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The faculty are mostly tenured professors who bring a variety of public health expertise to the classroom to provide a multi-disciplinary approach.

Faculty are mostly tenured.

Faculty who teach in the speech-language master’s program at Calvin are mostly full-time clinical instructors. Most of Calvin’s didactic courses are taught by full-time faculty (tenured and tenure-track) and full-time clinical instructors.

Courses in the program were designed by mostly tenured professors and will be taught by a combination of full-time and adjunct faculty who are experts in the field.

The faculty includes tenured, full-time professors who bring extensive, real-world experience to each class.

A mix of full-time and part-time faculty bring their expertise teaching current business skills and knowledge from a Christian perspective.

Miscellaneous fees associated with this program may include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, or loan fees. Consider these costs when budgeting for your education.

Miscellaneous costs could include books, supplies, or personal expenses and they are not included in the tuition costs. You can learn more about all tuition fees here.

At Calvin University, we’re committed to offering affordable, accessible, and high-quality online degree programs. We also believe in transparency, avoiding hidden costs and fees whenever possible. Use our tuition calculator to get your estimated tuition cost.

Note: Calvin University’s master’s degree in speech-language pathology utilizes a centralized application service for Communication Science and Disorders programs (CSDCAS). This full-service, web-based application system streamlines your applications to multiple programs. CSDCAS charges $133 for the first program you apply to and $53 for each additional program. Calvin does not charge a separate application fee. Learn more about CSDCAS.

Students are responsible for purchasing their textbooks and required materials. Consider these costs when budgeting for your education.

Miscellaneous fees associated with this program may include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, or loan fees. Consider these costs when budgeting for your education.

Miscellaneous fees associated with this program may include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, or loan fees. Consider these costs when budgeting for your education.

No. There are no additional fees on top of our affordable tuition. Find out more about tuition and aid.

New students may apply for scholarships and financial assistance.

Yes. Calvin University is a proud Yellow Ribbon school.

Yes. We have students from all walks of life and are happy to work with you to find a way to fit higher education into your schedule. Tell us more about your unique situation.

Each program is different, but we strive to be as flexible as possible when helping you achieve your goals. For more information, contact us.

While our curriculum is taught from a Christian perspective, being a Christian is not required to apply to Calvin University.

Yes. You must choose between the literacy concentration and the inclusion specialist concentration.

Yes. You must choose between concentrations in infectious disease and global health. Visit this program’s curriculum page to learn more about these concentrations.

Yes. You may choose from concentrations in health and exercise rehabilitation, performance and sport science, and sport and exercise administration. Students can also pursue more than one concentration.

The online MBA offers two concentrations in Business Analytics and Nonprofit Management, both of which are optional. Learn more about the curriculum for the online MBA by visiting the program’s curriculum page.

You can visit us! Calvin University is in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Yes. This program accepts transfer credit with program director approval.

Yes. The Master of Public Health online degree offers both part- and full-time options.

Yes. The Master of Public Health online degree offers both part- and full-time options.

This program does not require a residency, but internship opportunities are available.

This program offers two career-focused concentrations in infectious disease and global health. Visit this program’s curriculum page to learn more about the available concentrations.

You may be eligible for scholarships through Calvin University. Scholarships are a form of financial aid that do not have to be repaid. Work with the financial aid department to find out your eligibility. Call 616-344-5631 to learn more.

This program does not require GMAT or GRE scores for admission.

This program does not require previous work experience.

The Master of Speech-Language Pathology program is generally a full-time program. However, you can choose a 3-year track option that enables you to take only one didactic course at a time, and spread out your first three clinical semesters. Request more information for details about the 3-year track.

Yes, you can transfer up to six credit hours of comparable coursework into this program.

Yes, the department offers two virtual visit days each semester, or you can learn more by requesting more information or visiting the program’s Overview page.

Yes, this is a full-time program.

No, the program does not include any concentrations, specializations, or tracks.

We accept up to seven transfer credits for this program. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

The online MA in Media and Strategic Communication program follows a cohort model. This provides you with deep learning experiences with your peers.

The online program is designed for maximum flexibility and may be taken full-time if you feel you have the time to do so successfully. Full-time means you’ll take two classes every eight weeks.

