Top Online Christian College Graduate Schools 2017

Often, the decision to continue education beyond a Bachelor’s Degree will lead to an uncomfortable discussion.  There are many decisions that need to be made; among the most important is the choice of full-time school or part-time (course by course).  Each option has significant impact and the decision process can be agonizing.  Fortunately, in today’s culture, there is another option: Distance Learning.  There is a wonderful benefit to our ever-increasing internet for education (both sides of the equation: students and schools) – students can attend school from their own home with minimal impact to their existing schedule.  To assist with your investigation into this option, Christian Universities Online (CUO) is pleased to offer the Top 25 Graduate Online Christian Colleges and Universities.  Each school listed offers 100% online Graduate Degree programs and are intentionally Christian in their structure and policies.   CUO seeks to present Graduate Schools that excel in categories of selectivity, student interaction, available financial aid and overall student satisfaction.

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Established in 1887, the school was originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church, however, during the mid- 1950s the school came under the management of Evangelical Baptists after merging with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, the University maintains its affiliation with the Baptist denomination and is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which granted its initial accreditation back in 1975. Cedarville University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” The University’s objective is to graduate students who, “glorify God; think broadly and deeply; communicate effectively; develop academically and professionally; and engage for Christ.”

Cedarville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered in addition to several graduate-level programs. Three 100% online graduate degree programs are offered, including the Master of Ministry, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Master of Science in Nursing. A number of non-degree, graduate-level certificate programs are also available. Cedarville University’s online courses are all taught by highly qualified faculty who interact personally with each of their students. A convenient alternative to traditional, on-campus programs, each of these online options offer students the flexibility to continue in their studies while balancing career and personal responsibilities. Cedarville University’s online programs are also highly affordable and many students find that they qualify for some type of financial aid.

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Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Established by the Russell Creek Baptist Association in 1906, Campbellsville University began as the Russell Creek Academy, an all-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. Several graduate programs were also eventually added and in 1996 the college gained university status, adopting 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 3,000, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Campbellsville University offers a variety of programs and degrees through its several colleges and schools and several programs are offered in the form of both traditional on-campus classes and online. Among these are included the Master of Education; Master of Arts in Education with concentrations available in Teacher Leader and in School Guidance Counseling (P-12); Master of Arts in School Improvement; Master of Arts in Special Education with an optional Teacher Leader concentration; Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); Master of Music in Music Education; Master of Arts in Sport Management; Master of Business Administration; Master in Management and Leadership; Master of Science in IT Management; Master of Social Work; and Master of Theology.

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is a top private Christian institution located in Riverside, California. CBU was established in 1950 and is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. CBU holds to the belief that “each person has been created for a purpose” and strives to help “students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.” CBU has a total enrollment figure of more than 8,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961.

California Baptist University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools and is staffed by Christian faculty who are dedicated to teaching from a biblical perspective. A wide range of online degree programs are offered by CBU, including master’s degrees in Accounting, Communication, Counseling Psychology, Education (with concentrations available in Disability Studies, Early Childhood, Leadership, and Teaching), Kinesiology, Business Administration (with concentrations offered in either Accounting or in General Management), Organizational Leadership, Public Administration, Public Health, and Public Relations. Two online doctorate programs are also available in Business Administration and in Public Administration. Designed to benefit the working professional, CBU promises flexibility in their online degrees, allowing busy students to earn their degree while balancing their professional and personal responsibilities. CBU’s online graduate programs have earned the school recognition, including being named #3 in Graduate Education Faculty Credentials and Training 2017 and #2 in Online MBA Faculty Credentials and Training 2017. Offered at a significantly lower cost than a traditional, residential program, CBU’s online students often find that they are able to earn their degree in as little as one year, for Master’s degrees, and three years for doctorates.

