July 2021 CatalogPublished July 12, 2021Contact InformationAdministrative/Legal Headquarters11355 N. Torrey Pines RoadLa Jolla, CA 92037Scottsdale Service Center8667 East Hartford Drive, Suite 100Scottsdale, Arizona 85255p: 888-327-2877 (toll-free) f: 844-851-5889Website: www.ncu.eduProspective Students Contact: [email protected] Students Contact: [email protected] every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in the Northcentral University Catalog, studentsand others who use the Catalog should note that laws, rules, and policies change from time to time and that these changes mayalter the information contained in this publication. Changes may come in the form of government statutes, rules, and policiesadopted by the Board of Trustees of Northcentral University, or by the President or designee. More current or completeinformation may be obtained from the appropriate department, school, or administrative office.The information this document contains was accurate when it was published and placed on the Internet. Fees, deadlines,academic requirements, courses, degree programs, academic policies, and other matters described in this Catalog may changewithout notice.The Catalog is updated regularly. Students are subject to the provisions of the most recent Catalog; however, if the studentmaintains continuous enrollment, every effort will be made to ensure the continuity and consistency of their degree program. If astudent does not maintain continuous enrollment, their degree program is subject to change in alignment with the most recentprovisions in the Catalog.As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are alsoencouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollmentagreement.An individual may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint. The bureau may becontacted at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833,, (888) 370-7589 (phone),or (916) 263-1897 (fax).Copyright 2021 / All Rights ReservedNCU CatalogJuly 20211 P a g e

Table of ContentsSchool of Social and Behavioral Sciences Department of Psychology . 18July 2021 Catalog . 1DISCLAIMER. 1Administration & Faculty . 18About NCU . 3School of Technology . 19Mission . 3Administration & Faculty . 19Vision. 3School of Undergraduate Studies . 19Values I.D.E.A.S. Founded on INTEGRITY . 3Administration & Faculty . 19Distance Learning at NCU . 3JFK School of Law . 20Facilities . 4Administration & Faculty . 20Board of Trustees Members . 4History and Accreditation of NorthcentralUniversity . 5Student Support Services . 20Enrollment Services . 20Key Dates in NCU History . 5Office of the Registrar. 21Facts & Figures . 7NCU Transcripts . 21Accreditation & Academic Alignment . 7Transcripts for Closed Schools . 21Institutional Learning Outcomes. 8Academic and Finance Advising. 22Northcentral University Breaks and HolidayClosures . 9Disability/ADA Services . 22Commencement Calendar . 10Academic Success Center (ASC) . 22Academic Administration & Faculty. 10The Commons . 23Office of the President . 10NCU Library . 23School of Business . 11Alumni Services and Benefits . 24Administration & Faculty . 11Admissions Requirements . 24School of Education . 12Notice of Nondiscrimination. 24Administration & Faculty . 12General Admissions Requirements . 24Graduate School. 14Online Requirements . 24Administration & Faculty . 14Technical Requirements . 24School of Health Sciences . 14Application Requirements . 25Administration & Faculty . 15Admissions & Evaluation Procedures . 26School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Department of Marriage & Family Sciences 15Acceptance Requirements . 26Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) . 22Undergraduate Programs and Certificates. 26Administration & Faculty . 15Graduate Programs and Certificates . 28NCU CatalogJuly 2021TOC P a g e

Basis for Admissions. 29School of Social and Behavioral Sciences(SSBS) - Department of Psychology TuitionRates . 47Provisional Basis for Admission Deadlines. 30School of Technology (ST) Tuition Rates . 49International Basis for AdmissionRequirements . 30Credential Evaluation . 32School of Undergraduate Studies (SUS) Tuition Rates . 50I-20 Documents and F-1 Status . 32JFK School of Law - Tuition Rates. 50Enrollment Verification . 32Non-Degree Tuition Rates . 50Address for Submission of Transcripts . 32Miscellaneous Fees . 51Acceptance to the University . 33Miscellaneous Fee Information: . 51Letter of Acceptance . 33Financial Policies . 52Transfer Credit . 33Method of Payment . 52Undergraduate . 33Statement of Financial Responsibility . 52Graduate . 35Meeting Financial Obligations . 52Military Transfer Credit . 35Personal Responsibility . 52Transfer Credit Articulations and Crosswalks. 38Forbearance and Deferment Options . 53Transferability of Credits and CredentialsEarned at Our Institution . 39Waiver of Tuition/Fees . 53Non-Degree Applicants . 39Calculating Refunds . 54Matriculation . 39Refund Processing Time . 54Student's Right to Cancel . 39State-Specific Refund Policies . 54Re-entry Enrollment . 40Alabama Refund Policy . 54General Re-entry Guidelines . 40Denied Admissions . 42California and Washington D.C. RefundPolicy . 55Tuition & Fees . 42Georgia Refund Policy. 56Tuition & Fees Disclaimer . 42Iowa Refund Policy . 56Program Costs . 43Kansas Refund Policy . 57School of Business (SB) Tuition Rates . 43Maryland Refund Policy . 57School of Education (SOE) Tuition Rates. 44Oregon Refund Policy . 58School of Health Sciences (SHS) TuitionRates . 46Washington State Refund Policy . 59School of Social and Behavioral Sciences(SSBS) - Department of Marriage andFamily Sciences Tuition Rates . 46Student Aid . 59NCU CatalogDefault of Financial Obligation . 53Refund Policy . 54Wisconsin Refund Policy . 59General Student Aid Eligibility . 59July 2021TOC P a g e