To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The online program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time with one class every eight weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

There are no residencies expected for this program.

We do offer virtual open houses so you can get to know the program and faculty a bit better. The next two will happen in September and October of this year. Contact mmsc@calvin.edu to register.

The program has a strong media focus and unlike many programs, gives you in depth knowledge of strategy and creative. There are no specific concentrations offered. You can learn more about coursework for the online MA in Media and Strategic Communication program at Calvin University here.

Currently, Calvin University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

  • Complete the FAFSA ® to determine financial aid eligibility. Calvin University’s FAFSA ® code is 002241.
  • Apply for a Sallie Mae loan.
  • Review our payment plan.

There isn’t an entrance exam required to apply. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

Work experience is preferred, but not required to apply to the MA in Media and Strategic Communications program. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

No, this program does not follow a cohort model.

No, this program does not require work experience for admission.

Yes. This program accepts transfer credit with program director approval.

No. This program does not follow a cohort model.

Yes. The online Master’s in Exercise Science program offers both part- and full-time options.

Yes. The online Master’s in Exercise Science program offers both part- and full-time options.

The online Master’s in Exercise Science program does not require a residency component, but an externship in exercise science is required.

The online Master’s in Exercise Science offers three career-specific concentrations in health and exercise rehabilitation, performance and sport science, and sport and exercise administration. Visit the program’s curriculum page to learn more.

You may be eligible for scholarships through Calvin University. Scholarships are a form of financial aid that do not have to be repaid. Work with the financial aid department to find out your eligibility. Call 616-344-5631 to learn more.

Admission to this program does not require a GMAT or GRE score.

This program does not require previous work experience.

Yes. This program accepts transfer credit with program director approval.

This program does not follow a cohort model.

Yes. The online Master’s in Geographic Information Science program offers both part- and full-time options.

Yes. The online Master’s in Geographic Information Science program offers both part- and full-time options.

No. This program does not have a residency component.

This program does not offer concentrations.

You may be eligible for scholarships through Calvin University. Scholarships are a form of financial aid that do not have to be repaid. Work with the financial aid department to find out your eligibility. Call 616-344-5631 to learn more.

This program does not require GMAT or GRE scores for admission.

This program does not require previous work experience.

Yes. This program accepts transfer credit with program director approval.

No. This program does not follow a cohort model.

Yes. The online MBA offers both part- and full-time options.

Yes. The online MBA offers both part- and full-time options.

No. This program does not have a residency component.

The online MBA offers two concentrations in Business Analytics and Nonprofit Management. Learn more about the curriculum for both concentration options by visiting the program’s curriculum page.

You may be eligible for scholarships through Calvin University. Scholarships are a form of financial aid that do not have to be repaid. Work with the financial aid department to find out your eligibility. Call 616-344-5631 to learn more.

This program does not require a GMAT or GRE score for admission unless GPA is below 3.0.

This program does not require previous work experience.

Students are required to be on campus for the first week of their first clinical semester for clinical onboarding/orientation. Otherwise, because this is an online program, there is no residency component required.

You may be eligible for scholarships through Calvin University. Scholarships are a form of financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Work with the financial aid department to find out your eligibility. Call 616-344-5631 to learn more.

No, no test scores are required for admission into this program.

Our career center helps you navigate the job search process with resume and cover letter assistance, a job posting site, and more.

To apply for admission, follow this process:

Step 1: Fill out our application form.

Step 2: Complete your application file, including all program-specific requirements.

Step 3: Request official transcripts from each undergraduate or post-graduate institution you have attended.

Explore the application process here.

There are various options for student loans, including the FAFSA. Our staff is here to help you navigate the process.

The first step is to complete and submit the online application.

Your first steps toward applying are to complete the required CSDCAS application. Once you have completed your application, you’ll fill out our information form, gather your remaining application materials, and submit your completed file.

The first step is to start your application.

The first step is to complete and submit the online application.

The first step is to complete and submit the online application.

The first step is to complete and submit the online application.

Calvin University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program and offers an array of benefits for U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families. Find out more.

The online M.Ed. Program can be completed in 20 months of full-time study. Most complete the program in three years.

