The 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.
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
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
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
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
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