Financial Aid Programs and Assistance . 60Direct and Indirect Costs . 79Federal Pell Grant Program . 60Awarding/Packaging Financial Aid . 81Federal Direct Loan Program whichincludes: . 61Packaging Overview . 81Professional Judgement. 84Additional Assistance Options . 63Employer Reimbursement . 63Professional Judgement Criteria & Process. 84GI Bill and Other VA Education Benefits 63Disbursement Process . 85Yellow Ribbon Program. 64Military Tuition Assistance . 64Definition of Disbursement andDisbursement Methods . 85Tribal Funding . 65Disbursement Eligibility . 86Private Education Loan Information . 65Late Disbursements . 86Scholarships . 66Additional Disbursement Information . 86Northcentral University Payment Plan andFees . 66Return of Title IV Funds . 87Payment Plans and Fee Information . 66Withdrawal Date. 88Undergraduate Payment Plans . 67Date of Determination (DOD) . 88Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Master'sDegree, Post-Master's Certificate, andDoctoral Degree Payment Plans . 67Calculation for the Return of Title IV Funds. 88Application and Forms . 68Amount to be Returned . 89Forms . 68Post-Withdrawal Disbursement . 89Verification . 70Academic & University Policies . 90Student Notification of Verification . 70Educational Materials and Resources. 90Verification Tracking Groups. 71Program, Course Start Date . 90Verification Resolution. 73Faculty Assignment Disclosure Policy . 90Database Matches . 74Add/Drop/Withdraw Period . 91Selective Service. 75Dropping a Course . 91Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 75Attendance Requirements . 91Social Security Administration (SSA) . 76Academic-Related Activities . 91Veteran's Affairs (VA) . 77Continuous Enrollment . 92National Student Loan Data System(NSLDS) . 77Non-Term Based Enrollment Status . 92Order of Distribution . 88Institutional Charges . 89Term-Based Enrollment Status . 92Department of Justice (DOJ) . 78Semester Credit Hours . 93Student Budgets . 78NCU CatalogStudent Workload . 93July 2021TOC P a g e

Grades . 93Graduation Requirements . 112Academic Performance Grade Scale . 93Degree Requirements . 112Grading Policies & Procedures . 94Diploma Application and Degree Conferral. 112Repeating Doctoral Sequence Courses . 96Maximum "RD" Grade Policy for DoctoralSequence Courses . 96Commencement Ceremony . 112ADA Course Accommodations . 96Licensure and Certification . 113Administrative Course Codes . 97Ethical Standards & Practices . 114Grade Appeals . 98Code of Conduct . 114Grade Appeal Procedure . 98Satisfactory Academic Progress . 99Procedure: Responding to Alleged Violationsof Code of Conduct . 115SAP Procedures . 99Academic Integrity . 116SAP Evaluation Statuses . 100Scope of Policy . 117SAP Right to Appeal . 101Use of Text Matching Service . 117Time Limits for Degree Completion . 101Re-using or Re-purposing Prior Work . 118SAP Maximum Time to Completion . 101Acceptable Use of Information Technology. 118Dissertation of the Year Award . 113Academic Maximum Time to Completion. 102Scope . 118Changing Degree Programs. 103Fair Use of Copyrighted Material. 120Program Discontinuation . 103Institutional Review Board (IRB) . 121Academic Leave of Absence. 103Statement of Principles . 121Academic Leave of Absence (LOA) Policy. 104Establishment of Institutional ReviewBoard (IRB) . 121Academic Leave of Absence Policy forTerm-Based Programs . 105Signatory Official. 121Military Leave of Absence . 106MLOA Criteria & Process . 107Institutional Research and Course-BasedProjects . 121Student Withdrawal from the University . 108Researcher Responsibilities . 122Academic Dismissal . 108Additional Responsibilities for Faculty . 123Administrative Dismissal . 108IRB Director Responsibilities . 123Administrative Dismissal Appeal Procedure. 108IRB Chair Responsibilities . 123Honor Societies . 109Appeals Process . 124Honor Society Criteria & Associations . 109Violations . 124NCU CatalogAuthority of the IRB . 121IRB Member Responsibilities . 124July 2021TOC P a g e

