Graduate Degrees

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.

Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration

Master of Arts in Counseling

Master of Arts in International Studies: China
The last cohort for this program was accepted in Fall 2017.

Emphases:

Business

Development

Education

Master of Arts in International Studies and Master of Business Administration Joint Degree

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Master of Healthcare Administration

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletics Administration 

Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration (MCAA)

Master of Arts in Counseling

Concordia University Irvine’s Master of Arts in Counseling degree is a Christ-centered program in cooperation with the John Townsend Institute leading to the Master of Arts in Counseling.  The Townsend Institute’s counseling model is titled Competency-Plus-Character.  Students will learn how to use the therapeutic relationship to access the transforming power of the emotions and the brain, in changing the underlying character deficits and injuries that drive painful symptoms such as depression, anxiety, substance problems, and relational struggles.  Using principles from clinical psychology, neuroscience and the Bible, this treatment approach includes, but also goes beyond symptom removal, to reshaping the individual in profound ways for the better.  The Competence-Plus-Character model is not exclusive.  It is easily integrated with other treatment modalities such as family systems, cognitive behavioral, psychopharmacology or positive psychology.  This program of study is uniquely structured to help the student not only master a set of counseling skills and knowledge but to grow in one’s own character.  Ultimately, the character of the counselor is the most powerful tool in promoting healing and growth.  Graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure in order to work in counseling centers, mental health agencies, and substance abuse clinics.  Graduates will also work in church ministries and other non-profits, public and private schools, college student affairs positions and many other settings.  Counseling is a unique and varied profession that prepares students beyond facilitating the healing relationship, but to prepare students for lives of learning, service and leadership.

Master of Arts in International Studies: China (MAIS)

The last cohort for this program was accepted in Fall 2017.

The Master of Arts in International Studies: China (MAIS) program is designed to provide the maximum exposure to Chinese life by allowing students to simultaneously study, work, and live in China – all culminating in a master’s thesis that is developed out of authentic interests and lived experiences, knowledge of the relevant literature, and first-hand empirical data.

With a population of over 1.3 billion and one of the world’s strongest economies, China has established itself as a global superpower. Within a few decades it has created a miracle by lifting itself out of developing world status into a modern, high-tech country that is being courted by every major nation around the world for its business and friendship. The ‘sleeping dragon’ has awakened to the new millennium, ushering in an age of new opportunities, challenges, and experiences. The doors to China are open only to those with the necessary China experience, contacts, knowledge, and mindset.

Experience in China will prepare students for new opportunities in the 21st century. This degree will provide students with the chance to:

  • gain first-hand appreciation of Chinese culture and learn Mandarin;
  • discover the social and economic opportunities emerging in China;
  • develop relationships with Chinese leaders in business, education, and other areas;
  • explore academic, business, and personal areas of interest as they relate to China and its people;
  • impact a generation of Chinese students and colleagues;
  • earn an master’s degree while they study, receiving training, and gain practical experience in China.

During this international experience, the MAIS program will provide students with intensive study and knowledge of diverse cultural settings as they teach English and other academic courses (based on their qualifications and needs of the school, university or English center) and in turn receive housing (or housing stipend), a monthly salary, and other benefits.

Program Description

After a foundational summer semester on the Concordia University Irvine campus, students are deployed to the regions of Shanghai, Hangzhou, Kunming and other cities to engage in practical work experience – teaching English and other subjects in schools, universities, and English centers – providing a rich context for applying their academic knowledge, a social laboratory to conduct research, and a setting for establishing and deepening relationships with local Chinese and people from all around the world.

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) and Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA) Joint Degree

The last cohort for this program was accepted in Fall 2017.

The joint MAIS/MBA degree program enables students in the MAIS China concentration to receive 2 separate diplomas:

  1. Master of Arts in International Studies degree and
  2. Master of Business Administration degree.

This joint degree program allows students to complete all requirements for both degrees in as little as 2 years of full-time study compared to 3 plus years for the MBA and MAIS programs if taken separately.

The MAIS degree, international business concentration, includes a 12-month internship in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). For the joint degree, students take the MAIS international business concentration coursework and the core MBA courses. Admission to the joint degree program is competitive and students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale to remain in the program.

