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Earn your theologically accredited Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate Degree in less time and with great savings!

Northwestern Accelerated Degree Programs

Northwestern Christian University Accelerated Degree Programs

Understanding the NCU Accelerated Program

NCU University Course Requirements

Northwestern Christian University emphasizes specialized 90-Day accelerated degree programs.

Accelerated 90- Day Programs

For the 90-day accelerated bachelor degree programs, a PLA Prior Learning Assessment is required. PLA is also an option for Master’s and Doctoral degree programs, but may be completed for 30 added credits.  A Thesis is required for all bachelor and master’s degree programs and a dissertation is required for all doctoral degree programs. A GUIDE for preparing your PLA and a GUIDE for preparing your thesis or dissertation are provided on the site menu.


“The great benefit of an accelerated degree program, beside the huge savings of both time and money, is that all study is focused on your major only. This concentrated study allows the student to become an expert in the field of their major in just 90-days!” 

Historically, the standard has always been that students prove mastery of their subject major, through research and performance of a Thesis or Dissertation. Each Thesis or Dissertation Will focus directly on the course major only, with the goal of mastering subject matter related to the major.

Your Guide to Preparing Your Thesis or Dissertation is provided On The Main Topics Menu. The Required Bachelor Degree PLA “Prior Learning Assessment Guide” Also Appears On the Main Menu.

Degree Programs:

  1. Bachelor of Theology  (B.Th.)
  2. Master of Theology (M.Th.)
  3. Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  4. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  5. Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
  6. Doctor of Ministry (D.Min)

Primary Course Majors:

  1. Biblical Studies
  2. Theology
  3. Ministry/ Divinity
  4. Christian Education
  5. Christian Counseling

*Additional course majors are listed and can be selected from the NCU application form.

Accelerated online degree programs allow students to earn BA, MA, ThD, and Ph.D. degrees in as little as 90-days in numerous majors. This is possible for Bachelor degree programs through a process involving PLA: Prior Learning Assessment involving 30 essays reflecting valuable leife and educational experience for a value of 90 credits toward your degree. The Bachelor Theis provides  an additional 30 credits allowing a total of 120 credits.

*Master's and Doctorate programs do not require PLA assessment. However, the PLA is an option, and may be used for extra credits if it has not already been used at NCU. Only (1) PLA may be utilized.  If PLA is completed for a Master’s or Doctoral program, you will complete 10 essays reflecting valuable life and educational experience for an additional 30 credits. An additional 30 crit is granted for Thesis or Dissertation allowing a total of 60 credits.

Today numerous colleges and universities are providing the great benefit of PLA: Prior Learning Assessments to their mature, more experienced students to translate lifetime learning experience into credits to be legitimately applied to degree programs. This translates into huge savings in both time and educational expense. Northwestern is providing this great benefit to all qualified students.

Many accelerated Bachelor programs are available at schools throughout the United States as it has become a popular trend. Master’s by Thesis only and Doctorate by Dissertation only is not a new concept. It is being sued to advantage by thousands of students worldwide.

The accelerated bachelor degree program can be completed in just 90-days depending on the students prior education, skill set and time management ability. The accelerated Master's and Doctorate degrees can actually be earned in less than 90-Days depending on the student's skill set and time management skills.

The key to our accelerated bachelor program is the PLA; Prior learning Assessment. The PLA format is a tool being used by numerous colleges and universities today. It utilizes a system whereby student's are able to document prior life, military, work and educational experience through organizing a portfolio. This portfolio can then be assessed for appropriate credits which can be applied to an accelerated degree program. Understand that the high credit value attributed to the PLA assessment is most appropriate since such credit is not awarded for the essay, it is awarded for the experience and knowledge that the essay reflects.

At Northwestern the student's PLA: Prior Learning Assessment can provide up to 90 credit hours of experiential knowledge recognition which can then be applied toward a 120 credit hour accelerated bachelor degree program.

For those who enroll in accelerated online Master's and Doctoral programs a PLA is optional and not mandatory. But if qualified can add additional credit.

  • An easy to follow guide is provided for preparing your PLA portfolio and a second guide is provided for writing the thesis or dissertation for your accelerated degree programs at Northwestern.


90-Day Accelerated Degree Program Requirements:


Bachelor Program    (B.A. or B.Th.)    *Any Major     *90-days or more

PLA: Prior Learning Assessment 90 Cr Hrs
Bachelor Thesis 30 Cr Hrs
Total Required Credits 120 Cr Hrs

*Extra NCU Courses may be assigned to offset lacking Transfer Credit (or) PLA Credit

Master's Program   (M.A. or MTh)    *Any Major      *90-days or less

*Any Bachelor degree fulfills requirements for acceptance.

Master's Thesis                 30 Cr Hrs
PLA *Optional if qualified 30 Cr Hrs
Total Required Credits 30 - 60 Cr Hrs

Doctorate Program   (Ph.D.)   *Any Major    *90-0days or less

*Any Master's degree fulfills requirements for acceptance.

Doctoral Dissertation                30 Cr Hrs
PLA *Optional if qualified 30 Cr Hrs
Total Required Credits 30 - 60 Cr Hrs

* Major NCU courses may be fulfilled through transfer of appropriate course credits from outside schools when supported by transcripts.

Enroll in any degree program today and your cost is just $1,990 total cost. There are no additional fees or expenses. Complete your enrollment with an initial payment of $199 with monthly payments of $99 until completion.

Today numerous colleges and universities are providing the great benefit of PLA: Prior Learning Assessments, for their more experienced students, to translate lifetime learning experience into credits to be legitimately applied to degree programs. This translates into huge savings in both time and educational expense. NCU is providing this great benefit to all qualified students.

May you be blessed by this great opportunity to receive university credits for your prior life/ educational experience to be applied toward a university degree program.

"Study to show yourself approved, a workman who need not be ashamed, handling accurately the Word of Truth" (II Timothy 2:15)  *paraphrase

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