In 1957 members of the Churches of Christ in Lubbock, Texas came together to build a school. This vision started as Lubbock Christian College and was eventually granted University status in 1987, becoming Lubbock Christian University.
As a private Christian institution for higher education, Lubbock maintains a relatively low enrollment of just under 2,000 students, including both graduates and undergraduates. This allows for a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, giving students a more personalized and inviting educational experience.
Students have access to over 65 undergraduate majors, 23 graduate programs, a Scholars Colloquium, and an Honors College. A small number of online degrees are also offered.
Online Undergraduate Programs
School of Business
Bachelor of Business – For undergraduates this hybrid (online and on campus) business degree can be taken part or full-time. A total of 120 credits will be required, comprised of:
- 45 credits for the University Core
- 30 credits for the Major
- 39 credits for Supporting Courses
- 6 credits for Electives
Areas of concentration or emphasis include:
- Management Information Systems
Department of Psychology and Counseling
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Offered as a hybrid, on campus and online, program, the goal of this degree is to prepare students for licensure in the state of Texas. This program does not guarantee that it will meet the requirements of states other than Texas. Students are expected to complete 60 credit hours of work including 51 credit hours of core courses and nine credit hours of clinical experience. Courses may include:
- Individual and Family Lifespan Development
- Professional Issues, Ethics, and Law
- Crisis Counseling
- Multicultural Counseling
Master of Science in School Counseling – Available completely online, this M.S. degree requires an additional 36 credit hours of course work post baccalaureate. Course work may include:
- Assessment of Individuals and Families
- Career Counseling
- Group Psychotherapy
- Counseling Children, Adolescents, and their Families
The program concludes with a Counseling Practicum for real-world experience.
Master of Science in Human Services – This 36-credit hour program is offered completely online with an average two-year completion time. Students may choose from two areas of concentration:
- Non-Profit Leadership – prepares students to organize, lead, and grow at all levels of non-profit management
- Family Life Educator – students gain experience in preventing family strife and rebuilding family relationships
College of Biblical Studies
Graduate School of Theology
Master of Divinity – This comprehensive graduate degree offers intensive studies for those interested in full-time ministry positions as church leaders and is a prerequisite for many doctoral degrees in Theology or other Biblical Studies tracks. Students are required to complete 72 hours of course work with classes such as:
- American Church History
- Studies in Missions
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry – This degree is less intensive than the Master of Divinity and is geared towards students interested in supporting ministry positions such as, but not limited to, children’s ministry. A total of 36 credit hours are required including an internship. Other courses may include:
- Introduction to the New Testament
- Family Ministry
- Spiritual Formation
- Christian Counseling
Master of Arts in Biblical Interpretation – Focuses on preparing students for doctoral study of biblical texts. Students must complete 36 credit hours of course work including:
- Introduction to Graduate Studies
- Christian History and Theology I and II
- Restoration History and Theology
- Biblical Text
Before graduation students must demonstrate proficiency with at least one Biblical language, preferably Hebrew or Greek.
Department of Family Ministry
Master of Science in Family Ministry – This degree is offered in conjunction with the Department of Behavioral Sciences to help address the growing needs of the American family within the church. The 48 credit hours are offered in a hybrid online/classroom format. Courses may include:
- Family Life Education
- Social Development of Individuals and Families
- Human Sexuality
- Family Resource Management
Students will complete the degree with both a hands-on Practicum and a comprehensive exam.
Department of Graduate Education
Master of Education – The basic Master of Education degree requires 36-credit hours of coursework, through which students will develop professional portfolios for the work place. This is a non-thesis program with a variety of specializations. The following areas are offered online:
- Curriculum and Instruction – Will teach students how to design, develop, and evaluate an effective educational curriculum.
- Special Education – Students will be exposed to special needs assessments, behavior management techniques, and adaptive curriculum’s. A specialization in Dyslexia is also offered.
- Educational Diagnostics – Courses will cover topics such as achievement and intelligence testing, special needs assessments, and how to identify learning disabilities.
- Educational Leadership – For students who wish to advance to higher levels of leadership within the education system.
Graduate Nursing School
Master of Science in Nursing – This comprehensive program is geared towards working professionals looking for a flexible class schedule. The Graduate Nursing School is able to work with most schedules through a variety of online and on campus courses. There are two non-thesis programs offered, which can be completed in two to three years:
- Educational Leadership Track – Requires 35 credit hours, courses may cover theories of resource management, global culture and health, and pharmacotherapeutics
- Family Nurse Practitioner Track – Requires 46 credit hours, designed to prepare nurses for primary care roles in clinical settings. Students must complete a minimum of 720 hours of clinical training.
Post MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Track – Considered a hybrid course, this 38 credit hour post master’s certificate program does require substantial on campus attendance for labs and clinical rotations. The program is a full-time, rigid, and sequenced curriculum, with a minimum of 720 hours of clinical training. All requirements can be completed in five semesters.
In all areas, whether undergraduate or graduate, online or in the classroom, Lubbock Christian University strives to provide a comprehensive curriculum and high quality educational experience for all its students. In fact, U.S. News & World Report has ranked LCU in the Top 20 Comprehensive Colleges in the Western Region. LCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. Tuition is currently set at $438 per credit hour for online students.
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