The Master of Public Health online degree can be completed in as few as 18 months.

You can complete the program in just 12 months. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The online Master’s in Exercise Science program can be completed in one year.

The online Master’s in Geographic Information Science program can be completed in as few as 9 months.

The online MBA can be completed in as little as one year.

You can complete the program in 2 years.

By helping to restore communication to people with communication issues, injuries, or other challenges, not only can we show them the restoring love of God, but we also highlight the importance of words—the vehicle of God’s love to the world.

Calvin University was originally founded in 1876 on Christian principles and ethics. Today, its liberal arts curriculum utilizes a Christian perspective, but students of all religious backgrounds and cultures are welcome to Calvin’s outstanding educational opportunities.

Calvin’s strong Christian perspective leads us to teach coursework through an ethical lens. This means you’ll graduate ready to move forward in the advertising, public relations, and media industries with confidence that you can create engaging strategies and captivating messaging with integrity.

Calvin University was founded in 1876 on Reformed Christian principles and ethics. Today, its liberal arts curriculum utilizes a Christian perspective, but students of all religious backgrounds and cultures are welcome to Calvin’s outstanding educational opportunities.

Calvin University was originally founded in 1876 on Christian principles and ethics. Today, its liberal arts curriculum utilizes a Christian perspective, but students of all religious backgrounds and cultures are welcome to Calvin’s outstanding educational opportunities.

Calvin University was originally founded in 1876 on Christian principles and ethics. Today, its liberal arts curriculum utilizes a Christian perspective, but students of all religious backgrounds and cultures are welcome to Calvin’s outstanding educational opportunities.

Our program is taught through a Christian perspective with a focus on community, service, and justice. All our faculty are committed Christians with a faith perspective who place emphasis on practical experience while equipping you to lead your learning community through justice and service. With rigorous academic study and intentional Christian community, students learn to think deeply, act justly, and live wholeheartedly. Learn more about our mission here.

Students have a maximum of six years to complete the program.

While most students complete the Master of Public Health online degree within 18 months, you may take up to 4 years to complete the degree.

The online MA in Media and Strategic Communication program is designed for working professionals with busy lives, so if something interrupts your normal course of study, you don’t have to worry about losing the courses you’ve completed. You can take up to four years to complete the degree if needed. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

While most students complete the online Master’s in Exercise Science program within one year, you may take up to 2 years to complete the degree.

While most students complete the online Master’s in Geographic Information Science program within 24 months, you may take up to 4 years to complete the degree.

While most students can complete the online MBA in 1-2 years, you may take up to 4 years to complete the degree.

You can take as long as 3 years to complete the program if needed.

This program is available online for the first time in Fall 2021.

This program will be available online for the first time in Fall 2021.

This program will be available online for the first time in Fall 2021.

This program will be available online for the first time in Fall 2021.

Clinical hours are not required for this program, but the externship course required 64 practical experience hours.

There are no clinical hours required.

This program requires 400 clinical hours, which is enough for graduates to begin their clinical fellowship to pursue professional certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

The online Master of Public Health program requires the completion of 14 courses. The MPH coursework includes 8 core courses, 3–4 concentration-specific courses, and 3 elective courses.

You’ll complete 10 courses to earn the online MA in Media and Strategic Communication degree. You can learn more about coursework here.

This program requires the completion of 10 courses total, including seven core courses and three concentration-specific courses. Visit the program’s curriculum page to learn more.

This program consists of 7 courses.

The online MBA program requires the completion of 12 courses, including those required for your chosen concentration. Concentrations are optional. Learn more about the curriculum for this program here.

The program includes 21 courses.

This program requires the completion of 42–43 credit hours, depending on the concentration you choose. Learn more about the curriculum for this program here.

You’ll complete 32 credit hours to earn the online MA in Media and Strategic Communication degree. You can review courses now.

This program requires the completion of 30 total credits.

This program requires the completion of 30 total credits.

This program requires the completion of 36 total credit hours, including the courses required for your chosen concentration. Concentrations are optional. Learn more about the curriculum for this program here.

The program includes 72 credit hours.

To learn about our credit transfer policy, please call us at 616-526-6000.

