The College of Graduate and Professional Education provides graduate and non-traditional education to our undergraduate and adult NCU students. The college consists of two academic departments: Graduate Education and Professional Education.
The Professional Education department at NCU prepares students for rewarding careers through adult degree completion and the Applied Studies program, a vocational educational partnership with Minneapolis College.
Graduate Education at NCU prepares students for the next level of their careers through practical and academic leadership training for meaningful work in the marketplace and leadership in businesses, churches, and organizations.
Graduate education at North Central
When you enroll in graduate education at NCU, you will have the opportunity to grow as a leader and increase your existing knowledge and skills in ways that will apply immediately to your life and career. Degrees are offered both on-campus and online, and are designed to fit your schedule and student needs.
he Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership program develops effective Christian leaders for vital roles in businesses, churches, and other organizations through a theologically-informed, theoretically-grounded, and practically-applied curriculum.
Looking for a flexible way to earn your graduate degree? Explore our online Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership.
Professional education offerings
Whether you are looking to come back to college to complete your degree or looking for vocational training in fields such as Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Addiction Counseling or Visual Arts, the Professional Education department can help you achieve your academic and personal goals.
North Central University’s Applied Studies program offers dual-degree options in a variety of fields, all in partnership with Minneapolis College. In this program, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree from North Central and an associate’s degree from Minneapolis College while preparing for a fulfilling career in a high-demand vocational field. You’ll experience all of the benefits of being in the NCU community, including our spiritual atmosphere and vibrant student life, while having access to the career-specific resources of Minneapolis College.
The North Central Pathways program is a degree-completion program focused on students who have been away from North Central for more than 5 years and would like to go back to college. This program works with our Registrar’s office and Deans’ Council to create an efficient, highly discounted way for you to finish your degree.
Meet the dean
College of Graduate and Professional Education
Dr. Renea Brathwaite
Dr. Renea Brathwaite was born in Barbados, a small island-nation in the Caribbean and has lived in Trinidad and Tobago as well as in several regions of the United States.
In addition to being an ordained Assemblies of God minister, he holds an MA in Theological Studies (biblical languages and exegesis concentration) from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and a PhD from Regent University, where he defended his dissertation on early Pentecostal theology. While at Regent University, he was a presidential scholar for three consecutive years and received both the Outstanding Graduate and Distinguished Graduate awards.
Dr. Brathwaite has a wide range of vocational experiences from elementary school teacher to healthcare finance manager to technical consultant to young adults’ pastor and worship leader. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses at a variety of institutions, including Regent University School of Divinity (VA), Malone University (OH), Evangel University (MO), William Seymour College (MD), and Hosanna Bible Training Center (OH). Most recently, he served as the dean of the Ohio School of Ministry, one of the key ministerial training arms of the Ohio Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God.
Dr. Brathwaite has a passion for transformative, Spirit-filled teaching and preaching. He sees them as important means of true biblical empowerment. Moreover, he holds as one of his life-long goals the dismantling of the modern myth that truly intellectual people cannot also be truly spiritual.
For over twenty-four years, Dr. Brathwaite has been happily married to Joy, and they have two college-age children, Kara and Andrew.
What are your areas of expertise?
My areas of expertise include the delivery of theological education at multiple levels and the academic study of the Holy Spirit. I am also fascinated by the history and theology of renewal movements throughout the Christian era, with special attention to the origins of the Pentecostal movement in the 20th century.
What do you love about North Central?
I love the integration of passion and intellect on display here at NCU. As both a churchman and an academic, I also truly appreciate North Central University’s commitment to providing all of its students—and not just vocational ministry majors—with a deep yet rounded and practical theological education. And what a location!