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. Belhaven University was established by Lewis Fitzhugh as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies in 1883. Fitzhugh later chose to donate the College 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 the enrollment of male students. Today, 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.” The 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. The University offers a variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well as online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Online graduate degree programs include the Master of Business Administration, with concentrations available in Health Administration, Human Resources, Leadership, and Sport Administration; the Master of Education, areas of emphasis including Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Teaching, School Leadership & Supervision, and Reading Literacy; the Master of Health Administration; the Master of Public Administration, with an optional Human Resources concentration; the Master of Science in Leadership, with concentrations available in either Human Resources, or in Ministry; and the Master of Sports Administration. Blending personal, professional attention with “on-the-go classroom”, all of Belhaven University’s degree programs are taught from a Christian worldview by experienced and committed faculty members. While the curriculum is rigorous, enrollment in one of Belhaven University’s online programs is made simple and prospective students are encouraged to request further information on the opportunities the University has to offer.

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Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University is a private, four-year and graduate Christian institution located in Central, South Carolina. The University was established by representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute in 1906. The school’s name was changed many times throughout its first eighty-plus years; in 1994 the school was granted university status and adopted its current name. Today, Southern Wesleyan University’s mission statement declares its dedication to being a “Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ.” Southern Wesleyan University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1973, Southern Wesleyan University offers more than 40 distinct academic programs and is comprised of multiple schools and divisions. These include the School of Business and the School of Education through which the University offers its online graduate degrees – the Master of Business Administration (with an optional Health Care Administration concentration), the Master of Science in Management and Leadership and the Master of Education in Classroom Leadership (with content area electives available in Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Gifted and Talented, Early Childhood Special Education). Specifically designed to offer adult students the opportunity to earn their degree while maintaining other personal and professional responsibilities, Southern Wesleyan University’s online programs offer both convenience and flexibility. The University describes its mission in offering these programs as being that students might enhance their “skills in communication, information processing, and problem solving” and “gain greater understanding of how to apply Christian principles in a professional environment.”

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Founded by the Wesleyan Church for the purpose of providing Wesleyan youth a higher education within a Christian environment, OKWU came to be as the result of a series of mergers between several schools, including the Colorado Bible College, the Pilgrim Bible College, and the Holiness Evangelistic Institute. In 1972, the resulting school again merged with Miltonvale Wesleyan College of Kansas, making OKWU a four-year college. Today, OKWU’s mission is to be a place of “serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of the Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. OKWU has a total enrollment of more than 1,500 students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Today, OKWU offers a variety of academic programs through the Chesapeake Energy School of Business; the School of Arts & Sciences; the School of Ministry & Christian Thought; the School of Education; the School of Nursing; and OKWU’s Adult and Graduate department. It is through this latter department that OKWU offers its five online graduate degrees, namely the Master of Education; the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Science in Nursing; the Master of Strategic Leadership; and the Master of Arts in Theology and Apologetics. An affordable, flexible, user-friendly alternative to the traditional classroom, OKWU works hard to make the life as a busy, working student a stress-free one. Students may take one class at a time and academic advisors are there to help and offer guidance every step of the way.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Established in 1968 and chartered as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly, the area of Mount Vernon was chosen as the location of the school primarily due to its proximity to a large portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s several schools, namely the School of Arts and Humanities; the Jetter School of Business; the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Natural and Social Sciences; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; and the School of Theology and Philosophy.

Offered through the Graduate Professional Studies department, five of Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s graduate programs are available in an online format, including the Master of Business Administration, with concentrations available in Finance, Human Resource Management, Organizational Management, and Health Care Administration; the Master of Science in Management; the Master of Arts in Education: Interventional Specialist Mild/Moderate; the Master of Ministry, which is also available as a duel-degree program with the Master of Business Administration. Designed primarily with working adults in mind, Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s online students receive the same quality of education that traditional on-campus students receive and full-time online students often find that they can complete their degree in as little as two years. Taught from a biblical worldview, the University’s Graduate Professional Studies department seeks to serve adults who “are striving to continue their education, improve their skills, or obtain the training needed to enhance their personal and professional lives in a constantly changing world.”