This program accepts transfer credit with program director approval. The number of credits you may be eligible to transfer depends on your previously completed coursework.

Transfer credits will be evaluated by the program director on a case-by-case basis.

You may transfer up to 6 credits.

Field hours are not required for this program. However, internship opportunities are available.

This program does not require field hours.

Field hours are not required for this program.

Number of students will vary by class. We typically have a low student to teacher ratio.

Yes. Our online degree programs are as rigorous and content-rich as our on-campus programs. They are taught by expert faculty committed to your goals and education. Your Calvin University diploma will be the same as an on-campus student’s diploma and will not list modality.

Calvin University is accredited by the HLC accreditation.

No. The GMAT and GRE not required for the M.Ed program.

Yes. The Master of Public Health online program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and Calvin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

No. The online Master of Public Health program is not offered in a blended or hybrid format.

Yes, this is a hybrid program that includes online coursework and in-person clinical practicums.

The online MA in Media and Strategic Communication program is not available in a blended format.

Calvin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Calvin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In addition, the curriculum for the online Master’s in Geographic Information Science is based on the industry-standard University Consortium for Geographic Information Science GIS&T Body of Knowledge.

No, this program is not available in a blended or hybrid format.

Calvin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

No. This program is not available in a blended or hybrid format.

The Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology education program at Calvin University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

This program is fully online with a practicum that can be completed at your place of employment, if applicable. Explore the benefits of online learning.

Our program can be completed at a full-time or part-time pace.

There is no residency component. There is a required practicum for the inclusion specialist concentration and an optional practicum if seeking state endorsement with the literacy concentration. This practicum can be completed at your place of employment, if applicable.

Yes. The Master of Education program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Accreditation documents from these agencies are available for review by request in the Office of the Provost.

The Master of Education program is also approved by the Higher Learning Commission to be offered at our campus. We are currently seeking approval to offer the entire program online, however, the approval process has been delayed by COVID-19. We cannot guarantee that you can complete this program online until the HLC process is complete. However, accreditation will apply retroactively to graduates, even if the institution is in candidacy status at the time.

We recommend that you have some experience teaching, but it is not required. You must hold or be qualified for a teaching license.

Our student community and alumni network are vast and always available to assist. Reach out to be connected with a current student or graduate.

With our affordable tuition, Calvin offers limited scholarships and grants. Find out more about tuition and aid

To be accepted, you must submit:

– A completed application
– Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
– Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic coursework that demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
– Two letters of professional recommendation
– A professional essay detailing the applicant’s professional goals
– Documented teacher certification or eligibility for teacher certification

Find out more about admission requirements.

Admission requirements differ by program. Please request information about your area of interest.

In addition to a completed online application, you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent coursework in speech pathology and audiology, or a degree in a related discipline
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Official copies of transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing samples (specific prompts)
  • A personal statement

This program does not require a GMAT or GRE score for admission.

Admission to this program does not require a GMAT or GRE score.

This program does not require a GMAT or GRE score for admission.

This program does not require a GMAT or GRE score for admission unless GPA is below 3.0.

To apply for admission to this program, you must:

  • Submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Submit a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a CV or resume
  • Complete and submit the online application form

Get started on your online application.

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Degree and Minimum GPABachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
TranscriptsAll students seeking enrollment must submit official transcripts from each institution attended.
Official GMAT/GRENot required
Additional RequirementsA short-answer writing sample and a CV or resume must be submitted.

You can learn more about our admission requirements here.

To apply for admission to this program, you must:

  • Submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in allied health, exercise science, health promotion, psychology, sports management, or related wellness area with a 2.8 cumulative undergraduate GPA
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Complete and submit the online application form

Get started on your online application.

To apply for admission to this program, you must:

  • Submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the last two years of an undergraduate program
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Complete and submit the online application form

Get started on your online application.

To apply for admission to this program, you must:

  • Submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If GPA is below 3.0, GRE/GMAT scores are required.
  • Submit a 500-word response to the application question, “Why have you chosen to pursue graduate studies, and to do so at Calvin University?”
  • Complete and submit the online application form

Get started on your online application.

We offer six start dates throughout the year. Explore when to apply.