Master of Arts in Organizationa Leadership

Concordia University Irvine’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree is a Christ-centered program in cooperation with the John Townsend Institute leading to the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.  Dr. Townsend’s Competence-Plus-Character model trains leaders to understand and operate within the DNA of organizations such as mission, vision, core values, goals, strategy, tactics and vital behaviors.  At the same time, they must develop leadership competencies such as:  establishing clarity and alignment; developing teams; identifying the right people for the tasks, motivating people using social/emotional intelligence skills, championing the culture and monitoring outcomes with feedback and adaption.  Equally as important, students will understand how to grow in their own character (the set of capacities required to meet the demands of reality) and the skills to develop it in others.  Character will ultimately be the leader’s primary driver of performance.  Graduates will be prepared to advance in their career or to begin their leadership and management careers within profit and nonprofit organizations.

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) is a 2-year, 36 unit degree program that focuses on the management of healthcare institutions. The core competencies of the MHA are modeled after the industry-identified competencies deemed necessary for the successful management of a health service organization. The program prepares students for multiple careers paths including management, of health systems, hospitals, clinics, and emergency services management. The MHA degree is also appropriate for those seeking positions as planners, policy analysts, or consultants focusing on the financing, organization, quality, and delivery of personal health services in either the public or the private sector.

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletics Administration (MSAA)

The Master of Science in Coaching and Athletics Administration program provides a comprehensive study of the varied aspects of human movement in the context of educational athletics.  Movement is studied from mechanical, physiological, psychological, sociocultural, behavioral, instructional and professional points of view.  The coursework for the degree is designed to provide students with background knowledge and experience for professional careers in educational athletics including teaching, coaching, performance enhancement , or fitness and health promotion.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is to develop advanced practice nurse educators to teach undergraduate nursing students in both theory and clinical teaching experiences in the psychiatric mental health, medical-surgical, pediatrics and maternal newborn content areas. Additionally, MSN nurses could lead and manage these specialty units in acute care health systems and the community at large and globally. According to the California Future Action Plan “one of the largest barriers to expanding educational capacity is a lack of qualified nursing faculty . . . The task force recognizes the need for additional incentives, in the form of loan forgiveness, stipends, and recruitment packages offered to attract and retain additional nursing faculty” (Future Action Plan, p.11). With the increased need for nursing faculty in the U.S., this program’s purpose fits well with a Master of Science in nursing program for Concordia University Irvine with an emphasis on health care and the healing environment.  For additional information, please follow the link to the Nursing page.

Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration (MCAA) will be able to:

  • Create an athlete-centered leadership philosophy.
  • Apply ethical values to issues encountered in sport.
  • Apply research methods to acquire and analyze pertinent data that develops excellence in coaching and administration.
  • Analyze legal principles unique to leadership in athletics.
  • Design a personalized comprehensive athletic leadership portfolio.

Master of Arts in International Studies: China Program Learning Outcomes

The last cohort for this program was accepted in Fall 2017.

  1. Develop practical knowledge, skills, aptitudes, experiences, and relationships to recognize and be poised for potential multinational, strategic opportunities.
  2. Gain a critical and comparative perspective of the interactions between business and/or education and the spheres of politics, culture, economics, law, and society. 
  3. Design, implement, and document primary research in an international context. 
  4. Demonstrate servant leadership as an ambassador of American culture; develop confidence and overcome obstacles;  and learn how to live and work in a foreign country.
  5. Engage other cultures and worldviews; communicate professionally and interpersonally in a cross-cultural context; establish authentic relationships and networks.

Master of Healthcare Administration Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Communication: Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, establish and maintain relationships, and facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and groups in the healthcare setting.
  2. Leadership: Demonstrate the ability to inspire individual and organizational excellence, create a shared vision, and successfully manage change to attain the organization's strategic ends and successful performance.
  3. Professionalism: Demonstrate an alignment of personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards that include a responsibility to the patient and community, a service orientation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement.
  4. Knowledge of Healthcare Environment: Demonstrate understanding of the healthcare system and the environment in which healthcare managers and providers function.
  5. Business Skills and Knowledge: Integrate business principles, including systems thinking to the healthcare environment.

Graduate Degree Offerings

Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration

Master of Arts in Counseling

Master of Arts in International Studies: China
The last cohort for this program was accepted in Fall 2017.

