NCU Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Northwestern Christian University USA?

Before answering this question we would first like to give you the key to your success in attending any Christian University. You should only attend your chosen Christian University after prayerful consideration and having received thepeace of God in your decision. The peace of God will be your confirmation that this or any other Christian University is the one that you should attend. If you attend the seminary that God would have you attend, you will be transformed and equipped in accord with His divine Will, in a manner beyond the capabilities of the preparation you will receive at any other University. Through such a Holy Spirit guided decision, you will be aligned with God’s will and purpose for your life and future service unto the Lord. Northwestern is one of many good Christian Universities to choose from. However, NCU has (3) three major values that make our educational programs appealing to many: (1) Saves Time: Research based 90-day accelerated degrees by thesis or dissertation, save you considerable time and money. (2) Affordability: FREE enrollment and a very reasonable suggested minimum donation payable at graduation. (3) Convenience: At NCU you can study at your own home and set your own schedule. Furthermore, the programs are 100% accessible by Internet. However, you can study from any computer in any place, because you do not need to be online to write and save your thesis or dissertation or to prepare your PLA, Prior Learning assessment. You will only need an internet connection to print your GUIDES and to submit your assignments when completed. For those who do not own a computer, you can complete your degree program through visiting any internet café. Just save your work to a zip drive. No need to travel to a brick and mortar school or to be limited by a schedule selected by others.

Is Northwestern Christian University (or its affiliate ministries) involved with, or part of the Mormon faith; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?

No, we are not in any way affiliated or part of the Mormon Church as stated above. We are traditional Bible believing Christians and not affiliated with any cults or false religions. This is a question that is made to the University due to the closeness in name of our ministerial affiliation our Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ (WCJC). WCJC is NOT, in anyway, part of the Mormon Church. WCJC (“Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ”) is a recognized and legal name for our  Church arm of Christian Alliance Ministries. We believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that the Church is the body of Christ on earth. For more information you can visit the website of Christian Alliance Ministries located at: http://www.ChristianAllianceMinistries.com

Is Northwestern Christian University accredited?

Northwestern Christian University is theologically accredited (or) recognized as educationally accountable by the International Association for Christian Educational Accountability (IACEA). We wish to make it perfectly clear that due to the principle of separation of Church and state (Mark 12:17; James 4:4; II Corinthians 6:14), the IACEA has chosen not to seek endorsement by either the EAES or COPA, but is a rapidly growing and respected network of schools on the cutting edge of the Cause of Christ. In addition, the University has opted not to be regionally accredited, which is a secular accreditation. This means that Northwestern is not eligible for student loans, grants, or GI Bills, and cannot be used to defer payments on student loans used for attending a regionally accredited school.
For more information you can visit the website of the International Association of Christian Educational Accountability located at: http://www.TIACEA.org

Are degrees awarded by Northwestern Christian University recognized?

Degrees awarded by Northwestern Christian University are recognized as religious related degrees by the State of Florida, USA. You are legally entitled to use achieved educational degrees from NCU in your resumes, as well as titles of doctor in your name. Religious organizations may accept degrees issued by non-regionally accredited schools. However, this is always the choice of any outside institution and not determined by NCU.

What is meant by Love Offer/ donation in lieu of tuition?

All degree programs of Northwestern Christian University Worldwide through the special www.FreeChristianUniversity program, are offered in exchange for a suggested minimal donation/ Love Offer at graduation. The applicant agrees to pay a donation with a minimum suggested amount being accepted for payment of the NCU degree program.

Am I required to attend any on-campus classes?

No. All of our courses are established as Distant Learning Courses. There is no need to attend any classes at any physical campus. Once you access your course requirements, you will complete your degree program by working from your computer or at an internet café. Most of the actual work will be performed offline where no internet access is required.

How long does it take to complete a degree program?

This is solely based on the student’s dedication to their studies However because no core curriculum is required and all degree awards are based on fulfillment of PLA and (or) Thesis and Dissertation, on average, most student complete their degree programs in 90-days or less.

Will Northwestern Christian University accept credits earned by non-accredited schools or programs?

In most cases, once documentation has been evaluated, we will allow for non-accredited course credits to be transferred if part of a completed degree program.  A copy of the prior degree certificate as well as the name and address of prior school is required.  A high school diploma is no longer a requirement for acceptance to our bachelor programs. However, students must have adequate basic computer skills and command of the English language.

Can I earn a degree with Northwestern Christian University by just using life experience?

No. Life experience credits can only account for a percentage of your required credits through a PLA, Prior Learning Assessment. NCU degrees are research based degrees which will require that a thesis or dissertation be completed and a passing grade given in order to qualify for a degree from this University. Bachelor degrees require a PLA as mandatory. The bachelor program PLA is to support prior educational experience. Such PLLA supported experience, if appropriate, along with a mandatory thesis may allow the award of a Northwestern bachelor degree. A PLA is not mandatory for a master’s or doctoral degree program, but may be considered for additional credit when included with the required thesis or dissertation.

What is the University’s denominational standing?

Northwestern Christian University is a non-denominational, Bible centered, religious institution. We encourage all denominations to apply for enrollment. In fact our graduates have been ordained by major denominations including Church of God, Assemblies of God, and Baptist Churches etc. Our courses are structured in a way in which a student can complete their research papers from an individual denominational position. You will only be asked to be completely thorough in your paper providing adequate reference work to support your positions.

What is the University’s doctrinal position?

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible Word of God.
  • We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the Genesis Biblical account of creation.
  • We believe in the deity of Christ, including His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return.
  • We believe salvation to be a free gift of God by grace, through faith and is possessed by anyone who has, by grace through faith, received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who empowers Christians to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved, unto the resurrection of eternal life in a literal heaven and the, lost unto the resurrection of damnation, in a literal hell.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the head of His body, the Church.
  • We believe that through the gift of faith, God draws those to believe the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that God’s grace, mercy, and love endures forever.

