NCU Catalog - May 2016 
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NCU Catalog - May 2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About NCU


Northcentral University educates professionals throughout the world and provides an accessible opportunity to earn a U.S. regionally accredited degree. Northcentral mentors students One-to-One with highly credentialed faculty via advanced delivery modalities. Northcentral commits to helping students achieve academically and become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions.


Northcentral University is a premier online graduate university and a global leader in providing unprecedented access to U.S. regionally accredited higher education.


We hold all members of our community to the highest ethical standards of professional and academic conduct and the rules and regulations of U.S. higher education.

Innovation: We envision new and innovative education delivery systems, and support proven concepts of teaching and learning. We encourage our community to seek solutions to educational challenges that will improve the quality of our programs and services.

Diversity: We value diversity of thought and action as a strength that allows our community to transcend organizational and geographical boundaries. We expect members of our community to treat people with respect and dignity.

Excellence: Our community is committed to excellence in academics and service. We value leadership and strive for continuous improvement in everything we do. We define and measure outcomes and take action to ensure that our community’s passion for excellence is never compromised.

Accountability: We are deeply committed to holding each member of the University responsible for their scholarly and professional work. We expect financial responsibility in the actions of our students and University team.

Distance Learning at Northcentral University

In the Northcentral University distance learning environment, students and faculty interact one-to-one. Northcentral University uses a personalized teaching model wherein students and faculty interact asynchronously during a course to achieve learning outcomes. Faculty members function as instructors, facilitators, guides, consultants, and evaluators. A complete list of salaried faculty and their qualifications can be in the Administration & Faculty  section.

All degree programs include a set of fundamental courses and a set of related specialization courses allowing the student to select coursework closely associated with his or her educational and career goals. Students complete a degree plan, guided by faculty and supported by traditional texts, technology, and electronic resources and databases. Where appropriate, students must satisfy general education and/or content area requirements. Elective courses are divided into specializations at the undergraduate level and specializations at the graduate level. Students choose from a carefully selected array of courses that support program objectives.

NCU utilizes its own proprietary Learning Management System (LMS) to provide an enriched online experience for NCU students. This LMS is tailored to NCU’s unique one-to-one teaching model and graduate program focus.

Board of Trustees Members

  • Northcentral University President and Chief Executive Officer, George A. Burnett (ex officio member)
  • Jerry Israel, PhD (Chair)
  • Karen F. Rizk (Vice Chair)
  • Harold Greenberg (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Martin Gottlieb, DHL (Member)
  • Brian Hermelin, MBA (Member)
  • James Horton, PhD (Member)
  • Steve Linden (Member)
  • Curtis L. McCray, PhD (Member)
  • Kevin Prokop, MBA (Member)
  • Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP (Member)
  • John Schnabel, MBA (Member)
  • Irene Wang (Member)
  • William Whittington, JD (Member)

History and Accreditation of Northcentral University

Founded in 1996, Northcentral University (NCU) is a regionally accredited, private, online, and graduate- focused university serving professionals globally. Northcentral University offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business and technology management, education, psychology as well as marriage and family therapy. Courses are taught one-to-one by a member of NCU’s 100 percent doctoral faculty, and there are no physical residency requirements. NCU is regionally accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001,

Northcentral University educates professionals throughout the world by providing an opportunity to earn a quality degree online from a U.S. regionally accredited University. We are committed to helping our students achieve academically and become valuable contributors in their communities and within their professions.

Northcentral University Holiday Closures

Northcentral University offices are closed on the following holidays and students are notified through the Northcentral University messaging system of such closures:

Holiday 2016 Closure Date
New Year’s Holiday Friday, January 1
Memorial Day Monday, May 30
Independence Day Monday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 5
Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25
Winter Holiday / Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Friday and Monday, December 23 and 26

Graduation Calendar

The current graduation calendar and general information about the Northcentral University graduation process and ceremony schedule can be found at The 2016 graduation ceremony will take place on July 9th, 2016.