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Master of Healthcare Administration

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletics Administration
(for students who do not currently have a MCAA from CUI)

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletics Administration
(for student who currently have a MCAA from CUI)

Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration (MCAA)

Core Requirements
MCAA 510Principles of Coaching and Leadership4
MCAA 530Ethics And Sport4
MCAA 550Research Methods and Analysis4
MCAA 580Legal Aspect of Sport4
MCAA 595Culminating Project4
Electives *
Choose 4 of the following courses:16
Psychology of Coaching4
Sport Technologies4
Advanced Sport Technologies
Leadership and Administration4
Intercollegiate Athletics in America
Athletic Finance4
Facility Planning and Event Management4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Competitive Cheer4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching for Track and Field4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Soccer4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Lacrosse4
Sport Medicine and Performance4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Golf4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Cross Country4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Basketball4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Football4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Softball4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Volleyball4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Baseball4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Water Polo4
Advanced Theories and Strategies for Coaching Wrestling4
Women in Sport4
Strength, Speed and Conditioning4
Advanced Strength, Speed and Conditioning4
Coaching Academy4
Athletic Director Institute4
MCAA: Internship4
Total Units36
*

 A maximum of 2 sport-specific courses may be taken as electives.  Most sport-specific courses are offered during the summer term.

Master of Arts in Counseling

COUN 600Personal Development Skills Process Group3
or COUN 600B Personal Development Skills Process Group (B)
COUN 601Human Growth and Development *3
COUN 602Theory and Techniques of Counseling *3
COUN 603Clinical Psychopathology and Diagnosis *3
COUN 604Theory and Practice of Groups *3
COUN 605Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues *3
COUN 606Foundations and Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling3
COUN 607Social and Cultural Foundations *3
COUN 608Models and Application of Integration3
COUN 609Theory and Practice of Assessment *3
COUN 610Advanced Skills of Mental Health Counseling *3
COUN 611Foundations of Crisis and Trauma Counseling *3
COUN 612Career and Lifestyle Development *3
COUN 613Foundations of Addiction Counseling *3
COUN 614Methods and Practice of Research and Evaluation *3
COUN 640ASupervised Practicum A0
COUN 640BSupervised Practicum B3
COUN 641ASupervised Internship IA0
COUN 641BSupervised Internship IB3
or COUN 629 Internship Completion
COUN 642ASuperivised Internship IIA0
COUN 642BSupervised Internship IIB3
or COUN 629 Internship Completion
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Psychopharmacology *3
Foundations of Spiritual Formation and Direction3
Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy3
Level I Clinical Training: Gottman Method Couples Therapy3
Level II Clinical Training: Gottman Method Couples Therapy3
Foundations of Play Therapy3
Intimacy, Sexuality and Gender3
Independent Study in Counseling3
Any ORGL course
3
Any ORGL course
3
Total Units60
*

 These 13 courses must be completed as a part of California LPCC Licensure.

Master of Arts in International Studies: China (MAIS)

The last cohort for this program was accepted in Fall 2017.

Master of Arts in International Studies: China Curriculum Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Summer Semester 1Units
Master of Arts in International Studies: China  
Coursework on Campus  
MAIS 501 Chinese Culture and Society 3
MAIS 502 Comparative Research Methods 3
MAIS 528 Foundations of TESOL * 0,3
Based on your program concentration, you are required to take one of the following: 3
Foundations of Chinese Education (Education)  
Foundation of Chinese Business (Business)  
Education and Arts in China (Development)  
 Units9-12
Fall Semester
Coursework Online in China **  
MAIS 503 Ethnographic Research 3
Choose 1 of the following options: 3-4
Teaching Practicum I
and Mandarin A *
 
Beginning - Intermediate Chinese Language  
Based on your program concentration, you are required to take one of the following: 3
Environmental and Instructional Design (Education)  
Global Economics and Enterprise (Business)  
Social Change and Project Management (Development)  
 Units9-10
Spring Semester
Coursework Online in China **  
MAIS 504 Data Analysis 3
Choose 1 of the following options: 3-4
Teaching Practicum II
and Mandarin B *
 
Intermediate - Advanced Chinese Language  
Based on your program concentration, you are required to take one of the following: 3
Literacy and Language Acquisition (Education)  
International Management and Leadership (Business)  
Social Policy and Sustainability (Development)  
 Units9-10
Summer 2
Coursework on Campus  
MAIS 600 Thesis Writing *** 4
 Units4
 Total Units31-36
*

 Required unless waived or tested out upon MAIS approval.