Student Rights & Responsibilities . 124School of Social and Behavioral Sciences . 277Student Responsibilities . 124School Mission, Vision, and Goals . 277Well-Being and Safety . 125Mission Statement . 277Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) . 125Vision Statement . 277Notice of Nondiscrimination and Section504/ADA Coordinator . 125Department Goals . 277ADA Regulations. 126Student's Responsibilities . 126Marriage and Family Therapy Information. 278Obtaining Assistance . 127Department of Psychology . 314ADA/Section 504 Grievance Procedure . 128Mission Statement . 314Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination . 131Vision Statement . 314Scope . 131Goals . 314Policy & Procedure . 131Licensure . 315Privacy Statement . 133School of Technology . 350Student Educational Records . 133NCU School of Technology. 350FERPA Rights . 133Curriculum . 350Procedure to Inspect and RetrieveEducation Records . 133Faculty and Instruction . 350Education Records . 134School of Undergraduate Studies . 375Disclosure of Educational Records . 134Directory Information . 134School of Undergraduate Studies Mission. 375Non-Directory Information . 135Objectives . 376Student Grievances . 135JFK School of Law at NCU . 399Complaint Procedure . 135Legal Studies Program . 399Procedure: Filing a Grievance . 136Mission. 399School of Business . 137Goals and Objectives . 399Mission, Vision, Pillars and Objectives . 137Course Descriptions . 415School of Education . 195Course Codes and Course Length . 415Mission, Vision, and Goals . 195Course Codes . 415School of Health Sciences . 266Course Numbering . 415Mission, Vision, and Values. 266Course Length . 416Licensure and Accreditation . 278Quality Education at your Convenience: 350Department of Nursing (SHSDN) . 267NCU CatalogJuly 2021TOC P a g e

About NCUMissionNorthcentral University educates students through access to inclusive, personalized, and innovative learning-centeredexperiences. We support every student in becoming life-long learners and promote their ability to make meaningful contributionsto their personal and professional communities.VisionNorthcentral University develops ethical leaders and professionals who successfully compete in a complex global society andcontinually strive to improve the human condition.Values I.D.E.A.S. Founded on INTEGRITYThe NCU values of Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, Accountability, and Social Justice are supported by the Inclusive ExcellenceFramework, promoting a quality educational experience and ensuring that all members of the NCU community are held to thehighest standards of professional and academic conduct in a favorable institutional climate for all. These values help us worktogether in a positive and equitable way, while always keeping student success and community engagement as our goal.Innovation: NCU actively embraces innovative, intentional, and growth-oriented change. While we respect the traditions ofhigher education, we understand that some traditions can become outdated. We are forward-thinking and are always growing andevolving. In order to lead in a global environment, we encourage the engagement, actions, and collaboration of our fullcommunity. We implore each member to see themselves as a change-agent as we work to face educational challenges andimprove the quality of our program and services.Diversity: We are committed to expanding educational opportunities. We celebrate the diversity of thought, action, cultures, andsocial groups within our community and are committed to equity and inclusion for all people. We act on our belief that theeducational journey will be enhanced when we actively promote respect and understanding among all cultures, social groups, andexperiences. We commit to systemic transformation in order to dismantle inequities as we promote justice for all.Excellence: Our community is committed to the pursuit of the highest quality in academics and service and strives forcontinuous improvement in everything we do. We embrace a graduate culture, contribution to research, commitment to ourprofessions, contribution to the field, intellectual honesty, and academic integrity. We define and measure outcomes and takeaction to ensure that our community's passion for excellence is never compromised.Accountability: We have a personal and professional obligation to make our university and external communities better, topursue excellence, and to do things in ways that further the mission, vision, and values of the university.Social Justice: We recognize the socio-political history that shapes access to power and privilege as well as the experiences ofoppression. We commit to policies, practices, and behaviors that lead to equitable outcomes and opportunities for all.Distance Learning at NCUIn the distance-learning environment, students and faculty interact via the NCUOne Learning Management System (LMS). TheUniversity uses a personalized teaching model wherein students and faculty interact asynchronously during a course to achieveNCU CatalogJuly 20213 P a g e

