For the institution of the same name in Guyana, see School of the Nations.
Motto "Building faith and training Christian leaders around the world through affordable, accisable higher education utilizing distance learning"
Established 1996
President Dr. Alan D. Cooper
Students 4,830
Location Brentwood, Tennessee, USA United States
Campus Online
Affiliations Churches of Christ
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NationsUniversity, also known as Nations University, is an unaccredited distance education college affiliated with the Churches of Christ which offers certificate, bachelor's and master's degrees in religious studies, and a master of divinity degree. All courses are offered online or through correspondence via mail. The institution is incorporated in Louisiana[1] but has 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.[1]

The institution describes its mission as the development of faith and the training of Christian leaders around the world using distance learning.[2] Academic credentials awarded include a Certificate in Religious Studies, a Bachelor of Religious Studies, a Master of Religious Studies, and a Master of Divinity.[citation needed] As of July 31, 2010, the school reported 4,202 students in 136 countries.[3]

Nations University is exempt from educational accreditation throughout the State of Louisiana and has legal authority under Louisiana law to grant degrees in religious studies.[4][5] The university has applied to the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) for accreditation[6]


  1. ^ a b History of Nations University, Nations University website
  2. ^ Mission, Nations University website
  3. ^ Nations University Student Enrollment, Nations University website, accessed May 1, 2011
  4. ^ Nations University Standing, Nations University website
  5. ^ Accreditation Update, Nations University Student Newsletter number 60, March 2009
  6. ^ DETC Bulletin Number 3, February 2, 2010, page 8; accessed February 14, 2010

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