50 Best Christian Graduate Schools 2017

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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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