Why does Northwestern Christian University sound too good to be true?

Because NCU is a Christ-centered religious institution that seeks to prepare men and women for their individual callings, our answer is simple; we are a Christian University interested in fulfilling God’s calling to provide Christ centered Biblical education for the masses at a minimal expense. By allowing research based degrees only, we eliminate core curriculum and accelerate the learning process which focuses on the Major only. This allows student to master their major in small amount of time and at a major financial savings.  As a result, over the past 39 years, NCU has been able to provide university level Biblical education to thousands in third world countries, enabling them to earn degrees that otherwise would not have been possible. This is the mandate that God has given us and He has blessed us with tremendous growth over the years as we have done our part to educate the masses at a cost they can afford.

Who do I contact with questions during my time with NCU?

We maintain a dedicated and highly qualified staff to assist you 7 days a week.  Just send an e-mail and we will provide a prompt and courteous, detailed response.

Email us at: NCUamerica@gmail.com (or) NCUregistrar@northwesternmail.com

 How do I submit completed course work?

All completed PLA, Thesis or Dissertation assignments are submitted as PDF or Microsoft Word doc. Attachments to NCUamerica@gmail.com  We will promptly acknowledge receipt of your assignment and grade it within 12 hours.

How is my thesis or dissertation graded?

Thesis and Dissertations are graded on the standard grade scale of A-F.  However, if grammar or structure error has resulted in a lower grade, we do allow the student to make corrections and resubmit for a higher grade.

Where do I obtain my textbooks?

NCU student do not need to purchase textbooks especially since we do not require a core curriculum. Your degree programs are research based so the only bokjs you will use will be for research only. For research, NCU student may utilize personal books, books from a library, or online references or use our free 50,000 book  FREE Student Library located at www.ntslibrary.com  Our online library also has a huge variety of resources sermon notes and periodicals totally free of charge for our students.

When do I receive my degrees, once I’ve completed my program?

Degrees are awarded and shipped within 24 hours, once all course requirements have been met, including grading of assignments and payment of the full balance of the Love Offer/ donation. These requirements must be met in order to receive your degree(s). For Combination Programs, if the first program is completed and the Love Offer amount paid in full, you can request that the first completed degree be issued. Whether you are enrolled in a single degree program or a combination program, the financial requirements must be met prior to the award and shipping of any degree.

How do I receive my degrees?

Students that have met both the academic and financial requirements of their programs will receive their degrees by LBC Courier service within 3-5 business days. The student will be contacted in order to confirm transcript details and the mailing address.

Can I obtain an ordination or license to work in the field in which I have obtained my degree from NTS?

Ordinations are provided for those ministers who are called and approved to operate a WCJC Church ministry under a charter with our “Worldwide Church of Jesus Christ”. Although your ministry will be independent and self-governing, it will be in affiliation with WCJC. WCJC therefore has the right to terminate both the charter and ordination for any reason at the discretion of the Presiding Bishop/Pastor of Christian Alliance Ministries/ WCJC and its Board.

Licenses are not provided by NCU and should be researched on an individual basis, based on the State or Country in which you reside. You must follow the laws established by your region in this regard.

Please keep in mind that the purpose of this Christian University Education is to prepare students for ministry related avocations and not necessarily for any vocational  field related to the secular world. Although, it should be pointed out that the degrees obtain from NCU are legal in many states and countries worldwide and if applicable, can be placed in your resume as level of educational attainment. Titles such as Doctor are also legally recognized in numerous states and nations as an accomplishment in a specific field of Religious Studies.

Can I use my enrollment with Northwestern to defer payment to lenders of previous student loans?

No. Student loans used in order to attend regionally accredited schools are provided as part of an agreement to attend an eligible school with an OPE-ID number, provided to regionally accredited schools. Northwestern Christian University is not regionally accredited, and as such does not have an OPE-ID number.

Can I use Financial Aid (grants, scholarships, loans, etc) provided by the use of FASFA?

No. FASFA can only be used for attending regionally accredited schools, recognized by the Department of Education as having received accreditation from any regional accreditation body. As indicated, Northwestern Christian University is theologically accredited by an independent Christian accrediting body, and although recognized by the State of Arizona and the State of Florida as a religious educational institution as an exempt religious institution, the University has opted to maintain non-regional accreditation.

Does the U.S. Armed Forces recognize degrees earned at Northwestern for their Chaplaincy Programs?

No. The U.S. Armed Forces require that all chaplains have a degree from a recognized regionally accredited school. Degrees earned at Northwestern will not qualify you for the U.S. Armed Forces Chaplaincy Program.

Can the payments made to my Love Offer/ donation in lieu of tuition be used as a tax deductible donation in my tax forms?

Love Offers are an offer made in lieu of tution by a disciple/student for religious education. It is a minimal suggested donation payment amount and as a donation students may offer more than the minimum donation suggested.

However, Love offers/ donations in lieu of tuition are NOT tax deductible for the following reason, as established by IRS Regulations with regards to contributions in exchange for services:

According to IRS Regulations, because contributions are allowable to donors only to the extent that contributions exceed the value of the services received in exchange, and because the value of the Northwestern Christian University Degree Programs, in comparison with other University degree programs,  far exceeds the contributions of Love Offers/ donations in lieu of tuitions, tax deductions for such Love Offers/ donations  are therefore not allowable for student income tax purposes…

However, donations that are freely given (to support our worldwide ministries) without expecting anything in return and are not considered as part of a love offer/donation in lieu of tuition and are 100% tax deductible.

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