Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionallyrelevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university. As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy. NCU utilizes a one-to-one learning model—one student is paired with a professor in each course—to create a more personalized, individual experience for students enhanced by their professors’ real-world experience. NCU professors all hold doctoral degrees, and none of our programs have residency requirements, allowing access to students no matter where they live.

Additionally, with the exception of the Department of Marriage and Family Sciences within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, all of NCU’s programs are delivered 100% online.

Answering the question of Why Northcentral?

Unparalleled Flexibility - Built around you.
•    100% online* so you can pursue your degree anytime, anywhere
•    Weekly course starts to fit your busy schedule
•    No residency requirements and no need to travel to a physical campus
•    No entrance exams

Premier Education - All courses are taught by professors who hold doctoral degrees, so you learn from seasoned professionals in your field of study. 
• WASC accredited; the same regional accreditation as other prestigious institutions in America 
• One-to-one learning approach where professors focus on you 
• Excellent university resources to support your success now and in the future
Tailored To Busy Professionals - NCU is designed for self-starters like you. 
• No group classes or projects to interfere with your schedule 
• You determine your schedule

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.wscuc.org. WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For program disclosures, visit www.ncu.edu/program-disclosures.

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*Marriage & Family Sciences courses are primarily online, however, practicum/internships/clinical supervision activities include traditional engagement in the communities in which our students live.

Degrees and Programs


Education & Liberal Arts



The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), NCU’s Bachelor of Business Administration, MBA, DBA and PhD-BA degree programs in the School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. NCU was the first accredited online university to feature an ACBSP accredited business school.

*Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 11520 W 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas, 66213, 913-339-9356, http://www.acbsp.org.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that Northcentral University’s Master of Business Administration/Human Resource Specialization fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.
* Society for Human Resource Management, 1800 Duke Street,  Alexandria, VA 22314, 800.283.7476, https://www.shrm.org.
Northcentral University is recognized as a Registered Education Provider at the Global Provider Enrollment Level by Project Management Institute (PMI)®.
* Project Management Institute (PMI)®, 14 Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, PA 19073, 855.746.4849, https://www.pmi.org.
Northcentral University’s MEd PK-12 program has earned national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation through 2020 by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement. CAEP is a professional accreditor that promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement and is the only national accreditor for educator preparation. 
The Northcentral University Master of Education Program, which is designed to prepare professional educators to become effective leaders, reflective practitioners and successful communicators within the diverse field of education, centering on improving teaching, learning, research and leadership contributions throughout PK-12 Education, has earned national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation through 2020.,1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, 202.223.0077, http://www.caepnet.org.

Additional Information

Northcentral University’s Headquarters is located at 2488 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92106.

* For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.ncu.edu/program-disclosures.


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Regionally accredited

One-to-One faculty mentored approach

No physical residency requirements

Highly credentialed faculty

Applied experiential learning

Weekly course starts

Premier online University serving working professionals around the world

Unprecedented access to U.S. regionally accredited online graduate degree programs


Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501 1.510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.
Business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 7007 College Blvd., Suite 420, Overland Park, Kansas, 66211, 913-339-9356.