Northcentral University is a private, for-profit, accredited
university based in Prescott Valley,
Arizona, that offers distance education. It was established in
1996 and is currently owned by Rockbridge Growth Equity, LLC and
Falcon Investments, LLC.
Under the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education,
Northcentral is classified as a Doctoral Research
Northcentral offers bachelor's, master's (MA, MBA and MEd) and doctoral (PhD, DBA and EdD) degrees in business and technology management, education, and behavioral and health sciences. In 2013,
Northcentral received a five year accreditation from the Commission
on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
(COAMFTE) for their Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
(MAMFT) degree program. Northcentral University’s MAMFT is
the first and only program with distance education to receive
COAMFTE’s accreditation, ensuring that the University’s
program aligns with national accreditation standards.
Northcentral University was founded in 1996 by Dr. Donald
In 1978 Hecht had established California Southern
University, formerly known as Southern California University
for Professional Studies (SCUPS).
In 2003 the University received regional accreditation from The Higher Learning
In 2007 the headquarters was established in Prescott, Arizona. In that same year, the
school received ACBSP
On October 8, 2008, Northcentral announced the university was
being purchased by Rockbridge Growth Equity, LLC.
In 2011 the US Department of
Education determined Northcentral was one of 75 institutions
that had failed its 2009-2010 financial responsibility test, and
would be required to post a letter of credit in order for students to
receive federal financial aid.
Northcentral also failed its 2010-2011 financial responsibility
test, scoring a perfect zero, even lower than the 0.2 it earned the
Northcentral is accredited by the
Commission of the North
Central Association of Colleges and Schools, of which it is a
Northcentral's business school is accredited by the Accreditation
Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Northcentral's psychology programs are not accredited by the
Association (APA), the body that works closely with state
governments for licensing requirements of psychologists.
Additionally, its business programs are not accredited by the
association to advance collegiate schools of
Northcentral consists of three schools:
- School of Business and Technology Management (Degrees offered
BBA, MBA, DBA, PhD, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in
- School of Education (Degrees offered BEd, MEd, EdD, PhD, and
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education)
- School of Behavioral and Health Sciences (Degrees offered BA
and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Psychology; MA and
PhD in Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy)
Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Course
Northcentral is one of 186 higher education institutions to have
some of its individual courses certified by the CNSS.
According to the National Security Agency's
Central Security Service web site,
"The goal of the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE)
Program is to expand the use of national standards in information
assurance education and training throughout the nation. IACE
systematically assesses the degree to which courseware from
commercial, government, and academic sources maps to the national
standards set by the Committee on
National Security Systems (CNSS)." Accordingly, Northcentral's
courses have been certified as meeting "the minimum standards for
the duties and responsibilities of Information Systems Security
(INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI 4011."
FEMA Emergency Management
The Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States Department of Homeland Security includes
Northcentral's Business Administration PhD, Homeland Security
Specialization in its list of "Colleges, Universities and
Institutions Offering Emergency Management Courses."
Northcentral University and Fort Hays State University, a
public university in Kansas,
have an arrangement under which Fort Hays State University's MBA
credits transfer toward Northcentral's DBA or Business PhD
- In the 2011 edition of OEDb's Online College Rankings,
Northcentral University was ranked 29 out of 65
- Ranked 7th on Guide to Online School's "2012 Online College