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Online Degree Programs for Working Adults

Since traditional bachelor’s and graduate programs aren’t always compatible with a full-time job and other day-to-day obligations, Mount Vernon Nazarene University designs our online degrees around the needs of working adults. You know the frustration of pulling your weight and succeeding in the workplace, only to be told that an advanced credential or specific certification is required for promotion. Yet, when you research opportunities to achieve that higher level, they’re all scheduled during daytime hours. It’s as if your dreams are always right out of your grasp, no matter how far you reach.

MVNU’s School of Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) crafts our online and on-campus programs specifically for your success. Explore the full spectrum of all online degrees for adult learners offered at MVNU, and discover a program matching your career goals.

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Online Associate & Bachelor’s Degrees for Working Adults

GPS has an associate degree and several bachelor’s programs that can be completed fully online. Depending upon credits transferred, online undergraduate students begin with the GPS General Education core, comprised of 39 credit hours, plus an additional 39 credit hours of upper-division coursework. Students enhance their communication skills and broaden their general knowledge through courses in the Arts and Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Liberal Arts.

Upon fulfilling the core courses, online undergraduate students work toward their major’s requirements. In total, adult students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree online complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Online Associate of Arts in General Studies  


This interdisciplinary degree lays down a solid foundation for a range of career paths. In the process of earning 60 credit hours, students enhance their critical thinking, interpersonal, and writing skills and fulfill all general requirements for pursuing an online bachelor’s degree at GPS.

Online Bachelor of Business Administration  

A bachelor’s degree in business sets you up for a range of career paths. MVNU designed this program around a BBA core covering a range of key competencies, and from here, students may add a specialization through one of four extended majors:

  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Online Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (P-5)  

Accredited by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, this degree program helps students qualify to earn their PreK–5 teacher’s license. Although all coursework may be completed online, the program requires a full-time in-school student teaching experience.


Online Bachelor of Arts in Leadership  

Designed for adult learners with leadership aspirations, this program centers around a business-based curriculum and equips students with the skills needed to direct teams, manage or coordinate departments, and improve organizational efficiency.


Online Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership  

Viewing leadership skills through a ministry-specific lens, this online program trains students to effectively communicate the Bible’s teachings and recruit for and create a successful ministerial organization.


Online Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration  

Geared toward professionals wanting to advance in nonprofit and government sectors, this program covers the essential skills for crafting and shaping public policy, planning projects, and helping an organization achieve its objectives.


Online Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry  

This newly offered degree prepares students of all ages to be competent and compassionate ministers in the 21st century ready to instruct others in the Bible’s teachings.


Online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security  

Train for one of the most in-demand and growing career fields with a rigorous, fully online degree covering the skills essential for identifying and responding to hazards, analyzing intelligence, managing resources, and leading others in times of crisis.


Online Bachelor of Social Work  

This newly offered degree prepares students of all ages to be competent and compassionate ministers in the 21st century ready to instruct others in the Bible’s teachings.

Online Master’s Degrees for Working Adults

A bachelor’s degree is already behind you. Yet, higher-level professionals in your field have earned a master’s degree or graduate certificate. Offering a pathway to this echelon, MVNU offers fully online graduate programs in business, education, and ministry structured around the hectic schedules of adult students. Requirements vary, although all online students must complete at least 21 semester hours at MVNU.

Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)  

When you’re eyeing a management or leadership role within your organization, the fully online MBA curriculum helps you develop the essential business knowledge needed to ascend the ranks. Students further specialize their skills by selecting a concentration:


Online MBA—Health Care Administration+  

MVNU designed this specialized MBA program for practicing clinicians and health care professionals aspiring to assume a management or leadership position. Coursework blends advanced business and health care administration concepts.


Online Fast-Track MBA  

MVNU offers an accelerated online version of our award-winning MBA program. Students complete it on an 11- or 15-month track and may choose a concentration in Finance, Human Resource Management, Ministry Leadership, Human and Social Services, Organizational Management, or Health Care Administration.


Online Master of Science in Management (MSM)  

Applicable to professionals across all industries, the online MSM degree blends functional areas of business with key leadership competencies. Students in this program improve their communication and organizational skills to guide teams, maximize human resources, and compete in the global marketplace.


Online Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed)  

With this rigorous, research-based degree, MVNU strives to have all students earn their Ohio teacher license. While courses are fully online, the program further requires students to complete fieldwork assignments and classroom experiences. To earn their M.A.Ed, students pursue one of three licensing options:


Online Master of Ministry (MMin)  

Designed for practicing ministers and those listening to the call, this online master’s degree examines the structure of Christian ministry through theological, historical, and Biblical perspectives, focuses on the art of proclamation, and helps students develop purposes and goals for practicing their craft.


Master of Ministry + MBA Dual Degree  

Created to fulfill the education and career needs of clergy, parachurch, and 501c3 nonprofit professionals, this fully online dual-degree program blends key business administration and leadership concepts with essential ministry principles.


Online Master of Science in Nursing

School of Graduate & Professional Studies

What’s Different About GPS’s Online Degree Programs?

The School of Graduate & Professional Studies emerged over 25 years ago as a solution to the problems working adults across the country encounter when pursuing an advanced degree. MVNU set up the Executive Center for Lifelong Learning (EXCELL) in 1993 to offer adult education classes based on the skills and degrees workplaces wanted in job candidates. Into the 2000s, we expanded not just the program offerings to suit market demands but the formats they were available in.

Today, our adult education division—named Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) in 2010—offers a range of online-only degrees across business, education, ministry, and nursing disciplines specifically geared toward the learner who has to balance their aspirations with life’s other obligations. As a result, online classes are offered in accelerated formats, and all tuition is based on a per-credit, course-by-course structure, allowing you to work toward your goal on your own timeframe.

At the same time, online learning doesn’t compromise the values and characteristics for which MVNU is known. Our faith-based cohort model shapes the structure and atmosphere for all online programs. Students, in the process, gain an ethical mindset they can take into the workplace and build strong connections with fellow students and their professors. Woven into this, course content is drawn up with input from industry leaders, ensuring the skills you acquire can be applied in the workplace—even in your current full-time job.

Through this approach, MVNU’s online degrees for working adults have won a number of accolades over the years. Among the more recent distinctions, Affordable Colleges Online named GPS the Best Online College in Ohio in 2018 and recognized the program for Online Learning Excellence in 2017, basing its decision on financial aid, student-to-teacher ratio, graduation rate, and regional accreditation.

Learn More About MVNU’s Online Degrees for Working Adults

Ready to work toward the next stage of your career? Whether you’re interested in one of MVNU’s online undergraduate or graduate degrees, contact GPS at 740-397-9000 or request information about our programs today.