The Graduate School offers master's and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate and post-graduate certificates. Courses are also available for persons not seeking a certificate or degree, but desire knowledge for personal or professional enhancement.
Master of Arts
Plan A or Plan B
Master of Science
Plan A (Thesis)
Plan B (Non Thesis)
Business Intelligence and Analytics2
Educational Leadership1- Magis Teacher Corps available
Emergency Medical Services1
Government Organization & Leadership
Health and Wellness Coaching1
Health Care Ethics1
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution2
School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health2 - Magis Teacher Corps available
Master of Accounting
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education
Master of Finance2
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Public Health
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Master of Science in Rehabilitation
Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis
5-year B.S.B.A. to M.S. (NCR) degrees program
Program offered in an online format.
Program offered in both online and on campus format.
Doctor of Business Administration
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Education1
Program offered in an online format.
Program offered in both online and on campus format.
Students have the opportunity to obtain a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) through a dual degree program offered by the School of Medicine and the Heider College of Business. This combined degree program pairs the traditional medical curriculum with an M.B.A. degree. The M.B.A. degree is largely completed during a sabbatical year from medical school. Students in the program complete the M.B.A. curriculum as full-time students between the M2 and M3 years of medical school. This degree program provides students with additional career opportunities as administrators and executives in health-care related fields. It will also help M.D.s in large and small practices perform business-related functions more effectively and with a deeper level of understanding. For more information, see Master of Business Administration (MBA).
The dual Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)/Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is a cooperative venture between the Heider College of Business and the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. The program allows Pharm.D. students to complete an M.B.A. degree in the evening, during the time it takes to complete the Pharm.D. degree and in less time and with less expense than if the two degrees were pursued separately. The program is designed assuming students have no business foundation courses completed beyond what is already required in the pre-professional component of the Pharm.D. program. If a Pharm.D student has taken business foundation (prerequisite) coursework, the relevant foundation courses will be waived and the student may finish the program in fewer hours.
Candidates for the dual program must make separate application to, and be independently accepted by, the Heider College of Business and the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. Although the applicant must meet all admission requirements of each program, acceptance does not have to occur simultaneously. However, the student must make the application for the second program while still actively enrolled in the first to be considered for the dual program.
Pharm.D. students must have accumulated at least 120 semester credit hours in order to be considered for admission to the M.B.A. program. A maximum of six credit hours of specific Pharmacy electives can be applied toward the nine hours of electives required for the M.B.A. degree. Further details concerning this dual program may be obtained from the Director of Admission for the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions or the Coordinator of the Graduate Business Programs. For more information, see Master of Business Administration (MBA).
The dual Juris Doctor (J.D.)/Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is a cooperative venture between the Heider College of Business and the School of Law that allows students to combine the legal aspects of the J.D. degree with the general managerial aspects of the M.B.A. degree in less time than if each degree were earned separately. The program allows J.D. students to complete an M.B.A. degree in the evening during the time it takes to complete the J.D. degree, assuming that J.D. students have completed all of the M.B.A. Foundation courses. Specific courses have been defined by the Heider College of Business and the School of Law that can be used to satisfy elective requirements in each program. For more information, see Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Candidates for the dual program must make separate application to, and be independently accepted by, the School of Law and the Heider College of Business. Although the applicant must meet all admission requirements of each program, acceptance does not have to occur simultaneously. However, application for the second program must be made while still actively enrolled in the first to be considered for the dual program. The Law School will accept in transfer toward the J.D. degree a maximum of 12 credit hours of M.B.A. coursework. The M.B.A. program will accept in transfer toward the M.B.A. degree a maximum of six credit hours of specific Law School coursework in elective courses for which the student receives a grade of "C" or better on the Law School scale. Uniform Graduate School requirements will be maintained for M.B.A. graduation. The final decision on transferability of credits rests with the Associate Dean of the Law School and the Director of Graduate Business Programs. For more information, see Master of Business Administration (MBA).
The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)/Master of Science (M.S.) in Business Intelligence and Analytics (BIA) dual degree program enables students to earn both the M.B.A. and M.S.- BIA degrees in a streamlined 48-credit-hour program, considerably less time than if the degrees were earned separately. With both degrees, students will have an impressive collection of managerial and technology skills and competencies. The dual degree program combines the managerial technology synergies of the M.S.- BIA degree with the depth of the general management education found in the M.B.A. degree. Students must apply for the second program before completing the requirements for the first degree and have three years after graduating with the first degree in which to complete the second degree. For more information on the dual degree program contact the Coordinator of Graduate Business Programs or see Master of Business Administration (MBA).
The dual Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)/Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis (M.I.M.F.A.) program prepares students for advanced financial analysis and investment management as guided by the Code of Ethical Practices and Professional Conduct, while preparing them to be values-based leaders via the general management education of the M.B.A. degree. The streamlined program can be done in considerably less time and cost than if the two degrees were earned separately. For more information, see Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Students who choose to combine an Master of Business Administration degree with the Master of Science (M.S.) in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (N.C.R.) achieve a deeper understanding of the business context in which negotiation and conflict resolution may take place. They also learn the specific vocabulary of business, and gain the technical knowledge needed to understand and interpret complex financial issues and documentation. For more information, see Master of Business Administration (MBA).
MBA or MS (BIA) - Second Master's Degree
Persons who have earned an M.B.A. or M.S.-BIA degree at Creighton University, but who did not participate in the dual degree program, may complete the requirements for and earn a second degree, either an M.B.A. or M.S.-BIA. The student must complete all the requirements for the second degree except for six semester hours (MBA 776 Business, Ethics and Society or ITM 731 Information Systems Management and three elective hours).
