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Degree Descriptions

To accomplish its mission, the university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. At present, the following degree programs are available:

Associate of Arts

The two-year Associate of Arts degree focuses on the university's General Education curriculum which includes Arts and Humanities, Biblical Studies, Communication, Integrative Studies, Mathematics, Science, Social Science. It offers a solid foundation for many careers, Christian service, and informed living. Some A.A. degrees provide students with the educational background of 18 credit hours within specific core requirements. These A.A. degrees align fully with their corresponding Bachelor of Arts degrees so students are prepared to continue work toward the B.A. degree of their choosing.

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science degrees provide students with the foundational General Education courses and 18 credit hours within specific core requirements. The A.S. degrees provide students with the educational background to seek entry level positions in a variety of vocations. The A.S. degrees align fully with their corresponding Bachelor of Science degrees so students are prepared to continue work toward the B.S. degree of their choosing.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree offers specialization in a major field, yet provides a breadth of arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and biblical and theological studies.

Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education develops skills in music performance and instruction, and satisfies requirements for teacher licensure in music education for grades K-12. The Bachelor of Music in Worship Arts offers proficiency in both music and ministry for leadership in the Christian community.

Bachelor of Science

Like the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science degree is based on a solid core of liberal arts and biblical and theological studies with a focus on required and elective courses in the school in which the degree is offered.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a professional practice discipline degree built upon a solid core of liberal arts, sciences, humanities and biblical principles. BSN graduates are prepared as nurse generalists and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to obtain an RN license.

Master of Arts in Applied Apologetics

The M.A. in Applied Apologetics provides training that improves the church's understanding and expression of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith and the evidence which undergirds those doctrines, equipping students with graduate-level knowledge and skills necessary to provide a meaningful defense of the faith and thoughtful evangelistic tools to share it.

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies focuses on the exegesis and interpretation of specific sections and books of the Bible. The emphasis is on understanding the Bible.

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs provide a strong clinical counseling background within a Christian framework that promotes study of the whole person, including the spiritual dimension. The curriculum offers an integrated approach to psychology, equipping students to be effective counselors in a variety of settings. Programs include the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Substance Use Disorders.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed to provide an appropriate graduate degree for preschool, elementary, middle level, and secondary teachers in public or private schools. It is also appropriate for those who desire to be curriculum specialists and writers, supervisors, or departmental chairpersons, and for those who want to enhance their skills and knowledge as corporate trainers or as college teachers. 

Master of Arts in Executive Leadership in Christian Ministry

The Master of Arts in Executive Leadership in Christian Ministry prepares students for church and ministry leadership at the executive level, providing an emphasis on business-related skills and ministry competencies.

Master of Arts in School Counseling

The Masters of Arts in School Counseling provides the theories, skills, and knowledge necessary to work as a licensed school counselor in a PK-12th grade setting.  The curriculum integrates Biblical principles while exploring relevant educational practices in order to support elementary, middle/junior, and high school students in their social, emotional, academic, and career development.   

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

The Master of Arts in Theological Studies focuses on man's response to God's Word. This degree examines various approaches in understanding the Bible with a balance between theology and God's story through the Old and New Testament.

Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration degree is designed to educate a new generation of managers, accountants, planners, analysts, programmers and other business leaders in the areas of leadership, supervision, management and planning. The program is designed to be helpful in all forms of trade and commerce among industrial, commercial, governmental, nonprofit, institutional, and consumer participants.

Master of Education

The Master of Education degree is intended for individuals who wish to work in pivotal educational leadership roles within  teaching or administrative ranks of public, charter, or private schools as well as within district offices. The Master of Education programs provide conceptual knowledge and practical application required for professionals such as instructional coaches, directors, department chairs, special educators, and principals.  The Master of Education degree meets national and Colorado Department of Education standards. Degrees include: Educational Leadership, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, and the Master of Special Education degree.

Master of Organizational Leadership

The Master of Organizational Leadership degree is a dynamic program that provides Organizational Leaders with a range of innovative skills and collaborative tools for effective leadership in an uncertain and constantly changing global environment. Advances in technology are leveraged with an understanding of people and the importance of ethical values-based practice, converting ideas, resources and technology into lasting economic value for the organization. Students engage in areas such as influencing public policy, change initiatives, systems thinking, leading in diverse cultures, for-profit, government and nonprofit institutions, all set within a biblical worldview. Leaders of today and tomorrow are inspired and equipped to influence and improve their organizations and their worlds.

Master of Public Administration

A career in public administration is about service. The MPA program at CCU will provide not only a solid understanding of government and nonprofit operations, but will offer a cornerstone of Christ-centered leadership, character development and change leadership. MPA graduates will have the capability of leading government and nonprofit organizations ethically, by infusing the eternal truths of the Bible with the practicalities of thoughtful, evidence based fiscally responsible policies.

Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting is designed to equip future business and nonprofit leaders and managers with a Christian worldview, leadership skills and advanced technology. The degree is in compliance with the Colorado State Board of Accountancy education requirements for students seeking their CPA.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Technological developments have put valuable but complex tools in the hands of criminal justice professionals. Demands for transparency and concerns for civil liberty and race relations has expanded accountability requirements. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at Colorado Christian University provides not only the competencies necessary for successful leadership in the criminal justice system, but will help students cultivate the character and the courage of moral conviction necessary to be a force for good and to administer justice in a manner based upon biblical principles.

Master of Science in Cyber Security

The Master of Science in Cyber Security equips students with the required technical skills and business knowledge to protect themselves and the key assets of their business or organization. The degree also shows the relationship between cyber security and Christianity - especially as it relates to cyber warfare and cyber crime - enabling students to demonstrate excellence in the workplace and in life.

Master of Science in Economics

The Master of Science in Economics prepares individuals to think critically using concepts and applications from economic theory, and integrating a biblical worldview throughout the program. The program applies economic theories and concepts in the domestic and international arenas, preparing the student to face the economic challenges in our society today.

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

The Master of Science in Human Resource management provides the skill, knowledge and commitment of human resource management so vital to organizational performance. CCU's Human Resources Management program focuses on the methodologies and practices proven to secure and maintain a workforce maximizing functionality and operational effectiveness.

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a graduate degree in nursing with two specialty tracks: Nursing Education and Clinical Care Management in Adult/Geriatrics. The MSN program is designed utilizing national accreditation standards in preparation for national certification.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a visionary leadership doctorate that prepares experts in advanced nursing practice to apply credible research and evidence-based practice to improve health outcomes. The DNP program learning outcomes represent the intersection of the profession of advanced nursing practice with the values of grace and truth.