Studies Info and Requirements

We are so glad you are pursuing studies in preparation for licensing and ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. To learn more about the educational foundations for ordained ministry please consult the Church of the Nazarene’s Manual (2017-2021). Access the Manual.

Please refer to the requirements necessary to come before both the Ministerial Board of Studies and Credentials. Read More

As a student, you have many ways to complete the 26 courses required for ordination in the course of study. Previous academic work through accredited schools can count towards these courses. Read More about the Courses Required

Please send all previous academic work and completed course work to District Education Evaluator,

We encourage you to use one of our Nazarene institutions for higher education as your work could count towards a degree. Most of these institutions offer both online and in-seat education. The courses you need may be offered throughout the year at these institutions.

Only online programs are listed below, although most of these institutions offer in-seat education as well. Costs are also only for online programs and per credit hour as of 2018.

Trevecca Nazarene University
BA in Christian Ministry, MA in Religion

Nazarene Bible College
AA in Ministry, BA in Ministry
Certificate in Ministry (Ministerial Preparation Program)
Courses taken in the MPP can be converted to college credit afterwards.

Northwest Nazarene University
AA in Christian Studies, BA in Christian Ministry (online)
MA in Pastoral Leadership (online)
MA or MDiv in Missional Leadership or Spiritual Formation (online)
Course of Study (COS)

To take courses on our district see Georgia School of Ministry

The International Board of Education (IBOE) serves the Church of the Nazarene system of higher education through 52 colleges, universities, and seminaries and is resolute in shaping Christlike disciples and servant-leaders for lifelong service and global impact.