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University is a private, historically Baptist, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. The University was established in 1851 the result of a ten-year effort of five early East Tennessee Baptists. Originally called the Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary,  before long, the school’s name was changed to Mossy Creek Baptist College and in 1880 was again changed to 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 merged the two names together as Carson-Newman College. It was not until 2012 that the school achieved university status, prompting one more change to its name. 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 has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927. The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and programs along with several adult degree completion and master’s degree programs that may be earned either on-campus or online. Among these online graduate programs are included the Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship; the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Education; the Education Specialist (Ed. S.); and Education Doctorate (Ed. D.). A convenient option which provides more flexibility for the busy, working adult, students can be assured of receiving the same quality of education through Carson-Newman University’s online programs as is offered in a traditional, residential format.  

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Anderson University - SC

Anderson University is a private, selective, comprehensive Christian institution located in Anderson, South Carolina. While formally established in 1911, the school traces its roots all the way back to the initial establishment of the Johnson Female Seminary in 1848. Soon after its founding, 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. It was, however, later resurrected in the form of Anderson College (which was 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 boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s 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. Several of Anderson University’s graduate degree programs are available in an online format, including the Master of Business Administration; Master of Education; Master of Ministry; Master of Music in Music Education; and the Doctor of Ministry. Anderson University seeks to add value to its educational opportunities through the convenience and flexibility its online programs offers to the busy, working student. Committed to academic excellence, Anderson University seeks to offer a high quality of education taught by dedicated and knowledgeable faculty members.

 

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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 , the school was named the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School. Originally a part of the Pentecostal Alliance, the school’s name was changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers in 1911, at which time it began offering its first bachelor’s degree programs. In 1917, the school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene and had its name changed several times before earning university status in 1995. Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to be a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” The school’s purpose and intent 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 2,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1969, Trevecca Nazarene University offers variety of undergraduate, graduate, adult degree completion, and online programs. Among the University’s online graduate program offerings are include the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Education in English as a Second Language; Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology; the Master of Organizational Leadership; Master of Arts in Religion; and the Doctor of Education in Leadership & Professional Practice. A highly convenient and flexible option, Trevecca Nazarene University’s online programs are designed especially for adult learners and are made more affordable through several financial aid options, including special benefits for servicemembers and their families. Following a cohort model of instruction, this allows students to form strong bonds with fellow students as they progress through the entire program as a group.

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Shorter University

Shorter University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rome, Georgia. Established in 1873 by Luther Rice Gwanltney, pastor of the Rome Baptist Church, the University began as a female college, originally named the Cherokee Baptist Female College. In 1877 the school was renamed the Shorter Female College in honor of Alfred and Martha Shorter who made generous financial contributions to the college. In the 1950’s the College opted to become coeducational, admitting male students for the first time since its founding. In 2010 the school changed its name to Shorter University in order to better reflect the school’s expansion and growth. Shorter University’s mission is to advance “God’s Kingdom through a commitment to academic excellence, spiritual growth, Christian leadership, and global service within the context of a biblical worldview.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Shorter University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs as well as several online programs. Comprised of several colleges and schools, these include the Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing, the College of Adult and Professional Programs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Ledbetter College of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts. A number of Shorter University’s graduate degree programs are offered online, including the Master of Accountancy; the Master of Business Administration, which is available with concentrations in either Healthcare Management or Sport Management; and the Master of Management, with an optional concentration in Human Services Nonprofit Management. With each degree program fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, students can be assured of receiving a high quality education from Shorter University.

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Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Founded in the early 1900s as a grammar school by the Eastern Illinois Holiness Association, in 1909 the school became chartered as a liberal arts college and was renamed the Illinois Holiness College. Soon after this, in 1912, the college was given to the Church of the Nazarene and by 1986, after experiencing several decades of growth, formally changed its name to Olivet Nazarene University. Today, Olivet Nazarene University’s mission “is to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity.” The University’s motto is, “Education with a Christian Purpose.”

Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1956. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available through the University’s several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Life and Health Sciences, the School of Music, and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Online graduate degrees include the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education; M.A. in Pastoral Leadership; M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction; Master of Business Administration; Master of Organizational Leadership; and the Master of Science in Nursing. A convenient and flexible option, Olivet Online students can expect the same quality of education as is offered in the University’s residential programs. Following a cohort model, in which a group of students progress through the entire program together, each course is offered 100% online in an accelerated format, allowing students to graduate in two years or less.

