Colorado Christian University (CCU) has been embracing the crossroads of faith and learning since 1914. The institution strives to promote social awareness in the Christian tradition, professional competence, critical thinking, and leadership abilities through a variety of diverse degree options. Online students benefit from the same sense of community that campus-based residents enjoy, with the convenience of flexible course scheduling.
CCU offers exciting online degree programs that inspire students to interact and collaborate.
Colorado Christian University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (30 North LaSalle, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; 800-621-7440) and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
The Associate of Arts degree combines general education and elective courses, preparing students to earn a bachelor's degree that can create a solid foundation for career opportunities and advancement. Students gain a broad foundation of knowledge that covers every aspect of general education, including communications, humanities, history, behavioral and social sciences, biblical studies, mathematics, natural science, and computer science. For many students, the Associate of Arts degree is the first step toward completing a bachelor's degree.
CCU`s Biblical Studies Associate Degree is a two-year program that combines a foundational liberal arts education with an introduction to biblical studies, Christian doctrine and theology. The curriculum emphasizes Christian values as part of every course. A key focus is spiritual formation -- developing a Christ-centered character that is visible through servanthood to God and others.
In the Biblical Studies Associate Degree program, you will learn the basic doctrines of the Christian faith and beliefs, including revelation, the Trinity, creation, reconciliation and the church. You will explore the interpretation and provenance of the Old Testament, and examine the content, message and significance of the New Testament. Plus you`ll study an overview of biblical languages and learn about research tools to study biblical text.
CCU`s Business Administration Associate Degree is a two-year program that combines business-related coursework with a faith-based liberal arts education. The degree provides an overview of the functional areas of business that are common to all organizations, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, and computer information systems.
The curriculum emphasizes ethical leadership and strong values as part of every course. CCU`s Business Administration Associate Degree is a two-year program that combines business-related coursework with a faith-based liberal arts education. The degree provides an overview of the functional areas of business that are common to all organizations, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, and computer information systems. The curriculum emphasizes ethical leadership and strong values as part of every course.
The Associate of Arts in Communication Studies provides a solid introduction to a wide-ranging field, equipping you with an understanding of communication theory and application. You’ll gain a proficiency in a variety of areas, ranging from resolving interpersonal conflicts to understanding the role of media in our society. Plus, you’ll develop skills to create compelling messages for wherever your career takes you – business, journalism, politics, or non-profit work.
At CCU, every class will also integrate biblical principles into your learning, so you see how the Bible applies to the First Amendment or cross-cultural communication. With such a solid base, you’ll be prepared for the next step in your career – or continuing studies with a bachelor's degree in Communications.
CCU's Criminal Justice Associate Degree is a two-year program that provides an introduction to criminal justice practice in the United States. Courses are taught from a Christian worldview, so you will have ongoing opportunities to discuss many significant life issues -- sin, free will, biblical view of human nature, and redemption. You will be guided through the program by faculty who have careers within the criminal justice system.
The Criminal Justice Associate Degree prepares you for a career in various criminal justice fields, including law enforcement, paralegal work, transportation security, private security, and computer forensics.
Focus areas in the Associate of Science (A.S.) Criminal Justice degree include: criminal justice, criminal justice ethics, criminal courts, corrections, crimology, and juvenile justice.
An associate degree in Health Care Administration at CCU provides a solid introduction toward becoming a frontline leader in health care. All courses are taught with a Christian worldview, so you gain unique underpinnings in this degree: you`ll grasp the importance of ethical considerations while understanding crucial aspects of leading others as a servant leader. In the Health Care Administration program, you`ll be introduced to health care terminology, delivery systems, and informatics -- which will enable you to make the best possible decisions regarding patient outcomes.
Additionally, the program provides a background in human resources -- because health care, at its core, is about dealing with other people. You`ll combine all of this with an examination of spirituality and ethics in health care -- and you`ll understand that work in health care is, indeed, a sacred calling.
CCU's Associate of Science (A.S.) in Human Resource Management equips students with foundational human resource generalist knowledge – and incorporates a biblical worldview and scriptural principles into each subject area.
Focus areas in the human resources associate degree include organizational behavior, human resource administration, business law, and leadership and management.
CCU's Associate Degree in Marketing is a two-year program that provides an introduction to the fields of marketing and sales. Marketing begins by understanding consumer behavior, discovering customers’ needs and then developing strategies and tactics to satisfy those needs. The Marketing courses at CCU gives students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a variety of marketing related fields.
