Mount Vernon Nazarene University
In 1993, the University responded to the needs of adult, non-traditional learners by creating the EXCELL (Executive Center for Lifelong Learning) program. EXCELL would ultimately be renamed "Adult and Graduate Studies" (AGS) in 2004 due to the enrollment, program, and location growth that the University experienced during its first decade of offering cohort-based graduate and non-traditional undergraduate programs throughout central Ohio. In 2010, AGS would ultimately be renamed "Graduate and Professional Studies" in response to the continued growth of MVNU’s program offerings, which now included both on-site and online degree options for adult learners.
Throughout the years, GPS has expanded its academic programs from its original, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree-completion program to include each of the following degrees, as well as a number of certificate programs in both education and ministry:
A wide variety of General Studies courses are also available. These courses—offered both on-site and online—have been designed for adult learners who want to complete their college degree but do not have a sufficient number of credits to enroll in an undergraduate degree-completion program or have enough total credits to graduate.