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Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionallyrelevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university. As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy. NCU utilizes a one-to-one learning model—one student is paired with a professor in each course—to create a more personalized, individual experience for students enhanced by their professors’ real-world experience. NCU professors all hold doctoral degrees, and none of our programs have residency requirements, allowing access to students no matter where they live.

Additionally, with the exception of the Department of Marriage and Family Sciences within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, all of NCU’s programs are delivered 100% online.

Degree Level Descriptions

  • Doctoral
  • Master’s
  • Bachelor’s

International and Military Descriptions

  • International
  • Military

School Descriptions

  • School of Business and Technology Management
  • School of Education
  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Technology

Accreditation:

Institutional Accreditation - . NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, http://www.wascsenior.org . WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For program disclosures, visit www.ncu.edu/program-disclosures.

In addition to regional accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), NCU’s Bachelor of Business Administration, MBA, DBA and PhD-BA degree programs in the School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). NCU was the first accredited online university to feature an ACBSP accredited business school.

* For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.ncu.edu/program-disclosures.

BA
Psychology
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) program offers a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum and a foundation in psychology that allows for the application of psychology to bachelor's level careers in industry, government, and nonprofit agencies. The program also provides the basic knowledge and skills for Students to seek further education in psychology and related fields.



Northcentral's affordable online bachelor degree in psychology program will introduce Students to the field of psychology and behavioral studies, including basic understanding of human behavior and covering the fundamental bodies of theoretical and applied psychology. Students will integrate formal academic studies with personal experiences so that learning will be meaningful, personalized and relevant to personal and professional needs.
BBA
Accounting
BBA
Applied Computer Science
BBA
Homeland Security
BBA
Human Resource Management
BBA
Management
BBA
Marketing
BBA
Project Management
BEd
Elementary Education
BEd
Secondary Education
BEd
Special Education
Master of Arts in Psychology
Gender Studies
The purpose of the Gender Diversity Studies specialization is to provide an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural, and biological foundations of human sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation.
Master of Arts in Psychology
General Psychology
The General Psychology specialization allows Learners to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals.

Learners must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours for the specialization in General Psychology (12 of these credits are from elective courses and 3 from a required Capstone course). Learners may take psychology courses at the 5000 or 6000 levels to fulfill their specialization requirements (note: if practicum courses are selected, only one may count towards the degree – see practicum information provided at the end of this section). Courses from other disciplines may be considered to fill this requirement, with Dean approval.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Accelerated General MBA
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Applied Computer Science
Technology trends change rapidly, resulting in the need for companies to look for skilled professionals who possess advanced knowledge of contemporary applied computer science methods. Many advanced managerial roles exist in this dynamic field that require specialized management training, including technical project managers, lead programmers, lead systems administrators, and lead network administrators. The curriculum for the masters program in Applied Computer Sciences is designed to provide preparation for professional careers with an emphasis in various technology management tracks for specialized job roles.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Computer and Information Security
The requirement for computer security knowledge increases as new techniques and technologies are developed. Threats to the strengths of the existing protections in systems and network perimeters must be constantly upgraded. This specialization enables Learners to examine realistic examples of the crucial links between security theory and the day-to-day security challenges to IT environments. The focus is to provide Learners the ability to ascertain the essentials of security threats, information assurance and security management in corporations. This specialization also examines the field of cyber-forensics including the dangers of cyberterrorism and the evolving U.S. policy response. At the end of the Computer and Information Security specialization, Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice specialization explores the dynamic nature of the global multicultural network connecting distinct legal traditions and codes, both domestically and internationally, and their connection to criminal activity, law enforcement response, ethics, and the legal system. This specialization focuses on developing advanced competencies and analytical capability for those seeking management and leadership positions in correctional institutions, law enforcement, and the court system. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Entrepreneurship
The Medaille College MBA program addresses the two major dichotomies that the general manager or business executive must engage: the business itself and the organization that conducts that business. The MBA develops proficiencies not only in strategic thinking, decision making, and the functional areas of any business but also in the leadership and organizational behavior aspects of optimizing the greatest resource and organization has – the right people.

The MBA has a broad range of quantitative courses that address the accounting and financial competencies any general manager type must have along with courses in economics, statistics, marketing, and global business. The last two courses is strategic management and the Integrative Project prepare the student to think strategically about the various levels of the thinking that goes on in any organization and to actually create a business concept, develop a feasibility plan, and then write a full-blown business plan. The Medaille MBA students have had the opportunity to work with many Western New York real-life businesses in either a start up or expansion plan partnership. Our students have worked with Rocco Termini and Mark Croce just to name a few of the prominent Buffalo business leaders with whom our students have had the opportunity to learn. Our students have found this experience priceless!

