Graduate Programs

Making a difference - it's what we all want to do. But how can we best do it? At Point Loma Nazarene University, you will discover how to answer this question for yourself. 

PLNU offers a unique and forward-thinking approach to education. You will be challenged to think from multiple perspectives. You will gain deep understanding of your chosen field. In San Diego, Bakersfield, and the Inland Empire, PLNU offers graduate programs that combine academic quality with a diverse and supportive peer community.

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Master of Arts in Strategic Organizational Leadership - PLNU's master of arts in strategic organizational leadership is an online, interdisciplinary graduate degree designed to help help leaders take the next step to serve and manage people and processes in dynamic businesses and organizations. 



Department of Kinesiology

Master of Science in Kinesiology - PLNU's master of science in kinesiology prepares knowledgeable and career-focused professionals for the dynamic and growing fields of exercise science, sport management, sport performance, and rehabilitation science.


Department of Biology

 M.A. or M.S. in Biology - The program in general biology is designed with busy school teachers in mind. Whether you are teaching middle school or high school, our flexible course offerings will allow you to pursue the PLNU 34-unit masters program while teaching. We offer intensive summer courses and the opportunity to take fall and spring courses mostly online.



Fermanian School of Business

Master of Business Administration - The PLNU MBA program offers a relevant, timely, forward-thinking approach to graduate business education, characterized by academic excellence, integrated values, small class sizes, and active engagement.  The 42-unit program prepares students to advance their careers and exert real influence and change in the business world in as little as two years.  Employers reap the rewards of having hired professionals whose concerns and commitments are about more than the bottom line.


School of Education

 Master of Arts Education, MAT & Preliminary Teaching Credentials, Certificates, and Service Credentials - Point Loma Nazarene University offers teaching credentials, certificates, MA in Education, and Educational Specialist programs in San Diego, Bakersfield, and Inland Empire.  



School of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing and Post-MSN Certification - Point Loma Nazarene University is a leader in nursing education for both the academic and clinical setting.  PLNU is the only local nursing school to offer a mental health clinical nurse specialist option.  We also have CNS options in these specialty areas:  gerontology, family health, and medical/surgical nursing.


School of Theology and Christian Ministry

Master of Ministry - A 36-unit graduate degree specifically designed for working pastors and active lay leaders who desire additional academic preparation for the practice of Christian ministry.  Courses are offered in week-long intensives giving ministry professionals living outside of the San Diego area an opportunity to complete an advanced degree while fully employed in an ongoing pastoral assignment.

Master of Divinity - Through a unique partnership between PLNU and NTS, you can now earn your Master of Divinity without moving to Kansas City. The Master of Divinity will prepare students for pastoral and spiritual leadership in congregations and other settings. The program provides students with a range of exposure in theological study, the practice of ministry in various contexts, personal formation and more.