Time to Completion
Normal time to completion for this program is 25 months.
Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our Academic and Finance Advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.
The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 9 months.
NCU allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master’s Certificates.
Students who are unable to complete a degree program within the stated time limits are dismissed. If a student believes they have extenuating circumstances, they may document the circumstances and send a request for consideration to their respective School Dean or designee. Exceptions to the policy are determined on a case-by-case basis and are granted only once.
NOTE: If a student wants to enroll in a doctoral program in a school other than the school from which the student obtained the Post-Master’s Certificate, the University does not guarantee that any of the courses will be transferable to a program of another NCU school.
EXAMPLE: Student obtains a Post-Master’s Certificate through the School of Business, but wants to obtain a doctorate through the School of Psychology.
In these cases, the School Dean (from the School in which the student wants to obtain the doctorate) will review the Post-Master’s Certificate courses and provide the final determination. The outcome will be documented in the student’s file. The student will be notified by e-mail of the requirements to obtain the doctoral degree.
Prerequisite: A Master’s degree in any field from an accredited institution will satisfy admission requirements.
Requirement: At the end of each Post-Master’s Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.