The MBA also addresses the organization that conducts the business in its courses on management and leadership, organizational behavior and transformation, and human resource management. The process of acquiring, educating, and transforming the right people into a high performance and continually learning is an organization’s greatest challenge. As the mechanical model of the world continually is diminished in its relevance to producing highly committed rather than simply compliant organizations, the new model of a people-oriented system continually gains momentum. The Medaille MBA’s qualitative courses look at ways to optimize the ingenuity, creativity, and innovative character of an organization that is well led and always in the process of becoming. This leads to an organization that is consistently dynamic and self-organizing in nature, and leaderful persona.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Financial Management
This specialization explores relevant financial analysis of financial and non-financial organizations. The focus is assessment of financial statements, foreign exchange issues, risk and investment management. At the end of the Financial Management specialization, Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
General Business
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Health Care Administration
Graduates in health care administration are in demand in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, health insurance companies, government and public health agencies, and social service agencies. The focus is to develop essential managerial knowledge and skills in financial management, legal and ethical issues of health care, and to examine and develop health care policies. At the end of the Health Care Administration specialization program, Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Homeland Security
This specialization is designed to prepare senior managers of law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for positions of executive leadership in the field of homeland security. Courses will span the spectrum of management, budgetary rules, personnel, and critical issues relating to crisis management and terrorism. The final specialization project will assess competencies learned within the previous specialization courses.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Human Resources Management
This graduate-level specialization focuses on the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and the business organization. Learners will explore all aspects of human resource management, and address the increasing human resource issues in the global economy. The final specialization project will assess competencies learned within the previous specialization courses.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
International Business
This specialization covers the essential elements required to understand and manage multi-national and international organizations. Individuals interested in international management positions and/or teaching in post-secondary institutions of higher education at home and abroad would benefit from this program. The specialization focuses on international law, economics, marketing, TQM in International Business, and strategic management to prepare individuals as leaders and managers in the international context.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Management
This specialization focuses on the leadership functions of environmental and legal compliance, dealing with contemporary policy issues in business, economics, and marketing management. Learners gain conceptual oversight into the modern practice of management and strong understanding of how to apply the theory they read in the course room to practice in the business environment. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Management Information Systems
This specialization focuses on development and management of information systems, data, telecommunication systems, and LAN/WAN networks, from both a management and computer system perspective. This curriculum is designed for administrators, managers, and consultants using computer information systems to enhance the management process and business outcomes. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Management of Engineering and Technology
This specialization focuses on issues relating to principles of productivity, quality management, improving productivity through technology, and environmental systems management. The final specialization project will assess competencies learned within the previous specialization courses.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Marketing
The Marketing Specialization at the graduate level moves beyond fundamentals by focusing upon marketing management and marketing research. Learners will focus on customer strategic marketing as it encompasses relationship management, advertising and promotion, customer behavior, and product management. The final specialization project will assess competencies learned within the previous specialization courses.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Project Management
This specialization explores principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Project Management is one of the fastest growing professional disciplines. Learners examine all aspects of company projects including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any organization. The graduate specialization provides curriculum for Learners aspiring to take on project management responsibilities. This specialization focuses on risk management, procurement, monitoring, and multi-project management. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Public Administration
This specialization focuses on acquiring the administrative knowledge and skills in such diverse areas as budgeting, government relations, personnel policies, politics, and urban planning. Practicing public administrators, as well as those seeking entry into public administration and related fields, will benefit from this curriculum. Learners focus on a wide range of skills needed by the public administrator overseeing local, state, and federal government management. This specialization examines budget preparation, government relations, personnel policies, politics, and urban planning. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Master of Education (MEd)
Adult Learning and Workforce Education
The Masters of Education degree in Adult Learning and Workplace Education is designed for individuals interested in the growing fields of career development, human resource management, and adult learning. This integrative program seeks to prepare professionals to develop, implement, and manage systems to improved individual and organizational performance. These skills translate across a wide range of industries including higher education settings, workforce development agencies, and adult career centers. In addition, the program is designed to promote skills that will allow graduates to influence public policy and organizational decision-making. This specialization will provide educators with the tools and competencies required to critically reflect on workplace issues, solve organization problems, and anticipate and respond to change.
Master of Education (MEd)
Athletic Coaching
Both coaching and athletic administration are growing as professional disciplines. This program is designed to enhance leadership skills, strengthen teaching and administrative abilities, and apply ethics and values to all aspects of athletics.
Master of Education (MEd)
Corporate Wellness
Master of Education (MEd)
Curriculum and Teaching
The purpose this specialization is to provide teachers with the tools and competencies to expand their professional effectiveness. Learners will explore the latest practices in education, principles of teaching and learning, evaluation of current research and critique of effective curricula design.
Master of Education (MEd)
E-Learning
This specialization provides the professional educator with the knowledge to implement technology as a tool for teaching and learning. The specialization explores the design of activities to engage the traditional and the virtual student. The Learner will develop a skill set to effectively and efficiently integrate technology in a seamless manner to enhance delivery of teaching and learning experiences.
Master of Education (MEd)
Early Childhood Education
This program is tailored for Master's degree learners who desire to model, coach, and guide young children through the first years of life when social, physical, cognitive, and emotional development occur. Skilled educators create an environment that serves as a foundation for a Child's health and well being. In this specialization, educators will learn to assess educational potential, create instructional programs, direct and coordinate learning activities, and manage early childhood classrooms.
Master of Education (MEd)
Educational Leadership
Leaders must possess the knowledge to assess current education trends and address the ever-changing conditions of education today. This specialization focuses on a variety of values and practices in modern education. Courses provide an historical perspective from which to guide educational reform, evaluate the needs of diverse student populations and improve educational outcomes.
Master of Education (MEd)
English Second Language
As the diversity of student populations change globally, teaching English as a second language is a skill in high demand. This program enhances skills in communicating with speakers of other languages and integrating techniques to successfully instruct students in English proficiency. (Note: Learners seeking ESL/ESOL certification should verify with appropriate state officials that this specialization meets applicable certification requirements.)
Master of Education (MEd)
General Education
Master of Education (MEd)
Global Training and Development
This specialization prepares Learners to develop and implement effective training in a variety of fields. Instructional design and the incorporation of technology and teaching strategies for the adult Learner are the focus of the specialization. Additionally, the Learner is prepared to address workplace issues such as the development of human capital and conflict resolution issues. The specialization prepares Learners to identify emerging workforce issues and to resolve the issues through effective training and instruction.
Master of Education (MEd)
Instructional Leadership
