Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Dr. Lori Brookman, Interim ProvostOur programs 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. Two doctoral programs, the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), are housed in the state-of-the-art McLean Health Sciences Building. 

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.


Lori Brookman Cornwell, Ph.D.
Interim Provost


The purpose of Methodist University graduate programs 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.

Graduate Programs

Master of Business Administration

Apply Now to the MBA ProgramThe Professional MBA Program at Methodist University offers students a focus on Organizational Management and Leadership with all classes being offered online starting fall 2018. Classes are eight-weeks long allowing students to earn their graduate degree in 16 months. The program also has an accelerated program, in which qualified Methodist University seniors can begin taking MBA classes concurrently with their undergraduate work. The Methodist University Master of Business  Administration (MBA) is currently on hiatus status. The program is not accepting new student admissions.

Master of Education

Apply Now to the Master of Education ProgramSpecially designed, the Master of Education is for students who want to increase their knowledge and skills in the K-12 areas of Literacy (reading), Special Education, Physical Education, or Coaching/Athletic Administration. With both one-year and two-year programs, classes combine face-to-face and hybrid instruction. Graduates are eligible to apply for NC professional licensure. With no deadlines, acceptance of applications occurs throughout the entire year.

Master of Justice Administration

Apply Now to the MJA ProgramThe 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 enrolled its first class in January 2006. Classes are held on specified dates on the Methodist University campus, and additional instruction is online. The Methodist University Master of Justice Administration (MJA) is currently on hiatus status. The program is not accepting new student admissions.

Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Apply Now to the PA ProgramThe 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.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Apply Now to the OTD ProgramThe program was developed in August 2015 and formally approved by the University in March 2016. As of March 2017, The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is included in the scope of Methodist University's current accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Program is not yet accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), which is required for licensure. The OTD Program has been granted Candidacy Status, the first step in the accreditation process. It will admit the inaugural class to begin August 2018 and complete the accreditation process in 2020.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Apply Now to the DPT ProgramThe program was started in August 2013 and formally approved by the University in February 2014. The DPT program has received candidacy for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), which is required for licensure (for more information, accreditation). The program welcomed the first cohort of students in the Fall of 2015.


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