The second degree program requires completion of an additional 27 semester hours of credit beyond the Foundation in required and elective courses. If any of the courses required in the second degree program were completed as requirements in the first degree program, the student, with the approval of the director, will select alternate courses appropriate to the second degree program. For more information, see Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (BIA).
The Creighton University School of Medicine and the Graduate School offer a coordinated dual degree program leading to the separate conferral of both the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and the Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Care Ethics (HCE) degrees. The program is structured so that students will receive credit toward the M.S. degree for the IDC 135 Ethical and Legal Topics in Clinical Medicine course, complete one ethics course the summer between the M1 and M2 year, and then take a full year to focus on the M.S.-HCE degree between the M2 and M3 years. Students will complete the M.S. degree during the M4 year by taking the MHE 609 Capstone course, which will also fulfill two M4 elective requirements. For more information, see Health Care Ethics, MHE).
The M.D./M.S. in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) offered by the Center for Clinical & Translational Science is a comprehensive 5-year program designed to train future clinical and translational investigators from diverse scientific backgrounds and disciplines during their medical school education. The specific goal is to prepare the scholars of this program to identify important clinical questions, develop research protocols, conduct clinical and translational investigations in highly interdisciplinary and collaborative team settings, generate pilot data, analyze and record the results in a publishable form, and develop and submit grant proposals. Scholars will be required to compose and successfully defend a Master's thesis. CTS scholars will be mentored and supported in writing independent research grant applications and will be enrolled as full-time M.D./M.S.-CTS students. A structured course curriculum, research environment and resources will be provided. Upon completion of the program, scholars will earn both M.D. and Master of Science in CTS degrees. Graduates will have gained the ability to conduct clinical and translational research as independent investigators during the course of residency in their chosen specialty. For more information, see Clinical and Translational Sciences.
PharmD/MS (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
For more information, see Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The J.D./M.S. in Government Organization and Leadership (GOAL) joint degree program from Creighton University School of Law prepares students for leadership positions with government entities and the organizations that work closely with them. Participants gain an invaluable mix of career-driven legal experience and professional subtleties that can’t be learned from a textbook. The inner workings of our nation’s capital are seen first hand. For more information see School of Law.
The J.D. and M.S. in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution degrees leverage the strengths of both the School of Law and The Werner Institute, to bridge the study of law, business, social science and humanities. The dual degree program provides students a comprehensive understanding of a) what conflict is, b) why it occurs, and c) how to manage it. For more information see Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
MS (NCR)/MS (Organizational Leadership)
With a Master of Science (M.S.) in Organizational Leadership and Master of Science (M.S.) in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, students gain leadership skills from a unique perspective. A great leader must do more than establish a vision and goals.. Collaborative problem solving and conflict management are skills necessary for any leader to provide the motivation and dedication to those who will carry out that vision. This dual degree program will increase one's capacity for success in any leadership role. Students will develop an understanding of the influence conflict dynamics has on individuals, groups, and organizations to manage challenging situations effectively. For more information see Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
MS (Organizational Leadership)/MBA
MA (Theology)/M.Ed. (Secondary Teaching)
For information see Theology.
The Graduate School offers graduate certificates in the following areas:
The following post-graduate certificates are offered:
The requirements for graduation depend upon the particular program of study undertaken. Specific program and departmental requirements are listed in the specific program's section. The following requirements apply to all programs:
- The candidate for an advanced degree must earn at least a 3.00 (B) average in all graduate work taken at this University and have accumulated a minimum residence requirement of 24 credits if in a Master’s program with the thesis option (Plan A), 27 credits if in a Master’s program which does not require a thesis (Plan B), or 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree if in a Ph.D. program.
- Master’s degree programs with the thesis option must contain a minimum of 30 credits, and non-thesis programs, a minimum of 33 to 36 credits; Ph.D. programs must contain a minimum of 90 credits beyond the Bachelor’s level.
- No graduate-level course (600-899 series) with a grade lower than "C" may be applied toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. Courses taken from the advanced undergraduate series (500-level) may be applied toward degree requirements provided they are passed with a grade of "B" or higher, and provided they do not exceed one-half the course credits required in the entire program for a master’s degree. In Ph.D. programs, approved 500-level courses may be included within the first 30 hours; thereafter all courses must be exclusively graduate level.
- A thesis or project (790 series) must be completed in partial requirement for a master’s degree with no fewer than three or more than six credits allowed toward fulfillment of master’s degree research requirements. Doctoral dissertation credits may accumulate to 20 hours in the Ph.D. program, and the total research credit permitted in Ph.D. credit requirements may not exceed 45 semester hours.
- A thesis, dissertation, project or a final comprehensive examination must be satisfactorily completed to qualify for graduation. Failure of the comprehensive examination or the thesis/dissertation requirement of a program is failure of both options. The comprehensive examination may be repeated once after a minimum one-semester study period.
- All requirements for master’s degrees must be completed within six years of the date when the program was initiated (i.e., when the first credit applying to the degree was earned). Ph.D. programs must be completed within eight years. The Ed.D. program must be completed within seven years. The D.B.A. program must be completed within seven years.
- A graduate student who expects to receive a degree within a particular academic term must have been advanced to candidacy, applied for the degree, and fulfilled all degree requirements during that term. Consult the calendar of deadlines. The student must ordinarily be enrolled during the term in which the degree is expected.
- Proficiency of a student in any and all parts of the curriculum is properly ascertained by the graduate faculty. A favorable vote of the faculty is required for a student to receive an advanced degree.