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), has completed its first year of classes and has now moved into a state-of-the-art facility, the McLean Health Sciences Building, where it will be joined by our new doctoral program, the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), in 2018.
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
PURPOSE OF METHODIST UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDIES
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.
GRADUATE LEVEL GOALS
- To graduate master's level students who are competent in their academic disciplines.
- To graduate master's level students who are prepared for the job market and equipped to pursue further graduate education.
The Professional MBA Program at Methodist University offers students a focus on Organizational Management and Leadership and blends online course work with two weekend on-campus class sessions per eight-week term allowing them to earn their graduate degree in 16 months. Classes are held at the Reeves School of Business in Clark Hall at Methodist University, while additional instruction is online. The program has recently added an accelerated program, in which qualified Methodist University seniors can begin taking MBA classes concurrently with their undergraduate work.
The Master of Education 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 Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration provides post-graduate education focused on health care management without the broader curriculum requirements of degree programs. The one-year program is open to all students who have completed a graduate or professional degree, or those with undergraduate degrees who are interested in entering or advancing in the health care field with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and 2 letters of recommendation.
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 campuses in Salemburg and Edneyville, 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.
The 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. However, the Program will submit an application for candidacy with an anticipated start date of August 2018.
The 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.