Master’s Degrees

  • Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A. (MFT)

    Theory and hands-on practice prepares counselors to work with individuals, couples, and families by integrating ethics and psychotherapy. The program meets California licensure requirements.

  • Educational Counseling, M.A.Ed., and embedded School Counseling Credential

    Prepares school counselors to communicate with and guide students of all cultures, socioeconomic levels, and learning abilities. Requirements for the Pupil Personnel Services Credential are embedded within the program.

  • Entry-level Master's in Nursing (ELM)

    The Entry-level Master's in Nursing (ELM) program is designed for students who hold baccalaureate or higher degrees in other disciplines, but want to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing. The program provides students an intensive sequence of pre- and post-licensure study that enables them to become registered nurses (RNs) and receive a BSN, and also leads to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a clinical specialty.

  • Leadership and Organizational Studies, M.A. (also online)

    This program caters to working professionals seeking professional advancement or a leadership position. It is ideal for individuals who already possess professional skills, but who are in need of advanced leadership and organizational skills.

  • Learning and Technology, M.A.Ed., and Mild/Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist Credential

    Learn how to make a difference in special needs classrooms. Expert faculty instruct and guide from a distinctly Christian perspective, leading to a compassionate, caring, and ethical approach to teaching. Candidates build the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn through engaging, technology-driven experiences.

  • Learning and Technology, M.A.Ed., and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential

    This program empowers candidates to effectively integrate technology into the special needs classroom. Coursework delves into instructional strategy, behavioral support, intervention, and assessment for students with moderate/severe disabilities, as well as core classes in educational technology and learning.

  • Learning and Technology, M.A.Ed., and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

    The Master of Arts in Education: Learning and Technology focuses on foundational tools for teachers to design and implement instructional experiences that integrate technology throughout the curriculum. Graduates gain essential skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, including instructional video, web tools for enhanced interactive learning, digital communications, and emerging trends in the field.

  • Learning and Technology, M.A.Ed., and Single Subject Teaching Credential

    The learning and technology program focuses on foundational tools for teachers to design and implement instructional experiences that integrate technology throughout the curriculum. Graduates gain essential skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, including instructional video, web tools for enhanced interactive learning, digital communications, and emerging trends in the field.

  • M.Div.

    English program in Azusa, Los Angeles, and San Diego; Korean program in Los Angeles The Master of Divinity program prepares men and women for professional ministry in the church by providing solid training in biblical, theological, and ministerial studies.

    This program offers the following areas of study: Biblical Studies.

  • MSN in Healthcare Administration and Leadership (also online)

    APU's Master of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Administration and Leadership program is designed for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who are interested in pursing healthcare administration careers in myriad healthcare settings.

  • MSN in Nursing Education (also online)

    The master's in nursing education program provides comprehensive preparation to become a nurse educator. Using technology and teaching-learning methods taught by experienced nursing faculty, students develop the competencies and skills required to train the next generation of nursing professionals, leaders, and researchers.

  • MSN with CNS Specialties

    The Master of Science in Nursing with Clinical Nurse Specialties (CNS) offers the Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist. These two clinical areas of content and advanced practice prepare nurses to work in acute, primary, or long-term care settings.

    Azusa (main campus) and San Diego only
  • MSN with NP Specialties

    The Master of Science in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner (NP) Specialties offers the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialties. These three clinical areas of content and advanced practice prepare nurses to work with patients across the adult years, throughout the human lifespan, or in the psychiatric and mental health settings.

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    Nationally accredited, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares students in advanced theory and practice in a specialized clinical area of nursing. Upon completion, students will meet all the requirements to be certified and will be nationally board eligible. Note: Students pursuing an MSN must also complete coursework for a specialized clinical area of nursing.

  • Pastoral Studies, M.A.

    English program in Azusa, Los Angeles, and San Diego; Korean program in Los Angeles The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program is designed for those seeking preparation in a specialized field of ministry. Concentrations include church leadership and development, urban studies, and worship leadership.

    This program offers the following areas of study: Church Leadership and Development (Azusa, Los Angeles, San Diego) and Urban Studies (Azusa, Los Angeles, San Diego).

  • Physical Education, M.A., and Single Subject Teaching Credential

    Build the skills needed to teach physical education and coach at the K-12, junior college, and four-year university levels. Coursework covers advanced topics in physical education, ranging from sociological and ethical issues, to leadership and administration. Note: Only the master’s portion of this program is available online.

  • Special Education, M.A.Ed., and Mild/Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist Credential

    This program prepares educators to effectively teach students with special learning needs, including specific learning or language disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, emotional difficulties, and behavioral disorders. Course content enables candidates to take what they learn and immediately apply it in the teaching environment.

  • Special Education, M.A.Ed., and Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential

    Develop advanced skills to serve students with special needs. The program provides an essential foundation of special education theory, methods, and practical teaching experience. Candidates explore relevant issues, including behavior support, inclusion strategies, and modified classroom instruction.

  • Teaching, M.A.Ed., and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

    Blending practitioner-based courses with graduate work in research and best practices, this program prepares teachers for positions at the elementary and middle school levels (K–8). Methods coursework and practical classroom training create a lasting learning experience for educators.

  • Teaching, M.A.Ed., and Single Subject Teaching Credential

    This program equips teachers for the middle and high school levels (7–12), and as K–12 specialists in art, music, and physical education. Candidates complete advanced coursework in research and best practices, and apply new teaching-methods knowledge directly in the classroom to enhance student learning.

  • (Theological Studies), M.A.

    English program in Azusa, Los Angeles, and San Diego The Master of Arts (Theological Studies) is designed for individuals seeking advanced academic training in biblical studies or theology and ethics in preparation for teaching in Christian schools and colleges, or for doctoral studies in Bible or theology and ethics.

    This program offers the following areas of study: Biblical Studies and Theology and Ethics.