50 Best Christian Graduate Schools 2017

50-best-christian-graduate-schools-2017The decision to continue your formal education has great impact on a life.  Often, graduate school will consume more time and energy than initially anticipated.  While the future benefit may be a more lucrative income or increased respect from peers and scholars, there is no doubt that the Graduate School career has obstacles.  In order to help with the decision-making process, Christian Universities Online (CUO) is excited to publish our top 50 ranking of Christian Graduate School in the U.S. for the 2016-2017 academic year.  This ranking seeks to highlight intentionally Christian Graduate Schools that excel in categories of personal attention to their students, selectivity, readily available financial aid and overall student satisfaction. CUO strives to be the go to and trusted resource for students and their parents in deciding which school to attend. At CUO we understand how important a decision this is and offer up this ranking as a great starting point.

Let us give the disclaimer that publicly available data for Christian graduate schools is severely lacking.  We are aiming in our future rankings of graduate schools to improve upon the number of data points by collecting them directly from each of our eligible institutions.  Our methodology for this ranking began by collecting all members or member eligible schools of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) that offer graduate degree programs.  We then collected data for two categories, number of graduate degree programs and average graduate student tuition and fees for an academic year.  Both of these data points were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) site, College Navigator.

 

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Messiah College

Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Established by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1909, the school was called the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. By 1921 the school had evolved into a junior college and by 1951 was rename Messiah College, after having developed its initial four-year college program. Today, though still influenced by its historic affiliation with the Brethren in Christ Church, Messiah College is a nondenominational institution. Messiah College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students, with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1.

Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. The College offers a total of nine graduate degree programs – including one doctoral degree – across a range of fields. Specific degrees include the Master of Business Administration with concentrations available in Digital marketing, Social entrepreneurship, Organizational and strategic communication, Strategic leadership, and Management; Master of Music in Conducting, with emphasis in Choral, Orchestral, or Wind; M.A. in Counseling with options including Clinical mental health, Marriage, couple and family, or School counseling; Master of Education in Curriculum and instruction, Special education, or TESOL; M.A. in Higher Education with nearly half a dozen concentration options; M.A. in Leadership; M.S. in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice with concentrations in Family nurse practitioner or Nurse educator; and Master of Occupational Therapy. When combined, Messiah College’s average graduate tuition and fees for the academic year equal $11,010.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 9
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $11,010

 

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Established in 1968, the area of Mount Vernon, Ohio was selected particulary due to its proximity to a large portion of the Nazarene population. Charted as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly, MVNU is one of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. In addition to its main campus, the University also operates several satellite locations in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield, and Newark; these locations serve the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program which is geared towards non-traditional students. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000 students, with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1972. The University offers a few different master’s degree programs across three major fields with several concentration, emphases, and options. MVNU’s  Master of Business Administration is available with concentrations in Finance, Human Resource Management, Ministry Leadership, Organizational Management, and Health Care Administration and is also offered in a Fast-Track format. Also available are the Master of Arts in Education in either Intervention Specialist or Professional Education; the Master of Ministry; and the Master of Divinity. MVNU also offers a Dual Degree Master of Ministry and Master of Business Administration and a unique Master’s Choice program in which students are given the opportunity to earn two degrees – the Master of Ministry and Master of Divinity. This latter program combines features from both programs and gives students more control, flexibility, and options. MVNU’s average graduate tuition and fees equal $8,964 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 7
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $8,964

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Crown College

Crown College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota. Established in 1916, Crown College was originally called the Alliance Training Home; the school’s name changed multiple times over the years, including St. Paul Bible College, before eventually settling on the name Crown College in 1992. The College’s 215 acre campus sits nestled amid magnificent oaks, rolling hills, clear lakes and offers several delightful walking trails. Crown College is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination, which offers global access to well over 12,000 churches all around the globe. Crown College has been ranked among the “Best Midwest Regional Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and was named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs. The College defines its missions as being to “provide a biblically-based education for Christian leadership in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the church at large and the world.”

Crown College enjoys a total enrollment figure of more than 1,100 students and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (granted in 1980). Crown College has seven graduate degree programs which are available entirely online, offering students convenience and flexibility without sacrificing academic excellence or professional relevance. Areas of study include the Master of Business Administration, with an optional concentration in Non-Profit Management; MA in Christian Studies, with more than half a dozen emphases including Disaster & Emergency Management, Theological Studies, and Pastoral Leadership; MA in Counseling; MA in Global Leadership with several concentrations including International Christian Education; Master of Divinity, which offers seven concentrations; Master of Leadership, with eight areas of emphases; and MA in Organizational Leadership. Crown College’s average graduate tuition and fees equal $8,840 for the academic year and financial aid options are available to students.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 7
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $8,840

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. Belhaven University was founded by Lewis Fitzhugh in 1883 as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies, and was later donated to the Presbyterian Church of the United States. In 1954 Belhaven University became a fully coeducational institution after the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow men to enroll. Belhaven University’s mission is to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” Belhaven University’s mission statement continues, “by developing servant leaders who value integrity, compassion, and justice in all aspects of their lives, the University prepares people to serve, not to be serve.”

Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. Nearly a dozen degree programs are offered by the University, several with multiple concentration options. Programs include the Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Leadership, Health Administration, Sports Administration, and Human Resources; the Master of Science in Leadership with a Human Resources or Ministry concentration; the Master of Arts in Teaching; Master of Education with emphases in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology, and National Board Preparation; the Master of Education in Reading Literacy; the Master of Health Administration; the Master of Public Administration with an optional Human Resources Concentration; the Master of Sports Administration; and the Master of Fine Arts in Dance. Each program is taught by field specialist in classes that are kept intentionally small. Belhaven University’s average graduate tuition and fees come to $9,990; financial aid options are readily available for students.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 9
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $9,990

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Anderson University - IN

Anderson University is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Anderson, Indiana. Established in 1917 by members of the Church of God movement, Anderson University was originally called the Anderson Bible Training School. The University is founded five core values, or “pillars”, including Integrity, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Responsibility, and Generosity.

Anderson University’s mission is to “educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.” Service and ministry are close to the heart of Anderson’s people and students volunteer as many as 24,000 hours annually. Located on a 100-acre suburban campus, Anderson University and has a total enrollment of over 2,000, nearly all of whom are undergraduates. The average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1946, Anderson University has received top recognitions from names such as The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes.

Anderson University offers a dozen graduate degree programs in a number of areas. Specific degrees include the Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration; the Master of Science in Nursing (offered with the Master of Business Administration, with an Education Track, or Administration Track); Master of Divinity; Master of Theological Studies; Master in Christian Ministry (offered entirely online); Master of Arts in Intercultural Services; Master of Music Education; and Doctor of Ministry. When combined, Anderson University’s graduate student tuition costs and fees come to $14,190 for the academic year. A variety of financial aid options exist to assist students. Anderson University is also a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program which makes tuition costs more feasible for military service members, veterans, and their families.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 12
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $14,190

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Bethel College

Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Established in 1947, a vision for Bethel College began in the heart of Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder, Daniel Brenneman who first called for a training institute in 1893. This vision was eventually put into action by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college; it was Huffman who suggested the name Bethel, which is interpreted, “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church gave its formal approval for the institution and land for the college was purchased. Bethel College is affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC) and defines itself as a “community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.” Bethel has a total enrollment of more than 18,000 and is situated on an urban campus that is close to a wide range of recreational opportunities.