Every organization in today’s competitive business environment – whether a large corporation, medium-size firm, small business, international non-profit, or government agency needs to be able to market to their target audience or customer. At CCU, students will learn the holistic value of marketing through research and development of an actionable marketing plan, all taught from a Christian perspective.
CCU`s Psychology Associate Degree is a two-year program that provides an introduction to the field of psychology. Courses are taught from a Christian worldview, challenging you to integrate faith and the study of human behavior in a scholarly environment that fosters both critical and creative thinking.
In the Psychology Associate Degree program, you will learn about interpersonal relationships, and the influence of needs, values and beliefs. You will explore human and group behavior and the impact of culture, prejudice and stereotyping. You will examine human development from prenatal through late adulthood. And, you`ll learn how to integrate the science of psychology with biblical truths.
The Bachelor's Degree in Accounting is designed to meet the rising demand for accounting professionals who are committed to high ethical standards in the world of business finance. Students in the accounting program gain a foundation of knowledge in business and economics, and receive training in a variety of specialized accounting fields including tax accounting, accounting for nonprofit and government organizations, and accounting systems.
The Biblical Studies degree is designed to provide a foundation for graduates to pursue a career in the seminary, ministry positions, missions, social service, and/or for personal spiritual development.This program guides students to understand the major theological themes in the Bible including: Creation, Sin, Reconciliation and Hope. Students gain a foundation of knowledge to interpret the Bible for themselves and for others. Key leadership proficiencies are combined with a biblical studies experience to provide students with a solid and meaningful framework to put theory into practice through mentoring, discipling, and apprenticeship relationships.
Through an integrated curriculum that incorporates business fundamentals with an emphasis on ethical leadership and strong values, CCU's Business Administration degree has made a difference for thousands of adult students who wanted to advance their careers. Business administration degree students are trained in management, leadership, finance, project management, international business, and business law, but they are also challenged to develop a framework for personal and professional ethics that makes them highly marketable in today's business climate.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies will provide you with an excellent knowledge of communication theory and practical application. You’ll develop an understanding of interpersonal, group, and organizational communication – including a grasp of social media and communication via emerging technologies. Plus, with a Christian worldview integrated into every class, you’ll see how ethics, meaning, and truth are essential to how we communicate.
You’ll get training in a variety of important topics, including cross-cultural communication, persuasive communication, and communication law. With a broad understanding of what takes up 75% of every person’s waking hours – communication – you’ll find job possibilities in areas ranging from business and advertising, to radio and journalism, to politics.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology program empowers students with a computer skill set relevant to today's IT field. This program includes topics as diverse as computer programming; database development and administration; software and application design; network systems analysis, design, and management; and computer information security. In this IT program, students will actively learn how to meet business and communication needs utilizing best computing practices.
Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program provides a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical application in criminal justice. Courses are taught from a Christian worldview, offering you opportunities to discuss many significant life issues -- including sin, free will, biblical view of human nature, and redemption. You will be guided through the Criminal Justice Bachelor Degree program by experienced faculty who have careers in the criminal justice system.
The B.S. Criminal Justice degree will provide you with the training necessary for an understanding of the field and equip you to pursue a career path in criminal justice. A wide range of career options at the federal, state and local levels may be available to graduates, ranging from law enforcement to forensics, from legal and court-related positions to information security. Some careers may require additional training and education, but a criminal justice bachelor's degree can provide a significant advantage in qualifying for such programs.
Focus areas in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Criminal Justice degree include: criminal law, procedure and investigations; corrections; Homeland Security; juvenile justice; organizational behavior; and victimology.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration at CCU equips you with an excellent understanding of health care and crucial practical skills to lead others. Since all courses are taught from a Christian worldview, you`ll also gain opportunities to discuss and grapple with pressing issues in health care today -- including ethical considerations, quality of life issues, and personal interactions.
All instructors are professionals within the field of health care, and they will prepare you with the latest information in this fast-changing discipline. You`ll be trained in a wide array of health care topics. Knowledge in statistics and informatics will help you meet patient needs; understanding of the latest laws and regulations affecting health care, and fiscal concerns affecting efficient delivery of health care, will enable you to serve more effectively. You`ll also become adept at leading and managing others, because health care is, at its core, about people.
CCU's Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Resource Management combines human resource management with biblical and ethical principles of leadership, enhancing career possibilities in HR, management, and business fields.