**

While working as a teacher in a Chinese school, university or English center, students will concurrently be taking online MAIS classes through Blackboard (CUI’s online learning portal).

***

During the summer semester after completion of their academic coursework, students will work on writing their MAIS Thesis. Students who do not complete their thesis during the summer semester may take an incomplete and register for a Fall extension. Students failing to complete their thesis at that time will receive an F in the course, and will be required to re-register in the MAIS 600 course. 

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

ORGL 600Personal Development Skills Process Group3
or ORGL 600B Personal Development Skills Process Group (B)
ORGL 601Organizational Leadership and Character Development3
ORGL 602Building Healthy Culture and Performance3
ORGL 603Leadership Styles, Neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence3
ORGL 604Leading Change and Motivation3
ORGL 605Team Building, Conflict Management and Managing Difficult People3
ORGL 606Leadership and Transformation3
ORGL 607Decision Making, Creativity and Problem Solving3
ORGL 608Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Leadership and Organizational Assessment3
Systems and Project Management3
Developing the Executive Coaching Relationship3
Advanced Executive Coaching3
Total Units33

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

Master of Healthcare Administration
MHA 501Healthcare Organizational Management3
MHA 506Healthcare Law3
MHA 512Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing3
MHA 514Healthcare Quality Assurance3
MHA 515Information Systems in Health Services3
MHA 516Human Resources Management3
MHA 525Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations3
MHA 571Leadership I3
MHA 572Leadership II3
MHA 573Vocation and Ethics in Healthcare Management3
MHA 588Long-Term Care Administration3
MHA 601Capstone Practicum in Health Service Management3
Total Units36

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletics Administration (MSAA) 

(for students who do not currently have a MCAA degree from CUI)

MSAA 510Principles of Coaching and Leadership4
MSAA 530Ethics And Sport4
MSAA 550Research Methods and Analysis4
MSAA 580Legal Aspect of Sport4
MSAA 595Culminating Project4
Choose 4 of the following courses:16
Sport Medicine and Performance4
General Medicine and Pharmacology4
Advanced Strength, Speed and Conditioning4
Advanced Exercise Physiology4
Biomechanics4
Nutrition for Sport4
Total Units36

 Master of Science in Coaching and Athletics Administration (MSAA)

(for students who currently have a MCAA degree from CUI)

MCAA 510Principles of Coaching and Leadership4
MCAA 530Ethics And Sport4
MCAA 550Research Methods and Analysis4
MCAA 580Legal Aspect of Sport4
MSAA 596Culminating Project4
Choose 4 of the following courses:16
Sport Medicine and Performance *4
General Medicine and Pharmacology4
Advanced Strength, Speed and Conditioning *4
Advanced Exercise Physiology4
Biomechanics4
Nutrition for Sport4
Total Units36
*

Not an option if the MCAA equivalent of this course was taken for the MCAA degree 

Application and Admission Information

Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration

Go to CUI's website for a list of application deadlines for each term.

  1. Submit an online application to the graduate admission office with a non-refundable application fee (see Tuition and Fees) (see www.cui.edu for form).
  2. Provide one official transcript from the accredited college or university that shows your confirmed bachelor’s degree. (Transcripts must be received in an official sealed envelope.) If degree is from a non-U.S. institution, applicant must provide an official, detailed transcript evaluation from an approved international credential evaluation service that shows the equivalent of a regionally accredited U.S. degree.
  3. A student may be conditionally accepted for one term (two course maximum) with unofficial transcripts. The condition of this registration is that the official transcript must be received before registration for subsequent term is permitted. A “hold” will be placed on a student’s account if official transcripts are not received.
  4. To be considered for full admission:
    a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 2.75 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous college work.
  5. To be considered for admission with a GPA below 2.75:
    a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or below in all previous college work will be considered with a petition letter. The letter of petition should be sent addressed to the Admissions Committee and mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission, 1530 Concordia West Irvine, CA 92612.
  6. International applicants whose first language is not English must submit a passing TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score. TOEFL scores must meet the minimum university requirement which is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test and 79-80 for IBT (internet-based test). Official test scores must be mailed to Concordia directly from the test company.

Upon completion of all admission requirements, the applicant will be notified by the graduate admission office regarding program acceptance.

List of courses is available online.

