1997

Triple A (January): APU launches three new graduate programs: The Master of Physical Therapy, a two-year professional program that emphasizes the scientific basis of human structure and movement; the spiritual basis of human worth; and the integration of these foundational elements into skillful evaluation and treatment. APU’s Doctor of Ministry is the highest degree offered by schools of theology. Building on and developing the professional competence in ministry, APU’s program focuses on spiritual formation. The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology is becoming the recognized leader in the field. APU’s program emphasizes Family Psychology and meets the educational requirements in the state of California for licensure as a psychologist.

Lights, Camera, Action! (January): The undergraduate Media Studies Program debuts, featuring course work in broadcasting and screenwriting, among other key topics. Under the direction of professor and accomplished comedian Monica Ganas, Ph.D., the program is a welcomed addition to the Department of Communication Studies.

A Degree Above the Rest (May): APU awards its first Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) to Marianne Pemberton-Gilbreth just three years after the program’s inception.

New Identity, Same Mission (Summer): APU adopts a new logo – four rocks separated by a cross to capture the essence of the four cornerstones: Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service.

For the Young at Heart (September): Once a week, summers off, how good is that? The new Master of Arts in Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Youth Ministries Program is designed around youth pastor’s schedules, allowing them to remain active in their ministry while pursuing a graduate degree.

Generally Speaking (September): With the implementation of the Senior Seminar, APU’s revised General Education program is fully integrated into the curriculum.