Focus areas in the human resources degree include training and development, workforce planning, labor and employment law, compensation, performance management, compensation and benefits
The Information Systems Management degree integrates a holistic Christ-centered approach with technology and management to provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to successfully build and support today's information systems driven organization. Key components include management communication techniques, information systems decision making, infrastructure and system planning, enterprise architecture and knowledge management, systems analysis and design, Internet development and eCommerce, information security and software application and design. Graduates with an information systems management degree can find employment across industries and at a variety of levels. Technology is pervasive in today's world and whether it might be virtual businesses, large multinational corporations, non-profit organizations, small businesses or entrepreneurial ventures they all need information systems management professionals to serve and support their information and technology needs.
Marketing and sales professionals are vital to numerous industries and businesses across the U.S. and the world. The Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Sales will introduce you to principles like advertising, branding, market research, and social media, and how these and other components influence consumer behaviors.
Marketing classes at CCU are designed to develop marketing skills including making effective sales presentations, creating advertising campaigns, analyzing consumer behavior, and conducting marketing research studies. In all Marketing classes, an emphasis is placed on involving students with real-world problems that will advance their ability to make ethical business decisions from a Christian worldview.
The goal of Colorado Christian University`s RN-BSN degree-completion option is to help develop compassionate and competent nurse leaders who will help transform health care through Christ-inspired nursing practices.
Offered through CCU`s College of Adult and Graduate Studies, the online RN to BSN option is specially designed for the working RN seeking a bachelor`s degree in nursing. The RN-BSN option is designed for adult learners who are busy with work and family commitments. You will have the opportunity to join other nurses in a cohort and take the core classes together. Classes are taken one at a time in a five-week online format.
NUR470A is offered in 10 weeks. Small class sizes, professional application, and colleague relationships encourage individualized learning and networking. Students also have direct access to national and international faculty expert leaders in healthcare.
The Organizational Management in Christian Leadership degree is specifically designed to equip leaders involved in church or parachurch ministries. The program combines principles of organizational behavior with biblical standards of leadership, giving students practical management skills and critical leadership abilities. Students gain a foundation of knowledge relating to the health and growth of church, parachurch, and business organizations. Key management proficiencies are integrated with an understanding of biblical teachings on motivation, ethics, and teamwork for effective spiritual leadership.
The Organizational Management in Project Management degree is designed to train students in all aspects of managing high-level projects, including strategic management, project-based teamwork, risk reduction, and budget analysis. Throughout this degree program students take courses in organizational leadership, project planning, scheduling, controlling, and risk management. The curriculum is based on real world business situations, giving students practical, hands-on experience that is applicable in their current work situation. In addition to equipping students with a marketable skill set, students are challenged to consider how personal ethics and values can impact their work. Colorado Christian University has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
The Psychology degree gives students a comprehensive understanding of the foundational theories in human nature, explored from a Christian worldview. CCU challenges students to integrate faith and the study of human behavior in a scholarly environment that fosters critical and creative thinking. The program prepares students to serve and transform their professions, churches and communities. By gaining a greater understanding of people, graduates are equipped for entry-level positions in business, education, the mental health field, ministry, governmental agencies and other areas where a psychology background is either required or enhances the individual's qualifications for employment. In addition to personal growth and professional training, students are prepared for graduate work in the field of psychology and counseling. This academically prepares graduates to apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program at CCU.
The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Colorado Christian University offers bachelor's degree programs specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners. With many classes available on evenings and/or weekends, as well as online, you can take classes when and where it's convenient for you. Plus, at CCU, courses are taught from a Christian worldview, emphasizing how your personal values and ethics can impact your undergraduate or graduate studies, your life and your work.
The M.A. in Biblical Studies is designed primarily for lay leaders who desire training to better serve within their church, parachurch organization, or other ministry setting. Accordingly, this program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to systematize and apply biblical truth to the intellectual issues confronting the church and the surrounding culture.
CCU's MBA program is designed to equip a new generation of business leaders who want to set a higher standard for integrity, morality, and professionalism. The curriculum emphasizes leadership theory and practice and is designed to integrate faith into the knowledge and skills students gain in the program. Through experiential assignments and opportunities for practical application, students are challenged to relate biblical concepts to discussion topics ranging from accounting practices to business law to strategic marketing. Students will travel internationally and develop valuable problem-solving, human resource management, and business research insights.