Bethel College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A total of six graduate degree programs are offered by the college, including the Master of Business Administration; Master of Education; Master of Education School Administration; Master of Ministry; Master of Arts in Theology; Master of Science in Nursing; and Master of Arts in Counseling. Bethel College also offers three post-baccalaureate programs which do not lead to a degree – the School Administration Licensure, Special Education program, and Transition to Teaching program. At least three of Bethel College’s graduate programs are also available in an online format and each program offers a flexible schedule which is designed to accommodate students who are busy balancing life, work, and study. Bethel College’s average graduate tuition and fees come to $6,680 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 7
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic year: $6,680

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Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. Founded in 1889 as the Central College by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the school was later renamed Huntington College in 1917 and in 1961 the College was granted accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 that the school’s current name of Huntington University was adopted. Today, Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.”

Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,200, with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. A variety of degree programs are offered by the university, including ten graduate degrees programs. These include the Master of Education in the areas of Elementary Education, Early Adolescent Education, Adolescent and Young Adult Education, and TESOL Education; the Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (offered through the University’s Institute for Leadership and Counseling); and the Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership, Master of Arts in Global Missions Leadership, and Master of Arts in Global Youth Ministry. A Doctor of Occupational Therapy is also available. Huntington University’s average graduate tuition and fees for the academic year come to $10,200 and financial aid options are readily available for students.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 10
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $10,200

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Harding University

Harding University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. Harding University formally came into existence in 1924 as the result of a merger between of two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College. The new school was originally named Harding College (and subsequently renamed Harding University in 1979 after the school achieved university status) in honor of James A. Harding, a preacher, teacher and Christian educator who inspired others with “an enthusiasm for Christian education.” Harding University is “committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences” and serves a “diverse coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world”. Harding University’s main mission is to “provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.” Harding University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954.

Harding University is comprised of several colleges which offer a variety of graduate and professional programs. These include the College of Allied Health which offers master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Physician Assistant Studies as well as a doctorate in Physical Therapy; the College of Bible & Ministry which offers two master degree programs in Ministry and Marriage and Family Therapy; the College of Business Administration; the College of Education which offers several master’s and doctoral programs; the College of Nursing; the College of Pharmacy which offers a single doctorate; and the Graduate School of Theology (located in Memphis) which offers Master of Arts degrees in Christian Ministry and Counseling, the Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Harding University’s average graduate tuition and fees combined equal $14,024 for the academic year and a variety of financial aid options are available.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 15
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $14,024

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Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution located in Palos Heights, Illinois. Founded in 1959, Trinity Christian College was established by a group of Chicago businessmen who wished to form a college that would provide students with a quality Christian higher education that was taught from Reformed perspective. Trinity Christian College is located on a suburban campus just 30 miles outside of Chicago – a strategic location which offers students the benefit of plenty of opportunities for internships, career advancement, service and cultural experiences. Consistently ranked within the top tier among Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, Trinity Christian College is made up of a diverse student body of more than 1,400 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The College’s mission is clearly stated and has not deviated from its founder’s wishes, which is to “provide Biblically informed liberal arts education in the Reformed tradition.”

Trinity Christian College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. Three Graduate Studies Programs are offered, including two specific master’s degrees. The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree is a two year program, taught from a distinctively Christian perspective designed to help “each student answer God’s call to bring healing and restoration.” Trinity Christian College’s two other graduate programs, the Special Education LBS I endorsement and Master of Arts in Special Education and the LBS Behavior Intervention Specialist endorsement are related, though distinct from each other. The former may be earned in just 1 ½ hears with a tuition cost of less than $15,000, while the latter is designed to prepare teachers to become Board Certified. Trinity Christian College’s average graduate tuition costs and fees come to $858 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 2
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $852

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Milligan College

Located in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in Milligan College, TN, Milligan College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1866, Milligan College was founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of the Buffalo Creek Christian Church, a congregation of the Disciples of Christ. Beginning as a private secondary school called the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, in 1881 the school began offering collegiate level programs following the arrival of Disciples of Christ minister and educator, Dr. Josephus Hopwood. Today, Milligan College’s mission is to “honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders.” The College’s vision is to be a “premier Christian liberal arts college where Jesus Christ is exalted and excellence in the standard” and to “change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership.”

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The College offers five master’s degree programs, an Education Specialist and Doctor of Education through its Graduate Studies department; specific degrees include the Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Several more programs are also offered through the Emmanuel Christian Seminary, including the Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Christian Ministries, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Divinity. Milligan College also offers two graduate certificate programs – the Graduate Certificate in Counseling and Executive MBA Certificates. Graduate housing options are available for students who wish to reside on-campus. When combined, Milligan College’s graduate tuition costs and fees come to $9,726 for the academic year and financial aid is readily available to students.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 11
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $9,726

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Established in 1871 by John Alexis Edgren, Bethel University began as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary. The seminary’s original mission was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled persecution in Europe to serve as pastors in the New World. In 1914 the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) undertook on the support of the seminary and moved it to its current location. Following the Second World War the school became a four-year collegiate institution and was renamed the Bethel College & Seminary. Since then the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 the name Bethel University was adopted. Bethel has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. Character-based leadership development is the goal Bethel University sets for its students, striving to develop in students a “strong sense of character and ethics” and the ability to “lead with confidence and wisdom.” Following a values-based approach which is unique among graduate schools, Bethel’s professors endeavor to serve as mentors to their students. Bethel University has much to offer in the area of graduate programs with ten master’s degrees and a doctorate in educational leadership. Areas of study include Counseling Psychology (M.A.); Education K-12 (M.A.); Gerontology (M.A.); Master of Business Administration (M.A.); Nurse Educator (M.S.); Nurse-Midwifery (M.S.); Physician Assistant (M.S.); Special Education (M.A.); Strategic Leadership (M.A.); and Teaching (M.A.). Many programs are offered in both traditional on-campus formats as well as online. Bethel University’s average graduate student tuition and fees combined equal $9,630 and financial aid options exist and are readily available.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 11
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $9,630

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Greenville College

Greenville College, located in Greenville, Illinois, is a private, coeducational, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church, the original mission of the school was to offer men and women a “distinctive, Christ-centered college education.” Wilson T. Hogue served as the college’s first president and coined the phrase “education for character” which serves as Greenville College’s motto even to this day. Greenville College is located on a beautiful 50 acre campus in the heart of Greenville, about 45 miles outside of St. Louis; the College’s campus is easily accessible from several main highways, including I-70, I-55, I-64, and I-57. With the vision to inspire students to embrace God’s calling on their lives, Greenville College’s mission is to empower “students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.”

