|Motto||"Building faith and training Christian leaders around the world through affordable, accessible higher education utilizing distance learning"|
NationsUniversity, also known as Nations University, is a distance education university that describes its mission as the development of faith and the training of Christian leaders around the world using distance learning. 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 Louisiana, but originally had its offices in Brentwood, Tennessee.
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. 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 U.S. Secretary of Education. As of January 31, 2013, the school reported 3,902 students in 145 countries. NationsUniversity tries to minimize the costs for its students, charging no fees to students outside the United States and only modest fees to U.S. students.