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Grace College and Seminary

Located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, Indiana on a 180 acre campus, Grace College and Theological Seminary is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Grace Theological Seminary was founded in 1937 while the college was added eleven years later in 1948. Established in the Brethren tradition, Grace College & Theological Seminary seeks to apply “biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service.” Grace College and Theological Seminary’s mission statement declares its intention to be a “learning community dedicated to teaching, training and transforming the whole person for local church and global ministry.”  More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Grace College and Theological Seminary is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. Six online graduate degree programs are offered, including the Master of Science in Athletic Administration; the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management; the Master of Science in Higher Education; the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies; and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Committed to contributing to an “atmosphere where spiritual growth and scholarly inquiry are mutually enhancing”, the faculty and staff members of Grace College embrace the idea that “spiritual development and academic excellence go hand in hand.” A convenient, flexible option, each of Grace College’s graduate programs is designed to equip adult students with the “competency and skills to excel in his or her chosen career field” and classes are taught from a biblical perspective.  

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Crown College

Crown College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota. Founded in 1916, Crown College began as the Alliance Training Home. This name was changed time and again over the years, including St. Paul Bible College, before its current name was finally settled upon in 1992. The College’s 215 acre campus is 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 provides global access to more than 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 mission 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 1,000 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Crown College offers seven online graduate degree programs, including 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. Offering convenience and flexibility without sacrificing academic excellence or professional relevance, Crown College’s online program allows students to set their own study schedule and attend classes at anytime from anywhere.

 

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California and is the only accredited Christian university in the Central Valley. FPU’s main 50 acre campus is located in the south east Fresno area and the University also maintains four regional campuses in Central California. These include the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. Established in 1944, FPU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Many of FPU’s students are the first in their families to ever attend college and as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), the University has a high percentage of students of Hispanic decent.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1961, Fresno Pacific University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools. These include 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. FPU offers several online graduate degree programs, including a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Ministry, Leadership & Culture; M.A. in Athletic Training; M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching; M.A. in Educational Technology; M.A. in Kinesiology with a Physical Education Emphasis; M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies; M.A. in Sport Administration; and an M.A. in Teacher Librarian. Designed to offer convenience and flexibility without sacrificing quality, each of FPU’s online programs are supported by a dedicated and helpful faculty and staff who have been specially trained to understand the unique needs of online students.

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Established by leaders of the Free Methodist Church denomination in 1873, Spring Arbor University was originally founded 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. Accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was granted in 1960 and the name Spring Arbor College was adopted. In 2001 the school gained university status and 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, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students. The University offers nearly 100 majors and programs and is comprised of four schools, namely the Gainey School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Human Services. Several online graduate programs are available, including the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership; the Master of Arts in Education; the Master of Arts in Reading; the Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership; the Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Science in Nursing; RN to MSN; and the Master of Special Education in Learning Disabilities. Designed to “broaden your professional network, enrich your faith and make you more marketable in your field”, students have the convenience of accessing their online classes from anywhere with internet connection.

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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 in response to the need for an evangelical Christian institution in the St. Louis area. By 1967 the newly formed College moved to its original 81-acre campus and in 1973 the College granted its first 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 today. MBU’s mission 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 by Missouri Baptist University, including a number of online graduate degree programs. Specific programs include the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry; Master of Arts in Counseling (School); Master of Arts in Teaching; Master of Business Administration; Master of Educational Technology; Master of Science in Corporate Security Leadership; Master of Science in Criminal Justice; Master of Science in Education; Master of Science in Fitness Management; Master of Science in Sport Management; and Educational Specialist. Designed to offer flexibility and convenience to anyone motivated to learn, MBU’s online programs are one of the fastest and most flexible of all options. Programs are specifically designed to be transfer friendly, allowing students to capitalize on credit they have already earned. Among the shortest programs available, MBU’s online programs consist of just 120 hours, perfectly suiting them to the needs of the working adult.

