Pursue Your Passion with a Graduate Degree

Take your career to the next level with a graduate degree
from Southern Adventist University.

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Business

Earn your MBA and become part of the next generation of faith-based business leaders, innovators, and impact-makers.

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Computer Science

With your passion for computer science and our faith-based teachings, you’ll be able to deliver incredible value to your organization and increase your earning potential.

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Counseling

Your passion for helping others can make a real, tangible impact.

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Education

Southern’s graduate degrees in Education are designed for teachers who want to reach new achievements so that their students can do the same.

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Nursing

Nursing professionals who earn advanced nursing degrees open themselves up to amazing career opportunities, including increased responsibilities, promotions, and engagement in an entirely new area of focus.

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Religion

The world needs spiritual leaders with the practical skills to serve a diverse church and society. Take the next step in your pastoral journey with our Religion Master’s programs.

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Social Work

Pursue your passion for helping people. Southern’s MSW program will prepare you to work across all levels of social work, from individuals and families to legislation and policymaking.

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Business

Profit with a Purpose: Southern’s MBA Programs

Earn your MBA and become part of the next generation of faith-based business leaders, innovators, and impact-makers.

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Master of Business Administration

We believe that purpose-infused businesses are the only way to strike a balance between profit and people. At Southern, our Christ-centered philosophy of leadership is at the core of everything we do.

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Dual Degree—Master of Nursing and Master of Business Administration

If you’re interested in the business of healthcare, our dual MSN/MBA degree will prepare you to lead effectively in the healthcare and nursing arenas. Influence healthcare policy, manage teams to successful patient outcomes, and approach nursing in a truly holistic way.

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Dual Degree—Master of Social Work and Master of Business Administration

You value helping others and the service side of social work. Now you can explore the business side of social work by gaining management expertise, negotiation tactics, and other business foundations.

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Ask Yourself: WWJD with an MBA

Inside this interactive experience, you'll find insights into Southern's mission-minded approach to business, our dual degree options, and how our MBA program can help advance your career as a compassionate business leader.

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Computer Science

Lead the Technology Charge with a Computer Science Degree

With your passion for computer science and our faith-based teachings, you’ll be able to deliver incredible value to your organization and increase your earning potential.

Applied computer science

Master of Science in Applied Computer Science

If you’re looking to break into the IT field, Applied Computer Science will fast-track you to learning practical applications that will make you a very desirable candidate across a range of industries and career trajectories. No IT experience or extensive technical background is required!

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Master of Science in Computer Science

Ready to take on more responsibility in your current IT role? Earning your MS in Computer Science will help take your career to new heights. Southern’s graduates earn an additional $12,000-$20,000 per year and go on to become IT leaders in their organizations.

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Data Analytics: the Gateway to Your Dream Job

Download our extensive guide, How Data Analytics Can Jumpstart Your Career, to learn why data analytics is a strong career path within the IT field and why so many companies are hiring data professionals.

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Counseling

Earn an MS in Counseling and Make a Difference

Your passion for helping others can make a real, tangible impact.

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Master of Science in Counseling

Break into a rewarding career in counseling by earning a Master of Science in Counseling from a CACREP-accredited program. You can choose from different emphases such as School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling so that you can help people in a way that fuels your passion.

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Peek Behind the Curtains of Southern’s Counseling Programs

Access our eBook, An Inside Look at Southern’s Value-Based MS in Professional Counseling Programs, to learn about our different program emphases, how to know which one is right for you, and why our graduates are set up for a successful professional counseling career.

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Education

Improve Your Craft with a Master’s Degree in Education

Southern’s graduate degrees in education are designed for teachers who want to reach new achievements so that their students can do the same.

 
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Master of Science in Education

Learn a Christian-based perspective on advanced strategies for teaching, administration, and facilitating a learning environment that brings out the best in your students. Graduates are well equipped for administrative roles and are positioned for increased marketability by future employers.

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MS Ed Outdoor Education

The MS in Education with the Outdoor Education emphasis will prepare you for success as an educator in a nature setting. Accommodate different learning styles and maximize the potential that an “outdoor classroom” can have on young learners.

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Master of Arts in Teaching

Right now, there is a need for licensed teachers all over the country—which means that school districts everywhere are streamlining the requirements to become a teacher. Our MAT program brings passion, faith, and a mission-minded focus to the classroom. 

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Adventist Teacher Certification

Faith meets advanced education with the Adventist Teacher Certification. Designed with K-12 teachers in mind, many certification courses are offered online through Southern so you can discover new ways to bring His teachings into the classroom.

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Thinking About a Career Change?

Changing careers is becoming increasingly common. If you've been thinking about teaching as a second career, explore our guide to learn more about the benefits of becoming a teacher. Download our eBook: The Career Changer's Guide to Becoming a Teacher. 

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Nursing

Nursing Excellence + Faith-Based Values = Advanced Nursing Programs at Southern

Nursing professionals who earn advanced nursing degrees open themselves up to amazing career opportunities, including increased responsibilities, promotions, and engagement in an entirely new area of focus.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice—Post-Master’s & BS to DNP

As a practice-focused alternative to research-based doctoral programs, Southern’s DNP programs are preparing the next generation of nurses and nurse practitioners for leadership roles in advanced practice settings.

