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Welcome to Graduate Studies at Methodist University!

The programs we offer extend the University's overall mission to the graduate level, combining a professional emphasis with scholarship and critical analysis, and instilling in their graduates the importance of lifelong learning to support professional development.

Currently, Methodist University offers four Master's degree programs: a Master of Medical Science (MMS) in Physician Assistant Studies, a Master of Education, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Justice Administration. One doctoral program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), will begin enrolling students for the Fall 2015 semester.

Please feel free to contact any of the programs below by using the links provided. You will find that the programs we have to offer involve very motivated students; highly credentialed, dedicated, and scholarly faculty; excellent facilities; and a commitment to producing graduates who obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in their chosen careers.


Delmas S. Crisp, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Academic Dean


The purpose of Methodist University graduate studies is to provide a graduate education firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition that nurtures moral values and ethical decision making; to provide distinctive professional and graduate programs that complement the undergraduate programs of the University; to provide educational and cultural services and resources to the community; and to prepare students for a variety of careers and educational pursuits.


  1. To graduate master's level students who are competent in their academic disciplines.
  2. To graduate master's level students who are prepared for the job market and equipped to pursue further graduate education.

Methodist University held its first Graduate Research Symposium on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Students from the four graduate programs below came together to share their work with the MU community through oral and poster presentations.

For full details on the presenters and abstracts of their presentations, please download the Symposium Brochure.

For general information about the symposium, please download the promotional flyer.

The Professional MBA at Methodist University has a focus in either organizational management and leadership or health care administration. The program is targeted toward working professionals who want to further develop their skills and careers while earning their MBA in 18 months. Classes are held two weekends each 8-week term at the Reeves School of Business at Methodist University, while additional instruction is online. The MBA program features traditional MBA core courses, as well as emphasis courses pertaining to each focus.
The Master of Education is the newest of our graduate programs and is especially designed for working teachers who want to increase their knowledge and skills in the K-12 areas of reading and special education. The 2-year program offers classes over 4 semesters and 2 summers and combines face-to-face instruction with hybrid classes. Graduates are eligible to apply for NC professional licensure in Reading or Special Education: General Curriculum. New cohorts begin every June.
The Master of Justice Administration (MJA) program is targeted toward professionals working in the criminal justice system at the local, county, or state level in North Carolina in middle management positions who want to develop their skills and careers further. The MJA program was recently approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional accrediting body for Methodist University. The MJA program will begin classes in January 2006. Classes are held on specified dates at the North Carolina Justice Academy in nearby Salemburg, NC, and additional instruction is online.

The MMS in Physician Assistant Studies is accredited at the national level by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) and is recognized as a very high quality and competitive program. The program, which started at a bachelor's level program, began in 1996. Ninety-eight percent of the graduates are practicing physician assistants in a variety of medical settings and specialties. Eighty-six percent of the program's graduates currently practice in North Carolina.


Methodist University has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to launch a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the fall of 2015 pending appropriate approval from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Follow our progress through the accreditation process.