Point Loma Nazarene University Graduate Programs

Last Updated on December 24, 2022

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Point Loma Nazarene University is known for being forward-thinking. At PLNU, academics, faith, and community are all vital. Students benefit from this balanced approach to education and leave PLNU prepared to think, act, and contribute to the world. In addition to more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program regional centers throughout Southern California. PLNU serves more than 3,500 students.

Did you know?

  • Since 2004, over 90 percent of PLNU students who have applied for admission to medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary schools have been admitted.
  • In the 2008 Open Doors report, PLNU’s study abroad program ranked 15th in the nation (among master’s degree-granting institutions) for a percentage of undergraduates participating – about 30 percent of graduating seniors have studied abroad.
  • PLNU is nationally recognized for its leadership in the area of sustainability – winning San Diego Environmental Services Recycler of the Year Award four out of the last six years and being named one of America’s 100 greenest schools by the Sierra Club in both 2010 and 2011.
  • Through PLNU’s LoveWorks Short-term Mission Program, more than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, and alumni have served people in need in approximately 60 world areas.
  • PLNU’s Center for International Development researches sustainable business practices and solutions to global poverty.
  • Since 2005, 22 student films/TV programs have won awards or appeared at film festivals.
  • PLNU’s Speech and Debate Team has been the national champion in the National Parliamentary Debate Associations’ yearlong sweepstakes competition four out of the last seven years, competing against such schools as UC Berkeley and UCLA.

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San Diego, California, United StatesAs a Christian liberal arts university, PLNU is committed to shaping students’ academic, personal, and spiritual growth. 

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Master’s Programmes

Education & Training (3)Medicine & Health (2)Business & Management (1)Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)Humanities (1)Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Dr. Bob Brower, PLNU’s current president, was inaugurated in 1998. In 1999, PLNU began graduate programs in education in Bakersfield and Mission Valley. A graduate program in education had remained in Pasadena since the move and in 2001, it moved to Arcadia. Also in 2001, an MBA program was added in Mission Valley. 


Our mission isn’t simply to prepare you for a career after you graduate — though that’s part of it — but to shape you into a thoughtful, service-minded, and engaged member of your community and world. 


The Offices of Strengths & Vocation (OSV) will provide you with the skills, experience, and relationships you need after you graduate. From helping you find internships and editing your resume to connecting you with professionals, OSV will help you uncover how you can live out your calling in everything you do and every aspect of your life.


Housing services

PLNU is primarily a residential campus, meaning most of our students live on campus.

Living in a residence hall can be a significant part of your time at PLNU. We see it as a challenging, rewarding way to live out our commitment to being a Christian community.

Each of our residence halls has a resident director (RD), a full-time staff person who lives and works in the hall. We also have a committed team of student resident assistants (RAs) who live and work in the hall as well.Show less

Library services


Medical services

We are committed to making sure students at PLNU receive a safe, healthy, and overall meaningful experience. That’s why we offer several resources to ensure they are well taken care of, and thrive during their college experience.

Student Life

Campus life

PLNU is primarily a residential campus, meaning most of our students live on campus.

Sports facilities

The balance of study and play is what makes for a great PLNU experience. That’s why we encourage you to engage your body as well as your mind.Suit up and hit the turf (or surf) on an intramural or club team. Grab your bike, kayak, or hiking gear and take to the outdoors to satisfy your appetite for adventure. Or hone your competitive spirit and join fellow students in supporting your NCAA Division II Sea Lions as they compete against rival schools. Whether you enjoy competing on the field or cheering on the sideline, there are many ways to get involved in PLNU’s vibrant campus community.

Student clubs

What you do outside the classroom is just as important as what you do inside — it’s an integral part of a rich, well-rounded PLNU experience. That’s why we offer a variety of campus opportunities for you to get involved in. 

