School of Graduate and Professional Studies


Master's Degree Programs


Business Administration - MBA
Program Details
Available : Kansas City area and online
Concentrations : Finance , General, International Business, and Management Information Systems
The MBA Program provides training to individuals to think critically and effectively to find solutions to management problems. It also prepares students to excel in managerial and technical skills necessary for leadership positions in worldwide and technologically sophisticated market environment. Significance is also placed on developing the skills and techniques required to effectively implement decisions.

Communication and Leadership - M.A.
Program Details
Available : Kansas City area and online
This graduate program is designed for professionals who wish to build on their current career skills, advance to a new position or organization, or desire personal enrichment. The complexities of relationships and the competitive nature of business demand leaders with highly polished interpersonal and organizational skills. This degree provides the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to serve in corporate settings, the military, non-profit, government, politics, or other arenas.

Healthcare Administration - M.H.A.
Program Details
Available : Kansas City area and online
Considering the focus on healthcare reform, rapid advances in pharmacology, technology and healthcare delivery practices, the leadership of healthcare organizations is a challenging and ever-changing task. Today's healthcare organizations need administrators who can not only manage the current components of healthcare, but lead the healthcare sector in new directions. The Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) program offers students an exclusive opportunity to understand and master the organizational, legal, financial, political, and managerial elements of healthcare.

Music - M.M.
Program Details
Available : Parkville campus
The Master of Music degree program is an advanced course of study for musicians who hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking careers as professional musicians.

Public Affairs - M.P.A.
Program Details
Available : Kansas City area and online
The M.P.A. program allows you to be adaptable in your career, understand and prepare for multisector and cross-sector realities, and successfully lead in your changing environment. Because the M.P.A. is a values-driven program, you will focus not only on doing things the right way, but on the courage to do the right things. Concentrations : Disaster and Emergency Management, Business, Government and Global Society, Nonprofit and Community Services Management, and Public Management 

Social Work - M.S.W.
Program Details
The Master of Social Work degree at Park University is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge, values and skills needed to deliver effective and efficient advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The advanced practice concentration is Behavioral Health. Within this concentration, students will be given the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in one of three “areas of emphasis,” Gerontological Social Work; or Social Work with Children and Families. If you are interested in applying, please contact Walter Kisthardt, Ph.D.

M.Ed. Educational Leadership
Program Details | Cohort Program
Available : Kansas City area
The Master of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership degree is designed to prepare the student for certification in the principalship. It is offered in the eight-week format, classes meeting one evening per week, for 4 1/2 hours. Full-time enrollment is one course per eight-week term. Full-time enrollment during the academic year and two courses for two summers allows completion in two calendar years. Students who are employed full-time are encouraged not to take a heavier load.

M.Ed. Adult Education
Program Details
Available : Kansas City area and online
This program embodies a progressive and coherent prospectus in the following fundamental areas:
  • The theoretical and philosophical foundations of adult education
  • The underlying implications, characteristics, and broad scope of adult education
  • Critical thinking toward social change in adult education
  • The leadership and facilitation needed for adult learning and development
  • Adult education research

M.Ed. in Language and Literacy
Program Details | Cohort Program
Available : Kansas City area
The Special Reading Teacher/Literacy Coach track, for educators desiring to work as literacy coaches or special reading teachers, in various public and private settings. The degree program meets the international Reading Association's Standards for Reading Professionals (2003 revision) for Category II: The Classroom Teacher and Category III: The Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach. This track leads to Missouri Special Reading certification. This certification is not available as an initial certificate; candidates must already be certified in another area.

M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership
Program Details | Cohort Program
Available : Kansas City area
The Master of Education degree in Teacher Leadership, which contains four strands, began in October 1995, becoming the first graduate program in the School for Education. The degree is designed to meet the practical needs of the classroom teacher, and uses a praxis model that ties theory and practice together, in each course. The program strives to develop reflective educators who can be change agents in the lives of their students, in their school and communities, and culminates with two capstone courses: Critical Reflections Seminar and Action Practicum, or by completion of the Thesis Option.