Greenville College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,300, with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. A total of nine graduate degree programs are offered (in addition to a number of endorsement programs) by the College. These include the Master of Arts in Education in Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Coaching, Curriculum and Instruction, and Reading; the Master of Business Administration (also available as a one-year MBA program); the Master of Science in Management; and the Master of Arts in Teaching (with an Elementary Education Licensure Program). When combined, Greenville College’s average graduate student tuition and fees come to $7,524 for the academic year and financial aid options are readily available to students.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 9
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $7,524

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Tabor College

Tabor College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Hillsboro, Kansas. Established in 1908, Tabor College was founded by members of the Mennonite Brethren and Krimmer Mennonite Brethren faiths. Beginning with just 39 students and three instructors, the fledgling college quickly grew, expanding to more than 100 students by the end of its first year. The College continues to be affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church and considers its mission to be “preparing people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and His kingdom.” Tabor College’s vision is to be “the college of choice for students who seek a life-transforming, academically excellent, globally relevant and decidedly Christian education.” The College holds to five core values which heavily influence both the mission and vision of the institution; these include “a commitment to being Christ-centered in all aspects of life, a passion for learning, the promotion of service to others and meaningful involvement in college and community activities.”

Tabor College has a total enrollment figure of more than 700 students with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1965. Tabor College offers more than half a dozen master’s degree programs, including the Master of Business Administration in Leadership, Accounting, or Sales Management; the Master of Arts in Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and the Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse Education, Executive Leadership and Informatics. When combined, Tabor College’s average graduate tuition and fees come to $5,358 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 7
  •  Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for the Academic Year: $5,358

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. An historically Baptist institution, Carson-Newman University was established in 1851 as the Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary. In 1880 the institution was renamed Carson College in honor of James Harvey Carson who donated a portion of his estate to the school. In 1889 the college combined with Newman College, a female institution, and the two names were merged, creating the Carson-Newman College. In 2012 Carson-Newman was granted university status. Today, Carson-Newman University’s vision is to be “the Christian liberal arts-based university of choice in the Southeast for education and service” with a mission to help “students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.” Carson-Newman University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000 with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927. Nearly a dozen graduate degree programs are offered in a variety of fields. These include the Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship; the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Education (with an optional Job-embedded Practitioner Licensure); an Education Specialist; an Education Doctorate; the Master of Arts in Applied Theology; the Master of Arts in Teaching; the Master of Science in Counseling; and the Master of Science in Nursing. Several of Carson-Newman University’s graduate degrees are offered online, providing a convenient and flexible option for students with family and work obligations. When combined, Carson-Newman University’s average graduate tuition costs and fees come to $8,300 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 10
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $8,300

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Kentucky Christian University

Kentucky Christian University is a private, Christian, comprehensive institution located in Grayson, Kentucky. Established in 1919 as the Christian Normal Institute, the school was founded by J. W. Lusby and J. O. Snodgrass and included a high school and a junior college with a training program for equipping public school teachers. In the early 1920s the focus of the school shifted to educating students for Christian Ministry and to this day Kentucky Christian University continues to be affiliated with the Christian churches and churches of Christ. The mission of Kentucky Christian University is to be “an intentionally Christ-centered academic community that seeks to engage students in a transformative educational experience that equips them as effective Christian professionals providing servant leadership for the Church and society.” The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1984.

Kentucky Christian University is made up of several different schools including the Sack School of Bible & Ministry; the School of Biological Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Distance and General Education; the Keeran School of Education; the School of Social Work & Human Services; the Yancey School of Nursing; and the Graduate School. In addition to its on-site academic programs, Kentucky Christian University also offers a variety of online programs for non-traditional students. Half a dozen graduate degree programs are available, including the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with concentrations in Old/ New Testament or Biblical Backgrounds; Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, with concentrations in Theological Studies, Pastoral Care (Counseling), Christian Ministry, Leadership, or Preaching; Master of Arts in Religion; Master of Science in nursing; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse; and Master of Education – Teacher Leader. Average graduate tuition and fees for Kentucky Christian University are $4,150 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 6
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $4,150

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Houston Baptist University

Located in Houston, Texas, Houston Baptist University (HBU) is a private Christian institution. Established in 1960, HBU was founded by the Baptist General Convention of Texas for the purpose of providing “a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’” HBU offers an intimate college environment with an enrollment figure of more than 2,500 students and an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. HBU’s boasts a diverse student body, with students hailing from all ethnic backgrounds and even several walks of faith. Situated on an urban campus of 100 acres, HBU is located mere minutes away from Houston’s thriving downtown district, which provides students with ample opportunities for jobs and internships.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Houston Baptist University is made up of multiple colleges and schools, including: the Archie W. Dunham College of Business; College of Education & Behavior Sciences; College of Science & Mathematics; School of Christian Thought; School of Fine Arts; School of Humanities; School of Nursing & Allied Health; and HBU’s Honors College.  More than a dozen graduate degree programs are offered in a wide range of fiend. Degrees include the Master of Arts which is offered in the areas of Apologetics, Biblical languages, Christian Counseling, Christian Leadership, Counseling, Philosophy, Psychology, and Theological Studies; the Master of Business Administration; Master of Divinity; Master of Education; Master of Fine Arts; Master of International Business; Master of Liberal Arts; and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management.  HBU also offers a single doctorate degree, the Doctor of Education in Executive Educational Leadership. HBU’s average graduate tuition and fees for the academic year equal $14,010.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 16
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $14,010

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Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of biblical higher education located in Greenville, South Carolina. Evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. founded the school in 1927 with a vision of creating a training center for Christians that would be “distinguished by its academic excellence, refined standards of behavior, and opportunities to appreciate the performing and visual arts” and in which “Christ would be the center of all thought and conduct.” Throughout its early years, the college moved around several times before settling into its current location in Greenville. Today, Bob Jones University’s mission is, “within the cultural and academic soil of liberal arts higher education… to grow Christlike character that is scripturally discipline, others-serving, God-loving, Christ-proclaiming and focused above.”

Bob Jones University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its colleges and schools – the School of Religion; College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Education; School of Fine Arts & Communication; and the Seminary & Graduate School of Religion. Nearly twenty graduate degree programs are available, including Master of Arts degrees in Biblical Counseling, Biblical Studies, Communication Studies, Ministry Studies, Theological Studies, Theatre Arts, and English; a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership; a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning; Master of Music degrees in Church Music, Performance, Education, and Piano Pedagogy; a Master of Divinity and a Master of Ministry; a Doctor of Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theological Studies. When combined, Bob Jones University’s average graduate tuition costs and fees equal $14,700 for the academic year. Financial aid is readily available to students.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 17
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $14,700

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Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Charleston, South Carolina. Established in 1964, Charleston Southern University is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Beginning with an initial student body of just under 600, Charleston Southern University has grown into an institution of more than 3,500 with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Charleston Southern University’s vision is to be a “Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving” with a mission to promote “academic excellence in a Christian environment.” Among other notable recognitions and accolades, Charleston Southern University has been recognized as a Military Friendly School, named a College of Distinction, and was included in the list of America’s Best Christian Colleges.