Contemporary schools are often funded and ranked on their ability to assess and guarantee learning. This specialization introduces analysis of the instructional capacity of schools, improving student achievement, and develops teacher leaders in providing assessment and improvement strategies. Organizational development and educational change are also addressed in this specialization. Learners utilize reflective decision making to assist with the development and implementation of practical solutions to education issues.
Master of Education (MEd)
Leadership in Higher Education
This specialization prepares Learners to excel in higher education leadership and to pursue careers as higher education specialists and managers. The focus is on legal issues, finance, and organizational leadership in higher education.
Master of Education (MEd)
Organizational Leadership
Learners develop skills to be effective organizational leaders by building a knowledge base in conflict resolution, organizational capacity, and executive leadership skills. The curricula serves to enhance the Learner's understanding and practice of leadership in a variety of educational fields.
Master of Education (MEd)
PK-12 Principal Leadership
Master of Education (MEd)
Special Education
This specialization prepares educators to address the needs of students with disabilities and gifted abilities by preparing such students to develop, implement and assess specially designed curriculum. Attention is given to teaching methods and strategies that illustrate an advocacy for these student groups. The specialization can be customized to meet the Learner's unique professional and personal goals, and allows the Learner to concentrate their coursework on the advanced and the disabled student, or select a single focus.
Master of Education (MEd) -International Education
MEd
Reading Education
MEd
Sport and Athletic Management
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Advanced Accounting
This specialization is designed to provide Learners with practical application of a broad accounting perspective and technical accounting knowledge, enabling the exploration of relationships among business activities, economic outcomes, and business performance. Learners will be able to meet the demand for analyzing advanced management and organization of business transactions and statements related to the assets, liabilities, and operating results of a business.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Advanced Accounting
This specialization is designed to provide Learners with practical application of a broad accounting perspective and technical accounting knowledge, enabling the exploration of relationships among business activities, economic outcomes, and business performance. Learners will be able to meet the demand for analyzing advanced management and organization of business transactions and statements related to the assets, liabilities, and operating results of a business.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Applied Computer Science
Due to continuous, rapid changes in technology, business institutions look for leaders who possess advanced knowledge of contemporary applied computer science methods. The Corporation Information Officer (CIO) is an example of a new executive role that has emerged as a result of this growth, requiring specialized advanced education in the information technology field. This specialization is designed to provide preparation for professional careers with an emphasis in both leadership and technology. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Applied Computer Science
Due to continuous, rapid changes in technology, business institutions look for leaders who possess advanced knowledge of contemporary applied computer science methods. The Corporation Information Officer (CIO) is an example of a new executive role that has emerged as a result of this growth, requiring specialized advanced education in the information technology field. This specialization is designed to provide preparation for professional careers with an emphasis in both leadership and technology. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Computer and Information Security
This specialization responds to the demand in business and industry for computer security professionals who are trained in cyber-terrorism, computer forensics and computer security. The specialization focuses on best practices involved in forensic investigations and evidence handling, federal and state privacy, intellectual property, search and seizure process, and cyber-crime laws. Learners study current techniques in data preservation, identification, and extraction and perform forensic analysis of systems using popular examination toolkits. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Computer and Information Security
This specialization responds to the demand in business and industry for computer security professionals who are trained in cyber-terrorism, computer forensics and computer security. The specialization focuses on best practices involved in forensic investigations and evidence handling, federal and state privacy, intellectual property, search and seizure process, and cyber-crime laws. Learners study current techniques in data preservation, identification, and extraction and perform forensic analysis of systems using popular examination toolkits. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Criminal Justice
This specialization explores the global multicultural network connecting distinct legal traditions and codes operating within a worldwide venue. Learners will evaluate the coordination efforts of local, State, Federal, and multinational organizations and international resources at home and abroad. This specialization focuses on developing advanced competencies required for leadership positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, teaching or private consulting fields. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Criminal Justice
This specialization explores the global multicultural network connecting distinct legal traditions and codes operating within a worldwide venue. Learners will evaluate the coordination efforts of local, State, Federal, and multinational organizations and international resources at home and abroad. This specialization focuses on developing advanced competencies required for leadership positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, teaching or private consulting fields. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Financial Management
This specialization concentrates on developing essential skills needed to manage and allocate financial resources. Learners will analyze financial and non-financial organizations - private, public, religious, and corporate. The specialization focuses on international financial issues, quality concepts in financial management, and accounting for profit/nonprofit organizations. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Financial Management
This specialization concentrates on developing essential skills needed to manage and allocate financial resources. Learners will analyze financial and non-financial organizations - private, public, religious, and corporate. The specialization focuses on international financial issues, quality concepts in financial management, and accounting for profit/nonprofit organizations. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
General Business
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Health Care Administration
This specialization develops essential managerial perspectives and skills for managerial expertise for the health care industry. The specialization prepares health care administrators in problem identification and resolution, analysis and intervention as administrative issues, and recognition of the constraints and limitations to intervention and change. Learners in this specialization will focus on strategic planning in health care and managed systems, conduct a comparative health care system analysis, and examine strategies as it relates to total quality management in health care. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Health Care Administration
This specialization develops essential managerial perspectives and skills for managerial expertise for the health care industry. The specialization prepares health care administrators in problem identification and resolution, analysis and intervention as administrative issues, and recognition of the constraints and limitations to intervention and change. Learners in this specialization will focus on strategic planning in health care and managed systems, conduct a comparative health care system analysis, and examine strategies as it relates to total quality management in health care. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy
This specialization prepares senior leaders of public administration, law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for executive leadership positions in the field of homeland security. Learners are provided with a rigorous educational opportunity to research and explore advanced concepts and methods, and apply theory and emerging concepts to real world issues through innovative approaches to complex problems. Learners choose from a number of courses that cover terrorism, strategy, intelligence, emergency management, and critical infrastructure security issues. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy
This specialization prepares senior leaders of public administration, law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for executive leadership positions in the field of homeland security. Learners are provided with a rigorous educational opportunity to research and explore advanced concepts and methods, and apply theory and emerging concepts to real world issues through innovative approaches to complex problems. Learners choose from a number of courses that cover terrorism, strategy, intelligence, emergency management, and critical infrastructure security issues. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Human Resources Management
This specialization explores the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and the business organization. This specialization focuses on HRM Information Systems, compensation and staffing strategies, training and professional development, cultural diversity, innovation, labor relations, and legal issues in HRM. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Human Resources Management
