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Motto"Building faith and training Christian leaders around the world through affordable, accessible higher education utilizing distance learning"
AffiliationNondenominational Christian
ChancellorMac Lynn
650 Poydras Street Suite 1400 PMB #133 New Orleans, Louisiana 70130[1]
New Orleans
United States
ColorsGold and Blue

NationsUniversity, also known as Nations University, is a Christian University located in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is a nationally accredited University that offers degree programs to students around the world utilizing distance education. The mission of the university is the development of faith and the training of Christian leaders around the world using distance learning.[2] While Nations University founding faculty and staff are affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Nations University itself is an interdenominational online Christian university, which offers certificate, bachelor's and master's degrees in religious studies, and a Master of Divinity degree. All courses are offered online with select courses offered to prison inmates in the U.S. via mail. The institution is incorporated and based in New Orleans, Louisiana.[3]


Nations was incorporated in 1996 by Richard Ady, Mac Lynn, and Darrell Frazier. Ady and Lynn had been college classmates. Ady's career had been in church work and Lynn had worked in higher education as a teacher and administrator. Ady had previously founded the World English Institute.[3] Gathering volunteers who would travel around the globe, conducting courses and seminars in religious studies, was the plan. As time progressed, around two hundred volunteers were conscripted now lending their assistance. As the group's activity strengthened, the demand for religious degree programs strengthened. Therefore, the organization became officially incorporated in Louisiana on July 19, 1996 as NationsUniversity®.

Degree Programs[edit]

Nations offers four different degree programs. These degrees include:

  • 1. Certificate of Biblical Studies
  • 2. Bachelor of Religious Studies
  • 3. Masters of Theological Studies
  • 4. Masters of Divinity

As of January 31, 2013, the school reported 3,902 students in 145 countries,[4] and as of March 2016, 1,174 degrees have been awarded since the founding in 1996.[5]


NationsUniversity has legal authority under Louisiana law to grant degrees in religious studies. The institution is currently accredited by The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) a nationally recognized accrediting body approved by the United States Department of Education.[6] As of January 31, 2013, the school reported 3,902 students in 145 countries.[7]


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  2. ^ Mission, Nations University website
  3. ^ a b History of Nations University, Nations University website
  4. ^ Nations University Student Enrollment, Nations University website, accessed August 15, 2013
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  7. ^ Nations University Student Enrollment, Nations University website, accessed August 15, 2013

NationsUniversity Mission & Vision[1]

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