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Applied Studies

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Applied Studies at a glance

North Central University’s Applied Studies program offers dual-degree options in a variety of fields, all in partnership with Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC). In this program, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree from North Central and an associate’s degree from MCTC 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 MCTC.

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Our Applied Studies program focuses on preparing you for success in a fulfilling career.

Our Applied Studies program, in partnership with Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC), gives you opportunities to focus on gaining the knowledge, skills, and hands-on training you need to pursue a job in a high-demand vocational field and find success in a fulfilling career.

By earning a liberal arts bachelor’s degree from North Central University and a career specific associate’s degree from MCTC, you’ll be a well-rounded, highly-skilled, marketable employee when you graduate. The broad worldview and critical thinking skills you’ll gain at North Central, along with the training and experience you’ll get at MCTC, will help you land that first job right out of college and will give you opportunities to pursue a calling that’s professionally and personally rewarding.

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Get all the benefits of joining our Christian community

One of the best things about being a North Central University student is joining our spirit-filled, faithful, vibrant urban community. In the Applied Studies program, you’ll be a full NCU student, meaning you’ll live on campus, attend daily chapel with your friends and classmates, find mentors in NCU professors, and participate in student organizations and events.

Plus, you’ll get all the benefits of a well-rounded Christian liberal arts education. You’ll take the Christian Studies Core (and graduate with a Christian Studies minor) just like all North Central students. You’ll also take general education courses and electives at North Central. The Christian liberal arts education that North Central provides will prepare you with a firmly rooted faith, a broad and informed worldview, cultural and global awareness, and the critical thinking skills you need for any career field.

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Partnership with MCTC

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Our MCTC partnership gives you access to courses, resources, and experts in a variety of career fields

By partnering with Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC), we can offer you access to vocation-specific courses and training, opportunities to gain real-world experience, and expert faculty in a variety of career fields.

MCTC is a public two-year college located in downtown Minneapolis. As a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, MCTC offers a wide range of learning opportunities and has access to many unique resources.

These resources will prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to find your first job out of college, succeed in your career, and pursue a calling that’s fulfilling, meaningful, and rewarding.

In the Applied Studies program, you’ll take vocation-specific courses at MCTC, accounting for 20-40% of the credits towards your bachelor’s degree (depending on the program).

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Dale Houghton ‘12
Woodbury, MN

"The student to professor ratio is wonderful. I loved that the professors not only knew who I was, but took a vested interest in my life and career, encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone to advance my career."


All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete an Applied Studies degree.

Meet one of your professors

North Central Faculty Renea Brathwaite


Liechty Hall, Off. 201

Dr. Renea Brathwaite

Dean of Graduate and Professional Education

Administrative Faculty, Associate Professor

Department: College of Graduate and Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Theology, Regent University, 2013
  • M.A.T.S., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2004

Professional Experience:

  • Professor, Evangel University, Regent University, and Hosanna Bible Training Center
  • Dean, Ohio School of Ministry
  • Leader Development Taskforce member
  • Member, Committee on Gender and Racial Equality, Ohio Ministry Network
  • Published on topics included Pentecostal theology, black theology, and social justice