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FEATURES & BENEFITS

Northcentral University

  • Founded in 1996
  • Accredited
  • Online Learning
  • 161 programs
  • Adult Education
  • Masters and Doctoral

Why Northcentral University?

Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally-relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.

Northcentral University's Online Degree Programs


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.



As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business and technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy.



Unparalleled Flexibility - Built around you.

  • 100% online* so you can pursue your degree anytime, anywhere
  • Weekly course starts to fit your busy schedule
  • No residency requirements and no need to travel to a physical campus
  • No entrance exams

Premier Education - All courses are taught by professors who hold doctoral degrees, so you learn from seasoned professionals in your field of study.

  • 100% online* so you can pursue your degree anytime, anywhere
  • WASC accredited; the same regional accreditation as other prestigious institutions in America
  • One-to-one learning approach where professors focus on you
  • Excellent university resources to support your success now and in the future

Tailored To Busy Professionals - NCU is designed for self-starters like you.

  • 100% online* so you can pursue your degree anytime, anywhere
  • No group classes or projects to interfere with your schedule
  • You determine your schedule

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

NCU MASTER's Plan Built on Tuition Lock*


Creating a blueprint for your future starts with a well thought-out plan. Reaching your ultimate goal, however, requires time, perseverance and sometimes a little help along the way. The NCU MASTER's Plan Built on Tuition Lock* was designed to help you create a solid foundation for your future. Not only does it offer you the security of a guaranteed tuition rate, it provides career guidance and support. This program includes the following three key components:

  • Tuition Lock: Allows new master’s students to lock in today’s tuition rates for the duration of their degree program.
  • Opportunity Mapping: Free access to the Burning Glass Technologies® career search platform, which provides data driven insights into the job market and matches educational requirements to job openings in specific geographic locations.
  • Career Connection: Helps students approaching graduation connect with the career of their dreams through partnerships with national recruitment firms. Available October 2018.


Northcentral University Degree Levels

Doctoral Programs

Program Specializations for the following:
  • -DBA
  • -Ph.D in Business Administration
  • -Ph.D of Education
  • -Ph.D in Psychology
  • -PhD Organizational Leadership
  • -Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • -EdD in Learning Analytics in Higher Education
  • -Education Specialist EdS


When you decide to pursue your doctorate at Northcentral University, you are joining an international community of scholars committed to academic excellence. As a premier graduate-focused, regionally accredited, online university in the U.S., Northcentral is designed for self-motivated scholars and working professionals—like you—who seek a high quality online doctoral program. No other university can match NCU’s uniquely flexible approach to earning a graduate degree online, which includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Our online programs allow you to pursue your degree on your time. At NCU, there are no residency requirements or need to travel to a physical campus. All courses are taught by professors who hold doctoral degrees, so you learn from seasoned professionals in your field of study. Our one-to-one learning model allows professors to focus on you. Northcentral provides both PhD and applied doctoral programs in business administration, education, psychology and marriage and family therapy, along with a dedicated support system to help guide you toward graduation and help you make a successful transition from doctoral student to independent scholar.



Masters Programs

Program Specializations for the following:

  • -MBA
  • -Master of Education
  • -MA in Psychology
  • -MS Organizational Leadership
  • -MA in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • -MEd in Reading Education


Northcentral University offers online master’s degree programs in business administration, education, psychology and marriage and family therapy that can help you develop the skills and knowledge to lead others within your organization and make a positive difference in your field. As a premier graduate-focused, regionally accredited, online university in the U.S., Northcentral is designed for self-motivated scholars and working professionals—like you—who seek a high quality online master’s program. No other university can match NCU’s uniquely flexible approach to earning a graduate degree online, which includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Our online programs allow you to pursue your degree on your time. At NCU, there are no residency requirements or need to travel to a physical campus. All courses are taught by professors who hold doctoral degrees, so you learn from seasoned professionals in your field of study. Our one-to-one learning model allows professors to focus on you. Without any GMAT or GRE requirements for NCU’s master’s degree programs, you will apply leadership principles in your field to real-world problems and case studies wherever you may live. NCU offers career-relevant specializations to choose from, as well as accelerated track options to help you reach your goals even faster.



Military Programs

At Northcentral University, we take pride in our ability to meet the unique educational needs of active duty military, veterans, reservists, guardsmen and their benefit-eligible family members. With no geographical boundaries or residency requirements, our online graduate degree programs in business administration, education, psychology and marriage and family therapy allow you to continue your education wherever military life takes you. No other university can match NCU’s uniquely flexible approach to earning a graduate degree online, which includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Our online programs allow you to pursue your degree on your time. All courses are taught by professors who hold doctoral degrees, so you learn from seasoned professionals in your field of study. Our one-to-one learning model allows professors to focus on you. With NCU’s program flexibility and your self-motivation, when the time comes, you’ll be ready for the next phase of your career—whether you remain in the military or transition to the private sector.



Northcentral 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, www.wscuc.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.