrees. 

What is the online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies?

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is NNU's first undergraduate degree that is available for completion entirely online. Course offerings in this program are designed for traditionally aged college students (16-23), but some older students may benefit from the offerings and pace of the program.

Currently, the online Bachelor of Arts program offers a major in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in either Humanities or Social Sciences.

Are Associate Degrees available within NNU Online?

Yes, Associate Degrees (A.A.) are offered in multiple areas of study: Applied Studies, Liberal Studies, Accounting, Education, Business, Christian Studies and Liberal Studies. Through the A.A. options, some students may be eligible to pursue a specified major in one of our APP programs. Please contact us for further information.

Who is eligible to take courses through the online B.A. in Liberal Studies program?

The online B.A. in Liberal Studies program has no age requirements, but adult students (23+) should consider whether pursuing a degree from NNU's College Core or APP programs would better fit their needs. As a result, there are a number of student groups who may benefit from courses taken through the online B.A. in Liberal Studies:

  • Any student from their junior year in high school to their early 20's interested in an online Christian education where spiritual growth, community and faculty mentorship is desired. Students who do not have at least junior standing in their school must appeal for admittance.
  • An older student who desires to earn an online B.A. in a non-accelerated degree program (as opposed to our College Core and APP programs).
  • Traditional on-campus students with challenges in scheduling or a preference for online courses (traditional on-campus students are eligible to take one class online per semester).
  • Students already enrolled in our College Core or Adult and Professional Programs who desire to diversify their schedule.
  • Express education students (high school students who wish to enroll in university classes while maintaining their enrollment and participation in high school or home school).

How are classes structured in the online liberal studies program?

Except for the Introduction to Online Learning course (self-paced with an instructor), all NNU Online courses are 7- or 8-weeks in length. The courses align with the “quads” in NNU’s traditional curriculum.
All NNU Online courses have students working through a class at the same pace with particular due dates during each week, required discussion and devotional components, etc. 

What is the cost for the online A.A. or B.A. in Liberal Studies?

The tuition for NNU Online courses in the 2017-18 academic year is $325 per credit. NNU Online students may take up to 3 credits per semester from the NNU on-campus face-to-face program and be charged the NNU Online tuition rate. NNU Online students may also take courses in APP programs at the standard NNU Online tuition rate.

Is financial aid available for the online A.A. or B.A. in Liberal Studies?

Financial aid is available for all students who enroll either part-time (6+ credits/semester) or full-time (12+ credits/semester). Students not taking courses as part of a degree-seeking program do not qualify for financial aid.
Financial aid questions should be addressed to:

Office of Financial Aid
financialaid@nnu.edu
208-467-8638

Please see here for further information on financial aid.

Will students be able to “move” between programs?

Yes. Flexibility between undergraduate-level coursework in NNU Online programs is allowed when appropriate. Contact your advisor to find if this move is possible.

What kinds of student services are available to students in the online A.A. and B.A. in Liberal Studies programs?

On campus: NNU Online students can acquire an ID card that provides access to library resources, sporting events, and workout facilities in the Johnson Sports Center.

Online: Students have access to advising services, library resources, tutoring, orientation, writing assistance, academic advising, the online writing center, and degree audit services. Future expansion to our online support offerings will include career counseling.