Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Introductory Information for GPS

GPS Vision

Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) is committed to providing an opportunity for adults to obtain a quality education in a learning environment that emphasizes Christian values and ethical standards. Within this context, GPS serves as a resource for adults striving to enhance their personal and professional lives in a constantly changing world.


The main campus is located at 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio. GPS programs are offered at multiple convenient locations, including Polaris, Gahanna, Mansfield, and Newark. Our facilities offer classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology, quiet study space, and comfortable learning environments. Some courses and programs are available online.


GPS programs provide a quality education designed specifically for adult learners with curriculum developed by experts. Many programs offer a cohort learning model, encouraging academic support, personal friendships, and networking relationships that last beyond graduation.


In 1993, the University responded to the needs of adult, non-traditional learners by creating EXCELL, which is now GPS. Since then, GPS has increased its academic programs from its original Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree-completion program to include a BBA with multiple concentration options; an AAS in Business; an undergraduate degree in social work; graduate degrees in business, education, and ministry; general studies courses; and certificate programs in education and ministry.

Undergraduate programs:

Graduate programs:

Note: General Studies courses are designed for adult students who want to complete their college degree but do not have the necessary credits to enroll in an undergraduate degree completion program or enough total credits to graduate. General Studies courses are offered online and in the classroom.


Our faculty instruct students on the latest practices and theory to provide you with a solid base from which to manage your daily work decisions with confidence and skill. Their combined use of curriculum and technology ensures that you're able to function effectively in your work environment.

Educational Resources

Course Materials

Course materials, textbooks, and other resource procedures vary by program. Please refer to the applicable program handbook/guide for specific information.

Thorne Library/Learning Resource Center

Thorne Library provides the major bibliographic and information services and resources for MVNU. It provides a high quality collection of materials in many formats, including more than 123,000 print and non-print items, and maintains subscriptions to approximately 550 print periodicals and 8,300 electronic journals. Through membership in OhioLINK, a statewide library consortium, access is provided to 40 million items. Patron-initiated borrowing allows materials to be delivered to the library of choice within 3 to 5 working days. MVNU provides access to more than 180 research databases.