The goal is to equip MBA graduates with more than fundamental business and management skills; they also develop critical leadership abilities that make them stand out in the workplace when pursuing a higher level management position, moving to a new industry, or starting a new business.
The field of criminal justice has become increasingly demanding – advances in forensic science, criminal psychopathology, data analysis, and other technological developments have enabled law enforcement and criminal justice professionals.
Offered through CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program equips students with the competency necessary to be a successful criminal justice professional, as well as the character, and courage of moral conviction to be a force for good based upon a Christian worldview.
The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program at Colorado Christian University is designed to produce effective educators and leaders – with a strong moral foundation – in educational settings across the globe. Earning your MACI degree at CCU will enhance your philosophy of education as well as your personal worldview, helping you integrate both into your career as an educator.
The MACI program is designed to enable students to enhance their professional careers in teaching, administration, organizational training, and curriculum development. The goal of the program is to develop strong educational leadership skills in educators that are dedicated to addressing diverse learner needs.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership is a comprehensive graduate program for experienced teachers, school administrators, and district personnel who seek to further their career in an academic leadership role.
Offered through our College of Adult and Graduate Studies, the program is designed to address many of the issues faced by educators in the public and private sectors alike. The primary aim of the educational leadership curriculum is to provide a tangible framework of leadership skills that prepare program participants for the challenges faced by school administrators in the 21st century.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Colorado Christian University is designed for nurses with a bachelor’s degree who are ready to take on greater leadership roles in health care. Recent healthcare reforms and the ongoing shortage of primary care physicians have increased the demand for nurses with master’s degrees who can help fill the gap in meeting the needs of a growing patient population.
CCU’s Master`s in Organizational Leadership (MOL) program is focused on effective organizational leadership in today`s uncertain and constantly changing world. The research-based, servant-leadership degree is based on best practices from scholarly literature that emphasize human and organizational transformation.
The Master of Public Administration program at Colorado Christian University equips students with the knowledge necessary to provide leadership and management in local, state and federal government agencies as well as voluntary, proprietary, and not-for-profit organizations.
CCU’s MPA program is unique in its emphasis to train Christ-centered men and women with a interest in public service to take places of leadership as confident, courageous, ethical, and effective leaders. The MPA degree focuses on building the graduate’s capacity to facilitate change in organizations and communities through technical competency and servant leadership.
Students in CCU's theology master's program will develop a biblical-theological basis for Christian ethics, leadership, maturity, and service, and will find themselves academically competent and spiritually prepared as informed theologians for work as a pastor, missionary, ministry leader, or in academia. This degree will also provide the academic training and leadership skills for further doctoral studies in theology.
Colorado Christian University offers two graduate certificates for RNs with a BSN degree (or higher) to help them update and enhance specific competencies. These theory and clinical practice certificates can help RNs advance their career and augment their current nursing practice.
Each certificate requires four courses, 325 clinical hours, and 30 weeks (7-8 months) to complete. The coursework addresses evidence-based practice and advanced nursing concepts within a biblical framework, focusing on servant leadership within professional practice.
The Chronic Care Management certificate covers models for quality outcomes with adult and geriatric patients, expert care for these populations, and includes both client-focused and population-focused clinical care management practicums. Students have the option to use graduate certificate courses completed at a B or higher grade within a degree emphasis if they apply and are accepted within five years into the Master of Science in Nursing program.
The Communication Studies Certificate provides students with the fundamentals of communication, including the principles and dynamics of interpersonal relationships, the value and impact of social media, the application of effective cross-cultural communication, and the development of advanced oral communication.
Topics of study include interpersonal communication, mass communication, public speaking and cross-cultural communication. Courses can be taken either in the classroom or online, providing maximum flexibility to study at convenient times and places.
The Communication Studies Certificate is available as a standalone program, or students may transfer 12 credits from the certificate to a CCU associate degree in Communication Studies or a CCU bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. The Communication Studies Certificate can also be used to supplement any CCU bachelor’s degree, providing you with principles for more effective communication in your career and other areas of your life.
The Criminal Justice Certificate provides you with the fundamentals of the criminal justice system, American juvenile justice, crime, and criminal behavior and policing. CCU's distinctive curriculum integrates faith with the criminal justice coursework, so you can explore the critical issues of life: free will, justice, redemption and the nature of man.
Topics of study include introduction to criminal justice, juvenile justice, introduction to policing and criminology. Courses can be taken either in the classroom or online, providing maximum flexibility to study at convenient times and places.
