Graduate Education at Elon

Located in the beautiful Piedmont section of North Carolina, Elon University has earned a regional and national reputation for excellence both in undergraduate and graduate programs. Academic innovation is the hallmark of an Elon education, and the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Management (M.S. in Management), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Arts in Higher Education (MHE), Master of Arts in Interactive Media (M.A.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) programs exemplify Elon’s commitment to combining a stimulating classroom environment with opportunities to apply knowledge in a practical setting.

Master of Business Administration

The Elon MBA offers a rigorous curriculum featuring a core foundation of general management skills, career-focused specializations and a flexible schedule designed for working professionals. Ranked in the top 20 part-time MBA programs in the nation and the #1 part-time MBA program in North Carolina by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, the Elon MBA features a careful blend of conceptual knowledge, critical thinking skills and practical exercises that enable you to develop the skills you need to apply business knowledge in many different situations, communicate effectively, understand multiple perspectives of a problem and use ethical reasoning to determine how a proposed solution may affect your company and the wider community. Designed to be completed in 21 to 33 months, the Elon MBA also includes two regularly scheduled MBA international study experiences per year.

Master of Science in Management

The Master of Science in Management, combines a solid grounding in business fundamentals with in-depth training in a specialized field of study. The program can be taken as a 4+1 graduate professional degree that is appealing to students from the Arts and Sciences and professional schools. It is offered in full- and part-time schedules. Students who wish to attend full-time can complete the program in one year. Working professionals can take classes on a part-time basis. The program combines a core of business fundamentals and concentrations that are attractive to a wide variety of hiring organizations, profit and not-for-profit, leading to employment opportunities domestically and abroad. Concentrations are offered in Organizational Analytics and Corporate Communications (a partnership with the School of Communications). The Elon M.S. in Management program is much more than a collection of classes – it welcomes you into a rich, supportive community of students, alumni and faculty who quickly become colleagues, mentors, and friends. The program is enhanced with workshops that focus on career and professional development along with training in Excel and other job-essential skills.

Master of Science in Accounting

Master of Arts in Higher Education

Master of Education

The M.Ed. program offers graduate licensure in elementary education (K-6), gifted education (K-12) and special education (K-12). In the M.Ed. program, students hone skills for implementing appropriate instruction and differentiating curriculum for all students while deepening their understanding of the different content areas. Though skill development is an important aspect of the program, empowering teachers to make professionally mature decisions and developing collaborative leadership and research expertise are also emphasized. The M.Ed. programs provide licensed teachers the opportunity to complete the degree across three summers and two academic years. The program also provides the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica.

Master of Arts in Interactive Media

In the rapidly converging world of media, the Elon Master of Arts in Interactive Media prepares students to think strategically across media platforms; to plan and create interactive media content consisting of text, images, sounds, video, and graphics; manage information for interactive news, entertainment, and strategic communications; and to work in any profession that employs interactive media skills. The intensive 10-month, 37-hour program includes hands-on production and theoretical courses along with a Winter Term, team-based course where students create an interactive product that involves international travel. The M.A. in Interactive Media allows students to design, produce and create projects that are the principal components of 21st century digital media.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduate students enrolled in the three-year, full-time Doctor of Physical Therapy program have unique opportunities to practice specific learning objectives in a variety of clinical settings. The partnership between Cone Health-Alamance Regional Medical Center and Elon’s Department of Physical Therapy Education offers students a wealth of clinical and research opportunities. The philosophy of the DPT program emphasizes critical thinking, active learning, strong clinical experiences and inquiry-based approaches to treatment and research. The program produces graduates who are highly skilled clinician generalists and compassionate individuals, well-prepared for leadership as key members of a health care team.

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Elon’s full-time, 27-month, primary care-focused program employs a holistic approach to health care that emphasizes medical knowledge, interpersonal communication, patient care, professionalism and practice- and systems-linked learning. Elon’s PA program prepares graduates to think critically and act skillfully to meet expanding health care needs in local and global communities. Students immerse themselves in a curriculum structured around active learning strategies through collaborative work with Elon’s faculty, scholars and practitioners in the field. Students graduate from the program prepared to employ the most current knowledge to care for patients’ physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.

Juris Doctorate

The Elon University School of Law opened in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, in fall 2006 with a charter class of 100 students. The school builds on Elon University’s national reputation for excellence in engaged learning and leadership education. It provides experiential opportunities for law students in a learning laboratory environment, with direct access to the region’s major courts, law firms and government and nonprofit agencies. Elon law students acquire extensive knowledge of the law. They develop broad lawyering skills and learn how to listen, communicate and interact effectively and resolve conflict in the broad range of complex situations lawyers confront. They are empowered to improve our system of justice and make the world a better place.

The School of Law produces a separate academic catalog.

Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Level (numbered 500 and above) Courses

Undergraduate students who meet the necessary requirements may be eligible to enroll in graduate level courses for undergraduate degree credit. Permission of the academic advisor and corresponding graduate program director is also required and should be obtained on the substitution/waiver form. Credit earned in this way will count towards an undergraduate degree and may fulfill some requirements in a graduate degree program should the student transition to graduate study. An undergraduate student may earn a maximum of 12 hours of graduate credit. Courses may only be taken at the graduate level on a space available basis. Please see individual programs for further detail.

Course Numbering

000–089: Non-credit, non-degree, and continuing education courses

090–099: Courses that will be eventually given credit (e.g. study abroad)

100–199: Lower-level introductory undergraduate courses. Generally no prerequisites.

200–299: Lower-level intermediate undergraduate courses. May have prerequisites.

300–399: Upper-level intermediate undergraduate courses. Likely have prerequisites or require instructor permission.

400–499: Upper-level advanced undergraduate courses. Usually have prerequisites or require instructor permission.

500–599: Introductory-level graduate and professional courses (including those co-enrolled with undergraduates)

600–699: First year graduate and professional courses

700–799: Second year graduate and professional courses

800–999: Advanced-level doctoral courses

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