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 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.

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?

Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements.

     Screen Size

  •      A minimum of 1024x600. That is the average size of a netbook. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

     Operating Systems

  •      Windows XP SP3 and newer
  •      Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  •      Linux - chromeOS

     Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  •      iOS 7 and newer
  •      Android 2.3 and newer

     Computer Speed and Processor

  •      Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  •      1GB of RAM
  •      2GHz processor

     Internet Speed

  •      Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  •      Minimum of 512kbps

     Screen Readers

  •      JAWS 14 or 15 for Internet Explorer 11 & 12 and Firefox 27
  •      Latest version of VoiceOver for Safari
  •      There is no screen reader support for Chrome

Will Course of Study Modules work on a 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?

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?


Can I get college credit for the COS Online modules?

Yes. You can earn 1 NNU elective college credit for each module completed with a grade of C or higher with a maximum of 18 credits.  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 modules at a 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 Coordinator at or 208-467-8046.