As schools of the 21st century strive to increase performance of all students, they are increasingly challenged to meet a wider variety of student needs. The special education generalist plays a critical role in teaching special education students and providing support for students with disabilities across multiple tiers of instruction. Generalists are good problem solvers who ask questions, continually reflect on and adjust their practice, are committed to individualization, and believe all students can learn.
As schools of the 21st century strive to increase performance of all students, they are increasingly challenged to meet a wider variety of student needs. The special education generalist plays a critical role in providing instruction and support for students with disabilities across multiple tiers of instruction. Generalists are good problem solvers who ask questions, continually reflect on and adjust their practice, are committed to individualization, and believe all students can learn.
The Health Care Administration certificate will provide you with competence in a rapidly growing job sector. You’ll comprehend the fundamental aspects of health care delivery, including a grasp of the latest changes in policies and regulations, and gain a strong understanding of the financial and ethical considerations in health care.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration is designed for students who may already possess an MBA but are interested in working in the health care industry; or for those who already have a position of leadership and management in health care but are new to health care systems, regulations and industry expectations. Students may transfer 12 credits from the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration to an MBA with an emphasis in Health Care Administration.
The Human Resource Management Certificate combines essential human resource functions, roles and responsibilities as well as HR generalist knowledge with a biblical worldview and ethical principles.
Topics of study include intro to business, organizational behavior, and human resource administration.
The Human Resource Management Certificate is available as a stand-alone program, or students may transfer 12 credits from the certificate to a CCU bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management. The HR Management Certificate can also be used to supplement a CCU bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Information Systems Management, or Organizational Management in Christian Leadership or Project Management.
The Instructional Technology Certificate from Colorado Christian University provides exposure to instructional approaches and technology tools for developing effective strategies to deliver training to learners. Students learn how to integrate various technologies into their curriculum.
The Graduate Leadership Certificate challenges students to stretch their skills to meet today’s organizational needs that are so entrenched in technology. The certificate coursework also includes social networking and collaboration approaches. Theories and realities of leadership/followership are addressed with special emphasis on the Biblical principles related to organizational leadership. Students then have the option to choose either an international focus or one that explores values-aligned leadership.
CCU's Marketing and Sales Certificate Certificate combines foundational marketing principles with a biblical worldview and ethical principles.
Topics of study include intro to business, marketing principles, and consumer behavior. Students may also choose an elective in either Personal Selling and Customer Relations or Advertising, Promotion and Public Relations.
The Marketing and Sales Certificate is available as a stand-alone program, or students may transfer 12 credits from the certificate to a CCU bachelor's degree in Marketing and Sales. The Marketing and Sales Certificate can also be used to supplement a CCU bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Information Systems Management, or Organizational Management in Christian Leadership or Project Management.
The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education and Staff Development focuses on teaching principles, curriculum design and technology in nursing education, and offers practicums on clinical teaching and effective teaching. Students have the option to use graduate certificate courses completed at a B or higher grade within a degree emphasis if they apply and are accepted within five years into the Master of Science in Nursing program.
The Online Course Developer Certificate will train you how to effectively design, develop, and evaluate online classes in educational or corporate settings. Throughout the program students are exposed to the latest educational technology and research, they learn various techniques to move the initial course design from a text-driven format to a dynamic, integrated online class, and they study the psychology of Web-based learning to gain a better understanding of how they can design a course to meet individual learner’s needs.
The Online Teaching and Learning Certificate will train you to become an effective online educator by giving you the tools you need to develop a teaching strategy that will enable you to significantly impact your learners. Throughout the program, students are exposed to the latest educational research and theory, they are trained in the complicated dynamics of online content delivery, and they learn how to integrate various technologies into their curriculum.
The Project Management Graduate Certificate focuses on the development of leadership as well as technical skills in the management of project teams. At the graduate level, the role of a program manager with the responsibility for oversight of multiple projects and several project managers is covered. The Project Management Certificate will provide you the skills required to plan, analyze, and evaluate project performance and associated risk to help you gain competitive advantage. MBA students may transfer 9 credits from the Project Management Graduate Certificate to an MBA with an emphasis in Project Management.
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CCU welcomes adult undergraduate and graduates students from the United States and the Armed Forces.
No on-campus requirement. All programs featured on this site are offered entirely online.
Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA code: 009401).
Your application can be submitted online without obligation to enroll. In most cases you can be admitted conditionally and begin your first course while CCU awaits the arrival of your transcripts.
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