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Almost every professional reaches a point where they consider earning a master’s degree.
Pay and increased job opportunities are two reasons. U.S. Department of Labor employment statistics show that those with a master’s degree earn thousands more every year than those with a four-year degree.
But it goes beyond that. The world needs more ethical, responsible leaders who have done the work to become the best in their chosen field. Becoming such a leader can be one of the most satisfying accomplishments of any professional, no matter what field they work in.
Concordia University Chicago, which opened its doors in 1864, continues a long-held commitment to supporting and educating those who wish to master their profession.
Students enrolled in the MBA or DBA programs receive an education rooted firmly in the school’s Four Pillars of Knowledge:
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
- Critical Thinking and Entrepreneurial Mindset
- Communication and Human Relations
- Global Interconnectedness and Inclusiveness
Additionally, Concordia University Chicago’s innovative, online “global classrooms” include students from 37 states and 26 countries. Students have the choice of taking classes on campus or online, giving them the flexibility to earn a degree in a way that is most advantageous to them.
Some programs also are offered as accelerated classes, allowing students to finish their degree faster.
Concordia University Chicago offers a variety of Master of Arts degree programs that prepare students to take on the top jobs in their chosen profession. All Master of Arts programs are designed to create leaders who can guide organizations through changing times while delivering products and services that are effective, ethical and efficient.
The two-year Master of Arts programs at Concordia University Chicago consist of 30-33 credit hours of online coursework. The academic calendar encompasses three 16-week semesters per year, and each semester is divided into two consecutive eight-week terms. With a total of six sessions per calendar year, students can complete the online MA programs in two years by taking one class per term. Students have the option to enroll in an accelerated plan to complete their degree sooner.
To be considered for admission into any of the 8 online specialized Master of Arts degree programs at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Prospective students are required to complete the free online application and submit all required admissions materials:
- Objective Statement – Write a brief statement outlining your education and career goals and explain how an online MA degree from Concordia University Chicago will help you fulfill those objectives.
- Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree. Full admission requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better for master’s degree or 2.85 for MBA.
- Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies and personal character.
- Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications, and skills. (MBA only)
International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service.
There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online MBA program at Concordia University Chicago.
Concordia University Chicago committed to offering the best degree programs, both online and in traditional classrooms, for those who want to earn a master’s degree in their chosen field. With a focus on graduating students with a global perspective, ethical decision-making skills and social responsibility, the university is well-positioned to educate tomorrow’s leaders.
An aging U.S. population is driving the need for more specialists in the gerontology field. The interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Gerontology program at Concordia University Chicago prepares tomorrow’s leaders in this field with education in the latest scientific research, theory and practical applications to real-world situations.
Those who graduate from the Master of Arts in Human Services degree program are prepared to take on leadership roles at health and social service agencies, including community centers, mental health organizations and family service agencies. The program focuses on applying knowledge learned in the classroom to care-giving in the human services field and providing vital services to those in underserved and low-income populations.
Human Services Administration
To prepare for leadership roles with human service agencies, students learn all aspects of administration, including financial, regulatory and ongoing evaluation challenges faced by human services administrators. Graduates are prepared to lead organizations in a variety of places, including nonprofit agencies, government-run community centers and private companies. Our online Master of Arts in Human Services Administration is designed to develop well-rounded graduates who are are accutely attuned to values, attitudes and ethics in order to deliver quality services and interventions to underserved communities.
Women’s and Gender Studies
The online Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies program prepares graduates to become the next generation of leaders in gender and human rights by providing valuable insights and theories of pervasive social justice issues. This degree program explores some of the most critical issues in today’s society and the ethical approaches to solving them. Graduates are prepared to work in many different fields, including human services, education, healthcare and law enforcement.
Leadership: Health Care Specialization
The Master of Arts in Leadership: Healthcare Specialization educates students in a variety of key components in leadership including human resources, public policy, administration, ethics, law and epidemiology. The program produces graduates who are ready to develop and manage systems that deliver healthcare services effectively, ethically and efficiently.
Leadership: Higher Education Leadership Specialization
Leaders in higher education help shape the future direction of institutions. Our online Master of Arts in Leadership: Higher Education Leadership Specialization is designed to create leaders who excel through ethical, effective and efficient delivery of services. Those in the program can advance their careers by developing research skills and a familiarity with evidence-based decision-making, as well as the best strategies for addressing the complex challenges that face higher education.
Leadership: Organizational Leadership Specialization
The online MA in Leadership: Organizational Leadership Specialization prepares graduates with a wide range of valuable skills to thrive in their leadership roles and take on unique challenges of running an organization. This program focuses on innovation and change management in organizational leadership, as well as giving students foundational knowledge in administration of organizations. That includes areas such as budgeting, finance and maximizing human resources.
The world is more inter-connected than ever before, opening opportunities for experienced foreign language teachers. Our online Master of Arts in TESOL provides not only the lanauge and logistic skills needed, but cross-cultural, philosophy and diversity training for well-rounded perspective. This degree program gives graduates expertise in teaching English both to students in the U.S. and in other countries. The program prepares graduates for work in a variety of areas, including community centers, colleges and universities, and with private language organizations.