Graduate Programs and Courses

The Graduate School administers graduate level educational programs at the doctoral and masters level, as well as graduate and post-graduate certificate programs.  Courses are also available for persons not seeking a certificate or degree, but who desire knowledge for personal or professional enhancement.

Degree Requirements

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Master of Arts (MA)

Christian Spirituality
Medical Humanities

Master of Science (MS)

Biomedical Sciences
Business Analytics
Educational Leadership - Magis Catholic Teacher Corps available
Educational Specialist Areas
Health Informatics
Medical Physics
Oral Biology
Organizational Leadership
Pharmaceutical Sciences
School Counseling - Magis Catholic Teacher Corps available

Master of Accounting (MAC)


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Business Administration

Master of Education (MEd)

Elementary Teaching
Secondary Teaching - Magis Catholic Teacher Corps available

Master of Finance (MFin)


Master of Financial Planning and Financial Psychology

Financial Planning and Financial Psychology

Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis (MIMFA)

Investments and Financial Analysis


Public Health

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Nursing Administration and Leadership
Nursing Administration and Leadership - Creighton BSN Pathway
Nursing Education
Nursing Education - Creighton BSN Pathway

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

Occupational Therapy 

Master of Science in Rehabilitation (MSR)


Dual Degree - Juris Doctor/Master of Science, Government & Organization Leadership (MS-Goal)

Government Organization & Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Biomedical Sciences
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Pharmacology & Neuroscience

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Nurse PractitionerAdult Gerontology Acute Care, Family, Neonatal, Psychiatric Mental Health, Pediatric Dual Track
Nursing Administration and Leadership

1Doctor of Education (EdD)

Interdisciplinary Leadership

Dual Degree Programs

Juris Doctor

Master of Business Administration

Doctor of Medicine

Master of Finance

Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis


Master of Science, Business Analytics

Master of Science, Government Organization and  Leadership

Master of Science, Organizational Leadership

Master of Science, Pharmaceutical  Sciences

Accelerated Master's Programs

  • The following programs allow students to complete their Bachelor's degree coursework while also taking courses in a Master's program in order to complete their Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.

Master of Accounting (MAC)

MS, Integrative Health and Wellness (IHW)

MS, Organizational Leadership (ORGL)

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

M.S., Medical Physics (MPHY)

MS, Educational Specialist Areas (EDSA)

MS, Paramedicine