Hone your leadership skills. Foster relationships with fellow students. Cultivate your passions and interests. Or simply discover new ways to have some fun.Show less


PLNU is numbered among those institutions of higher education that meet or exceed the rigorous standards of accrediting associations and commissions. PLNU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), for which it periodically completes a self-study that addresses recognized standards and principles of excellence.

Tuition and Fees


Your college education is an investment unlike any other. And we’re committed to helping you make sure it’s affordable as possible.

That’s why we rely on financial support from alumni, donors, churches, corporations, and foundations to keep PLNU accessible and affordable for our students.

Adult Degree Completion Tuition Rates 2021-22

ProgramsCost Per Unit
RN to BSN$500
All other Adult Degree Completion programs$560

Graduate and Professional Studies Tuition Rates 2021-22

ProgramsCost Per Unit
Education, M.A. (San Diego)$660
Education Certifications (San Diego)$660
Education, M.A. (Bakersfield)$640
Education Certifications (Bakersfield)$640
Special Education, M.A. $660
Teaching, M.A. (San Diego)$660
Teaching, M.A. (Bakersfield)$660
Masters of Business Administration (MBA)$890
Nursing, M.S. (MSN)$820
Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)$1,160
General Biology, M.S.$765
Clinical Counseling, M.A.$790
Christian Ministry, M.A. $320
Organizational Leadership, M.A. (MAOL)$600
Athletic Training, M.S. $740
Kinesiology, M.S.$745

*Please note: The cost of education listed above does not include additional fees or textbooks.
**The university reserves the right to modify tuition and fees at any time. For more information, please refer to the Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog.



Audit FeeAll Programs$150
Independent Study FeeMinistry$90/unit
Research Project FeeAll Education Programs$60
Student Teaching FeeMAT, Teaching Credentials$75/unit
Teacher Education Assessment FeeMAT, Teaching Credentials$350
Thesis Project FeeBiology$60
Thesis Extension FeeMBA, MSN$600
Thesis Extension FeeMinistry$300
Thesis Binding FeeMBA, MSN, Ministry$35 (one time)
ePortfolio FeeMSN, Ministry$120 (one time) 
Graduation FeeAll Programs$120 (one time)*
Late Fee ** varies
Kinesiology Program FeeKinesiology$200
Kinesiology Course FeeKinesiology$400
Kinesiology Test FeeKinesiology$175
Student Athlete Fee $175
Athletic Training Program FeeATRA$1400 (billed in two $700 charges)
Taskstream and Sibme AccountsMTA, Teaching Credentials$300
MBA Course FeeMBA$40
Intern Supervision SupportTeaching Cred./Intern$50
Taskstream FeeEducation$150

*A graduation fee will be charged to each student at the completion of a degree program, regardless of participation in commencement. Tuition and fees noted above are for the academic year beginning with the fall 2015 semester and are subject to change annually.
**Late fees will be charged to all unpaid balances at the close of business on the billing due date.

Tuition Refund Insurance

Each year, thousands of college students across the country are unable to complete classes for the semester due to unforeseen medical reasons such as illness, accidents, concussions, or mental health-related issues. Unfortunately, in many cases these families are unable to recoup all their tuition dollars. According to PLNU’s refund policy, depending on the timing of the withdrawal, you may not be eligible to receive a refund of some or all of your tuition and fees. 

We understand these types of situations can be a financial hardship for many families, and we believe it’s important to offer an easy, affordable way to protect the investment your family has made in higher education. That’s why PLNU has partnered with GradGuard to provide our families with tuition insurance by Allianz Global Assistance, featuring special plans and rates not available to the general public.

This coverage expands the scope of our refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, room and board, and other fees for covered withdrawals at any time during the semester. Plans also include Student Life Assistance: a 24-hour emergency hotline that offers students and parents even greater peace of mind.

At Point Loma Nazarene University, we want the best for our students, and Allianz Global Assistance is a world-leader in specialty insurance and assistance — helping over 35 million people protect their tuition payments, travel plans and more each year. Read more about tuition refund insurance.

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