Charleston Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has been so since 1970. The University offers nearly a dozen graduate degree programs through its Graduate School. Programs include the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership; Master of Arts in Christian Studies; Master of Athletic Training; Master of Science in Organizational Management; Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in Computer Science; Master of Science in Nursing; Master of Criminal Justice; Master of Science in Human Resource Management; and Master of Education. Several programs are available with both online and on-campus options and faculty and staff members strive to integrate a Christian worldview and faith into all of the University’s programs and services offered. Charleston Southern University’s average graduate tuition and fees, when combined, equal $7,540. All students are encouraged to apply for federal, state, institution and endowed/ funded scholarships as well as outside scholarships and grants.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 10
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $7,540

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Faulkner University

Faulkner University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Montgomery, Alabama and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Faulkner University was established in 1942 as the Montgomery Bible School. In 1953 the school was renamed the Alabama Christian College and in 1965 the College relocated to its present-day location. In 1985 the institution was granted university status and adopted its current name of Faulkner University in honor of longtime supporter and chairman of the board, Dr. James H. Faulkner, Sr. Today, Faulkner University’s mission is to “glorify God through education of the whole person, emphasizing integrity of character in a caring, Christian environment where every individual matters every day.” Faulkner University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, with an institution-wide average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Faulkner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has been so since 1971. The University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, several of which offer graduate degree programs. These include the Alabama Christian College of Arts & Sciences which offers both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Humanities, M.S. in Counseling or Justice Administration; the College of Education which offers an M.A. in Teaching and the Master of Education; the Harris College of Business & Executive Education, through which the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management programs are offered; the Jones School of Law with a Master of Laws Juris Doctor; and the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies which offers the Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies, Christian Ministry and Christian Counseling & Family Ministry as well as a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. Faulkner University’s average graduate tuition and fees equal $10,800 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 13
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $10,800

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Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University (abbreviated PLNU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in San Diego, California. Established in the early 1900s, PLNU traces its roots back to the prayers of six women who called themselves the Bible College Prayer Circle as well as to the work of Dr. Phineas F. Bresee who responded to the need of establishing a Christian college in the Los Angeles area. Originally called the Pacific Bible College in 1902, PLNU underwent several name revisions over the years, including Pasadena College, before settling on its current title. Today, the University serves as the official university of the Southwest Educational Region of the Church of the Nazarene has the mission to “provide higher education in a vital Christian community where minds are engaged and challenged, character is modeled and formed, and service is an expression of faith.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where grace is foundational, truth is pursued, and holiness is a way of life.”

Point Loma Nazarene University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1949. The University offers more than dozen graduate degree programs in a variety of areas including the Master of Business Administration; several Master of Arts in Education Programs; Master of Science in Nursing as well as a Doctorate of Nursing Practice; Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership; Master of Science in Kinesiology; Master of Science in General Biology; Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling; the Master of Ministry and Master of Divinity, which is offered through a partnership held between PSNU and Nazarene Theological Seminary. PLNU’s average graduate tuition and fees equal $10,710 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 14
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $16,639

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, Spring Arbor University was established in 1873 by leaders of the denomination as an academy for elementary and secondary grades. In 1923 a junior college was added to the academy and by 1930 all primary and intermediate classes were discontinued. The institution obtained accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1960 at which time it adopted the name of Spring Arbor College. In 2001 university status was granted and the school became known as Spring Arbor University. Today, Spring Arbor University’s mission is to be “a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as a perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.”

Spring Arbor University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000 with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University offers nearly 100 majors and programs and is made up of four schools, including the Gainey School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Human Services. Nearly a dozen graduate degree programs are available, including the Master of Arts in the areas of Counseling, Education, Strategic Communications and Leadership, Reading, Spiritual Formation and Leadership, and TESOL. A Master of Business Administration and Master of Special Education in Learning Disabilities are also offered as well as the Master of Science in the areas of Social Work, and Nursing. Spring Arbor University’s average graduate tuition and fees equal $6,878 for the academic year and financial aid is readily available.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 11
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $6,878

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Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Established as Missouri Baptist College in 1964, the school began as a campus extension of Hannibal-LaGrange College in 1957, created to meet the need for an evangelical Christian institution in the St. Louis area. By 1967 the newly formed College moved to its 81-acre campus and in 1973 the first students graduated with their Bachelor of Arts degrees. Initial accreditation was granted in 1978 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) through which the University continues to be accredited to this day. In 2000 the school, by now known by its current name of Missouri Baptist University, was approved to offer its first program at the master’s-level, the Master of Science in Education.

Today, the mission of Missouri Baptist University is to educate students “in an environment where academic excellence is emphasized and a Biblically based Christian perspective is maintained.” The University continues to be “committed to enriching its students’ lives spiritually, intellectually, and professionally and to preparing students to serve in a global and culturally diverse society.” A wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Missouri Baptist’s several divisions which include the Graduate Divisions of Business, Education, Health & Sport Sciences, Humanities, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. In addition to the several programs offered through these Graduate Divisions, Missouri Baptist University also offers the Doctor of Education degree and several online graduate degrees. When combined, Missouri Baptist University’s average graduate student tuition and fees equal $9,405 for the academic year. The University offers several types of financial aid to make tuition costs more feasible to students, including grant and scholarship aid, work study programs, loans, and veterans’ assistance.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 14
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $9,405

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Eastern University

Eastern University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located just west of Philadelphia in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania.  Established in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the institution was founded for the purpose of creating a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination. It was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school became known as Eastern College and in 2005 was granted university status. It was also in 2005 that the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, Eastern University’s mission is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.”  The University has a total enrollment figure of over 3,500, with institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1954. A wide range of academic programs are offered through its several colleges and seminary including the College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Business and Leadership, The College of Education, The College of Health and Social Sciences, The College of Theology and Ministry, and the Palmer Theological Seminary. More than 20 graduate degree programs are offered including the Doctor of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Studies; Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (with multiple concentration options); Master of Arts in School Psychology; Master of Education in Multicultural Education; Master of Arts in Theological and Cultural Anthropology; Master of Divinity; Master of Theological Studies; PhD in Organizational Leadership; MBA in Economic Development; Master of Arts in Urban Studies and much more. Eastern University’s average graduate tuition and fees for the academic year equal $16,060.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 21
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $16,060

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Asbury University

Asbury University is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Wilmore, Kentucky. Established in 1890 by John Wesley Hughes, Asbury University was founded as the Kentucky Holiness College before changing its name in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who is known the “Father of American Methodism”. Though originally established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, today the university is nondenominational and welcomes students and faculty from all Christian walks and traditions. Asbury is situated on a suburban campus of 65 acres and is located approximately twenty minutes southwest of Lexington. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled and represent over forty states and more than two dozen foreign countries. The University’s institution-wide average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. Asbury boasts more than 22,000 living alumni who are located all over the world, and lead and serve in every state in the Union and at least 80 foreign nations.

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1940. The University offers a wide variety of academic programs through its several colleges and schools which include the School of Graduate and Professional studies. Through the School, Asbury University offers more than a dozen graduate degree programs in residential, online, and blended formats which are all designed to meet the needs of busy adults. Committed to “providing student-centered care in admissions and advising, and to responding to [student’s] needs throughout the program experience” the University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies works to personalize its offerings to better assist students in achieving their academic and career goals. Graduate programs offered by Asbury University include the areas of Business, Social Work, Education, and Communications. When combined, Asbury University’s average graduate tuition and fees for the academic year equal $9,918.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 15
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $9,918

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George Fox University

Located in Newberg, Oregon, George Fox University is a private, coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies. Affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, George Fox was established in 1885 by a group of Quaker pioneers as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school was renamed Pacific College and in 1949 was again renamed George Fox College, (before achieving university status) in honor of the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered community [which] prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” George Fox ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation (according to Forbes Magazine) and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report.

