Northcentral University Launches New Graduate Programs within Schools of Business, Health Sciences and Education

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Programs include Graduate Degrees in Health Administration, Instructional Design, Legal Studies and Criminal Justice

There is no question that American job markets for education, law enforcement and healthcare have transformed in the last decade. As institutions strive to better support these growing professions, Northcentral University (NCU) is taking a proactive approach for professionals in these fields to further their education. The regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, which serves professionals globally, has launched seven new programs across the Schools of Education, Business and Health Sciences.

Each of the programs, which include master and doctoral degrees, is designed and taught by current leaders in the field for other practitioners interested in becoming more effective in these challenging fields.

“Higher education is evolving to better engage and support professionals in these fields,” says NCU Provost Dr. David Harpool. “These programs are intended to make our students effective leaders in solving some of the most pressing issues faced in their evolving fields.”

NCU’s new programs include:

School of Business

  •     Doctor of Criminal Justice – This program helps prepare students already working in the criminal justice field develop the knowledge and skills to lead on issues at the forefront of the modern profession, including developing policies and budgets to support effective administration of criminal justice agencies, risk evaluation, and independent research. The 54 credit hours are capped with a dissertation process.
  •     Master of Legal Studies – Intended for practitioners already working within the legal sector, or responsible for issues like regulatory compliance, this 33-credit-hour program focuses on providing students with additional education on practical skills. These include legal research skill development, a deeper understanding of U.S. law in the criminal and civil context, and negotiation skills. The program concludes with a case-based capstone, in which students will take a case through the full legal process, demonstrating mastery of each phase.

School of Health Sciences

  •     Master of Health Administration – This 42-credit-hour program is focused on preparing mid-career professionals for leadership and management roles. The School leverages interprofessional education practices (IPE) to encourage cross-discipline collaboration to deepen students’ understanding of core issues in the healthcare field, including quantitative approaches to healthcare management, health policy, and information management.
  •     Doctor of Health Administration – This terminal degree for administrators of large and small healthcare institutions utilizes the same IPE approach as the master’s program, while diving deeper into the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the profession. In 60 credit hours, students will develop skills required for positions in senior leadership in systems thinking, data informatics, human resource management, and ethics, among others. This process culminates with a dissertation and the attending institutional review.

School of Education

  •     Master of Science in Instructional Design – Instructional Design can be described as the goal-oriented, results-driven approach that lies at the heart of successful educational and training programs. In this 36-credit-hour program, students will leverage NCU’s unique approach to this subject to learn and apply skills with a cross-sector relevance. Whether they seek to lead in a traditional public education field, design curriculum in a private sector setting, or research and test new methods of learning on the vanguard of this field, this program will provide the deeper understanding necessary for a myriad of practical applications.
  •     Doctor of Education in Instructional Design – This 54-credit-hour program, ending with a traditional dissertation and review process, is designed to build senior leaders in this field. Areas of advanced instruction and competency include planning, analyses, universal design, development, rapid prototyping, implementation, evaluation, and project management of instructional and training interventions.
  •     Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design – The more theory-focused of the two doctoral instructional design programs, this 60-credit-hour program and dissertation process is intended for students driven to make a research and practical contribution to their professional fields by improving, accelerating, and deeply understanding the learning process.

“One of NCU’s core values is innovation,” says Harpool. “Finding meaningful ways that higher education can support these professionals, who are dedicated to this demanding work, is a natural extension of that value.”

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About Northcentral University
Founded in 1996, Northcentral University is a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university serving professionals globally. With no physical residency requirements, courses are taught one-to-one by an NCU professor with a doctoral degree. NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy, technology and health sciences. Northcentral University is regionally accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, For more information, visit or call 866.776.0331.

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