School of Professional Studies

Mission Statement

Guided by the Lutheran tradition of vocation, the School of Professional Studies serves and cultivates the curious through transformational learning communities to discover and utilize their gifts for meaningful service.

Purpose Statement

The School of Professional Studies offers undergraduate and graduate programs to adult learners in face-to-face, blended and online instructional modalities. 

Undergraduate Degrees

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Business Administration Leadership
    Director: Prof. Eugene Esparza
  • Healthcare Management
    Director: Dr. Catherine Collins-Sinardi
  • Healthcare Management (Traditional Undergraduate)
    Director: Dr. Catherine Collins-Sinardi
    (Refer to Traditional Undergraduate Catalog for detailed information)
  • Liberal Arts
    Director: Dr. Ashlie Andrew
  • Nonprofit Leadership
    Director: Dr. Chip Espinoza
  • Organizational Psychology
    Director: Dr. Chip Espinoza

Nursing

Director of Nursing: Dr. Cheryl Smythe-Padgham

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    Assistant Director: Prof. Terry Cottle
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    Assistant Director: Dr. Jacqueline Pinkowski
  • Licensed Vocation Nurse to Registered Nurse (30-unit option certificate)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
    Assistant Director: Dr. Catherine Caston

Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration

Director: Prof. Tony Diaz

Master of Arts in Counseling

Director: Dr. Heather Paessler-Chesterton

Master of Arts in Executive Coaching and Consultation

Director: Dr. Margaret Christmas Thomas

Master of Arts in International Studies

Director: Dr. Yi Schuler

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Director: Dr. Margaret Christmas Thomas

Master of Healthcare Administration

Director: Dr. Catherine Collins-Sinardi

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Director:  Dr. Cliff Pawley

Master of Science in Coaching and Exercise Sciences

Director: Prof. Tony Diaz

Master of Science in Nursing

Assistant Director: Dr. Catherine Caston

Certificate Programs from the Townsend Institute

Professional Executive Coaching and Consultation Certificate
Advanced Executive Coaching and Consultation Certificate
Professional Organizational Leadership Certificate
Advanced Organizational Leadership Certificate
Professional Counseling Certificate
Advanced Counseling Certificate

Director: Prof. Scott Makin