George Fox University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, with an average institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1959. In the area of graduate programs, George Fox University has much to offer with nearly two dozen individual degree programs in seven major fields. Graduate degrees include both the Master and Doctor of Business Administration degrees; Master of Arts in School Counseling; Master and Doctor of Education degrees;  Doctor of Physical Therapy; Doctor of Psychology; Master of Divinity (offered on-campus and online); Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (also offered both on-campus and online); the Doctor of Ministry; the Master of Social Work and many more. George Fox University’s average graduate tuition and fees combined equal $14,592 for the academic year and a variety of financial aid options do exist to assist graduate students.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 20
  • Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $14,592

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Anderson University - SC

Anderson University is a private, selective, comprehensive Christian institution located in Anderson, South Carolina. Anderson University was established in 1911, though the school traces its roots back to the initial founding of the Johnson Female Seminary in 1848. Though the seminary was forced to shut down following the untimely death of its founder, Rev. William Bullein Johnson, and due to the onset of the Civil War, the school was eventually resurrected in the form of Anderson College (which was later renamed Anderson University). Anderson University’s mission as an “academic community, affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention” is to provide “a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement.”

Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. Anderson University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several colleges and schools, including the South Carolina School of the Arts; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Business; College of Christian Studies; School of Criminal Justice; College of Education; School of Interior Design; and School of Nursing. At the graduate level, Anderson University offers more than a dozen different degree programs including the Doctor of Ministry, the Master of Divinity, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Criminal Justice, the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Teaching and many more. When combined, Anderson University’s average graduate student tuition costs and fees equal $8,126 for the academic year. Financial aid is readily available to students and Anderson University is also a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program which provides financial assistance to military service members, veterans and their families.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 14
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $8,126

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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rochester, New York. Established in 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College was the first educational institution founded by the Free Methodist denomination in North America. The College was originally called Chili Seminary and was founded by Benjamin Titus Roberts, a social activist who opposed slavery and the oppression of the poor and supported women’s rights. Roberts established the school with the purpose of training young people to become servant leaders who would possess a strong moral character. Character development has continued to play a central role in the College’s vision and Roberts Wesleyan College’s mission statement declares its commitment to preparing “thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society.”  The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates.

Roberts Wesleyan College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. The College has much to offer when it comes to graduate programs, with nearly two dozen distinct degree options. Roberts Wesleyan College’s master’s degree program offerings include the areas of Strategic leadership (M.S.); Strategic Marketing (M.S.); Health Administration (M.S.); Healthcare Informatics Administration (M.S.); Nursing Education (M.S.); School Counseling (M.S.); School Psychology (M.S.); Clinical/ School Psychology (Pys.D.); Social Work, (M.S.W.); Initial Childhood and Special Education (M.Ed.); Initial Adolescence and Special Education (M.Ed.); Literacy Education (M.Ed.); Special Education (M.Ed.); Master of Divinity; Theological Studies (M.A.); Transformational Leadership (M.A.); Theology & Social Justice (M.A.); Doctor of Ministry and more. Graduate students at Roberts Wesleyan College receive one-on-one academic advising and have access to the support necessary to succeed in each program. The College’s average graduate tuition and fees combined equal $13,566 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 20
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $13,566

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Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1901 by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan, Trevecca Nazarene University began as the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School. Originally a part of the Pentecostal Alliance, in 1911 the school began offering its first bachelor’s degrees, consequently, the school’s name was changed to Trevecca College for Christian. In 1917, the school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene and underwent several changes, eventually earning its university status in 1995. Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to be a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” The University’s intent and purpose is that its “graduates be socially-conscious, globally-aware, and actively-engaged individuals who are developing holistically in the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual areas of being.” Trevecca Nazarene University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, with an average institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. The University offers a wide range of graduate-level degrees, including master’s degrees in the areas of Business Administration; Clinical and Mental health Counseling; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership; English Second Language; Instructional Design & Technology; Library and Information Science; Marriage and Family Counseling/ Therapy; Organizational Leadership; Physician Assistant; Religion; Special Education (Visual Impairments); Teaching and more. A few doctoral degree programs are also offered including the Doctor of Education in Leadership & Professional Practice and the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision. Trevecca Nazarene University’s average graduate tuition cost and fees for the academic year equal $10,512; students may apply for financial aid which is readily available.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 17
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $10,512

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Irvine, California. Established in 1976, CUI was founded by the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod for the purpose of serving students in the Pacific Southwest. Originally called Christ College Irvine, in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to change the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine, making CUI the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System.  Today, the University’s mission is to be “guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, [to empower] students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.” CUI has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500, with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Concordia University Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1981. At the graduate level, CUI has much to offer, with more than a dozen degree programs available including the Master of Administration; Master of Coaching and Athletics Administration; Master of Healthcare Administration; Master of Arts in Theology; Doctor of Education; Master of Arts in Education in the areas of Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Administration, Educational Technology, and School Counseling (offered with or without the Teaching Credential); Master of Science in Nursing; Master of Arts in Counseling; and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Several graduate degrees are also offered online. CUI’s graduate tuition and fees average cost for the academic year come to $7,998. Several financial aid options are available to students, including federal aid, state aid, private or outside aid, and aid from the University. CUI is also a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps to make tuition costs more feasible for military service members, veterans and their families.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 15
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $7,998

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North Greenville University

North Greenville University is a private, comprehensive, Christian institution located in Tigerville, South Carolina. Established in 1891, the University began as the North Greenville High School – first high school founded in the northern section of Greenville County. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1915 the school was renamed the North Greenville Baptist Academy. By 1934 the academy had expanded to include a junior college and gradually evolved into a four-year institution, achieving university status in 2006, at which time its current name of North Greenville University was adopted. Today, North Greenville University’s mission is to “prepare students to become better contributing members of society by educating the whole person through an integration of academic discipline, a Christian worldview and lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience while offering students exceptional opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service.” The University’s mission continues, “Christ is preeminent in all University curricular and co-curricular programs, teaching, research, and service activities.”

North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1957. North Greenville University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500 with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. North Greenville University is comprised of several colleges and schools, through which it offers a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. At the graduate level, North Greenville University offers a Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Mission and Evangelism, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Medical Science, Master of Music Education, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Education and much more. North Greenville University’s average graduate tuition costs and fees for the academic year equal $6,750; students have access to a variety of financial aid options to assist them in furthering their education.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 14
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $6,750

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Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University (SBU) is a private, four-year comprehensive evangelical Christian institution located in Bolivar, Missouri. Established in 1878, SBU began in Lebanon, MO as the Southwest Baptist College; in 1879 the college received its charter from the state of Missouri and moved to its current location in Bolivar. Though the college faced severe difficulties during its early years, it grew nonetheless into a thriving institution with a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000. In 1957 SBU was granted accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, through which the University continues to be accredited. SBU’s mission statement is clear and concise, declaring the institution to be a “Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.” SBU holds to the core values of Christian Distinctiveness; Compassion and Care for SBU Family; Academic Excellence; and Social and Spiritual Development.