This specialization explores the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and the business organization. This specialization focuses on HRM Information Systems, compensation and staffing strategies, training and professional development, cultural diversity, innovation, labor relations, and legal issues in HRM. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
This specialization explores the practical application of industrial and organizational psychology to the understanding of people in the world of work. In this interdisciplinary specialization, Learners in the DBA program also complete courses in the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences in order to develop competencies in theory, research, and applications of psychology related to human behavior in organizations. Learners conduct basic and applied research related to the applications of organizational and psychological theory to human resource management. Learners will complete a final written research project (through business), demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
This specialization explores the practical application of industrial and organizational psychology to the understanding of people in the world of work. In this interdisciplinary specialization, Learners in the DBA program also complete courses in the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences in order to develop competencies in theory, research, and applications of psychology related to human behavior in organizations. Learners conduct basic and applied research related to the applications of organizational and psychological theory to human resource management. Learners will complete a final written research project (through business), demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
International Business
This specialization focuses on the essential elements required to understand and manage multinational and international organizations. Learners interested in international management positions and/or teaching in post-secondary institutions of higher education at home and abroad benefit from this specialization. The specialization provides Learners with comprehensive education and training in interdisciplinary subjects of management, law, government, diplomacy, international studies, economics, finance, and marketing. Learners study international business theory, advanced qualitative and quantitative research, and problem-solving techniques related to international law, economics, marketing, and global strategic planning. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
International Business
This specialization focuses on the essential elements required to understand and manage multinational and international organizations. Learners interested in international management positions and/or teaching in post-secondary institutions of higher education at home and abroad benefit from this specialization. The specialization provides Learners with comprehensive education and training in interdisciplinary subjects of management, law, government, diplomacy, international studies, economics, finance, and marketing. Learners study international business theory, advanced qualitative and quantitative research, and problem-solving techniques related to international law, economics, marketing, and global strategic planning. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Management
This specialization provides a conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in business administration. Learners explore theory and historical frameworks to business in today's global environment through multiple management processes, based on the curriculum selected. This specialization will prepare Learners for senior management positions in a corporate environment, higher education, government and public entities, and business consulting. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Management
This specialization provides a conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in business administration. Learners explore theory and historical frameworks to business in today's global environment through multiple management processes, based on the curriculum selected. This specialization will prepare Learners for senior management positions in a corporate environment, higher education, government and public entities, and business consulting. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Management Information Systems
This specialization combines and applies the best components of both computer systems and management disciplines. The specialization focuses on management of LAN/WAN/Database computer information systems to enhance the management decision making process and enterprise business outcomes. Learners are prepared for careers in network and systems management. Learners complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Management Information Systems
This specialization combines and applies the best components of both computer systems and management disciplines. The specialization focuses on management of LAN/WAN/Database computer information systems to enhance the management decision making process and enterprise business outcomes. Learners are prepared for careers in network and systems management. Learners complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Management of Engineering and Technology
This specialization focuses on integrating practical technical experience with management theory and practice. Focusing on technical expertise in a management environment, the curriculum provides understanding of the synergism between technology and business practices to improve organizational outcomes through awareness of principles of productivity, quality management, improving productivity through technology, and environmental systems management. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Management of Engineering and Technology
This specialization focuses on integrating practical technical experience with management theory and practice. Focusing on technical expertise in a management environment, the curriculum provides understanding of the synergism between technology and business practices to improve organizational outcomes through awareness of principles of productivity, quality management, improving productivity through technology, and environmental systems management. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Marketing
This specialization focuses on marketing management and research including managing the entire scope of product life cycle for domestic and international marketing. The specialization provides strategies for a sound, systematic, ethical, and legal approach to contemporary marketing practices. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Marketing
This specialization focuses on marketing management and research including managing the entire scope of product life cycle for domestic and international marketing. The specialization provides strategies for a sound, systematic, ethical, and legal approach to contemporary marketing practices. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Organizational Leadership
This specialization serves to enhance the understanding and practice of organizational leadership using an interdisciplinary approach between business and education theory and research. This interdisciplinary specialization has broad appeal among practicing professionals (middle and upper management, and military personnel) with a background in business administration, human resources, non-profit administration, and related fields, whose professional goal may be organizational consulting or a generalist leadership position in corporate, government, not-for-profit, educational or community organizations. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Organizational Leadership
This specialization serves to enhance the understanding and practice of organizational leadership using an interdisciplinary approach between business and education theory and research. This interdisciplinary specialization has broad appeal among practicing professionals (middle and upper management, and military personnel) with a background in business administration, human resources, non-profit administration, and related fields, whose professional goal may be organizational consulting or a generalist leadership position in corporate, government, not-for-profit, educational or community organizations. Learners will complete a final written research project demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Project Management
This specialization explores principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Learners examine all aspects of managing and overseeing business projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any enterprise. The specialization focuses on management, leadership and team building in the project/program environment. Learners will examine strategies relating to managing multiple projects as well as the concepts of earned value project management. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Project Management
This specialization explores principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Learners examine all aspects of managing and overseeing business projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any enterprise. The specialization focuses on management, leadership and team building in the project/program environment. Learners will examine strategies relating to managing multiple projects as well as the concepts of earned value project management. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Public Administration
This specialization focuses on acquiring administrative knowledge and skills in government and public agency budgeting, government relations, public personnel policy management, politics, and urban planning. Curriculum emphasizes contemporary program evaluation, complex public organization, and environmental compliance, along with strategies needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state and federal levels. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Public Administration
This specialization focuses on acquiring administrative knowledge and skills in government and public agency budgeting, government relations, public personnel policy management, politics, and urban planning. Curriculum emphasizes contemporary program evaluation, complex public organization, and environmental compliance, along with strategies needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state and federal levels. Learners will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Curriculum and Teaching
