North Park University


A Rich History...

Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park University is located on Chicago's north side and enrolls 3,200 students from around the country and the world. At North Park, excellence implies not only a deep tradition in the liberal arts and the Christian faith, but also a spirit of innovation, reaching out to serve and to learn from the dynamic community around us.

Connections Local and Global...

North Park works to engage the neighborhood and city in which we live in ways that enrich the life of the campus and connect us to the diverse people of Chicago whose roots extend around the globe. Graduate and special undergraduate programs bring adult, working professionals to the campus on evenings and weekends. The intentional engagement of the city of Chicago supports and complements enhancing the University's resources in the liberal arts as well as in specialized areas such as business, the health sciences, and education.

Distinctively Christian...

We are a Christian university, committed to relating faith in Jesus Christ to the aims of higher education. Ours is not a conformist environment; acceptance of diversity and ecumenism is the spirit of our campus. Our door is open to students who recognize that education always implies values. In North Park's classrooms, you will find a full-time faculty of accomplished Christian teachers and scholars, and on our campus, a community of faith.

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We invite you to learn more about North Park—a special place with a history extending back more than a century and a future expanding to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We are looking for men and women who long to grow in knowledge and faith, and who seek a sense of vocation through leadership and a life of service in a global society.

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Master of Divinity

Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

As you respond to God’s call to vocational ministry, a master of divinity (MDiv) is the foundation you need to seek ordination to Christian service. [+]

Master of Divinity Earn Your Master of Divinity As you respond to God’s call to vocational ministry, a master of divinity (MDiv) is the foundation you need to seek ordination to Christian service. While historically the degree is focused on training individuals for congregational ministry, North Park’s MDiv is also excellent preparation for leadership in specialized ministries, including parachurch and nonprofit organizations. The flexibility within the degree, the Seminary’s centrality in the Evangelical Covenant Church community, and the academic and community resources at North Park allow you to explore topics unique to your current and future ministries while you develop the theological and formational foundation you need for your vocational life. Why North Park? As the seminary of the Evangelical Covenant Church and as a school committed to our home in Chicago, North Park Theological Seminary draws men and women from diverse backgrounds to work together as they explore their calls to ministry. You’ll learn alongside individuals from many Christian traditions; this rich academic culture is made distinctive by the close relationships fostered among students and faculty. North Park’s program can be tailored for students of all ages and calls, and is committed to developing leaders who are missionary competent—women and men who can serve with compassion and confidence across many cultures and locations. Study In-Person and Online An MDiv can be completed in three years of full-time study and internship, although many of our students choose to complete the program over a longer period of time and through a combination of in-person, online, and intensive hybrid courses. Course Areas The MDiv curriculum provides foundational knowledge in the Bible, Christian history, theology, and ancient languages, while also delivering essential skills in areas like preaching and leadership. Students can take advantage of other centers of excellence at North Park University, including courses in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management. Alumni Profile “The gift and the blessing of a North Park Seminary education is that you are doing it with people you know you will see year after year,” says Britta Burger C’10 S’13, who with her husband Paul C’10 S13, completed an MDiv at North Park. The two pastor together at Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon, Washington. Where Our Alumni Serve Covenant Heights Camp and Retreat Center Covenant churches around the world Paraclete Press U.S. Navy Sinai Health System RefugeeOne Mayo Clinic ScholarLeaders International Peace Catalyst International Vocational Development From the moment you enter Seminary, you will be immersed in a community that places vocational development front and center alongside academic preparation. Identity and spiritual formation coursework, psychological and biblical testing, and supervised practical experience are all crucial elements of your development as a minister. Field Education Field Education complements your academic work at North Park Theological Seminary. Eleven credits earned from classes and internship will give further context to your studies, help you learn to navigate interpersonal relationships from a pastoral perspective, and give you insights into ministry organization. Community Life A Seminary education goes far beyond the classroom. North Park Theological Seminary offers numerous opportunities, including on-campus housing, community events, and worship services, all within the world-class city of Chicago. Credentialing in the ECC Ordination in the ECC is a multi-step process, and requires advanced theological training. Our master of divinity covers all the educational requirements for Ordination to Word and Sacrament in the denomination. As the only ECC seminary, North Park is uniquely equipped to walk alongside you as you earn your degree and move into ministry and the credentialing process, starting with our Call to Ministry experience specifically for individuals wanting to serve in Covenant churches. [-]

Master of Music in Vocal Performance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

A master of music in vocal performance degree is an important step on your career journey as a classical singer. [+]

