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Online Degree Programs for Working Adults

Since traditional bachelor’s and graduate programs aren’t always compatible with a full-time job and other day-to-day obligations, Mount Vernon Nazarene University designs our online degrees around the needs of working adults. You know the frustration of pulling your weight and succeeding in the workplace, only to be told that an advanced credential or specific certification is required for promotion. Yet, when you research opportunities to achieve that higher level, they’re all scheduled during daytime hours. It’s as if your dreams are always right out of your grasp, no matter how far you reach.

MVNU’s School of Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) crafts our online and on-campus programs specifically for your success. Explore the full spectrum of all online degrees for adult learners offered at MVNU, and discover a program matching your career goals.

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Undergraduate Online Programs

GPS has an associate degree and several bachelor’s programs that can be completed fully online. Depending upon credits transferred, online undergraduate students begin with the GPS General Education core, comprised of 39 credit hours, plus an additional 39 credit hours of upper-division coursework. Students enhance their communication skills and broaden their general knowledge through courses in the Arts and Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Liberal Arts.

Upon fulfilling the core courses, online undergraduate students work toward their major’s requirements. In total, adult students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree online complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.


The Associate of Arts in General Studies interdisciplinary degree lays down a solid foundation for a range of career paths. In the process of earning 60 credit hours, students enhance their critical thinking, interpersonal, and writing skills and fulfill all general requirements for pursuing an online bachelor’s degree at GPS.

MVNU’s Bachelor of Business Administration program sets you up for a range of career paths. The entirely online curriculum is designed to cover a range of key competencies to prepare students for a career in business.


The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry degree prepares students of all ages to be competent and compassionate ministers in the 21st century ready to instruct others in the Bible’s teachings. The curriculum also includes and approved and certified concentration that leads to ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.


Complete the Digital Marketing major within the Bachelor of Business Administration to carve out a niche for yourself in an expansive industry that can include search engine optimization marketing, social media, pay-per-click, lead generation, and more.


Accredited by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree program helps students qualify to earn their PreK–5 teacher’s license. Although all coursework may be completed online, the program requires a full-time in-school student teaching experience.


Train for one of the most in-demand and growing career fields with a rigorous, fully online Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security degree covering the skills essential for identifying and responding to hazards, analyzing intelligence, managing resources, and leading others in times of crisis.


Prepare for a career in banking, accounting, or tax preparation with MVNU’s fully online Finance major within the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. This program features courses in advanced financial topics like risk management and financial markets.


The Human Resource Management major within the Bachelor of Business Administration degree equips students to take on roles in human resources in corporate, government, ministry, or non-profit environments. The fully online curriculum reaches topics like employee performance, diversity, and HR strategy.


Designed for adult learners with leadership aspirations, the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership program centers around a business-based curriculum and equips students with the skills needed to direct teams, manage or coordinate departments, and improve organizational efficiency.


Develop management and leadership skills with the Management major within the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. This program prepares students to manage with focus on teams, operations, and projects.


Learn to flex your marketing muscles and skills with the Marketing major within the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. The major curriculum includes courses around topics like marketing strategy, research, and management.


Already earned your RN license? Take your nursing career to the next level with MVNU’s RN to BSN program. This program can be completed remote via video-conferencing or in-seat in Mount Vernon at our downtown campus.


Upskill yourself in the areas of setting goals, creating a plan, tracking progress, and keeping teams motivated with the Project Management major in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree and prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam.


Geared toward professionals wanting to advance in nonprofit and government sectors, the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program covers the essential skills for crafting and shaping public policy, planning projects, and helping an organization achieve its objectives.


Earn our Bachelor of Social Work degree through MVNU’s well-respected program, now offered entirely online! This program prepares students to become effective social work professionals.


Graduate Online Programs

A bachelor’s degree is already behind you. Yet, higher-level professionals in your field have earned a master’s degree or graduate certificate. Offering a pathway to this echelon, MVNU offers fully online graduate programs in business, education, and ministry structured around the hectic schedules of adult students. Requirements vary, although all online students must complete at least 21 semester hours at MVNU.

Become a knowledgeable and well-rounded business professional by developing your leadership skills and accounting skills with a concentration in Accounting in the MBA degree program.


When you’re eyeing a management or leadership role within your organization, the fully online MBA curriculum helps you develop the essential business knowledge needed to ascend the ranks. Students further specialize their skills by selecting one of nine concentrations.


Learn to create and manage Big Data initiatives, as well as associated business processes that facilitate large-scale analytics solutions in organizations in the MBA’s Business Data Analytics concentration.


Students in the Finance concentration prepare for financial leadership roles in corporations, investment banks, or private firms by gaining an understanding of markets, institutions, investments, and financial planning with the MBA degree and concentration in Finance.


MVNU designed this specialized online MBA program for practicing clinicians and health care professionals aspiring to assume a management or leadership position. Coursework blends advanced business and health care administration concepts.


Graduates of the MBA with the HR Management concentration are qualified for executive roles in human resource management after obtaining skills in leadership, training and development, and compensation and benefits through the MBA program.