This specialization provides Learners with the skill sets, knowledge and competencies to become a leader in the area of curriculum design and teaching. The specialization will provide an in-depth review of current practices, research, contemporary teaching issues and practices.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
E-Learning
This specialization integrates curriculum development, instructional design and course delivery using technology and online learning management systems. The specialization focuses on providing a knowledge base of current research for the planning and implementation of teaching and delivery modalities using instructional design methodologies incorporating educational media.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Early Childhood Education
The Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education program allows learners to explore a broad spectrum of topics from growth and development, childhood literature, program administration, curriculum and assessment, and stakeholder partnerships. The specialization is designed with an emphasis on the development of skills in scientific inquiry and leadership. Learners enrolled in this program will develop an understanding of theory related to the study of education in early childhood. Learners will apply research findings in an informed manner and conduct applied research and program evaluation.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Educational Leadership
Education is the foundation on which a modern society is built. This specialization prepares the Learner to address management and leadership issues in education and guide others through training, excellence in teaching, research and service. This specialization provides the knowledge base to be a leader in the field of education.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
English Second Language
The pedagogy of language acquisition is of extreme importance in today's classrooms and businesses. This specialization provides the knowledge base to build successful programs to enhance the learning of the English language, to assess skills of diverse students and to design instruction with bilingual materials. A practicum is possible for this level of study in English as a Second Language. (Note: Learners seeking ESL/ESOL certification should verify with appropriate state officials that this specialization meets applicable certification requirements.)
Doctor of Education (EdD)
General Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Global Training and Development
The graduates from Global Training and Development are tomorrow's leaders in the field of training. The coursework entails theoretical and practical information from the areas of organizational leadership, human resources, and adult education as well as a series of research courses in which strategies are changed, reviewed, and prioritized for future effectiveness. The specialization emphasizes systemic leadership and organizational capacity.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Higher Education Leadership
The program provides knowledge in educational leadership research, theory and practices applicable to higher education. Research and analysis is conducted to identify future directions of national and global higher education focused on educational change through policy development and educational reform.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Instructional Leadership
Leaders are needed to assist school districts and state educational boards with improvement of instructional capacities in our schools. This specialization provides a strong background in the supervision of instruction and the ability to assess and interpret data. The specialization focuses on instructional improvements and reform to enhance student achievement.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
International Education
Today, leaders are needed who are trained with the skills and practical knowledge required to work effectively within the context of global economic, political, cultural, community influences in education. These same leaders must be aware of global trends and issues in the field of education, recognize the various dimensions of educational interventions and be able to analyze the implications for students nationally and internationally. Additionally, Learners in this specialization analyze the roles and approaches of international, comparative, and educational practicum.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Organizational Leadership
Designed for professionals aspiring towards leadership roles in education, corporate, government, or community organizations, this specialization equips Learners with the tools necessary to make things happen in any organization. This specialization concentrates on the strategies to forge alliances, build confidence, and inspire a shared vision. This curriculum is based in applied research, providing exploration of issues and resolutions in contemporary organizations and the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in the field.
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Special Education
The program is designed for Learners who work with gifted and disabled students in a variety of settings. The course offerings in this specialization cover a wide spectrum of issues related to individuals with disabilities, including the development and characteristics of Learners, learning differences, and instructional strategies to address the needs of these students. Additionally, the specialization will provide the skills to plan, assess, and deliver instruction to students with mental, physical, behavioral, learning disabilities, and the gifted student.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Advanced Accounting
This specialization provides Learners with application of a broad accounting perspective and research based accounting knowledge, enabling the exploration of relationships among business activities, economic outcomes, business performance and forensic analysis. Learners will be able to meet the demand for advanced analysis of management and organization of business transactions and statements related to the assets, liabilities, and operating results of business enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and higher education instruction.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Advanced Accounting
This specialization provides Learners with application of a broad accounting perspective and research based accounting knowledge, enabling the exploration of relationships among business activities, economic outcomes, business performance and forensic analysis. Learners will be able to meet the demand for advanced analysis of management and organization of business transactions and statements related to the assets, liabilities, and operating results of business enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and higher education instruction.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Applied Computer Science
Research and development is at the forefront of rapid changes in technology. To maintain a competitive edge, business and research institutions look for leaders who possess advanced knowledge of contemporary computer science methods. This specialization provides preparation for professional careers emphasizing research and development leadership and technology.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Applied Computer Science
Research and development is at the forefront of rapid changes in technology. To maintain a competitive edge, business and research institutions look for leaders who possess advanced knowledge of contemporary computer science methods. This specialization provides preparation for professional careers emphasizing research and development leadership and technology.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Computer and Information Security
This specialization responds to the demand in business and industry for computer security professionals who are trained in cyber-terrorism, computer forensics and computer security. The specialization focuses on developing best practices for forensic investigations and evidence handling, federal and state privacy, intellectual property, search and seizure process, and cyber-crime laws. Learners study current techniques in data preservation, identification, and extraction and perform forensic analysis of systems using popular examination toolkits.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Computer and Information Security
This specialization responds to the demand in business and industry for computer security professionals who are trained in cyber-terrorism, computer forensics and computer security. The specialization focuses on developing best practices for forensic investigations and evidence handling, federal and state privacy, intellectual property, search and seizure process, and cyber-crime laws. Learners study current techniques in data preservation, identification, and extraction and perform forensic analysis of systems using popular examination toolkits.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Criminal Justice
This specialization explores research in the dynamics connecting distinct legal traditions and codes operating within local, State, Federal, and multinational organizations and international resources at home and abroad. This specialization focuses on developing advanced competencies required for leadership positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, teaching or private consulting fields.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Criminal Justice
This specialization explores research in the dynamics connecting distinct legal traditions and codes operating within local, State, Federal, and multinational organizations and international resources at home and abroad. This specialization focuses on developing advanced competencies required for leadership positions in criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, teaching or private consulting fields.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Financial Management
This specialization concentrates on research and development analyses used to manage and allocate financial resources and develop effective strategic planning for projection and ROI issues. Learners will analyze financial and non-financial organizations - private, public, and corporate. The specialization focuses on international financial issues, quality concepts in financial management, and accounting for profit/nonprofit organizations.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Financial Management
