In partnership with

CLA has partnered with Northwest University to provide an exceptional education experience. Northwest University carries the highest accreditation available and offers certificate, associate, and bachelor degree programs.

  • All courses taken through Northwest University typically transfer to other public
    and private colleges and universities.

  • Tuition through Northwest University is eligible for federal financial aid.

  • All courses taken and degrees earned while enrolled in CLA are the same
    courses and degrees students earn on Northwest University’s
    Kirkland campus.
    There are no asterisks on transcripts.

  • Transfer students are welcome. Northwest University welcomes students with
    previous college experience from other accredited colleges and universities (we
    also consider previous credits from non-accredited institutions). Previous credits
    earned count toward NU degrees.


Our partnership with Northwest University offers the following certificate and degree

  • Certificate in Ministerial Leadership (30 credits)
  • Associate of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (60 credits)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (120 credits)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (120 credits)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership (120 credits)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management (120 credits)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Management (120 credits)

Northwest University operates on a 15-week semester system, with each semester
divided into two seven-week sessions (Session A and Session B). Full-time students
take two 3-credit courses per session (four courses per semester) – plus a 3-credit,
free-of-charge ministry practicum course– for a total of 15 credits per semester. The
typical Associate’s degree takes two years for a full-time student (60 credits). The
typical Bachelor’s degree takes four full years (120 credits).

For example, freshman students may take the following:

Fall – Session A

  • Jesus the Messiah
  • Identity & Vocation
  • Practicum/Internship
Spring – Session A
  • Old Testament
  • Composition II
  • Practicum/Internship

Fall – Session B

  • Composition I
  • New Testament
  • Practicum/Internship

Spring – Session B

  • Christian Thought
  • General Psychology
  • Practicum/Internship


Crucial to any ministry training is a hands-on experience that effectively prepares
students for future success. Calvary Leadership Academy will provide outlets for quality
ministry learning, while also respecting student’s academic and employment schedules.
Our internship fulfills Northwest University course requirements for a ministry practicum
every semester (3 credits). These credits count toward degree completion and are
completely free.

Spiritual formation is an integral aspect of Calvary Leadership Academy. Students will
be intentionally developed as leaders and ministers through ministry projects,
leadership symposiums, staff chapels and more. Our desire is that every graduate is
fully equipped (spiritually, academically, and practically) to pursue God’s call on their

Program Costs

CLA’s partnership with Northwest University provides significant tuition discounts.
Additionally, because Northwest University is a regionally accredited institution, its
partnership with Calvary Leadership Academy enables enrolled students to pay for their
experience using federal financial aid (based on eligibility).
On-campus housing and catered meal plan options are also available at reduced costs.

Tuition (24 credits @ $316 per credit): $7,584
Program Fee: $2,600
Total Cost: $10,184
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