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Irvine, California. Founded in 1976, CUI was established in affiliation with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in order to serve students in the Pacific Southwest. Originally called Christ College Irvine, in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to make the University the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System, and changed the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine.  Today, the CUI’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 average 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. A wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree completion programs are offered through CUI. Online graduate programs include Master’s degrees in Coaching & Athletic Administration; Counseling; Educational Administration; Curriculum & Instruction; Healthcare Administration; International Studies; Nursing; Organizational Leadership; and Theology. One of the few online programs which cultivate a “community of learning”, CUI’s courses follow a synchronous “real time” learning model in which students and faculty are brought together “face-to-face”, as it were, for a certain percentage of each course. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and media, CUI’s online program is designed to be engaging, interactive, and relational, giving students the opportunity to meet and know their instructors and peers as they “collaborate in the real community of learning.” Convenient and accessible, CUI courses are meant to fit into the active lifestyle of the busy adult, helping them to gain the expertise and skills necessary to expand their careers.

 

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Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational Christian, liberal arts institution located in Lakewood, Colorado. Established in 1914, CCU was originally founded as the Denver Bible Institute. In 1945, the school was granted a charter by the State of Colorado to become a four-year Bible college and its name was changed to the Denver Bible College. The College continued to grow and expand, experiencing multiple name changes along the way. By 1981 the college was granted accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Four years later the school merged with the Western Bible Institute, and again merged with the Colorado Baptist University in 1989, at which time the University adopted its current name. Today, CCU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 7,000 with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Colorado Christian University’s mission is to cultivate “knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement in the world.” Several online graduate degrees are offered through the University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Programs include an M.A. in Biblical Studies; the Master of Business Administration; M.A. in Counseling; M.S. in Criminal Justice; M.A. in Curriculum Instruction; M.Ed. in Educational Leadership; the Master of Science in Nursing; the Master of Organizational Leadership; the Master of Public Administration; M.Ed. in Special Education; and M.A. in Theological Studies. A convenient and flexible option, CCU promises that all courses are taught from a Christian worldview and students have the ability to study when and where they want, focusing on one class at a time. CCU follows a learning community model, which helps benefits students in that classmates are able to learn together and help one another.  

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College, located in Clinton, Mississippi, is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies. The oldest college in the state of Mississippi and the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country, Mississippi College was established in 1826. Shortly after, in 1831, Mississippi College granted degrees to women, making it the first coeducational college in the United States to do so. Today, the 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. More than 5,000 students are currently enrolled  and the College has an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Mississippi College offers wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its seven schools, each of which house even more Departments. This includes the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies & the Arts, the School of Education, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Nursing, and the School of Science & Mathematics. Mississippi College offers several online graduate degree programs including the Master of Business Administration in Business Administration, Accounting, and Finance; the Master of Science (M.S.) in Athletic Administration; the Master of Education in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Teaching Arts; the Education Specialist degrees in Elementary Education; M.S. in Health Informatics; the Master of Health Services Administration; M.S. in Higher Education Administration; M.S. in Homeland Security; the Master of Combined Sciences (M.C.S.) in Integrated Communication; the Master of Social Services in Loss Prevention; M.S.C. in Professional Communication in Health Services Administration and in Sports; the Doctor of Professional Counseling in Professional Counseling;

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Nyack College

Nyack College is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in Nyack, New York. Sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Nyack College is home to the Alliance Theological Seminary, which is the official seminary of the denomination. Nyack College began in 1882 as the Missionary Training Institute, having been founded in New York City by Dr. A.B. Simpson. The College’s mission is that through its various undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs, men and women would be prepared to “take the whole Gospel to the whole world.” Nyack College endeavors to “exalt Jesus Christ and fulfill its mission by being: Academically Excellent; Globally Engaged; Intentionally Diverse; Personally Transforming; and Socially Relevant.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, with a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Nyack College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1962. A variety of degrees and majors are offered through the College’s several schools. Online master’s degrees are available in subjects such as Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Theology and Missions, Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Organizational Leadership, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins, Biblical Literature, and Mental Health Counseling. Nyack College utilizes a unique online cohort model which allows students to study and progress through the entire program as a group. This method creates a strong sense of community as students are able to learn from and help one another. Each cohort is guided by a primary instructor who also acts as the student’s chief mentor and advisor, helping to ensure that each student reaches his or her full potential. A flexible option which allows students to study when and where they wish, Nyack College’s online programs are also highly affordable with available scholarships and additional financial aid options.

