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Doctoral Degrees

Earn your doctorate and set yourself apart from the competition. Whether you want to expand your knowledge in the field of business, education, psychology, or marriage and family therapy, NCU offers PhD and applied doctorates in many fields of study.

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Dissertation Completion Pathway

Our Dissertation Completion Pathway (DCP) offers a structured program that recognizes your past academic coursework while providing you the guidance you need to complete your dissertation. Don’t let ABD stand in your way.

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Master's Degrees

NCU offers online master’s degree programs in business, organizational leadership, education, psychology and marriage and family therapy that can help you develop the skills and knowledge to lead others within your organization.

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Why Northcentral

At NCU, we are dedicated to providing our students with the personal attention they look for when pursuing advanced education. We take a great amount of pride in our programs and the thousands of graduates who have achieved their goals, be it completing their bachelor's degree or successfully defending their dissertation to earn their doctoral degree.

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Regional & Programmatic Accreditations

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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.wascsenior.org. WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Regional accreditation by WSCUC provides assurance to the public, especially prospective students, that an institution has been found to meet WSCUC's clearly stated requirements and criteria and there are reasonable grounds for believing that it will continue to meet them.

Accreditation provides both PUBLIC CERTIFICATION of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity and incentive for SELF-IMPROVEMENT in the accredited institution.

The process of accreditation provides the accredited institution with an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality and for consultation and advice from persons from other institutions.

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)

The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is the accrediting body for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Northcentral University’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, Tel. No. (703) 838-9808. For more information on COAMFTE accreditation, visit their website.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits Northcentral University's Master's of Education programs focused on PK-12 Education. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement.  Northcentral University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Northcentral University has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement. Northcentral University just earned CAEP accreditation for seven years. CAEP is the national accreditor for education preparation. Northcentral University is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2023. CAEP is the only national accreditor for educator preparation. To learn more about CAEP accreditation visit http://caepnet.org


Northcentral's Business Administration programs in the School of Business and Technology Management are accredited by ACBSP. As a leading accreditation association for business education, ACBSP "develops, promotes, and recognizes best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education." The Association emphasizes the importance of "learning how to learn," by balancing teaching and research activities to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and contribute to student learning. Learn more about NCU's assessment process. To learn more about ACBSP Accreditation, visit their website.