Introducing the Office of Graduate Studies

Date: September 21, 2012 - 2:16pm

Minneapolis, MN – North Central University (NCU) is pleased to announce the formation of the Office of Graduate Studies, created to provide high value programs, services, and resources by continuing its overall institutional standard of academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment.

“We are excited to announce a new, online Graduate Studies Program that offers Master’s level courses in leadership,” said North Central University President, Dr. Gordon Anderson. “This is a great addition to the educational ministry of NCU and will help meet the increasing need for quality education today. I am confident that our new students will enjoy the program and will benefit from the educational experience.”

North Central University in partnership with Capital Education will offer online graduate level courses beginning in January of 2013 with the intent of providing a wide variety of certificate and Master’s program options in the near future.

“We are pleased at North Central to be in partnership with Capital Education, a company with years of successful experience in online educational programming,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Thomas Burkman. “Capital Education will help North Central develop and implement a high quality, online educational experience for our students."

Capital Education will supply a number of services in support of NCU’s academic program, including marketing, admissions, student support services, and an online platform that will serve as a virtual campus to the overall program.

John Neal, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, said, "We look forward to supporting North Central in its efforts to expand the reach of its mission through the use of online learning and look forward to serving the students, faculty and staff of North Central University.”

North Central will offer courses in Strategic Leadership that include: Spiritual Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership Strategies & Strategic Planning, History & Theory of Organizational Leadership and Interpersonal Management.

“It is our intent to give our students not only a great learning experience through a high-tech delivery platform, we also desire that the students will feel the special atmosphere of NCU through a virtual campus,” said Burkman. “We are excited about the launch of this new endeavor.”

Dr. Susie Brooks has been hired as the Dean of Graduate Studies and will oversee the implementation of the new program at NCU. Dr. Brooks comes to North Central with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of online graduate education. She was key in launching the online graduate education program at Bethel University and has an extensive history in higher education.

“I am excited to play a key role in growing our programs to meet the needs of our constituents through quality, Christ-centered, advanced opportunities,” said Brooks.

The mission of the Graduate Studies Program is a commitment to continuing NCU’s institutional standard of academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment that prepares students to fulfill biblical models of leadership.

For more information please visit the Graduate Studies webpage at

North Central University is a non-profit, private, Christian university located in the heart of Minneapolis, MN. North Central offers more than 30 undergraduate degree programs in its Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Ministry, Fine Arts and Missions, including Business Administration, Elementary and Secondary Education, Music, Psychology, Deaf Studies, Biblical Studies, English, Communication Arts, Evangelism and Church Planting, Worship Arts and Intercultural Studies. North Central University is located at 910 Elliot Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404.