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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 University began as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and was founded by Lyman Stewart, the president of the Union Oil Company of California, as well as by Presbyterian minister and author, Thomas C. Horton, and August B. Prichard, also a Presbyterian Minister. Today, Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian institution which strives 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.” Known for the its academic strength, expert faculty members, and biblical integration, Biola University has ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, and is recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate 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. Comprised of multiple schools, these include 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. Biola University offers several graduate degrees which may be earned entirely online. These include Master’s degrees in Bible Exposition, Curriculum, Instruction and Publication, Education, Intercultural Studies, New Testament, Special Education, Teaching, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Theology, with an optional Greek Track. Offering students the quality of a leading Christian university combined with the flexibility of being able to pursue their education from just about anywhere across the globe, Biola University’s online graduate programs have much to offer.

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Established by John Alexis Edgren as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary in 1871, the seminary’s original purpose was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled persecution in Europe to serve as pastors in the New World. The Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) undertook the support of the seminary in 1914 and moved the institution to its present-day location in St. Paul. After WWII, 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, including nearly 3,000 undergraduate students, 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. A wide range of programs are available across the University’s four schools and several online graduate and seminary programs are available. These include master’s and doctorate degrees in areas such as Education, Business Administration, Nursing, Strategic Leadership, Ministry, Theology, Christian Thought, Leadership and more. Bethel University has designed its online programs to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to advance their career and accomplish their educational and career-related goals. Programs are offered in multiple formats including fully online and hybrid (a mix of on-campus and online). A top ranking institution, Bethel University has been named “One of the 50 smartest colleges in America” by Lumosity. Classes are taught by faculty who care deeply for their students and seek to mentor them, enabling graduates to be “ready to lead with confidence and serve with compassion”.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Located in Marion, Indiana, Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution. The school was founded by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and established in 1920 as Marion College. Since those early days, the institution has expanded and grown to offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The 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.” IWU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, with a 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. A wide range of online graduate degree programs are available, including Master’s degrees in the areas of Business, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Science, Leadership, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work, Theology and Ministry, and seminary degrees. Doctoral program offerings include the PhD in Organizational Leadership, the Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Doctor of Ministry. Each of IWU’s online educational programs is designed specifically to maximize the learning experience for adult students. Academic Advisors help to guide students throughout their educational journey, providing valuable information, finding helpful solutions, and giving advice to help each student achieve their personal educational goals.

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Grand Canyon University

Located in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University is a coeducational, research institution and the premier private Christian university in the state. The University was established in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, and was originally called Grand Canyon College. The institution experienced severe financial difficulties during the early part of the twenty-first century, prompting the decision, in 2004, for the University to become the first for-profit Christian college in the nation. Since that time, Grand Canyon University has experienced rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion.  Grand Canyon University boasts a large student population of nearly 70,000, including more than 40,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The University’s mission is to prepare “learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.”

Grand Canyon University is comprised of multiple colleges, these include the College of Doctoral Studies; the Colangelo College of Business; the College of Education; the College of Fine Arts and Production; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions; the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; the College of Theology; and the Honors College. Through these, a wide range of degrees and programs are available including a variety of online graduate degrees. Online master’s degree programs are offered in the areas of Business & Management; Criminal, Political & Social Sciences; Engineering & Technology; Language & Communications; Medical Studies & Athletic Sciences; Nursing & Health Care; Performing Arts & Creative Design; Psychology & Counseling; and Teaching & School Administration. Several online doctorate programs are also available, including the Doctor of Business Administration; Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership; Ph.D. in General Psychology; and an Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership.