Premier online University serving working professionals around the world
Unprecedented access to U.S. regionally accredited online graduate degree programs
In addition to regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), NCU’s degree programs in the School of Business and Technology Management are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). NCU was the first accredited online university to feature an ACPSP accredited business school.
The Northcentral University is dedicated to the mission of educating professionals throughout the world and providing an opportunity to earn a U.S regionally accredited degree. The NorthCentral University nurtures students with the help of highly credentialed faculty and by adopting advanced delivery modalities.
The university is committed to assist students in academic achievements and groom them to become valuable contributors in their communities and professions as well.
Northcentral University is a global leader and premier online graduate university for providing access to U.S regionally accredited higher education.
Following are the values which are regarded by NorthCentral University.
The university pays regard to contemporary and innovative education systems and it supports recognized concepts of learning and teaching.
The university gives value to the diversity of actions and thoughts. It considers diversity as a strength that allows the community to surpass the geographical and organizational peripheries. The university expects its members of community to treat others with dignity and respect.
The university’s community is committed to the excellence in services and academics. Leadership is valued at Northcentral University and the university strives for continuous improvements in everything it does. The university defines and measures outcomes and ensures that the passion for excellence is never compromised.
Northcentral University is dedicated to holding each member responsible for his/her scholarly and professional work. The university’s commitment to educate the students is shown in day to day operations and it strives to make continuous improvements in the quality of teaching and curriculum.
The faculty members of Northcentral University are top level instructors who adopt best teaching practices and are life-long learners themselves.
A brief epitome of the history of college
Dr. Hecht founded NorthCentral University in 1978. Initially the name of the institution was ‘Southern California University for Professional Studies (SCUPS)’. The foundation of the university was meant for providing degree programs and correspondence courses to adult students.
In 1996, Dr. Hecht met with a group of his faculty and administrators to discuss the impact of using computers to increase the quality of educational programs conferred by the college. They all agreed that online courses could be made available to anyone who had access to computers.
After having discussions with the State Board and Northcentral Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), Dr. Hecht decided to open an online school meant for conferring online degree programs. This led to the foundation of Northcentral University.
Distinguishing features of Northcentral University
Northcentral University savors the honor of having following distinctive features.
First 100% online university to offer accredited Doctoral degrees.
One of only eight worldwide institutions to receive accreditation by Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Accreditation is reckoned as a standard against which the schools, colleges and universities are evaluated in context of the quality of education, and the operating practices.
In order to confirm the high standards of educational excellence, the accreditation agencies continuously evaluate the integrity, continuous improvement, accountability and open communication of the institutions which reside on their rosters.
The accreditation instills confidence in the educational community and institutions' constituencies. In order to evaluate the transfers of credit and applications for postgraduate study, the colleges and universities also rely on the accreditation status.
The Northcentral University savors the honor of being accredited by the following.
The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the Northcentral Association of Colleges and Schools
Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
The Academic Advisors at Northcentral University provide academic support to the students for their individual degree programs through scheduled and frequent contacts. The academic advisors assist in understanding the procedures and policies that may affect the academic experience of the students at Northcentral University.
Following is the grading policy which is adopted by northcentral University in order to mark/judge the academic outcomes of the students at northcentral University.
Less than 73
Less than 64.00
Administrative course codes
Following are the course codes which are not considered for the calculation of GPA.
This course code is assigned when a student cancels his/her participation in a course during the first week of the course session. Dropped courses do not appear on the student’s transcript. Students dropping a course are eligible for a full or partial refund in accordance with the University’s refund policy.
An EXT may be granted in rare extenuating circumstances. If a grade has been posted, once an extension is approved, the EXT code can replace that grade until a final grade is determined. An EXT is used for administrative purposes only and will be replaced by the final grade.
NG (No Grade)
The Offices of the Provost or Registrar authorize use of this code to indicate a student has been allowed to drop a course without academic penalty after the official 7-day drop period. An NG remains permanently on Northcentral records but does not appear on the student's transcript. An NG may be granted in rare extenuating circumstances.
Reasons for granting an NG code and the name of the approving party must be fully documented in the student journal and on the NG Grade Form, which is retained in student records.
An "R" grade is indicated on the transcript when the student repeats a course and the original grade awarded has been superseded by the later grade.
The student has canceled participation in the course within the first 71% of the course duration. The last date to cancel and receive a "W" rather than a letter grade appears in Course Registration Information for each course.
A withdrawal may only be granted after the first 71% of the course duration if the student has a passing status in the course or the School Dean has given approval. A student may not withdraw from a course after the faculty member has submitted a grade or after the course end date.
Students must send requests to withdraw from a course to his/her Academic Advisor using Northcentral's messaging system. Students withdrawing from a course within the first 7 days of a course session, regardless of course length, are eligible for a full refund. No refunds are given on the 8th or subsequent days of the course. If the student elects to repeat the course, full tuition for the retaken course will be charged.
WL (Withdrawal Military Leave)
“WL” indicates that a student has taken a Leave of Absence due to Military Deployment before the course end date. Students returning from a Military Leave of Absence may continue in the course where left off without paying course tuition again. When completed, the “WL” will be replaced by the final academic performance grade.
The productivity of the degree programs of a university may be measured by knowing the completion figures. Following are the completions of Northcentral University for different programs offered.
School of Business and Technology Management
School of Education
School of Behavioral and Health Sciences
Northcentral University was founded with the goal of providing accessible, high-quality, online graduate degrees to working professionals. NCU currently serves students worldwide, focusing on Doctoral and Master’s degrees in the Schools of Business and Technology Management, Education, and Behavioral and Health Sciences. Providing unprecedented access to regionally accredited online graduate degree programs utilizing a One-to-One faculty-mentored approach to online learning with highly-credentialed faculty, Northcentral University is an excellent choice for adult students who share a passion for excellence in higher education.
Northcentral University educates professionals throughout the world and provides an accessible opportunity to earn a U.S. regionally accredited degree. Northcentral mentors students One-to-One with highly credentialed faculty via advanced delivery modalities. Northcentral commits to helping students achieve academically and become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions.
Northcentral University is a premier online graduate university and a global leader in providing unprecedented access to U.S. regionally accredited higher education.
VALUES: I.D.E.A.'s Founded on INTEGRITY
We hold all members of our community to the highest ethical standards of professional and academic conduct and the rules and regulations of U.S. higher education.
Innovation: We envision new and innovative education delivery systems, and support proven concepts of teaching and learning. We encourage our community to seek solutions to educational challenges that will improve the quality of our programs and services.
Diversity: We value diversity of thought and action as a strength that allows our community to transcend organizational and geographical boundaries. We expect members of our community to treat people with respect and dignity.
Excellence: Our community is committed to excellence in academics and service. We value leadership and strive for continuous improvement in everything we do. We define and measure outcomes and take action to ensure that our community’s passion for excellence is never compromised.
Accountability: We are deeply committed to holding each member of the University responsible for their scholarly and professional work. We expect financial responsibility in the actions of our students and University team.
One-to-One faculty mentored approach
No physical residency requirements
Highly credentialed faculty
Applied experiential learning
Weekly course starts
Virtual (online) Bookstore
Disability Services Office
The Writing Center
Learner Web Portal (also has an ePortfolio section to organize student's work/projects)
Founded in 1978 (Southern California University for Professional Studies - SCUPS)
Learner Web Portal (also has an ePortfolio section to organize student's work/projects)
100% online classes with Flexible weekly start dates (program study material is accessible anywhere and anytime)
Regionally accredited online degree programs
Affordable tuition fees
Schedule allows Work full time while you take classes.
Specially trained for online instruction
Online bulletin boards
Chat rooms for students discussions
Email between professors and colleagues
Federal Financial Aid Programs
Federal Pell Grant Program
Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (National SMART)
Federal Direct Loan Program which includes
- Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan programs
- Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) program
- GradPLUS loan program