Master of Arts in International Studies: Africa Application Information

Please see CUI's website for more information.

Master of Arts in International Studies: China Application Information

A student must be admitted into the program prior to registering for any courses. To be considered for admission to the program, a student must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an international evaluation verifying the equivalent of a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • Be a native English speaker, or demonstrate adequate ability/knowledge to the satisfaction of the school’s dean.
  • Be physically and psychologically eligible for a Chinese Work Visa (per PRC [Peoples Republic of China] physical and mental health requirements).
  • Submit an application for admission with non-refundable application fee (see Tuition and Fees).
  • Submit a statement of intent including short- and long-term goals and career objectives (see www.cui.edu/mais for form).
  • Send 1 official transcript from each college or university attended, showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work. Transcripts must be received in an official sealed envelope. Electronic transcripts can be submitted directly to GradAdmissions@cui.edu. If degree is from a non-U.S. institution, applicant must provide an official, detailed transcript evaluation from an approved international credential evaluation service that shows the equivalent of a regionally accredited U.S. degree.
  • Submit 2 current letters of recommendations on university-provided forms (see www.cui.edu/mais for forms) from an acceptable reference source such as professor, employer, immediate supervisor, pastor, or colleague. 
    • One letter must attest to your academic qualifications;
    • A second letter must attest to your professional qualifications (e.g. work, ethics, attitude)
  • Submit a complete and up-to-date resume.
  • Submit a copy of college/university undergraduate diploma.
  • Submit a copy of your valid passport (with at least 18 months of remaining validity from expected date of departure).
  • Submit 1 color passport photo for university records and visa application to China.

After completion of your admission file, an admission interview will be scheduled in person or via Skype.

Post-Acceptance Information

The items listed below will be sent and/or requested of the student with the acceptance letter:

  1. Once a student is accepted into the program, a signed letter of commitment along with a tuition deposit ($300) is required. 
  2. Signed copies of the risk release and participation agreement are required.
  3. The student contract must be carefully read, signed, and submitted.
  4. Signed copy of off-campus program safety manual is required.

Master of Arts in International Studies and Master of Arts in Business Administration Joint Degree Admission Requirement

Prospective Students

Prospective students must meet all application requirements of both programs and state, in writing, their interests, goals and timetable for the joint degree program, being specific about goals and timetable.

Continuing Students

Applications from continuing students will be considered as part of the regular admission process, fulfilling all admission requirements, meet application deadlines, and stating, in writing, their interests in the joint degree program.  The number of continuing students accepted into the joint degree program may be limited by the availability of space in the individual MAIS and MBA programs.  In keeping with the academic standards requirement for the joint degree program, continuing students must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to be considered for the joint degree program.  For students who have only completed one term of coursework in their first degree, admission to the joint degree program may be made conditional on the satisfactory completion of a second term of coursework and the maintenance of a 3.0 GPA.

Master of Healthcare Administration Application Information

Please see CUI's website for more information.

Master of Science in Coaching and Athletics Administration

Go to CUI's website for a list of application deadlines for each term.

  1. Submit an online application to the graduate admission office with a non-refundable application fee (see Tuition and Fees) (see www.cui.edu for form).
  2. Provide one official transcript from the accredited college or university that shows your confirmed bachelor’s degree. (Transcripts must be received in an official sealed envelope.) If degree is from a non-U.S. institution, applicant must provide an official, detailed transcript evaluation from an approved international credential evaluation service that shows the equivalent of a regionally accredited U.S. degree.
  3. A student may be conditionally accepted for one term (two course maximum) with unofficial transcripts. The condition of this registration is that the official transcript must be received before registration for subsequent term is permitted. A “hold” will be placed on a student’s account if official transcripts are not received.
  4. To be considered for full admission:
    a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 2.75 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in all previous college work.
  5. To be considered for admission with a GPA below 2.75:
    a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or below in all previous college work will be considered with a petition letter. The letter of petition should be sent addressed to the Admissions Committee and mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission, 1530 Concordia West Irvine, CA 92612.
  6. International applicants whose first language is not English must submit a passing TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score. TOEFL scores must meet the minimum university requirement which is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test and 79-80 for IBT (internet-based test). Official test scores must be mailed to Concordia directly from the test company.

Upon completion of all admission requirements, the applicant will be notified by the graduate admission office regarding program acceptance.

List of courses is available online.