Engage Your World

Great Northern University is a new kind of university. GNU has the heart of a Bible college; the excellence of Christian liberal arts; and a vision for transformative education that profoundly integrates faith, spiritual maturity, and a deep love for God's word, with the professional training necessary for students to engage and transform their world at any level. 

Great Northern University: Engage Your World. 

Great Northern University has submitted an application to the Washington Student Achievement Council for authorization of the following degree program(s): Bachelor of Arts. That application is currently under review. Authorization is not guaranteed and is based on fulfillment of the requirements set forth in the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. Great Northern University may not offer the above-referenced degree program(s) or recruit prospective students for these programs unless authorization is granted. Any person desiring information about the institution’s authorization status or the authorization process may contact the Washington Student Achievement Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at degreeauthorization@wsac.wa.gov.


College of Communication & Theology

College of Communication & Theology

Perhaps never before in history has the need for successful communication been so high. GNU students will learn how to communicate biblical truth and concepts in a variety of contexts, benefiting the Church and the broader community



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College of Global Engagement

College of Global Engagement

Even in the 21st century the world is still a big place, with billions of people, and many thousands of languages and cultures. Effective cross-cultural engagement is needed for successful ministry, business, and education on a global scale. 

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College of Professional Studies

College of Professional Studies

Our calling is to be in the world, but not of the world. In the world, Christian leaders are needed in a variety of professional, technical, and educational fields. GNU students can make a difference today, and for eternity.

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Degree Programs

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B.A. in Biblical Studies

A degree in Biblical Studies prepares graduates for impactful careers in church ministry, nonprofit and outreach services, social work, or in preparation for graduate school or seminary studies.

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B.A. in Communications

A Communications degree supplies graduates with persuasion and communication skills to address issues from a Christian perspective. Possible careers include journalism, marketing, PR, and design.

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B.A. in Leadership Studies

The world needs leadership in many capacities. A Leadership Studies degree prepares graduates for positions in management, administration, HR, entrepreneurship, or for graduate studies.

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B.A. in Youth and Family Ministry

Youth and families face many challenges. This degree will prepare you for a leadership role in positively impacting young people and their families through ministry, social work, or sports.

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B.A. in Intercultural Studies

Deep understanding of world cultures requires awareness and engagement. This degree enables graduates to serve in global missions, teaching, public relations and social sciences.

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B.A. in Linguistics

Graduates of this program are prepared to engage with others through the pathway of language. Careers include language education, dictionary development, Bible translation, and speech therapy.

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professional studies


Teaching or ministry abroad can be achieved with this degree. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages opens a world of opportunity to graduates interested in cross-cultural education and ministry.

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Our People


David Beine, Ph.D.

Professor of Intercultural Studies


Karmen Gregg

Instructor of Health and Nutrition


Gerald Vreeland, Ph.D.

Professor of Semitic Languages and Biblical Literature


Kathy Hills



Frank Hamilton, PH.D.

Instructor of Psychology


Michael Kibbe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Bible


Marc Canner, Ph.D.

Professor of Linguistics


Kay Tronsen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication


Floyd Schneider, Ph.D.

Professor of Intercultural Studies and Bible


Craig Ferderer, D.Min.

Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry


Michael Orr, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication


Elaine Ackerman, PH.D.

Instructor of Education and Psychology


Nathanael Schey

Chief Operating Officer

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