This specialization concentrates on research and development analyses used to manage and allocate financial resources and develop effective strategic planning for projection and ROI issues. Learners will analyze financial and non-financial organizations - private, public, and corporate. The specialization focuses on international financial issues, quality concepts in financial management, and accounting for profit/nonprofit organizations.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Health Care Administration
This specialization develops essential perspectives and skills for application of theoretical and research-based health care industry management issues. The specialization prepares Learners for problem identification and resolution, analysis and intervention as administrative issues, and recognition of the constraints and limitations to intervention and change in delivery systems. Learners in this specialization will focus on strategic planning in health care and managed systems, comparative health care system analysis, and examine strategies related to total quality management in health care.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Health Care Administration
This specialization develops essential perspectives and skills for application of theoretical and research-based health care industry management issues. The specialization prepares Learners for problem identification and resolution, analysis and intervention as administrative issues, and recognition of the constraints and limitations to intervention and change in delivery systems. Learners in this specialization will focus on strategic planning in health care and managed systems, comparative health care system analysis, and examine strategies related to total quality management in health care.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy
This specialization prepares senior leaders of public administration, law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for executive leadership positions in the field of homeland security. This specialization focuses on rigorous research exploring advanced concepts and methods, and applying theory and emerging concepts through innovative approaches to complex problems. Learners may choose from a variety of courses in terrorism, strategy, intelligence, emergency management, and critical infrastructure security issues.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Homeland Security: Leadership & Policy
This specialization prepares senior leaders of public administration, law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for executive leadership positions in the field of homeland security. This specialization focuses on rigorous research exploring advanced concepts and methods, and applying theory and emerging concepts through innovative approaches to complex problems. Learners may choose from a variety of courses in terrorism, strategy, intelligence, emergency management, and critical infrastructure security issues.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Human Resources Management
This specialization explores the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and business organization. Learners research theory and practice for HRM information systems, compensation and staffing strategies, training and professional development, cultural diversity, innovation, labor relations, and legal issues in HRM.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Human Resources Management
This specialization explores the interrelationships between human resource capital, leadership, and business organization. Learners research theory and practice for HRM information systems, compensation and staffing strategies, training and professional development, cultural diversity, innovation, labor relations, and legal issues in HRM.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
This specialization explores the application of industrial and organizational psychology and management theory to the understanding of people in work environment. In this interdisciplinary specialization, Learners complete courses in the School of Business and the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences in order to develop competencies in theory, research, and applications of psychology related to human behavior in organizations. Learners conduct advanced research related to the application of organizational and psychological theory to human resource management.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
This specialization explores the application of industrial and organizational psychology and management theory to the understanding of people in work environment. In this interdisciplinary specialization, Learners complete courses in the School of Business and the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences in order to develop competencies in theory, research, and applications of psychology related to human behavior in organizations. Learners conduct advanced research related to the application of organizational and psychological theory to human resource management.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
International Business
This specialization focuses theory and research of business practices in multinational and international organizations. Learners interested in international management positions and/or teaching in post-secondary institutions of higher education at home and abroad benefit from this specialization. The specialization provides Learners with comprehensive education and research techniques in cross-disciplinary subjects of management, law, government, diplomacy, international studies, economics, finance, and marketing. Learners study international business theory, advanced qualitative and quantitative research, and problem-solving techniques related to international law, economics, marketing, and global strategic planning.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
International Business
This specialization focuses theory and research of business practices in multinational and international organizations. Learners interested in international management positions and/or teaching in post-secondary institutions of higher education at home and abroad benefit from this specialization. The specialization provides Learners with comprehensive education and research techniques in cross-disciplinary subjects of management, law, government, diplomacy, international studies, economics, finance, and marketing. Learners study international business theory, advanced qualitative and quantitative research, and problem-solving techniques related to international law, economics, marketing, and global strategic planning.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
International Business
This specialization focuses theory and research of business practices in multinational and international organizations. Learners interested in international management positions and/or teaching in post-secondary institutions of higher education at home and abroad benefit from this specialization. The specialization provides Learners with comprehensive education and research techniques in cross-disciplinary subjects of management, law, government, diplomacy, international studies, economics, finance, and marketing. Learners study international business theory, advanced qualitative and quantitative research, and problem-solving techniques related to international law, economics, marketing, and global strategic planning.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Management
This specialization provides a conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in business management and administration. Learners explore theory and research historical frameworks in today's global business environment through management research projects. This specialization will prepare Learners for senior management positions in a corporate environment, higher education, government and public entities, and business consulting.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Management
This specialization provides a conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in business management and administration. Learners explore theory and research historical frameworks in today's global business environment through management research projects. This specialization will prepare Learners for senior management positions in a corporate environment, higher education, government and public entities, and business consulting.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Management
This specialization provides a conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in business management and administration. Learners explore theory and research historical frameworks in today's global business environment through management research projects. This specialization will prepare Learners for senior management positions in a corporate environment, higher education, government and public entities, and business consulting.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Management Information Systems
This specialization combines and applies the components of both computer systems and management disciplines. The focus is using LAN/WAN/Database systems to enhance the management process and business outcomes, applying contemporary research and current theories in the MIS field.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Management Information Systems
This specialization combines and applies the components of both computer systems and management disciplines. The focus is using LAN/WAN/Database systems to enhance the management process and business outcomes, applying contemporary research and current theories in the MIS field.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Management of Engineering and Technology
This specialization focuses on integrating practical technical experience with management theory and research. This specialization focuses on the synergism between technology and business practices to improve organizational outcomes. Research projects provide in-depth analysis of principles of productivity, quality management, productivity using technology, and environmental systems management.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Management of Engineering and Technology
This specialization focuses on integrating practical technical experience with management theory and research. This specialization focuses on the synergism between technology and business practices to improve organizational outcomes. Research projects provide in-depth analysis of principles of productivity, quality management, productivity using technology, and environmental systems management.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Management of Engineering and Technology
