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Although a student may study in the UofN without pursuing a degree, many students find a degree programme beneficial in preparing for their life goals. Courses can be taken one module at a time leading to a degree offered at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s level. We encourage students to intersperse their studies with practical experience on the field, so that their learning and their service build upon one another. For this reason, there is no time limit for completing a UofN degree.


Upon satisfactory completion of all the degree requirements as listed in the UofN Catalogue, the student is eligible for graduation. When the student is 6 months away from the anticipated conclusion of the degree programme, the student files a “UofN Application for Graduation Form” with the International Provost’s Office. The College Academic Advisor commends the student to the Provost. The Provost examines and approves the commendation and certifies the degree on behalf of the President and the Board of Regents.


UofN Catalogue 2017-2019

The student is required to fulfill the degree requirements as listed in the UofN Catalogue, either in the year they filed their “Degree Programme Planning Form” or in a newer version of the catalogue. If the student chooses to graduate under a new version of the catalogue, they must change entirely to the degree requirements of that new catalogue and file a new “Degree Programme Planning Form” with the College/Faculty Academic Advisor.


1. Discipleship Training School Prerequisite

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is an entry-level prerequisite for all other courses and all degree programmes. All UofN applicants must first satisfactorily complete a fully qualified DTS, including the field assignment, before being permitted to attend any other course or being accepted into a degree programme. The DTS is the gateway into the College of Arts and Sports.


The DTS is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by an 8-to-12-week practical field assignment. The DTS is designed to encourage students in personal character development, to deepen a living relationship with God and to identify their unique individual gifts and callings in God. Further details are found in the Centre for Discipleship Training Schools’ description under Centres and Institutes. Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the course, which prepares the students to reach current and future generations and to answer the call to “Go into all the world and disciple all nations” (Matt 28:19).


2. Cross Cultural Requirement

The purpose of the cross-cultural requirement is to give graduates practical experience and understanding of cross-cultural living and ministry. A Bachelor’s degree student is required to complete a minimum of two UofN schools, i.e. two lecture phases (with their corresponding field assignments/practicums/internships if applicable) in a zone other than the one from which the student holds their nationality, and in an environment which will provide an approved cross-cultural experience. A Master’s degree student is required to meet the cross-cultural requirement; however, there are a variety of means by which that may be done.


3. Core Curriculum Requirement

The Core Curriculum is recommended for all students, but is required for all Bachelor’s degrees, and one of the three Core Curriculum Courses is required for some Associate’s degrees. For the Master’s degrees, previous study of the Bible at the university level, equivalent to the undergraduate Bible Core Curriculum, is required. The Core Curriculum has three requirements as described below.


The Applied Christian Thinking (ACT) requirement (12 credits) enables a student to develop a biblical understanding of worldviews, history, human institutions, culture, science, and the arts. Critical thinking skills are applied to current issues with a view to action.


The Bible requirement (12 credits) enables a student to understand the message of the Bible and develop skills for a lifetime of Bible reading, memorization, meditation and study, and to apply the Scriptures through further study, worship, prayer and obedience.


The Communication requirement (12 credits) enables a student to gain a biblical basis for communication, together with the basic skills of reading, researching, writing, and public speaking. It brings direct experience in interpersonal, intrapersonal, and cross-cultural communication, including the use of various media to communicate the message to a variety of audiences.


These Core Curriculum Courses reflect the foundations of the UofN, preparing students to engage with culture and society with the message of God’s Word and its application to all of life. Students are also prepared with tools for lifelong learning and development.

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) including the field assignment is a prerequisite for all other UofN courses. The DTS is the gateway into the seven Colleges/Faculties and various Centres of the UofN. Students may apply to any DTS offered presently at more than 600 locations in over 160 countries and 97 languages around the world.

Once the student has completed the DTS, he or she may take advantage of the wide variety of courses the UofN offers. These courses are designed to equip the student to live and practice Christ’s last command to “make disciples of all nations….teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). A student does not need to be registered in a degree programme to take UofN courses for which he or she is qualified. Students may take schools in any of the various Colleges/Faculties and locations that best fit their ministry goals. To be admitted to a UofN course, an applicant must provide proof of the ability to do university-level coursework in the language in which the course is offered.

This approach to education offers students the flexibility to pursue those areas of study which are beneficial for reaching their life goals. Students are encouraged to be obedient to the call of God as they seek the equipping necessary to pursue their God-given ministries.

All UofN courses are given a special number preceded by a three letter designator which indicates the College/Faculty or Centre/Institute that offers the course. These letters are followed by a three-digit number which indicates the kind of course it is, within the College/Faculty or Centre.

An Internship is primarily an advanced level, individualized experience in a working, professional situation. It will almost always be off campus, except where there can be an immersion professional experience on campus.  This is not just “putting in the hours”, it is an academic learning experience with proposal, evaluation, and supervisors in the university and at the job site. It is something coordinated, sponsored and run from the UofN base, even though the job site may be somewhere else.  Many universities expect the student to find that opportunity and negotiate the terms themselves.   Some Colleges will have a specific internship in a degree, and all will have the Directed Studies Internship.


A Field Assignment is the outgrowth of a course, where the students in the course take their learning as a team (or occasionally an individual) to a new location in a setting different from the classroom, and together put their learning into practice. With the change of missions understanding and the lessened use of the term “field”, this is a little harder to define than previously.  There is always an element of “otherness” to the experience, a new location, a new culture, and always a strong connection to the classroom experience, where things learned are now applied in a new setting.  So a Field Assignment is a Practicum in a different setting.

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