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School history

Northcentral University was founded in 1996 by Dr. Donald Hecht, with its headquarters in Prescott, Arizona. As an educator with decades of experience in higher education, Dr. Hecht wanted to create a resource for online degree programs with a specific focus on graduate degrees and upper division undergraduate courses. Additionally, he wanted to provide a high quality education for students who had daily responsibilities outside of school such as full-time careers and families.

The goal of Northcentral University has always been to provide online learners with individual attention from their instructors at a time and place most convenient for the student. The university continues that tradition today. Since the university is all online, students can take their classes from anywhere they have internet access. This commitment to convenience is combined with a commitment to quality from an accredited university. Northcentral University provides personalized attention and one-to-one student to teacher interaction.

In 2003, the university was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, Northcentral's business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Northcentral is one of the first online universities to have this accreditation for Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral Degree Programs.

Distinctions

While it is possible to complete a bachelor's degree from Northcentral University, currently, students cannot start and finish an undergraduate degree at the school. Because Northcentral focuses so rigorously on upper division undergrad courses and graduate degree online programs, at least 60 approved undergraduate credits are necessary from another institution to earn an undergraduate degree at Northcentral. Most of the university's classes are upper division courses and graduate level. This focus on upper division and graduate online programs allows the school to focus on specialized and high-level education. Its degree programs are 100-percent online with 100 percent of its faculty holding a Ph.D. This is a very rare distinction especially for an online university.

Because the school continues to embrace the idea of one-to-one faculty/student interaction, students can expect plenty of personal attention from the highly educated and experienced professors. Furthermore, most classes start each week so there is no need to wait for traditional quarters or semesters to begin. And because Northcentral University has always been committed to offering 100-percent online degree programs, they have invested considerable resources into making the online education experience as robust and cutting edge as possible. The university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

In addition to these distinctions, the university has a firm commitment to transparency and communication. Whether you need academic, advisory or financial aid assistance, for example, Northcentral University has invested heavily in the people and the infrastructure essential for clear communication with students. And the help you need is available from wherever you are in the world since Northcentral University's online degree programs have no residency requirements.

Cost to attend

Tuition costs and other fees at Northcentral University vary, but the school is committed to transparency when it comes to cost. Here, based on 2015 public data on Northcentral's website, is an overview of the costs associated with some of the various online programs:

School of Business and Technology Management: The cost for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree is $26,270 and requires at least 60 transfer credits from another accredited and approved institution. At the other end of the spectrum within this school is the Ph.D. in Business Administration which costs $61,910. There are a wide variety of other degree programs with costs fitting between those two extremes.

School of Education: A bachelor of education degree will cost $13,310 and, on the other end of the scale, a doctor of education degree will cost $49,058. Master's degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates and other options range between $7,526 and $28,367.

School of Psychology: $26,270 is the cost for a bachelor's degree in philosophy, and earning a Ph.D. in psychology will cost $58,370. Other options, with varying costs between those thresholds, include a Master of Arts in Psychology and a Post-Master's Certificate in Psychology.

School of Marriage and Family Sciences: A bachelor's degree is not available from this school, but the advanced certificates and degrees include the following with the associated costs: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy at a cost of $10,526, Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy (MAMFT) for $38,510, a Post-Master's Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy, and, finally, a Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage & Family Therapy (Ph.D.-MFT) which costs $66,107.

The university also offers a non-degree option for graduate courses and undergraduate courses. Graduate tuition for a non-degree seeking student is $2,706 per course and $1,296 for undergraduate courses.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the average 2014-2015 undergraduate tuition and required fees for full-time students at Northcentral was $10,250.

Financial aid

Since its founding in 1996, Northcentral University has been offering students a variety of financial aid and helping them find private sources of funding. In 2009, the ability to gain access to financial aid expanded exponentially for students interested in the online degree programs at Northcentral. In that same year, the school became Title IV compliant allowing students access to federal financial aid.

Additionally, Northcentral offers special pricing for active members of the United States military. The school also has recently extended a new tuition fee structure to military veterans and their spouses. Also, international students may have access to special funds, grants, loans and scholarships through their home country's government or private companies.

Other options include tuition assistance from students' employers. Northcentral has relationships with many large companies in the United States who may provide tuition assistance. Another option Northcentral University offers are grants that are similar to scholarships. Unlike loans, grants do not need to be repaid if the conditions of the grant are met.

Online offerings

All of Northcentral University's classes are available exclusively online.

Highlighted programs

There are four major schools within the university with a wide variety of online degree programs available.

School of Business and Technology Management


Online degrees offered: Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Business Administration, Ph.D. in Business Administration, Post-Master's Certificate in Business and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business

School of Education


Online degrees offered: Bachelor of Education, Master of Education, Doctor of Education, Ph.D. in Education, Education Specialist Degree, Post-Master's Certificate in Education and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education

School of Psychology


Online degrees offered: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Psychology, Ph.D. in Psychology, Post-Master's Certificate in Psychology and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology

School of Marriage and Family Sciences


Online degrees offered: Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Post-Master's Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy

The School of Marriage and Family Sciences at Northcentral University is the first distance learning program in the nation to earn accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Student life data

There are more than 5,000 alumni and, currently, more than 10,000 students who hail from more than 70 countries. Many of the students come from the United States but many also come from Brazil, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Israel, Japan, Kenya and many other counties from nearly every continent on earth. 98 percent of Northcentral's students are working on graduate degrees and 70 percent of those students are working on Ph.Ds.

Here's a breakdown of Northcentral student demographics based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics:

Total enrollment:

10,928

Undergraduate enrollment:

250

Percent of Undergraduate enrollment

by gender

Men:

28.8%

Women:

71.2%

by race/ethnicity

American Indian or Alaskan Native:

0.4%

Asian:

1.6%

Black or African American:

14.4%

Hispanic/Latino:

7.6%

Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander:

0.4%

White:

44.0%

Two or more races:

1.6%

Race/ethnicity unknown:

30.0%

Source: "Northcentral University," National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator

Sources

"Education Executive Profiles," Northcentral University, April 15, 2015, http://www.ncu.edu/news-events/news/Education-Executive

"Home," Northcentral University, April 15, 2015, http://www.ncu.edu/

"School of Business and Technology Management." Northcentral University, April 15, 2015, http://www.ncu.edu/school-of-business-and-technology

"School of Education," Northcentral University, April 15, 2015, http://www.ncu.edu/school-of-education

"School of Marriage and Family Sciences," Northcentral University, April 15, 2015, http://www.ncu.edu/school-of-marriage-and-family-sciences

"School of Psychology," Northcentral University, April 15, 2015, http://www.ncu.edu/school-of-psychology

"Northcentral University," National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, April 15, 2015, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=northcentral+university&s=all&id=444130

"Online University Tuition," Northcentral Unviersity Tuition and Admissions, April 15, 2015, http://www.ncu.edu/tuition-and-admissions/tuition

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