The upcoming start dates for the online Master of Public Health program include Aug. 30, 2021 and Jan. 10, 2022.

The MA in Media and Strategic Communication has four starts a year with rolling admissions.

Upcoming start dates for this program include Aug. 30 and Oct. 25.

Upcoming start dates for this program include August 30, 2021 and January 10, 2022.

Upcoming start dates for this program include Aug. 30 and Oct. 25.

As a graduate of the online MPH program, you’ll be qualified for a variety of in-demand positions, including epidemiologist, medical scientist, clinical research coordinator, community educator, policy developer, and more. Visit the program’s career outlook page to learn more about the career opportunities that await you after graduation.

Once you complete the online Master’s in Exercise Science, you’ll have the credential to pursue positions such as exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, athlete manager, athletic facilities director, and more, depending on your chosen concetration. Visit the program’s careers page to learn more about career outcomes.

Once you complete the online Master’s in Geographic Information Science, you’ll have the credential to pursue positions such as geographer, geoscientist, geospatial data scientist, cartographer, and more.

Once you complete the online MBA program, you’ll be qualified for a variety of in-demand leadership careers, including roles such as top executive, fundraising manager, administrative services manager, marketing manager, and more. Visit this program’s career outcomes page to learn more about the professional opportunities that await you.

You must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate 3.0 GPA.

You’ll need a GPA of 3.0 to apply to the program. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

You must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate 2.8 GPA to be admitted into this program.

You must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate 3.0 GPA for the last two years of your bachelor’s degree.

You must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered for admission. If GPA is below 3.0, GRE/GMAT scores are required.

You’ll need a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The majority of faculty members are full-time.

We are proud to say that graduates of our program have had a 100% pass rate on the national PRAXIS exam since 2012. PRAXIS review sessions are included in one of our final-year clinical practicum courses.

Cost per credit hour is $549 for the 2020–2021 academic year. Total tuition ranges from $16,470 to $17,568. Read more about tuition and fees.

Tuition for the online Master of Public Health program is $660 per credit.

Tuition for the online Master’s in Exercise Science is $660 per credit hour.

Tuition for the online Master’s in Geographic Information Science program is $660 per credit.

Tuition for the online MBA program is $660 per credit hour. Learn more about tuition for this program here.

The cost per credit varies by program. Please visit your program of interest to learn more.

Tuition is $660 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 32 credits for a total tuition of $21,120. You can review all tuition costs here.

The program costs $922 per credit hour.

Total tuition varies by program. Please explore your program of interest for more information on tuition.

The total tuition for the online Master of Public Health program is $27,720–$28,380.

The total estimated tuition for the master’s degree in speech-language pathology is $66,384.

Tuition for the online MA in Media and Strategic Communication program is $21,120. You need to complete 32 credit hours at $660 per credit hour. You can review all tuition costs here.

The total tuition for the online Master’s in Exercise Science program is $19,800.

The total tuition for this program is $19,800.

Before applicable fees, the total tuition for the online MBA program is $23,760. Learn more about tuition for this program here.

Calvin’s Center for Student Success has a disability services office that provides assistance to students with visual impairments, learning disabilities, mobility impairments, hearing impairments, chronic health conditions (including allergies), psychological disabilities, and temporary disabilities.

Our faculty are available through virtual office hours. Find out more about online student life.

We encourage networking even after you graduate. Our career center staff are eager to connect you with Calvin students and graduates seeking networking contacts.

At Calvin University, we welcome transfer students to our community. Please contact our admissions counselors at 1-855-474-8346 to discuss your situation and learn more about our transfer policy.

Our online degree programs are flexible but rigorous. Find out more about being an online student at Calvin University.

We accept applications on a rolling admissions basis.

You should apply by October 15, 2021, to begin on this program’s next start date of January 10, 2022.

We offer multiple start dates throughout the year which varies by program.

Yes. Please refer to the phone numbers below. Our support team is also here to help you with all your technical needs. 

Our degree program provides the speech pathology coursework and clinical hours needed to become a certified Speech Pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This certification allows you to seek licensure in your state; however, we suggest you check with your state’s licensing requirements.

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