This specialization focuses on integrating practical technical experience with management theory and research. This specialization focuses on the synergism between technology and business practices to improve organizational outcomes. Research projects provide in-depth analysis of principles of productivity, quality management, productivity using technology, and environmental systems management.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Marketing
This specialization focuses on marketing management and research, including managing the entire scope of product life cycle for domestic and international marketing. The specialization provides strategies for a sound, systematic, ethical, and legal approach to contemporary marketing practices and research theory.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Marketing
This specialization focuses on marketing management and research, including managing the entire scope of product life cycle for domestic and international marketing. The specialization provides strategies for a sound, systematic, ethical, and legal approach to contemporary marketing practices and research theory.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Organizational Leadership
This specialization serves to enhance the understanding and practice of organizational leadership using an interdisciplinary approach between business and education theory and research. The focus of this specialization is to provide the Learner with a theoretical research approach to strategic planning in all phases of organizational leadership including building organization capacity and sustainability. This interdisciplinary specialization appeals to professionals in business administration, human resources, non-profit administration, and related fields, whose professional goal may be organizational consulting or a senior leadership position in corporate, government, not-for-profit, educational or community organizations.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Organizational Leadership
This specialization serves to enhance the understanding and practice of organizational leadership using an interdisciplinary approach between business and education theory and research. The focus of this specialization is to provide the Learner with a theoretical research approach to strategic planning in all phases of organizational leadership including building organization capacity and sustainability. This interdisciplinary specialization appeals to professionals in business administration, human resources, non-profit administration, and related fields, whose professional goal may be organizational consulting or a senior leadership position in corporate, government, not-for-profit, educational or community organizations.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Project Management
This specialization explores research and development of principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Learners examine all aspects of managing and overseeing business projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any enterprise. The specialization focuses on theoretical application of research to management, leadership and team building in the project/program environment.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Project Management
This specialization explores research and development of principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Learners examine all aspects of managing and overseeing business projects, including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any enterprise. The specialization focuses on theoretical application of research to management, leadership and team building in the project/program environment.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Public Administration
This specialization focuses on research related to government and public agency budgeting, government relations, public personnel policy management, political systems, and urban planning. Curriculum emphasizes strategic planning including contemporary program evaluation, complex public organizations, and environmental compliance, along with strategies needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state and federal levels.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PhD)
Public Administration
This specialization focuses on research related to government and public agency budgeting, government relations, public personnel policy management, political systems, and urban planning. Curriculum emphasizes strategic planning including contemporary program evaluation, complex public organizations, and environmental compliance, along with strategies needed to meet the challenges in government management at the local, state and federal levels.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
Curriculum and Teaching
Education is the foundation on which modern society is built. This specialization prepares the Learner to address management and leadership issues in education and guide others through training, excellence in teaching, research and service. This specialization provides the knowledge base to be a leader in the field of education, facilitated by research and analysis of current trends in the field.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
E-Learning
This specialization integrates curriculum development, instructional design and course delivery using technology and online learning management systems. The specialization focuses on providing a knowledge base through current research and analysis of the planning and implementation of teaching and delivery modalities. Coursework focuses on instructional design methodologies incorporating educational media.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
Early Childhood Education
The Doctor of Philosophy in Education in Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare learners for positions of leadership in schools, higher education organizations, and research settings. The program is competency-based, with specific emphasis on research and teaching across a broad spectrum of topics from childhood development, literature, program administration, curriculum and assessment, and stakeholder partnerships. The specialization is designed to promote an understanding of the breadth and depth of early childhood education research, curriculum, and policy. In addition, throughout the program, learners will apply scientific findings and conduct theory-based research applicable to this field.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
Educational Leadership
Education is the foundation on which modern society is built. This specialization prepares the Learner to address management and leadership issues in education and guide others through training, excellence in teaching, research and service. This specialization provides the knowledge base to be a leader in the field of education, facilitated by research and analysis.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
English Second Language
The pedagogy of language acquisition is of extreme importance in today's classrooms and businesses. This specialization provides the knowledge base to build successful programs to enhance the learning of the English language, to assess skills of diverse students and to design instruction with bilingual materials. Research and current analysis of ESL and ESOL theory provides the basis for the assessment and design process. (Note: Learners seeking ESL/ESOL certification should verify with appropriate state officials that this specialization meets applicable certification requirements.)
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
Global Training and Development
This specialization educates leaders in the field of training and development. The coursework entails theoretical and practical information from the areas of organizational leadership, human resources, and adult education as well as a series of research courses in which strategies are changed, reviewed, and prioritized for future effectiveness. The specialization emphasizes systemic leadership and organizational capacity, verified through research and analysis of contemporary theory and practice.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
Instructional Leadership
The program provides knowledge in educational leadership research, theory and practices applicable to higher education. Research and analysis is conducted to identify future directions of national and global higher education focused on educational change through policy development and educational reform.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
International Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
Leadership in Higher Education
The program provides knowledge in educational leadership research, theory and practices applicable to higher education. Research and analysis is conducted to identify future directions of national and global higher education focused on educational change through policy development and educational reform.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
Organizational Leadership
Designed for professionals aspiring towards leadership roles in education, corporate, government, or community organizations, this specialization equips Learners with the tools necessary to make things happen in any organization. This specialization concentrates on the strategies to forge alliances, build confidence, and inspire a shared vision. This curriculum is based in applied research, providing exploration of issues and resolutions in contemporary organizations and the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in the field.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)
Special Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Gender Diversity Studies
The purpose of the Gender Diversity Studies specialization is to provide an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural, and biological foundations of human sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation, prepare Learners to apply principles of psychology related to gender diversity in a variety of settings, and carry out research related to gender diversity in a variety of settings. Eighteen (18) credit hours of coursework are devoted to Gender Diversity Studies.
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
General Psychology
The General Psychology specialization allows Learners to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. This specialization also prepares Learners to apply principles of psychology and conduct research related to their area of interest in a variety of settings.

