Applied Studies


The Applied Studies degree is a dual-degree program based on a partnership between North Central University and Minneapolis Community & Technical College.  The student simultaneously earns a bachelor’s degree from NCU and an associate’s degree from MCTC. 

MCTC is a two-year college less than two miles from NCU - about 10 minutes from NCU's campus by bus, and approximately 5 minutes by car. 

Degree areas include:

o   Admistrative Assistant/Software Support Specialist

o   Early Childhood Education

o   Cinema – Screenwriting

o   Criminal Justice Studies

o   Heating, Ventilation, Air Condition & Refrigeration

o   Law Enforcement

o   Polysomnographic Technology

o   Visual Arts

Philosophy and mission

·         The institutional mission refers to preparing “students to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry throughout the world,” and the College of Arts & Sciences’ mission refers to preparing “students to lead and minister in the marketplace.”  This partnership will allow us to more fully realize this mission by offering opportunities for graduates to work in marketplace trades and vocations that have not been offered before – preparing more types of marketplace ministers.

·         Rather than a 2+2 stacked relationship between a community/technical college and four- year institution, this blended program will allow individuals to be fully NCU students – attending daily chapel, living in the residence hall, participating in a Christian community, benefitting from a Christian higher education experience – while sharing our resources with another area institution.  Students spend their first year taking NCU courses exclusively, and the next three years taking both NCU and MCTC courses.

·         General Education, Bible/Theology, and General Elective courses are all taken at NCU.  Vocation-specific courses are taken at MCTC, accounting for 20-40% of the credits toward a bachelor’s degree (depending on the program). 

For more information, contact Dan Nelson, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Program Courses for Current Students

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