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Master of Science in Nursing

If you’re an RN or BS and want to pursue advanced roles in clinical practice, administration, or education, then earning your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) may be the path for you. Receive increased responsibility and earning potential while opening doors to advanced areas like Acute Care or Primary Care.

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Dual Degrees—MSN/MBA and DNP/MBA

Completing a dual degree is a fast-track way to build on the experience you’ve already gained and become a top business leader in the healthcare industry.

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RN to Master of Science in Nursing

The accelerated RN to MSN program is designed for registered nurses who have nursing experience and can manage an expedited approach to a graduate degree. Our unique curriculum will provide you with both the broad and specialized education that will prepare you for success.

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Post-Master’s Certificate and DNP Specialist Certificates

For those who hold a master's degree in nursing, you can now earn a post-master's certificate as an Acute Care Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

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An Inside Look at Southern's Nursing Programs

Download our eBook, The Complete Guide to Advanced Nursing Degrees at Southern Adventist University, to get more information about the DNP and MSN programs (and how to know which is right for you) and how Southern will prepare you to thrive as a nursing professional.

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Religion

Religion Master’s Programs: Where Theory Meets Theology

The world needs spiritual leaders with the practical skills to serve a diverse church and society. Take the next step in your pastoral journey with our religion master’s programs.

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Master of Arts Religion

Designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working pastors, the Master of Arts Religion program will develop your skills in research, writing, and independent thinking. Short summer intensives will put you on the academic track for applying for a doctoral program.

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Master of Ministry

The Master of Ministry degree helps prepare current pastors and church leaders in church ministry and evangelism, leadership and management, and biblical counseling. Like the MA Religion program, courses are offered through short summer intensives that will accommodate the busy schedule of working pastors.

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Social Work

Continue Your Service-Based Career with a Master of Social Work

Pursue your passion for helping people. Southern’s MSW program will prepare you to work across all levels of social work, including individuals and families, communities and organizations, and legislation and policymaking.

 

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Master of Social Work

This faith-based program will position you to support individuals in schools, hospitals, government and community organizations, hospice settings, and more. Southern graduates are equipped to provide client support, counseling, and advocacy through evidence-based practice.

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Dual Degree–MSW and MBA

We believe that purpose-driven businesses are the best way to strike a balance between profit and people. At Southern, our Christ-centered philosophy of leadership is at the core of everything we do.

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Get an Inside Look at the MSW Program

Download our guide, A Faith-Based Approach to Social Work: Earning Your Master’s Degree in Social Work at Southern, to learn more about the program and how you'll be prepared to make an impact on the lives of the people you'll serve.

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How can we help you?

Learn More About Southern’s Graduate Programs

What courses will you get to take? What financial aid options are available to you? What’s the admissions process like?

To get all of your questions answered, browse our table of contents or simply choose to request more information to find out how to get in touch with us.

The Southern Adventist University Admissions Process

The application deadlines, eligibility requirements, experience level, and admissions process will vary depending on your program of interest.

However, the basic requirements are common across all graduate and professional programs.

Please explore each program page for more information about your specific program. A full list of admission steps is listed on each degree page.

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Graduate application (with a
non-refundable fee of $40)

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Official college and university transcripts

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2-3 recommendations from work supervisors or professors

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Tuition and Financial aid

Graduate Programs Tuition and Financial Aid

Earning a graduate degree at Southern is within reach.

Enrolling in grad school is a worthwhile investment of your time, money, and energy. Here at Southern, we’re making grad school more affordable by providing a variety of tuition assistance resources to help students like you. With budgeting options, graduate assistantships, and monthly payment plans, your graduate degree is more accessible than you think.

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Tuition and Budget for 2022-2023

Here’s a quick snapshot of the estimated cost per semester:

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Master's

Doctoral

Tuition

$6,075

$7,875

Books and Supplies

$500

$500

TOTALS

$6,575

$8,375

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

At Southern, we’re proud to offer flexible, affordable pricing to our students to help them realize their dreams without breaking the bank. Here are some financial assistance options available to graduate students:

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The first step in exploring financial assistance options is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), online at www.studentaid.gov.

For more information about financial aid and which programs you may qualify for, visit our Graduate Finances page or contact a graduate student finance counselor at gradfinance@southern.edu.

Assistantships

Graduate Assistantship Programs
Available at Southern

With graduate assistantships, you’ll have the opportunity to get valuable, hands-on experience through your program. You’ll be assigned to work a set number of hours each week, and your tasks and responsibilities will vary depending on the department or faculty member who oversees the position. In exchange, you may earn a tuition waiver or even a salary or monthly stipend.

On top of that, graduate assistantships are a fantastic way to work closely with faculty members and university leaders who will help you network, provide job references, and be your advocate as you open new doors to your future.

 

What Graduate Assistantships Are Available at Southern?

Graduate assistantships at Southern are offered by the individual schools, and each has its own description, responsibilities, and required qualifications. Click the links below to learn more about the graduate assistantship opportunities available within each school:

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Welcome! My number-one goal is to help you reach yours, so give me a call, send me an email, or just stop by my office in Wright Hall. Whether you’d like to explore program options, schedule a campus visit, or just need to ask about application deadlines, no question is too big or too small. Let’s work together to help you accomplish your dreams!

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