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Programs

  • Doctorate Nursing Practice

    Nursing

    Doctorate Nursing Practice

    A DNP from PLNU builds upon the foundation of your expertise and your distinct point of view, meeting it with the leadership and practical skills you’ll need to grow into prominent roles within complex health systems.

    With a convenient format tailored to accommodate your work and life commitments wherever you live, you can earn your DNP – and with it the confidence and authenticity needed for the highest levels of practice.

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  • Clinical Counseling, M.A.

    Clinical Counseling, M.A.

    PLNU's MACC, leading to an MFT or LPCC license, prepares you to work in what CNNMoney calls “One of the best jobs in America.” 

    As a private practice therapist, marriage counselor, spiritual life director or life coach, church counseling or community mental health director, or addiction recovery clinician — among many other growing careers — you can help others and yourself experience lasting transformation.

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  • Education, M.A., Counseling and Guidance

    Education

    Education, M.A., Counseling and Guidance

    When you join PLNU’s Master of Arts in Education program with a concentration in counseling and guidance, you will challenge yourself to become a more effective counselor.

    Everyone you encounter here will share that goal with you, from your admissions counselor to your professors.

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  • Education, M.A., Educational Administration

    Education

    Education, M.A., Educational Administration

    When you join PLNU’s Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in educational administration, you will challenge yourself to become a more effective administrator.

    Everyone you encounter here will share that goal with you, from your admissions counselor to your professors.

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  • Education, M.A., Leadership in Learning

    Education

    Education, M.A., Leadership in Learning

    The Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in leadership in learning is designed to equip you to significantly improve student learning in diverse settings.

    You will learn to apply best practices and benefit from the latest research on effective teaching.

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  • General Biology, M.S.

    Biology

    General Biology, M.S.

    PLNU offers California’s only part-time master’s degree in general biology that’s specifically designed for working professionals. Our unique approach to the graduate experience provides you with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of biological principles and methods, as well as explore the strong relationship between science and faith.

     

  • Kinesiology, M.S.

    Kinesiology

    Kinesiology, M.S.

    Accelerate your life by earning a Master of Science in Kinesiology.

    The program offers a flexible course load suited to your professional and academic goals, giving you the tools you need to be successful in a career in the dynamic and growing fields of exercise science, sport performance, integrative wellness, and sport management.

    Concentrations

    Exercise Science
    Sport Performance
    Sport Management

  • Kinesiology, M.S., Integrative Wellness

    Kinesiology

    Kinesiology, M.S., Integrative Wellness

    Accelerate your life by earning a Master of Science in Kinesiology.

    PLNU’s one-year, online Master of Kinesiology in Integrative Wellness prepares professionals who can improve health in the U.S. through interventions in behavior change, nutrition, and physical activity.

  • MBA, Evening

    Business

    MBA, Evening

    The PLNU Evening MBA is for experienced working professionals who want to take control of their career.

    You will acquire the four most important drivers of influential leadership: deep qualitative and quantitative business knowledge, wisdom in the face of difficult decisions, a powerful personal network, and inspiration to follow your purpose. You can earn your MBA in 24 to 28 months through our convenient schedule designed for busy working professionals.

  • MBA, Online

    Business

    MBA, Online

    PLNU’s 100% Online MBA is designed with the accessibility, convenience, and format you need as a working professional – no matter where you are in the world.

    Create future opportunities and take control of your career by acquiring the four most important drivers of influential leadership: deep qualitative and quantitative business knowledge, wisdom in the face of difficult decisions, a powerful personal network, and inspiration to follow your purpose.

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  • MBA, Daytime

    Business

    MBA, Daytime

    The one-year Daytime MBA program is ideal for students who have recently completed their undergraduate program or have the ability to devote one year to full-time schooling.

    It’s designed to help you broaden your sphere of influence through strategic and analytical problem solving, perpetual innovation, and a sound commitment to personal beliefs and ethical responsibility.

  • Master in Ministry

    Ministry

    Master in Ministry

    PLNU’s Master of Ministry (M.Min) program has been designed with the student in mind. By combining a strong ministry component with rigorous academics, PLNU’s M.Min is ideal for both practicing and aspiring pastors and other ministry leaders.

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  • Nursing, M.S.

    Nursing

    Nursing, M.S.

    Fulfill your dream of earning your MSN and prepare for advanced practice nursing at PLNU.

    This CCNE-accredited and California BRN-approved programs is designed for specifically for working nurses and focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of nursing, providing a balanced approach to learning that integrates education, service, and faith. 

    Concentrations

    • Business
    • Education
    • CNS Adult/Gerontology 
    • CNS Pediatrics
    • CNS Family/Individual Health
    • Students may also choose to pursue their MSN with no concentration
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  • Organizational Leadership, M.A.

    Business

    Organizational Leadership, M.A.

    The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) will equip you to lead others with genuine confidence and balance.

    This program is designed for working professionals with two delivery options to provide the flexibility you need to earn your degree while continuing to work in your current role. You can enroll in the 100% online format available from anywhere, or the in-person format that meets one night per week at our Mission Valley campus in San Diego.

  • Special Education, M.A.

    Education

    Special Education, M.A.

    When you join PLNU’s Master of Arts in Special Education program, you will challenge yourself to be more effective in serving students with special needs.

    Everyone you encounter here will share that goal with you, from your admissions counselor to your professors.

  • Teaching, M.A.

    Education

    Teaching, M.A.

    If you are an aspiring teacher, PLNU's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is the program for you.

