School of Graduate and Professional Studies Park University

School of Graduate and Professional Studies Park University

Kansas City, MO
student ratio
total students
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average amount to complete degree
August 15
fall application deadline
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21 Departments and Programs
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Park University School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Park University School of Graduate and Professional Studies is part of Park University, founded in 1875 as an independent, 4-year, coeducational residential institution. The main campus of the Park University Graduate School is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Graduate programs at Park University include master's degree programs, certificate programs, professional certificate programs, and career training programs that lead to certificate and other non-credit credentials.

A Practical Park Graduate School with Online Options

Park University School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers a variety of classroom and online programs with practical focuses, high academic standards, and flexible course scheduling.

The philosophy of Park University acknowledges the learning contributions provided by employment, community volunteerism, service-learning, and internship experiences. The Park University Graduate School considers these professional experiences to be integral to the graduate curriculum.

Park Graduate School Offers Sophisticated Online Delivery

Along with a robust graduate school, professional studies campus, and classroom experience, Park University School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers online and distance learning to people throughout the nation and around the world.

Park University Graduate School has been included in the """" annual ranking of best online graduate schools. The programmers and instructors who create and deliver the university¿s online curriculum are required to complete online training themselves to ensure a robust and fulfilling digital distance learning experience.

Master's Degree Program Offering

Park University Graduate School offers students 7 master's degree programs in both face-to-face (classroom) format and online. Specific programs include a wide variety of concentrations.

The 7 master''s degree programs include: the Master of Arts (MA) in Communication and Leadership program; the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program; the Master of Education (MEd) program; the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program; the Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) program; the Master of Music in Piano/String Performance (MM) program; and the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program.

The graduate music program also includes a graduate artist diploma and a graduate certificate in applied music.

Flexible MBA Program

Park University Graduate School offers an MBA program from the School of Business at Park University. Students may earn their MBA degrees entirely through online delivery, entirely through the face-to-face classroom environment, or through a combination of the 2 delivery systems.

Master of Education Degree Programs Offer Specializations

The School of Education at Park University offers 2 master's degree programs in education. They are the Master of Education (MEd) degree program and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program. The MEd degree is available to graduate students in 5 specializations: education leadership, adult education, early childhood education, language and literacy, and teacher leadership.

Graduate education degree programs at Park University allow students to explore issues, design curricula, and learn new strategies and techniques that will enable them to become more effective educators, through the application of theory and the latest research in education best practices.

Master of Healthcare Leadership Addresses Healthcare Transformation

A Master of Healthcare Leadership program is offered through the Park University Hauptmann School for Public Affairs. This master's degree program prepares students to assume leadership roles in a wide variety of public, private, and non-profit healthcare organizations.

The curriculum in this program includes the study of current and emerging issues facing healthcare providers, insurance carriers, and patients, including the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs), compliance issues, clinical documentation improvement, and the use of information technology to manage healthcare business workflows.

Graduate and Professional Certificate Program Offering

The graduate certificate program at Park University Graduate School includes 7 fields of study. Some are available only online and others are available in both online and classroom formats.

Online certificates can be earned in computer and network security, disaster and emergency management, healthcare/health services management and leadership, and leadership of international healthcare organizations.

Two certificate programs are offered both online and on campus: business and government leadership, and nonprofit leadership.

The professional certificate programs in urban development and in applied music are offered at the Kansas City Graduate School campus.

Park University's Special Relationship with the US Military

Park University has maintained a long-standing relationship with the US military and is recognized as one of the largest providers of online education to military learners worldwide. The university has received international recognition by "Military Advanced Education" magazine in its "Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities" listing.

Park University History of Diversity

Park University has a well earned reputation for supporting an ethnically diverse student population and non-traditional adult learners. Two of the original 17 men and women first enrolled at Park University in 1875 were Native Americans, and the university welcomed black students into Park University residence halls in the 1950s.

Today Park University has more than 24,000 campus and online students, featuring a robust international student population from 110 countries.

Park University also has 40 satellite campus locations in 21 states, located on or near United States Air Force bases. The flagship campus of Park University is located in Parkville, just outside Kansas City, and the university also has campuses in Independence, Missouri, and Austin, Texas.

Missouri and Kansas Offer Recreation and Sports

While the campus of Park University Graduate School is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, the flagship campus of the university is located on an 800 acre bluff overlooking the city of Parkville, just outside Kansas City.

The Kansas and Missouri Rivers wind through Parkville and Kansas City respectively and provide the backdrop to scores of parks, trails, and conservation areas. Kansas City is home to 2 professional sports teams, the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League and the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball.

Location & Contact

School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Park University

911 Main, Suite 900
Kansas City, MO 54105
United States

Dr. Laurie Dipadova-Stocks

Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Phone: 816-559-5624
Fax: 816-472-1173

Judith Appollis

Director of Graduate Admissions and Internationalization, School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Phone: 816-559-5627
Fax: 816-472-1173

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Music Performance Graduate Certificate
      Artist's Diploma (ADP) [cello]
      Artist's Diploma (ADP) [piano]
      Artist's Diploma (ADP) [viola]
      Artist's Diploma (ADP) [violin]
    • Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Certificate
    • Disaster And Emergency Management Graduate Certificate
      Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
    • Global Business Graduate Certificate
    • Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Business And Government Leadership Graduate Certificate
    • Creative And Life Writing Graduate Certificate
    • Leadership Of International Healthcare Organizations Graduate Certificate
    • Finance Graduate Certificate
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Healthcare Services Management And Leadership Graduate Certificate
    • Communication And Leadership Master of Arts (MA)
    • International Business Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • General Business Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Language And Literacy Master of Education (M Ed) [English for speakers of other languages]
      Master of Education (M Ed) [special reading teacher/literacy coach]
    • Teacher Leadership Master of Education (M Ed) [curriculum and assessment]
      Master of Education (M Ed) [instructional leader]
    • Educational Leadership Master of Education (M Ed)
    • Adult Education Master of Education (M Ed)
    • Healthcare Administration Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
    • Performance Master of Music (MM) [cello]
      Master of Music (MM) [piano]
      Master of Music (MM) [viola]
      Master of Music (MM) [violin]
    • Business, Government, And Global Society Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
    • Nonprofit And Community Services Management Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
    • Public Management Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
    • Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 281
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 14
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students784
    • Female Percentage57
    • Male Percentage43
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students784
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American16%
    • White / Caucasian58%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native < 1%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown19%


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 497
    • Accepted 306
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 119
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st July 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline January 1st November 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE or GMAT (for some programs), teacher certification (for some M Ed programs), letters of recommendation, and essay, resume (for some programs)
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships




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