This MBA concentration is ideal for students who seek a leadership role in a non-profit, governmental, or social service program. Students gain the expertise needed to effectively lead an agency by integrating concepts of knowledge in managing interdisciplinary relationships, including secondary trauma, program planning, development, evaluation, and grant writing.


The Master of Arts in Education Intervention Specialist degree for initial licensure prepares students to earn a license and work as an Intervention Specialist for Mild/Moderate Disabilities and place emphasis on the needs of this unique student population, including developing, implementing, and evaluating Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).


The Advanced License Intervention Specialist program in the Master of Arts in Education prepares students to work as an Intervention Specialist for Mild/Moderate Disabilities. The program is ideal for teachers who have already earned an Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, Adolescent Young Adult, or Multi-Age license or for teachers already working with students with disabilities who seek to expand their credentials.


Prepare for a career in designing and managing business processes, either directly (V.P. of Ops, COO) or indirectly (e.g., management consulting). Develop skills in the Logistics Management concentration of the MBA for managing interfaces between operations and other business functions such as finance, marketing, managerial accounting and human resources.


The Master of Science in Management program prepares ambitious students for management, executive, and leadership-oriented roles in organizations in virtually any sector in a highly focused and fast-paced program.


Prepare for a career in consulting, entrepreneurship, or general management by learning business skills, along with specific skills related to marketing in this concentration within the MBA degree.


Designed for practicing ministers and those listening to the call, the online Master of Ministry degree examines the structure of Christian ministry through theological, historical, and Biblical perspectives, focuses on the art of proclamation, and helps students develop purposes and goals for practicing their craft.


Created to fulfill the education and career needs of clergy, parachurch, and 501c3 nonprofit professionals, this fully online dual-degree program blends key business administration and leadership concepts with essential ministry principles.


The Ministry Leadership concentration in the MBA degree program equips students with the know-how to master leadership roles within a church and parachurch organization, allowing them to achieve overall personal and spiritual growth while gaining a practical, biblical, and theological understanding of ministry.


Geared toward registered nurses who previously completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), this 100% online program prepares students to teach in academic and clinical settings and have a voice in staff and policy development


In the Master of Arts in Education - Professional Educator’s License program, students work toward earning a four-year Resident Educator License through fully online courses and hands-on classroom field experiences.


Students in the Organizational Management concentration in the MBA degree program graduate ready to be leaders, executives, and agents for change in any organization by developing a wide range of skills in human resources, operations, and change management.


Master of Arts in Education programs designed for individuals looking to earn initial licensure and start a teaching career are designated with a “*”. M.A.Ed. programs designed for currently licensed teachers to expand their credentials are designated with a “**”. Not sure which program is for you? Review them all here: Master of Arts in Education

^ Fast-Track MBA - MVNU offers an accelerated online version of our award-winning MBA program. Students complete it on an 11- or 15-month track by taking two courses at a time.

Continuing Education Online Programs

Making progress in your career frequently involves earning a new credential, attending professional development seminars, or obtaining additional training. MVNU’s certificates, endorsements, and workshops help you strive toward these milestones without putting your career on hold.

Education Workshop offerings feature a variety of topics to keep you informed about the most current issues surrounding education today.


The Certificate of Ministry Preparation program is designed for individuals with a calling to ministry and/or a desire to pursue ordination within the Church of the Nazarene.


Need to take a few classes or fill the gap of credits you have to finish a degree? MVNU offers all of our General Studies courses online on a year-round, rotating basis.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies

What’s Different About GPS’s Online Degree Programs?

The School of Graduate & Professional Studies emerged over 25 years ago as a solution to the problems working adults across the country encounter when pursuing an advanced degree. MVNU set up the Executive Center for Lifelong Learning (EXCELL) in 1993 to offer adult education classes based on the skills and degrees workplaces wanted in job candidates. Into the 2000s, we expanded not just the program offerings to suit market demands but the formats they were available in.

Today, our adult education division—named Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) in 2010—offers a range of online-only degrees across business, education, ministry, and nursing disciplines specifically geared toward the learner who has to balance their aspirations with life’s other obligations. As a result, online classes are offered in accelerated formats, and all tuition is based on a per-credit, course-by-course structure, allowing you to work toward your goal on your own timeframe.

At the same time, online learning doesn’t compromise the values and characteristics for which MVNU is known. Our faith-based cohort model shapes the structure and atmosphere for all online programs. Students, in the process, gain an ethical mindset they can take into the workplace and build strong connections with fellow students and their professors. Woven into this, course content is drawn up with input from industry leaders, ensuring the skills you acquire can be applied in the workplace—even in your current full-time job.

Through this approach, MVNU’s online degrees for working adults have won a number of accolades over the years. Among the more recent distinctions, Affordable Colleges Online named GPS the Best Online College in Ohio in 2018 and recognized the program for Online Learning Excellence in 2017, basing its decision on financial aid, student-to-teacher ratio, graduation rate, and regional accreditation.

Learn More About MVNU’s Online Degrees for Working Adults

Ready to work toward the next stage of your career? Whether you’re interested in one of MVNU’s online undergraduate or graduate degrees, contact GPS at 740-397-9000 or request information about our programs today.