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.
The 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.
The MASL degree is offered both on-campus and fully online.
In addition to our traditional 30-credit online and on-campus MASL program, the Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership also offers three fully online 36-credit tracks:
- Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership: Business Administration Leadership
- Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership: Church Leadership
- Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership: Worship Arts 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
Dean LaToya Burrell, J.D., MBA
LaToya Jones Burrell joined our faculty at North Central University in 2015. As of June 2020, she also serves as Dean Graduate Education and Accreditation. She attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Business Administration. She went on to earn her law degree, graduating in the top of her class, from Southern University Law Center. During law school, she was involved in several organizations, including the Moot Court Board, the Journal of Race, Gender & Poverty, and the American Trial Lawyers Association’s Mock trial team. She has practiced law for several years and is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Minnesota. Her practice areas have included bankruptcy, personal injury, workers compensation, mass torts, and complex litigation.
Professor Burrell also earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, where she earned a perfect 4.0 and received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She has served as an Academic Counselor and Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and at Hamline University in the Legal Studies Department. Additionally, she has served as a Career Strategist at the University of St. Thomas, School of Law. She has a passion for teaching, coaching, and mentoring others.
LaToya is married to Gregory and has two sons, Grayson and Garrison. She lives in Minneapolis, MN and loves spending time with her family.
- Juris Doctorate, Southern University Law Center
- Master of Business Administration, Metropolitan State University
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Northwestern State University
- Licensed Attorney, Louisiana and Minnesota
- Moot Court Board, Southern University Law Center
- The Journal of Race, Gender & Poverty Publication, Southern University Law Center
- The American Trial Lawyers Association Mock trial team, Southern University Law Center