Course of Study FAQ

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 two course modules, Tracing the Story of God in the Bible Part 1 and Part 2 require a textbook: Alexander, T. Desmond, and others, eds.New Dictionary of Biblical Theology(NDBT). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000.

Who may enroll for a module? 

Anyone 16 years or older who is proficient in English. Students seeking ordination in the Nazarene Church 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.  Upon course module registration, students will be provided access to the website and navigation instructions.

Are there any minimum computer system requirements?

Please see the Canvas Guides page for the minimum computer system requirements.

Will Course of Study Modules work on a Mac?

Yes.

Must I complete a certain amount of work each week?

Yes. The course modules have weekly schedules associated with each course 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 course module if they pace themselves by regularly scheduling times to access the course module, preferable on a daily basis. The course 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 course modules and can work on them at any time of day that fits their schedule. However, students should plan to take advantage of the full time the course module is offered. They should access and participate often. In order to pass, students must complete all assignments, demonstrate an understanding of the material and an ability to use it.

How much time am I given to complete a module?

Each module is scheduled for 12 weeks with the exception of Exploring Christian Ministry which is 6 weeks.

How much time will I need to spend each week on coursework?

This will differ with each individual but 10-15 hours per week should be sufficient. 

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

Yes.

Can I get college credit for the COS Online modules?

Yes. You can earn one NNU elective college credit for each course module completed with a grade of C or higher with a maximum of 18 credits total.  These 18 electives can transfer into any of NNU's fully online bachelor's degree programs.  

Are the modules transferable to other Nazarene schools for credit?

The academic credits from COS Online modules are transferable.  Note:  It is the discretion of other Nazarene schools whether to accept these credits.

How many modules can I take at one time?

You may take anywhere from one to three course modules at a time.

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

After a course module begins, refunds are not available. Facilitators are paid according to the number of students taking a course module and this is set by the end of day one for each course module.

Can I withdraw from a course module?

Once the course modules begin, an email must be sent to the Program Coordinator Stacey Bullard, sbullard@nnu.edu, for processing.  If a student withdraws, the student will receive a "W" on his/her transcript. A student may request a withdraw up until two weeks before the course module ends. Please note, you may withdraw but a refund is not available after the first day of class.

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 Coordinator at sbullard@nnu.edu or 208-467-8046.