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Degree Programs for Working Adults

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Online Degree Programs For Working Adults

Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s School of Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) has examined the intersection of professional aspirations and job market trends since 1993 to develop a range of degree programs for working adults. Today, students enrolled through GPS can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree completely online.

At MVNU, "lifelong learning" is in our official motto. That means we're committed to helping you learn in a way that fits into your life. Our adult education programs provide the quality you expect from an award-winning institution with the benefit of flexibility. Our accelerated courses are offered one at a time, one night a week. Plus, most courses can be completed from the convenience of your own home and around your own life.

MVNU values success in the classroom and the workplace. Using expert-developed curricula, our adult degree programs blend theoretical concepts with practical skills you can readily apply on the job and, reflecting MVNU’s overall vision, value integrated knowledge across a range of disciplines. In the process, discussions and assignments stress critical thinking, communication, and creative skills while emphasizing a Christian worldview, ethical mindset, and commitment to community engagement.

No matter your major, MVNU bases our online classes on a cohort model, designed to foster a supportive, encouraging environment between students and their professors. Particularly for adults looking to advance in the workplace, this format is ideal for forming connections that later lead to professional relationships and advancement opportunities.

Whether you’d like to get ahead in the business world, gain an education credential, or finish your bachelor’s degree, browse below to find the program that's right for you!

Adult Undergraduate Degrees

MVNU’s undergraduate programs for adults cover both associate and bachelor’s degrees across business, education, social work, nursing, and ministry programs. Students working toward an associate degree must complete 60 credit hours, while all bachelor’s programs require a minimum of 120 credit hours.

All undergraduate degrees start with a core of General Education requirements. These consist of 15 credit hours in the Arts and Humanities, including English composition and Bible/theology studies; 15 credit hours of Natural and Social Sciences and Mathematics; and Liberal Arts electives. Students then proceed on to upper-division General Education requirements before fulfilling their major’s course load.

As well, MVNU’s bachelor’s degrees for adults require a minimum of 30 credit hours or at least half of the major’s credit hours in residence.

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Business Administration (BBA)

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Elementary Education (BA)

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Human Resource Management (BBA)

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Leadership (BA)

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Graduate Degrees For Adults

Especially in education and business, a graduate degree is the key to unlocking higher opportunities, allowing you to advance on to a management-level role or a specialized position with more responsibilities. Yet, few working adults can step away from their jobs to return to school full time. MVNU designs our graduate programs around your aspirations and everyday obligations, offering flexible, accelerated online formats and a course-by-course tuition rate.

Requirements for graduate degrees differ by discipline. However, all students must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours in residence.

As well, MVNU’s bachelor’s degrees for adults require a minimum of 30 credit hours or at least half of the major’s credit hours in residence.

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Accounting (MBA)

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Business Data Analytics (MBA)

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Fast-Track Business Administration (MBA)

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Finance (MBA)

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Human and Social Services Leadership (MBA)

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Human and Social Services Leadership (MSM)

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Human Resource Management (MBA)

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International Executive Studies — Master of Science in Management (MSM) Healthcare Informatics

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Intervention Specialist (Advanced License) (M.A.Ed.)

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Logistics Management (MBA)

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Logistics Management (MSM)

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Master of Science in Management (MSM)

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

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Ministry Leadership (MBA)

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Organizational Management (MBA)

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Continuing Education

Making progress in your career frequently involves earning a new credential, attending professional development seminars, or obtaining additional training. MVNU’s certificates, endorsements, and workshops help you strive toward these milestones without putting your career on hold.

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Educational Workshops

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Framework for Education

Love is the source from which the University-level educational goals flow. At MVNU, we believe students are transformed by God’s love, and their deepening love for God and neighbor is evident in their scholarship, character, and service:

Scholarship: Rigorous • Practical

Character: Hospitable • Ethical

Service: Transformative • Vocational

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Fairbanks Center for Global Engagement

Our new Fairbanks Center for Global Engagement ensures that global perspectives are woven into the fabric of your student experience. Through on-campus, off-campus and Collaboratory engagement, you will combine calling and service to further God's Kingdom in the community where you live and throughout the world!

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On-Campus Engagement

Enjoy course-embedded service learning, co-curricular opportunities, intercultural events, global speakers, and real-life, project-based learning experiences in cross-cultural context, right here on campus.

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Off-Campus Enagement

Broaden your global perspectives as you engage with the local community, participate in course exchanges with partnering institutions, and study away across the U.S. and around the world.

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Collaboratory Engagement

Connect with a worldwide community committed to providing global engagement opportunities, hands-on training, and networking opportunities for MVNU students and graduates, now and into the future.

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Discover you

You already know that you'll get a high-quality liberal arts education at MVNU. But life at MVNU goes way beyond the books. Outside the classroom is where you'll become you. You'll meet new people and create lifelong friendships. You'll discover talents and passions you never knew you had. You'll have opportunities to create, compete, perform, travel, serve, lead, and totally reinvent yourself. It's time to discover who you're meant to be.

Nease Institute

The MVNU Nease Institute is a summer bridge program that offers incoming first-year students preparation for the transition to college and the chance to establish themselves as scholars equipped to thrive in their college experience.

Test Center

MVNU's Test Center serves to provide students with a quiet, classroom-like testing environment, distance learning, or make-up examinations, which can be administered securely according to instructor's guidelines.

Library

The Thorne Library/Learning Resource Center houses the Center for Student Success and upwards of 122,000 print and non-print resources for student use, with access to millions more through OhioLink.

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Our graduates are, in a word, brilliant.

Did You Know: 94% of MVNU grads are employed or enrolled in advanced studies within one year of graduation! You will find MVNU alumni all over the globe in a variety of careers, from the medical field to business to the arts and beyond. Where will your studies take you?

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