Divided into several colleges and schools, Southwest Baptist University offers a variety of graduate-level programs. The University’s College of Education and Social Sciences offers several degrees in education including the Master of Science in Education, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership; the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science offers a Master of Business Administration with emphasis placed on “faith integration, leadership development and entrepreneurship”; the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree, with concentrations in nursing administration and nursing education; and SBU’s College of Science and Mathematics offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. When combined, SBU’s graduate student tuition costs and fees for the academic year average at $3,720 and financial aid is readily available for qualifying students.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 11
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $3,720

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Union University

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. The oldest Southern Baptist-affiliated institution, Union University was established in 1823 as the Jackson Male Academy shortly after the western portion of the state opened for settlement. In 1925 the school, by then having adopted its current name, became formally affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Today, Union University’s mission is to provide students with a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and Society.” The University has received a number of major recognitions, including being named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and named a Best Value College 2015 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Union University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000,with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. The University is divided into several colleges and schools including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Studies, the McAfee School of Business Administration, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Theology and Missions. At the graduate level, Union University has much to offer with more than a dozen degree programs in the areas of Business Administration, Education, Intercultural Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and Theology and Missions. In addition to these, the University also offers a Graduate Certificate in Pre-Professional Biology which is designed for students seeking to prepare for professional studies in the health sciences. Several of Union University’s graduate are offered online, including the Doctor of Education, Leadership in School Reform Track and the Master of Business Administration. The University’s combined average graduate tuition and fees for the academic year are $6,630.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 14
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $6,630

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Trinity International University

Trinity International University is a private evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Deerfield, Illinois. The University’s heritage reaches back to the late nineteenth century and early twentieth with the establishment of both the Bible Institute of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church of America and the Norwegian-Danish Bible Institute and Academy. Between the years of 1946 and 1949 the two schools merged, forming Trinity Seminary and Bible College, which was located in Chicago. It was not until the 1960s that the seminary (which was later renamed Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and the college (renamed Trinity College) moved to their current location in Deerfield. Today, Trinity International University describes its mission as lying in its commitment to its four core values of “Christ Centeredness, Community Focus, Church Connectedness, and Cultural Engagement.” The University goes on to state that “Trinity’s purpose is to enable its graduates to think and live like Christians in the twenty-first century. We believe that God calls his people into many kinds of service; Trinity’s calling is to prepare them to serve for his glory.”

Trinity International University has a total enrollment figure of 2,237 with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and schools and has been so since 1996. Graduate-level degrees are offered through Trinity’s Divinity, Graduate, and Law Schools. While the University’s law school offers a single academic program (Juris Doctor), Trinity’s Divinity School offers several programs at both the master’s and doctoral level while the Graduate School offers the Master of Arts degree in Bioethics, Leadership, Teaching, Diverse Learning, and Counseling Psychology as well as several dual degree programs. Trinity’s average graduate student tuition and fees combined equal $15,440.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 24
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $15,440

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Abilene Christian University

Located in Abilene, Texas, Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education, affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Established in 1906, ACU began as a small learning institution in West Texas, growing out of an idea held by A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson and backed by the Churches of Christ in Abilene. Since that time, ACU has become known as a leader in Christian higher-education and has received a number of honors and recognitions from U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, and Apple, the latter naming ACU a distinguished school for its innovation, leadership and educational excellence. The mission of ACU is clearly stated as having the goal of educating students for “Christian service and leadership throughout the world.” ACU requires daily chapel services and mandatory Bible courses and the majority of students spend time volunteering for community service.

Abilene Christian University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offering both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees and is made up of the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, College of Education & Human Services, Graduate School, Graduate School of Theology, and ACU’s Honors College. Approximately 4,600 students are currently enrolled at ACU. Among ACU’s several graduate degrees, both master’s and doctorate degrees are available in the area of Christian Ministry, plus a Master of Divinity with different areas of concentrations; several Master of Arts degrees are offered in a variety of studies including Communication, English, and Theology; a Master of Accountancy, Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Education, Master of Liberal Arts, and several Master of Science degrees, in areas such as Psychology, Social Work, and Occupational Therapy, are also available. The University’s average graduate and student tuition for the academic year is $19,116.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 27
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $19,116

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Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the city of Campbellsville, Kentucky. Established in 1906 by the Russell Creek Baptist Association, Campbellsville University began as the Russell Creek Academy, a boy’s school. Over the years the Academy evolved into a fully accredited college, adding to its program offerings and creating a four-year curriculum. As the school continued to expand, several graduate programs were also eventually added and in 1996 the college gained university status, and adopted its current name. Today, Campbellsville University’s mission statement declares its dedication to “academic excellence solidly grounded in the liberal arts that fosters personal growth, integrity and professional preparation within a caring environment.” The  mission statement continues, “The University is prepares students as Christian servant leaders for life-long learning, continued scholarship, and active participation in a diverse, global society.”

Campbellsville University is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has been so since 1963. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,400. Campbellsville University offers a variety of programs and degrees through its several colleges and schools including the Carver School of Social Work & Counseling; College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business & Economics; School of Education; School of Music; School of Nursing; School of Theology; and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Several programs are offered in the form of both traditional on-campus classes and online. The University’s graduate programs are offered across a wide range of fields, including Business Administration, Education, Management and Leadership, marriage and Family Therapy, Music, Social Work, Sport Management, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. When combined, Campbellsville University’s graduate tuition and fees average at $8,058 for the academic year.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 17
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $8,058

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North Park University

North Park University is a private Christian institution affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church, located in Chicago, Illinois. The University shares its campus with the denomination’s North Park Theological Seminary and is located on Chicago’s north side. Established in 1891, the mission of North Park University is to “prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.” North Park University’s vision builds upon its core institutional identity – that is, “Christian, urban, intercultural” – as the University endeavors to be a place of “uncommon character and enduring excellence where faith, learning, and service meet.” North Park University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) and has been so since 1926. North Park University’s total enrollment figure reaches over 3,000.

In the area of graduate degrees, North Park University has much to offer with nearly two dozen graduate degrees. Divided into several schools, these include the School of Professional Studies which offers a master’s degree in counseling psychology; the School of Business and Nonprofit Management, through which five master’s degrees and several certificate programs are available; the School of Education; the School of Music where students may earn master’s degrees in vocal performance or a music in collaborative piano degree; the School of nursing which offers several master’s degrees and post-master’s professional certificates; and the North Park Theological Seminary. North Park University’s graduate classes are made up of less than 20 students, allowing students to connect with both professors and classmates on a personal level. When combined, North Park University’s average graduate tuition and fees equal $12,708 for the academic year, with several financial aid options available.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 22
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $12,708

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Evangel University

Evangel University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution located in Springfield, Missouri. Established in 1955, Evangel University was the first Pentecostal liberal arts college to be chartered in the United States. The University was founded by the General Council of the Assemblies of God, the denomination with which the school continues to be affiliated. Evangel University’s mission is to educate and equip students “to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the Church and society globally.” In order to accomplish this, the University “seeks to provide a living and learning experience within the Judeo-Christian tradition that challenges and fosters the development of the whole person.” Approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled at Evangel University, including representatives from all 50 states in the Union as well as several foreign nations. Located on an 80 acre campus, Evangel University offers housing to all students – married and single, – has two academic buildings, a fine arts center, dining commons, student union, athletics center, library and more.