Learners in the General Psychology specialization select six courses (18 credit hours) from the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences curriculum at the 7000 or 8000 level. Courses from other disciplines may fill this requirement, with School of Behavioral and Health Sciences approval. Note: an internship course cannot count towards the degree program.
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Health Psychology
The purpose of the Health Psychology specialization is to provide an in-depth understanding of the total matrix of factors influencing psychological and physical health and illness, prepare Learners to apply biopsychosocial principles in a variety of settings, and carry out research related to health psychology in a variety of settings. Eighteen (18) credit hours of coursework are devoted to Health Psychology.
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Indutrial Organizational Psychology
The purpose of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology specialization is to provide an in-depth understanding of people in the world of work, prepare Learners to apply principles of I/O psychology in work and organizational settings, and carry out research related to human behavior in organizations. Eighteen (18) credit hours of coursework are devoted to Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD)
Mental Health Policy and Practice
EdD
Learning Analytics in Higher Education
NCU’s EdD with a specialization in Learning Analytics in Higher Education can set students apart in this field. This program will immerse students, exposing them to the history of data analytics, instruction on the proper identification, utility, and application of relevant data in the educational world. In addition, students will receive an introduction to data mining, types of data analytics, and other important issues within the realm of learning analytics. Students will be well-prepared to lead and oversee the collection and management of sensitive data and the performance of statistical tests that are used in the field.
EdD
Sport and Athletic Management
EdS
Sport and Athletic Management
Education Specialist (EdS)
Curriculum and Teaching
Education Specialist (EdS)
E-Learning
Education Specialist (EdS)
Early Childhood Education
Education Specialist (EdS)
Educational Leadership
Education Specialist (EdS)
English Second language
Education Specialist (EdS)
Global Training and Development
Education Specialist (EdS)
Instructional Leadership
Education Specialist (EdS)
International Education
Education Specialist (EdS)
Leadership in Higher Education
Education Specialist (EdS)
Organizational Leadership
Education Specialist (EdS)
Special Education
PhD
Sport and Athletic Management
PhD
Addictions
PhD
Gerontology
PhD
Trauma and Disaster Relief

*Marriage & Family Sciences courses are primarily online, however, practicum/internships/clinical supervision activities include traditional engagement in the communities in which our students live.