We love this question because we love our answer: YES! We are a partnership program with Northwest University. This program blends the best of what Northwest offers (accredited academics) with what Canvas Church does best (hands on ministry experience).
Northwest University is a Christian University located in Kirkland, WA. NU was founded in 1934 and has more than 20 years experience in non-traditional education. Canvas Church has partnered with NU since 2017.
Yes! Because we are partnered with Northwest University, we accept transfer credits from other accredited institutions. And it works both ways: any courses you take through our program will also transfer to other public and private colleges or universities.
Yes! Our program is intentionally designed to allow students to work 20-30 hours per week. The majority of our students are paying their own way through school, without assistance from their families. At CSM, we understand that you can’t complete your education if you can’t keep a roof over your head. Our weekly schedule is set and leaves blocks of time for a part-time job.
In addition to classes, the internship component requires 8-12 hours a week in order to earn 3 FREE credits each semester. Our weekly schedule is designed with this in mind.
Tuesday: 9am – 12noon Small Groups and Internship Hours
Wednesdays: 10:30am – 8pm (depending on each internship) Chapel and Internship Hours
Thursdays: 9am – 12noon Live Classes
Thursday Evenings: Community Nights (These are optional. We try to create intentional time for connection and fun through food, sports, board games, worship, etc.)
Saturday and Sunday: Internship Hours (depending on each internship)
For Bachelor’s degrees, a full course load (30 credits per year, 2 semesters) is $10,280.
Master’s Degrees vary. Please see the specific degree for more information.
Yes, Canvas Church has rental agreements through a local apartment complex that is less than 5 minutes from the church. Please contact us or fill out the Housing Application (deposit required) for more information.
No! We have a full-time track for students between the ages of 18 through the upper 20s. For students who are 29 and up, heads of household or full time parents, we offer a Flex program.
Our Flex program is designed for students who are already more established in life (career, family, etc.) and want to pursue a degree but cannot commit to the weekly internship schedule at Canvas. Our CSM Team will work closely with you to find ways for you to earn the 3 credits of internship each semester. Or you can forgo the internship option altogether. (This option will require you to take 8 more classes over the timeline of a 4-year degree.)
Since 2017, CSM has graduated 50+ students with an AA or BA degree. The courses taken and degrees earned are the same courses and degrees students earn on the Kirkland campus. Your diploma simply says “Northwest University.” There are no asterisks on your degree or your transcript.