Evangel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1965. Evangel University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including nearly twenty master’s and doctoral programs. Graduate programs at Evangel cover the areas of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Theology, Business, Kinesiology, and Education. Specific degrees include (but are not limited to) the Master of Science in Counseling; Master of Organizational Leadership; Master of Science in Athletic Training; Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies; Master of Divinity; Doctor of Ministry; Doctor of Education Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction and many more. When combined, Evangel University’s graduate tuition costs and fees average out to $5,304. Many forms of financial aid are available, helping to make tuition more feasible for students.

  • Graduate Programs: 17
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $5,304

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (abbreviated NNU) is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts located in Nampa, Idaho. Established in 1913, NNU is one of eight United States liberal arts colleges which are affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Founded by Eugene Emerson, NNU originally began as an elementary school which gradually evolved into a high school, then a junior college, and finally a four-year college in 1937. NNU’s mission is “the transformation of the whole person.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.” NNU holds to the values of Transformation; Truth; Community; and Service. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including over 700 undergraduate students. Approximately 45% of all students come from Nazarene church backgrounds while the other 55% are members of a variety of different denominations.

Northwest Nazarene University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1930. More than 20 graduate-level programs are offered by NNU in the areas of Business, Counseling, Education, Nursing, Social Work, and Theology and Christian Ministries. Degrees offered include the Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Divinity, Master of Education, Master of Science, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Social Work, Education Specialist, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy. Many programs are offered fully online, providing an even greater level of flexibility and convenience for non-traditional students. Combined, NNU’s graduate tuition and fees average at $8,81 and financial aid is readily available to assist students in pursuing their educational goals.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 21
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $8,814

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Fresno Pacific University

Established in 1944, Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California and is the only accredited Christian university in the Central Valley. Fresno Pacific University’s main 50 acre campus is located in the south east Fresno area; FPU also maintains four regional campuses in Central California: the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. Fresno Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500; many of these students are the first in their families to ever attend college and FPU is known as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), due to its high percentage of students of Hispanic decent.

Fresno Pacific University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools – the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences; the School of Natural Sciences; and the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Ranked in the top tier of their category by U.S. News & World Report, all of FPU’s programs emphasize Christian values, ethics, and character development. At the graduate level, FPU offers more than two dozen master’s degrees and a variety of graduate credential programs. Master degrees include the Master of Arts and the Master of Science. Several of these programs are also offered online, providing nontraditional students with a highly flexible and convenient way to earn their degrees without sacrificing quality. FPU’s average graduate tuition and fees come to $14,755. Financial aid is readily available in a variety of forms (scholarship, grant, loans, etc) with more than 97% of all FPU students receiving aid.

  •  Graduate Degree Programs: 27
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $14,755

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Southeastern University

Southeastern University is a private Christian liberal arts institution, located just outside of Tampa in Lakeland, Florida, an area with a population of over 100,000. Established in 1935 by the Assemblies of God, the school was originally located in New Brockton, Alabama. In 1940 the school merged with Beulah Heights Bible Institute of Atlanta, Georgia and from 1940 through 1942 the new school was known as the Beulah Heights–South-Eastern Bible Institute. In 1947 the school’s board of directors voted to secure a more permanent location for the school and land was purchased in Lakeland, Florida, where the University is located today. In 1956 the school began offering its first four-year, bachelor’s degree programs and adopted the new name of South-Eastern Bible College. It was not until 2005 that the first master’s degree programs were offered and the College officially became Southeastern University.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, since 1986, Southeastern University has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500. Southeastern University is comprised of several colleges, including the College of Arts & Media, the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, the College of Christian Ministries & Religion, the College of Education, the College of Natural & Health Sciences, and the Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership. Southeastern University offers more than twenty distinct graduate degree programs including master’s degrees in Christian Ministries & Religions; Behavioral & Social Sciences; Education; and Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership as well as a Doctor of Ministry and a Doctor of Education. Southeastern University’s average graduate tuition and fees combined equal $8,681 and multiple forms of financial aid are available.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 21
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $8,681

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Hardin-Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University (abbreviated HSU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Abilene, Texas. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, HSU was established in 1891 by the Sweetwater Baptist Association along with a group of cattlemen and pastors and called the Abilene Baptist College, originally. In 1892 the school was renamed Simmons College in honor of James B. Simmons, an early contributor. In 1925 the school adopted its current moniker, adding the name Hardin in honor of Mary and John G. Hardin, who were also major contributors to the school. HSU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927. HSU’s mission is “to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.”

Hardin-Simmons University has a total enrollment figure of about 2,000, including approximately graduate students. HSU offers a wide range of programs and degrees through its several colleges and schools, which include the College of Fine Arts; Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts; Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics; Irvin School of Education; Kelley College of Business; Logsdon School of Theology; Logsdon Seminary; and the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing. At the graduate level, HSU has much to offer with degree programs including the Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Divinity, Master of Education, Master of Music, Master of Science, and Physician Assistant Program, as well as the Doctorate in Leadership, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Physical Therapy. HSU strives to offer their students a quality, Christian higher education that is also affordable; the University’s average graduate tuition and fees combined come to about $12,060 and financial aid is readily available to help students achieve their goals.

  •  Graduate Degree Programs: 26
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $12,060

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Riverside, California. Originally established in El Monte, California, California Baptist College (as it was first called) was founded in 1950. Three years later, the school became affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination to which the University is still tied today. In 1955 the school moved from El Monte to its current city of Riverside and today is located on a beautiful 160 acre main campus, situated in the heart of the historic Magnolia Avenue district. California Baptist University holds to the belief that “each person has been created for a purpose” and describes its mission as being to “help students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Graduates are challenged to become individuals whose skills, integrity and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish them in the workplace and in the world.”

California Baptist University has a total enrollment figure of more than 8,500, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. The University is accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. CBU offers a wide range of graduate-level degree programs including 25 master’s degrees with at least 45 areas of concentration and 3 doctorates. Admissions and financial aid counselors are available to provide an assistance to make each student’s transition to the classroom easier. CBU’s combined tuition and fees for graduates average at $11,942. Financial aid is available and as a military friendly school, CBU is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program which makes costs more feasible for service members, veterans and their families.

  •  Graduate Degree Programs: 28
  •  Average Graduate Students Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $11,942

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and was. Located in Dallas, Texas, DBU sits on a beautiful 292 acre campus in the hills of Southwest Dallas, which overlooks the Mountain Creek Lake. Originally founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College, DBU was the first two-year institution of higher education to be established in the state of Texas. In 1965 the school relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College before achieving university status in 1985. Today, DBU’s mission is to “provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” The university has a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is comprised of the following academic divisions: College of Business, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Graduate School of Ministry. Nearly 30 single degree programs are offered as well as over 60 Dual Master’s degrees and doctoral programs including the Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Business Leadership, Leading Higher Education, and Ministry. DBU’s average graduate tuition and fees come to $15,314. Financial aid is readily available to students including scholarships, grants, and matching programs.

