Pacific Lutheran University Graduate Programs

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Pacific Lutheran University offers top-ranked graduate programs.

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PLU graduate programs
● Prepare students for leadership roles in fulfilling and high-demand careers
● Open to students with any undergraduate degrees
● Offer small classes for high-quality and personal learning experiences
● Develop curriculums that are informed by real-world practice and industry trends
● Provide practicum placements that meet local and national certification requirements

Available graduate programs
● Master of Arts in Education (for Teacher Certification)
● Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
● Master of Business Administration
● Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
● Master of Science in Finance
● Master of Science in Kinesiology
● Master of Science in Marketing Analytics
● Master of Science in Nursing (include a track for non-nurses)
● Doctor on Nursing Practice
● Post Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Rankings & recognition
● Ranked among the top 100 "Best Master’s University in America" by Washington Monthly
● Ranked #22 among Regional Universities–West by U.S. News & World Report
● School of Nursing ranked among the top 150 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report
● Kinesiology department ranked as the top kinesiology department in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest by Niche
● School of Business named one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools by The Princeton Review

Pacific Lutheran University offers top-ranked graduate programs that prepare students for lives of service and innovation through classroom learning and applied settings such as supervised internships and mentored research projects. Students develop skills and knowledge with which to provide solutions to a diverse range of social, education, health, and business problems.

School of Business
The PLU School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), which is the benchmark of quality for business education across the globe. We offer three graduate business programs in Business Administration, Finance, and Marketing Analytics. They can be completed in nine or 10 months.

The Master of Business Administration prepares graduates to be organizational, innovative leaders. The late afternoon and evening class schedule makes it easier for working professionals. The program includes a 10-day international experience, during which students explore the culture and commerce of other countries. 

The Master of Science in Finance program is an online, cross-disciplinary program that prepares students to work toward the CFA credential. PLU is a CFA Institute University Affiliation Program partner.

The Master of Science in Marketing Analytics (MSMA) is an online program that prepares marketing analysts to leverage data-driven models to achieve deeper understanding of consumer behavior, solve marketing decision challenges, and ultimately drive growth for both profit and nonprofit organizations.

School of Nursing
Ranked as one of the top 150 graduate nursing programs in the US by U.S. News & World Report, PLU graduate nursing programs equip nurses with the knowledge and skills to lead change, promote health, and elevate care in various roles and settings. We offer a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

At the MSN level, we offer two pathways for registered nurses with a BSN degree and those with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees. We are the only school in Washington State that offers an entry-level MSN program which can be completed in 27 months, and students are eligible for RN licensure in 15 months.

The DNP programs are designed to prepare nurse practitioners to lead change in a complex health care environment.

School of Education and Kinesiology
PLU’s School of Education and Kinesiology offers two graduate programs: a Master of Arts in Education and a Master of Science in Kinesiology.  

The Master of Arts in Education is a one-year certification program. It's a cohort model that begins each summer and includes a year-long internship in public schools. All full-time faculty have K-12 experience. We also offer an alternative program to teaching certification for anyone with previous K-12 education experience such as paraeducators or career changers. 

PLU’s Kinesiology department is ranked by Niche as the top college for Kinesiology in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. The Master of Science in Kinesiology is designed to train effective evidence-based practitioners through coursework, mentoring support, and an applied project. 

Marriage and Family Therapy
PLU’s Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy is a two-year program that prepares therapists who provide individual, couples, and family therapy for mental health and relationship challenges. The program is accredited by the COAMFTE. The program offers small, individualized class sizes, plus clinical training in the on-campus therapy center and off-site internship sites.

Creative Writing
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) is a three-year, four-residency program in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students participate in 10-day summer residencies on campus and work remotely one-on-one with a faculty member during the year. Faculty are nationally known writers who are also outstanding teachers. 

What Our Students Say...

"PLU's Nursing program has a very positive reputation in the community. PLU graduates are ‘system thinkers.’ Healthcare systems are seeking to recruit them, as they bring exceptional professional energy to the workplace!” — Sally Watkins, Administrative Director of Clinical Resource Management at CHI Franciscan Health, MSN

“My teachers at PLU were more than subject matter experts. They had a moral compass, and they cared about us. I didn’t realize it at the time, but those relationships helped shape my values and guide my career.” — Nick Sears '87 and '95, co-founder of Android, MBA

“What I enjoy most about the MSMA program is that it gives students invaluable experience working with a variety of companies as well as making sure that students form connections with professionals in the industry.” — Niki Clifford '17, MSMA

“Being a part of a diverse cohort, where open and honest dialogue is encouraged, has really helped me expand my cultural lens and recognize the uniqueness of the human experience. The MFT program provides a safe place to deeply explore our similarities and differences.” — April Knight '15, MFT


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25 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-DNP)                
BSN to MSN Programs                
Clinical Care Nursing                
Creative Writing                
Elementary Education                
General MBA                
MBA - Project Management                
Marketing Analytics                
Marriage/Family Counseling                
Nursing (Entry-Level)                
Psychiatric Nursing                
Religious Education                
Special Education                
Supply Chain Management                
Teacher Certification                
Teaching Art                
Teaching English                
Teaching Foreign Language                
Teaching History                
Teaching Math                
Teaching Other Subjects                
Teaching Science                


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