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. Stephen Duarte
  • Healthcare Management (Traditional Undergraduate)
    Director: Dr. Stephen Duarte
    (Refer to Traditional Undergraduate Catalog for detailed information)
  • Liberal Arts
    Director: Dr. Margaret Christmas Thomas
  • 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: Prof. Scott Makin

Master of Arts in International Studies

  • Master of Arts in International Studies: China
    Director: Dr. Eugene Kim
  • Master of Arts in International Studies and Master of Business Administration Joint Degree
    Directors: Dr. Eugene Kim and Prof. Janet Muller

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Director: Prof. Scott Makin

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletics Administration

Director: Prof. Tony Diaz

Master of Science in Nursing

Assistant Director: Dr. Catherine Caston

Master of Healthcare Administration

Director: Dr. Stephen Duarte

Certificate Programs from the Townsend Institute

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

Director: Prof. Scott Makin