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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) will help you understand more about the COS Online program.


What books are required?

Only one module, Tracing the Story of God in the Bible requires a textbook: Alexander, T. Desmond, and others, eds.New Dictionary of Biblical Theology(NDBT). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000.

How much does a module cost?


Who may enroll for a module? 

Anyone 16 years or older who is proficient in English and wishes to prepare for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene is welcome to participate. Students are expected to coordinate their online studies with their District Board of Ministerial Studies.

Where do I find the modules?

The modules are resident in the NNU course management system ( This requires a username and password which is given a student when enrolled in a module.

Are there any minimum computer system needs?

Most computer will have no problem with our online system. Internet Explorer version 8 or above, Firefox, Chrome and Safari are the web browsers to be used with our course management system, Angel. Other browsers are only partially compatible with Angel and must not be used.

Will the COS handle Mac?


Must I complete a certain amount of work each week?

Yes. The modules have weekly schedules associated with each module. Students are required to complete assignments and discussion during the week it is assigned.  Any deviation from the schedule must be arranged with the facilitator in advance.

Students gain more from a module if they pace themselves by regularly scheduling times to access the module, preferable on a daily basis. The modules are designed to be taken over a period of time to allow students to assimilate the concepts and skills presented. Flexibility is an important aspect of the COS Online program. Students have 24/7 access to their modules and can work on them at any time of day that suits their schedule. However, students should plan to take advantage of the full time the module is offered. They should access and participate often. In order to pass, students must complete all assignments, demonstrating an understanding of the material and an ability to use it.

How much time am I given to complete a module?

12 weeks, usually. Exploring Christian Ministry is 6 weeks.

How much time must I do online per lesson?

This will differ with each individual but 2 hours per lesson should be sufficient. The only online time you need is that to copy the assignment (highlight and copy) into your word processor and do the discussion questions. You can do the reading and write the assignments offline.

How much time of offline work is estimated necessary to adequately complete a lesson?

4-8 hours per lesson should be sufficient.

Does the COS Online program meet the educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene?


Can I get college credit for the COS Online modules?

Yes. Beginning with the 2011-12 academic year the COS Online modules are offered for college credit.

Are the modules transferable to other Nazarene schools for credit?

The academic credits from COS Online modules are transferable.

What modules have been adapted for online presentation?

See Module Descriptions or Module Sequence page.

How many modules can I take at one time?


Can I get a refund if I do not complete a module?

After a module begins refunds are not available. Facilitators are paid according to the number of students taking a module and this is set by the end of the first week the module is active.

What happens if I withdraw from a module?

If a student withdraws the student will receive a "W" on his/her transcript. Withdrawals must be requested from Stacey Bullard. They are available until 2 weeks before the course ends. Once the modules begin, there is no tuition refund.

How does my Board of Ministerial Studies know my results?

Students should request a transcript be sent to their District Board of Ministerial studies. This is issued by the NNU Registrar. To request a transcript, click transcript.

Who do I contact for further information?

If you have questions about the COS Online program contact Stacey Bullard, Program Manager at or 208-467-8046.