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Many of our programs offer students the ability to further specialize their education. Each of our programs emphasizes the need for qualitative and quantitative managerial skills in the problem-solving realm. Our commitment is to the student and their career-focused education.

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Sullivan University Graduate Programs

In 1997, Sullivan’s Graduate Programs graduated its first MBA students. Currently, programs of study include: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Master of Science in Managing Information Technology (MSMIT), Master of Science in Human Resource Leadership (MSHRL), Master of Science in Management, and a dual degree - MBA with MSMIT. The first Doctoral program was added in 2010--the Ph.D. in Management--that now offers concentrations in Strategic Management, Conflict Management, Human Resource Leadership, or Information Technology (IT) Management. With a scholar-practitioner model built into the curriculum--and faculty with that same educational and professional background--Master's-level students gain knowledge that is applicable in their current positions and begins to see immediate recognition in their workplaces. In the PhD program, the students actually conduct research throughout their coursework which better prepares them for dissertation research. This is notable, because students have the opportunity to potentially have their work published before they even graduate with their Doctoral Degree. Many of the graduate school programs are experiential in nature and offer students the ability to apply gained practical knowledge into their careers. Course modalities available include online or on-campus. On-campus classes are blended course models offering students supplemental online instruction as well as the opportunity to interact and learn in the classroom. One of the best Grad School program aspects lies in its diverse student population. With a sizable international student body, there is an added level of global business perspective that is unique to Sullivan University.

The Ph.D. program hosts an annual residency retreat that brings students and faculty together for a packed weekend of networking and sessions. This event is designed to provide insightful information and a supportive environment for students. It is also an opportunity for them to meet and develop personal/professional relationships with one another, the staff, and faculty. 

Most students in Master's and Doctoral programs have already gained the technical skills necessary to be successful in their respective fields during their undergraduate programs of study. With a Master's Degree, the focus is on the skills students need to move into industry management and leadership roles. Many graduates of the PhD program are able to apply their research and experiences moving forward as university faculty members, industry consultants, and subject matter experts.

Dr. Tim Swenson, the Associate Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Business and Technology, earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Bellarmine University and completed his Doctorate from Argosy University. He is also a certified management accountant and is in his 26th year with Sullivan University. Beginning first as an adjunct faculty member in 1994, he has been the associate provost and Dean of the Graduate School since 2012 and is viscerally passionate about helping students pave their path for success.

Many of our programs offer students the ability to further specialize their education. Each of our programs emphasizes the need for qualitative and quantitative managerial skills in the problem-solving realm.  

Dr. Timothy Swenson, 
Executive Dean and Associate Provost

Dr. Timothy Swenson