Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) will help you understand more about the COS Online program. If you have questions about the COS Online program contact Barbara Manley, at or 208-467-8538.

What books are required?
Only one course module, Tracing the Story of God in the Bible require a textbook: New Dictionary of Biblical Theology(NDBT). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000, ISBN: 0-8308-1438-8.

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.

When can I access my modules?
Modules will become available no sooner than the week before the start date.

Will Course of Study Modules work on a Mac?
Yes. All of our Course of Study Modules will work on both Mac and Windows computers.

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, preferably 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. The COS Online program does meet the educational ordination requirements outlined by the Church of the Nazarene.

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?
Yes. 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. See our Registration Policy.

Can I get a refund if I do not complete a module?
There are no refunds.  See our Add/Drop/Withdrawal Policy.

Can I withdraw from a course module?
Please see our Add/Drop/Withdrawal Policy.

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 an unofficial transcript: Go to the Portal, Click on GPA and Transcripts, Select View Unofficial Transcript
To request an official transcript, click transcript.