    PLNU’s MAT program includes one or more of the four preliminary teaching credentials approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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  • Diverse and Cross-Cultural Environments for Leaders Certificate

    Education

    Diverse and Cross-Cultural Environments for Leaders Certificate

    The Diverse and Cross-Cultural Environments for Leaders program will prepare you to be a more effective leader in an education environment, business, or nonprofit organization. This 15-unit course of study can serve as a concentration within a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in leadership in learning or as a stand-alone added authorization.

  • Instructional Design with Technology Certificate

    Education

    Instructional Design with Technology Certificate

    In this program, you will learn to use best practices in instructional design and technology and will gain the confidence and up-to-date knowledge necessary to design, implement, and teach effective online courses.

  • Instructional Leadership Certificate

    Education

    Instructional Leadership Certificate

    If you are a current teacher, this 15-unit certificate will prepare you to serve as an instructional mentor, coach, department chair, clinical practice supervisor, or professional developer. 

  • Leading Instructional Design for Professionals Certificate

    Education

    Leading Instructional Design for Professionals Certificate

    The Leading Instructional Design for Professionals Certificate is designed for professionals new to the teaching and learning environment and leadership role.

  • Post-MSN CNS Certificate

    Nursing

    Post-MSN CNS Certificate

    If you have an MSN degree, earning your Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) certification will prepare you to advance the standard of care in your area of specialization.

    Designed for the working nurse, our schedule will allow you to complete you CNS certificate in adult/gerontology nursing, pediatric nursing, or family/individual health in just 18 months. 
     

  • Reading and Literacy Added Authorization

    Education

    Reading and Literacy Added Authorization

    If you are a credentialed teacher, the 12-unit Reading and Literacy Added Authorization will give you specialized certification to teach reading in the Pre-K-12 setting.

  • Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

    Education

    Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization

    If you want to provide adapted physical education services to students with special needs and you hold a valid California teaching credential, earning your added authorization in adapted physical education can help you advance your practice and your career.

  • Autism Added Authorization

    Education

    Autism Added Authorization

    An added authorization in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can help you to more effectively serve your students with ASD.

  • Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization

    Education

    Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization

    If you currently work with or desire to work with young children with special needs, earning your added authorization in early childhood special education can help you advance your practice and your career.

  • Emotional Disturbance Added Authorization

    Education

    Emotional Disturbance Added Authorization

    If you work in or desire to work in special education, earning your added authorization in emotional disturbance can prepare you to better serve students with emotional or behavioral challenges.

  • Orthopedic Impairment Added Authorization

    Education

    Orthopedic Impairment Added Authorization

    If you work with or desire to work with students with special needs, earning your Orthopedic Impairment Added Authorization can prepare you to better serve your students.

  • Other Health Impairments Added Authorization

    Education

    Other Health Impairments Added Authorization

    If you work in or desire to work in special education, earning your added authorization in other health impairments will empower you to serve your students more effectively.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Added Authorization

    Education

    Traumatic Brain Injury Added Authorization

    If you work with or desire to work with students with special needs, earning your Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Added Authorization can prepare you to better meet the needs of your students with TBI.

  • Clear Education Specialist Credential

    Education

    Clear Education Specialist Credential

    The Clear Education Specialist Credential requirements are incorporated into this advanced degree and are strategically aligned and blended with induction requirements to equip special education teachers in induction programs to address the clear (level II) credential proficiency requirements.

  • Clear Multiple or Single Subject Credentials

    Education

    Clear Multiple or Single Subject Credentials

    This 12-unit credential is for teachers who hold a Preliminary California Teaching Credential and who are currently working in private or charter schools, or for those teaching in public schools without access to an approved BTSA induction program. The 2042 Clear Credential requires four 3-unit advanced courses to be taken after completion of the preliminary credential and can be completed in two semesters.

  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

    Education

    Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

    The Preliminary Administrative Services Credential will prepare you to serve as an entry-level school administrator. You will learn to establish and sustain a vital learning community that supports powerful teaching and learning.

  • Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Mild/Moderate)

    Education

    Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Mild/Moderate)

    This credential prepares you to create, develop, and implement individualized adaptations and accommodations to facilitate access to learning of the core curriculum in a variety of environments. Coursework focuses on state and federal regulations; Individual Education Plans (IEP); specialized curricula; learning, behavior and transition strategies; as well as the use of current and assistive technologies. You will develop skills in working as a collaborator in educational settings.

  • Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Moderate/Severe)​

    Education

    Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Moderate/Severe)​

    This credential prepares you to create, develop, and implement individualized adaptations and accommodations to facilitate access to learning of the core curriculum in a variety of environments.

  • Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

    Education

    Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

    A multiple subject teaching credential enables you to teach in a self-contained (preschool-adult) classroom in California. You receive coursework in educational research and theory as well as methodology in reading, language arts, and mathematics.

  • Preliminary Single Subject Credential

    Education

    Preliminary Single Subject Credential

    If you want to teach at the secondary level (middle or high school), you will need to pursue your single subject credential in an approved discipline of your choice. A single subject credential enables you to teach in a departmentalized (preschool-adult) classroom.

  • Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential

    Education

    Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential

    The Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential program is designed to facilitate the onsite reflective coaching induction and professional development of beginning administrators and fulfill the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) requirements for the Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential.

  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential

    Education

    Pupil Personnel Services Credential

    This credential prepares you to work as a counselor in K-12 schools, providing comprehensive guidance and counseling services to students.