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NCU Catalog - October 2017 
NCU Catalog - October 2017 [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: Northcentral University (NCU) celebrates the diversity of thought, action, and cultural groups within our community and is committed to equity for all people. We act on our belief that the educational journey will be enhanced if it is diverse in nature by actively promoting respect and understanding for different cultures, social groups, and experiences.

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 NCU

In the Northcentral University distance-learning environment, students and faculty interact one-to-one. The 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 found in the Academic 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), NCUOne, to provide an enriched online experience for students. NCUOne is tailored to NCU’s unique one-to-one teaching model and graduate program focus.

Board of Trustees Members

  • George A. Burnett, NCU President and Chief Executive Officer, (ex officio member)
  • Jerry Israel, PhD (Chair)
  • Karen F. Rizk (Vice Chair)
  • Harold Greenberg (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Brian Hermelin, MBA (Member)
  • James Horton, PhD (Member)
  • Steve Linden (Member)
  • Curtis L. McCray, PhD (Member)
  • Tom Page (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, NCU (NCU) is a regionally accredited, private, online, and graduate-focused university serving professionals globally. The 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 Holiday Closures

NCU offices are closed on the following holidays and students are notified through the NCU’s messaging system of such closures:

Holiday Upcoming Closure Dates
Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, 2017
Winter Holiday / Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Monday and Tuesday, December 25 and 26, 2017
New Year’s Holiday Monday, January 1, 2018
Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2018
Independence Day Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 2, 2018
Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23, 2018
Winter Holiday / Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25, 2018

Graduation Calendar

The current graduation calendar and general information about the NCU graduation process and ceremony schedule can be found at