  •  Graduate Degree Programs: 33
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $15,314

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Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a coeducational, research institution and Arizona’s premier private Christian university. Located in Phoenix, GCU was established in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, and was originally called Grand Canyon College. In 2004 GCU became the first for-profit Christian college in the United States after the school experienced financial setbacks and other difficulties in the early part of the 21st century. Since that time, GCU has experienced rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion. GCU’s curriculum is taught from a biblical worldview and students are instructed on how to be effective communicators, responsible leaders, and critical thinkers. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 62,000, including approximately 20,000 graduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Grand Canyon University is comprised of multiple colleges, including the College of Doctoral Studies; Colangelo College of Business; College of Education; College of Fine Arts and Production; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Nursing and Health Care Professions; College of Science, Engineering and Technology; and the College of Theology. GCU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Graduate degree programs are offered in a wide range of areas with more than 40 distinct degree programs. In addition to several master’s degrees, GCU also offers a Doctor of Education, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Nursing Practice. GCU’s tuition and fees for graduate students average at $10,124 per academic year. Financial aid is available and as a military-friendly school, GCU is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers special military rate per credit hour to servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

  •  Graduate Degree Programs: 42
  • Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $10,124

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Marion, Indiana. Established in 1920 as Marion College, the school was founded by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Since that time, the institution has expanded and grown, offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Indiana Wesleyan University’s mission as a “Christ-centered academic community” is to remain “committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.” The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Indiana Wesleyan University is also the largest private college in the state of Indiana as well as one of the largest employers within Grant County.

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. The University is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School. More than 40 master’s and doctoral degree programs are offered through the last school with areas of study including Business, Counseling, Education, Education, Health Sciences, Leadership, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Social Work, and Theology and Ministry. Several master’s degrees are also offered through the University’s Wesley Seminary including a Spanish-speaking program, Maestría en Divinidad (Master of Divinity). When combined, Indiana Wesleyan University’s average graduate tuition costs and fees equal $9,700 for the academic year. . Students are encouraged to apply for the several student financial aid options available, including grants, scholarships, loans, and veteran benefits.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 43
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $9,700

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Biola University

Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in La Mirada, California. Established in 1908, Biola began as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and was founded by Lyman Stewart, the president of the Union Oil Company of California, along with Presbyterian minister and author, Thomas C. Horton, and August B. Prichard, also a Presbyterian Minister. Today, Biola University has become a nationally ranked Christian institution whose mission is to offer a “biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.” A leader in both academic quality and innovation, Biola has ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. Biola has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including approximately 2,000 graduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Biola University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. Biola University offers a wide range of graduate-level programs through its several schools including the Talbot School of Theology, the Crowell School of Business, the School of Education, the Rosemead School of Psychology, the Cook School of Intercultural Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Science, Technology and Health. Graduate programs available at Biola include master’s degrees, doctorates, credential and certificates and are offered with the intention of “providing Christian students with advanced academic and professional preparation”. Biola University’s graduate tuition and fees average to about $10,026 for the academic year and graduate financial aid options are readily available.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 55
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $10,026

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Clinton, Mississippi. The second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country as well as the oldest college in the state, Mississippi College was founded in 1826. Mississippi College’s long and rich history spans nearly two centuries, the school has survived multiple wars and experienced much growth and change. In 1831 Mississippi College became the first coeducational college in the United States to grant degrees to women. Mississippi College’s vision is “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ”. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1922.

Mississippi College offers a wide range of graduate level programs – both master’s and doctoral degrees – including (but not limited to) the Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Liberal Studies, Master of Social Sciences, Master of Health Services Administration, Doctor of Professional Counseling, Doctor of Education, Specialist of Education, Counseling Specialist, and many more. Several of Mississippi College’s programs are offered in traditional on-campus formats as well as online, catering to a wide range of students’ needs and schedules and allowing for greater convenience and flexibility.  Mississippi College’s faculty members are more than academic scholars, but are also active professionals in their fields. The combined average tuition and fees for graduate students comes to $10,302 for the academic year and a number of financial aid options are available to assist students. A military-friendly institution, Mississippi College is a participant in such programs as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program which makes tuition costs more feasible for servicemembers, veterans and their families.

  •  Graduate Degree Programs: 64
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $10,302

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (commonly abbreviated APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Founded in 1899 by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier, APU was the first Bible College established in California was originally called the Training School for Christian Workers. Today all ties to the Quaker denomination have been severed as APU holds a more evangelistic theology and is not associated with any particular denomination, though it remains firmly rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. Today, the University holds its accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.

Azusa Pacific University is comprised of several different schools, including the Leung School of Accounting, the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, the College of Music and Arts, APU’s Nursing School, Azusa Pacific Seminary, the School of Theology. APU offers more than 75 different graduate-level programs including master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, certificates, and credentials with a total of 68 distinct degree programs. Master’s degree programs are offered in the areas of teaching, leadership, nursing, psychology, theology, and more while doctoral degree programs are available in education, ministry, nursing, physical therapy, and psychology. APU’s Graduate and Professional Center is designed to offer students an abundance of resources, including admission, registration, financial aid, and student affairs, which help students to proceed through their graduate courses. APU’s average graduate tuition and fees are $12,409 per academic year.

  •  Graduate Degree Programs: 68
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $12,409

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Established in 1971 as Liberty Baptist College, in 1976, just five years after its founding, the institution gained university status. Today Liberty University is a high ranking institution, and has grown to be the fifth largest university in the United States as well as the largest Christian university in the world. Nestled in foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Liberty University operates off of a 7,000 acre campus. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” Liberty University’s mission statement continues, declaring that its goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.”

Liberty University holds its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Well known for its impressive number of degree program offerings, Liberty University’s Graduate School seeks to equip “future leaders in a variety of fields, providing training in the areas that today’s market demands most.” Graduate students at Liberty University are given the opportunity to study in a distinctively Christian environment with world-class faculty. At least 65 separate graduate degree programs are offered including master’s degrees, post-graduate degrees, and doctoral degrees. Many of Liberty University’s programs are offered in a traditional, residential setting as well as online, catering to a wide range of lifestyles, schedules and needs. Liberty University’s tuition and fees for graduate students average out to 8,000 for the academic year. Financial aid is available to students in a number of forms, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs.

  •  Graduate Degree Programs: 65
  •  Average Graduate Student Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $8,000

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Regent University

Regent University is a private, Christian research institution, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Established in 1977, the University was founded as the Christian Broadcasting Network University by CBN’s founder, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, with the intention of “preparing leaders who would not only succeed in their professions, but also advance as Christians equipped to effectively impact their world.” In 1990, the institution adopted its current name of Regent University. Today, the University’s mission is to serve “as a center for Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.” Regent University has received multiple national awards and recognitions, including being named a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report in 2015; receiving an “A” rating by ACTA (one of only 24 universities in the nation to have received this honor); and was named one of the 2015 Military-Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs.

Regent University holds its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Comprised of seven graduate schools, Regent University offers a wide selection of fully accredited master’s and doctoral degrees. The schools which make up the University include the School of Business & Leadership, the School of Communication & the Arts, the School of Divinity, the School of Education, the Robertson School of Government, the School of Law, and the School of Psychology & Counseling. In addition to traditional on-campus programs, each of Regent University’s graduate schools offer online degree options intended to offer convenience and flexibility to students with nontraditional education needs. All together, tuition and fees for Regent University’s graduate students average out to $1,167 for the academic year. Regent University is listed in the top 7% for most affordable tuition (both in and out-of-state) and 88% of students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Graduate Degree Programs: 75
  • Average Graduate Tuition and Fees for Academic Year: $1,167

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