Master of Music in Vocal Performance Earn Your Master's in Vocal Performance A master of music in vocal performance degree is an important step on your career journey as a classical singer. You’ll explore technique, style, lyric diction, and more, gaining valuable performance experience through solo and ensemble work. Advanced training will help you grow your own talent and ability so you can successfully pursue roles in festivals, workshops, and companies. You’ll also be prepared for performance and coaching careers in a variety of professional, nonprofit, or church settings. Why North Park? North Park’s master’s program in vocal performance recognizes the uniqueness of all singers, offering individual attention in vocal technique, performance, academic preparation, coaching, and pedagogical instruction to help you excel on your own path. Your study will include private lessons, survey courses, workshops, and ensembles, preparing you for a performance career and as a coach for other singers. The School of Music’s close connections to Chicago’s music community provide opportunities to learn from active professionals and to experience a wide range of performances as you grow toward your own professional goals. Stage Time You’ll get extensive stage experience in the MMVP program, performing in a variety of settings with opportunities for both solo and ensemble work with other music students. Fully staged operas Choral performances with solo opportunities Year-round opera workshop with voice and theatrical coaching Master classes in vocal performance with faculty and guest clinicians Ensemble and solo performances, on- and off-campus Where Students and Alumni Work Lyric Opera of Chicago Glimmerglass Festival Main Street Opera North Central College Musical Theatre Department Midwest Institute of Opera Opera Up Close at Governors State University Alumni Profile Tenor John Concepcion G'06 is a full-time chorus member at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and started the Opera Up Close program at Governors State University. He chose North Park’s MMVP program for the personal attention, variety of singing opportunities, and excellent faculty. Challenging, Personalized Curriculum North Park's MMVP curriculum offers core courses ranging from concentrated studies in vocal technique to lyric diction to academic classes that lay the groundwork for authoritative performance. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose elective courses specific to your career goals. Music Events North Park’s School of Music offers a wide range of concerts and events you can attend throughout the year. Special events each year may include professional musicians conducting master classes, the annual Bach Week Festival, and partnerships with Chicagoland organizations for community concerts. [-]

Master of Nonprofit Administration

Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Chicago

A master of nonprofit administration degree from the School of Business and Nonprofit Management will prepare you for senior-level positions in the nonprofit sector. [+]

Master of Nonprofit Administration Earn Your Master of Nonprofit Administration The master of nonprofit administration (MNA) degree prepares individuals to lead nonprofits across the sector. This degree covers all the disciplines essential to running effective, mission-driven organizations, from fundraising to financial decision-making to governance. A particular focus on strategic management, as well as relevant regulations and external reporting requirements, will help you develop the skills you need to serve as an executive in both small and large organizations. Why North Park? A master of nonprofit administration degree from the School of Business and Nonprofit Management will prepare you for senior-level positions in the nonprofit sector. North Park University has been recognized as having one of the most comprehensive nonprofit programs in the country—we understand the importance of connecting your organization’s mission to best business practices and innovative strategies. Your coursework will be immediately relevant to your work and career, and a flexible schedule includes classes taught in an accelerated format at night, on weekends, and online. This fully-accredited program integrates theory with real-life situations to help you develop successful strategies for your organization. Study In-Person or Online Complete your MNA 100% online, through traditional face-to-face classes, or through a combination of formats. Online courses work around your schedule and utilize a secure course website. Choose the combination of class locations that fits your learning style and schedule. Where North Park Alumni Work American Medical Association Foundation Hephzibah Children’s Association Community Human Services, Inc. Albany Park Community Center Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society Million Dollar Round Table Foundation Girl Scouts of America Carmel Catholic High School University of Chicago Booth School of Business Casa Central Alumni Profile Malik Gillani G'13 appreciated his nonprofit coursework in part because of projects that were immediately relevant to his nonprofit organization, Chicago's Silk Road Rising theatre project, as well as professors who were dedicated to teaching and developing effective nonprofit leaders. He has used his education to creative positive, lasting changes for Silk Road, and is confident in his ability to lead the organization into its future. Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management North Park’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management is a premier resource for nonprofit professionals, providing events, training, and networking opportunities for everyone from seasoned managers and CEOs to individuals starting their careers. The Axelson Center’s annual symposium attracts hundreds of leaders and invites them to engage with contemporary issues and challenges confronting their nonprofit organizations. The Center is a fantastic resource for North Park University students, who are invited to participate in all these programs at a significant discount, gaining valuable connections and learning from nonprofit experts. MNA Coursework Advance your nonprofit career through practical coursework that includes: Nonprofit Financial Management Nonprofit Board Governance and Volunteer Management Nonprofit Marketing Analysis and Consumer Behavior Measuring Outcomes and Assessment Certificate Options Graduate-level certificates options allow you to add depth to your degree in a specific area, from nonprofit finance to marketing to church administration and more. Complete one 17 nonprofit or business certificates through elective options available with the MNA without adding time or cost to your degree program. Scholarships and Financial Aid North Park University offers a comprehensive scholarship program to help you afford the education you desire. Most students qualify for awards that reduce their tuition costs between 10% and 35% throughout their degree or certificate program. Our Lifetime Learning Program also offers 50% tuition reduction on classes, certificates, and degrees after you have completed one master’s degree from the School of Business and Nonprofit Management. [-]


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