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Online Christian Colleges in Washington State

Online learning is available at several Christian colleges in Washington, including those affiliated with the Presbyterian and Roman Catholic faiths. Learn about some of these schools and their tuition rates.

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The state of Washington has several universities of various Christian denominations that offer online courses and/or programs for students. These schools are located in different cities across the state and vary in size and available degree programs. Find out more about some of these schools and their online options.

School Comparison

The Christian schools in Washington that offer online learning are 4-year institutions distributed amongst several cities. Explore some of these schools and their tuition rates.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Whitworth University 4-year, private not-for-profit Presbyterian Spokane, WA $42,186
Walla Walla University 4-year, private not-for-profit Seventh Day Adventist College Place, WA $27,495
Seattle Pacific University 4-year, private not-for-profit Free Methodist Seattle, WA $40,893
Northwest University 4-year, private not-for-profit Assemblies of God Church Kirkland, WA $30,320
Gonzaga University 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Spokane, WA $41,330

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Description of the Online Christian Colleges in Washington

Students looking for the flexibility of online learning have several schools to choose from in the state of Washington that also offer opportunities for spiritual growth. Here we discuss a handful of these schools and what makes them unique.

Whitworth University

In 2016, Whitworth University had nearly 2,300 undergraduate students. The university's School of Continuing Studies offers both classroom and hybrid online courses for working adults in areas like education, public service administration, criminal justice administration, organizational management and social services. The hybrid online courses usually meet face-to-face about three times during the 6-week course, while the rest of the course is online. The School of Continuing Studies still incorporates spiritual avenues for students to explore and Whitworth University provides students with chapel services, Life Groups, pastoral counseling and worship services to help them grow in their faith.

Walla Walla University

Walla Walla University also offers distance learning through web-based courses that can be taken on or off campus. These courses are available in areas such as marketing, finance, education, statistics, religion, psychology and music. Some of the online courses may be restricted to particular majors and usually have specific technical requirements, like Windows 7 or 8.1 or speakers. The NCES reported that the school had 1,700 undergraduates in 2016. Students interested in getting involved in campus ministries may join small groups, prayer ministry, community service and student missions and/or participate in worship services.

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University had 3,095 undergraduates and close to 970 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The university offers two programs completely online in the field of education: the Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (AMAT) and the Accelerated Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (AMTMS). Students in these programs must have an undergraduate degree and earn their respective subject teaching certificate and master's degree concurrently. The programs help students incorporate their faith by exploring the possibilities for social justice teaching. Other spiritual resources for distance-learning students include online recordings of songs, prayers, etc. from the Center for Worship and the Worship Arts Ensemble that can be purchased and online lists of worship resources.

Northwest University

Northwest University offers online degree programs at the certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's degree levels. Students can pursue online study in areas like ministry leadership, business administration, international community development, psychology, information technology and public safety administration. The university's online programs are competitively priced and students are eligible for financial aid. As part of the Spiritual Life requirements, the school has an online daily devotional that students can access, as well as podcasts that are available online. The university had about 940 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES.

Gonzaga University

The NCES reported that Gonzaga University had a little over 5,180 undergraduates and 2,380 graduate students in 2016. The school offers online degree programs at the graduate level with online master's degree programs in nursing, communication and leadership studies, theology and leadership, sport and athletic administration and organizational leadership. There is also an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Students in these programs have access to their classes 24/7, are still eligible for study abroad opportunities and can participate in short-term hands-on immersions. Online students wishing to stay updated on events and news in the Gonzaga community can tune into the student-run online radio station, iZAG.

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