NCU Catalog - June 2017 (Amended) 
    Jul 02, 2022  
NCU Catalog - June 2017 (Amended) [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 celebrate the diversity of thought, action, and cultural groups within our community and are 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 Northcentral University

In the Northcentral University distance learning environment, students and faculty interact one-to-one. NCU 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, Northcentral University (NCU) is a regionally-accredited, private, online, and graduate-focused university serving professionals globally. NCU 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,

NCU 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

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

Holiday 2017 Closure Date
New Year’s Holiday Monday, January 2
Memorial Day Monday, May 29
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 4
Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24
Winter Holiday / Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Monday and Tuesday, December 25 and 26

Graduation Calendar

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