learning outcomes. Faculty members function as instructors, facilitators, guides, consultants, and evaluators. A complete list ofsalaried faculty and their qualifications can be found in the Academic Administration & Faculty section.All degree programs include a set of fundamental courses and a set of related specialization courses allowing the student to selectcoursework closely associated with their educational and career goals. Students complete a degree plan, guided by faculty andsupported by traditional texts, technology, and electronic resources and databases. Where appropriate, students must satisfygeneral education and/or content area requirements. Elective courses are divided into specializations at the undergraduate leveland specializations at the graduate level. Students choose from a carefully selected array of courses that support programobjectives.NCU utilizes its own proprietary Learning Management System (LMS), NCUOne, to provide an enriched online experience forstudents. NCUOne is tailored to NCU's unique one-to-one teaching model and graduate program focus.FacilitiesAs an online university, NCU does not have a physical campus or equipment other than its state-of-the-art computing andnetworking resources to meet the needs of students working at a distance. Prospective students are informed of the computercapacity requirements for successful access to all NCU systems and learning resources.NCU Building Locations Arizona: 8667 E. Hartford Drive Suite #100; Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (Service Center)California: 11355 N. Torrey Pines Road; La Jolla, CA 92037 (Administrative/Legal Headquarters)Board of Trustees Members Erlinda J. Martinez, (Chair); Higher Education President, RetiredTom Clevinger, (Vice Chair); Managing Partner, Cornerstone Growth AdvisorsThomas Topuzes, (Secretary); President and CEO, Thomas Topuzes & Associates, LLCRichard Chisholm, (Treasurer); Executive, RetiredMichael R. Cunningham (Ex Officio); Chancellor, National University SystemStacy Allison, Professional Speaker, AuthorJeanne Connelly, President, Connelly ConsultingKim Folsom, Serial High Tech, Venture-Backed EntrepreneurHarold H. Greenberg, Executive, RetiredRuthann Heinrich, President, Nuance WinesW. H. Knight, Jr., Distinguished Academic in Residence, Seattle University School of LawMichael R. McGill, President, MMS Design AssociatesTom Page, Executive, RetiredJoanne M. Pastula, Executive, RetiredDan Pittard, Chairman and CEO, Pittard Partners LLCHiep Quach, Executive, RetiredE. Lee Rice, CEO and Medical Director, Lifewellness InstituteCarlos Rodriguez, CEO, Rodriguez & CompanyGerald Czarnecki, (Trustee Emeritus); Chairman and CEO, Deltennium Group, Inc.Robert Freelen, (Trustee Emeritus); VP Public Affairs, Stanford UniversityNCU CatalogJuly 20214 P a g e

History and Accreditation of Northcentral UniversityFounded in 1996, NCU is a regionally accredited, private, online, and graduate-focused university, serving professionalsglobally. The University offers bachelor's degrees in business, education, and psychology as well as master's and doctoralprograms, in business, technology, education, psychology, marriage and family therapy, and health sciences. Courses are taughtone-to-one by a member of NCU's 100 percent doctoral faculty, and there are no physical residency requirements. NCU isregionally accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100,Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, Dates in NCU HistoryNCU CatalogJuly 20215 P a g e

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Facts and Facts & Figures NCU was founded in 1996 in Prescott, AZ NCU offers certificate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees taught completely online; no physical residency isrequired NCU has more than 19,600 alumni Students from more than 58 countries, on six continents, attend NCU NCU offers the first ever Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)Accredited distance-based Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy (PhDMFT) program NCU's Master of Social Work program, has been granted Candidacy accreditation status by the Council on SocialWork Education NCU's teaching method is based on a one-to-one learning model where students work directly with their facultyo There are no team projects Student support services include:o New student orientation provides students new to NCU with an online, interactive tour of the onlineNCUOne, library and Academic Success Center, as well as highlights methods for engaging with faculty andfellow studentso Great Start is a self-guided roadmap located in NCUOne that introduces students to the various academicand student support services available and helps students prepare themselves to be successful in theirprogram.o The NCU Library supports degree programs by making accessible thousands of scientific and academicpublications through databases such as EBSCO Host, SAGE Journals Online, Wiley Online Library,ProQuest, and many otherso The Academic Success Center provides support through written resources, Grammarly, Academic Writer,ASC Chat, recorded coaching, live group coaching, and live one-to-one coachingo The Dissertation Center provides resources and tools for students in doctoral programso The Center for Teaching and Learning promotes effective teaching and enhanced student learning byencouraging and supporting faculty efforts to explore the teaching and learning processo ePortfolio enables students to organize, store and display written documents, photos, spreadsheets, graphicsand references Students can also create online, password-protected portfoliosNCU includes the following schools:o The School of Businesso The School of Educationo The Graduate Schoolo The School of Health Scienceso The School of Social and Behavioral Scienceso The School of Technologyo The School of Undergraduate Studieso The JFK School of LawNCU has over 11,000 studentsNinety-eight percent of NCU's student body is graduate students; 69 percent of whom are completing their doctoraldegreeAll NCU faculty – full-time and part-time – have a doctoral degreeNCU offers the first ever Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)Accredited distance-based Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) programAccreditation & Academic Alignment NCU is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)NCU CatalogJuly 20217 P a g e

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The NCU values of Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, Accountability, and Social Justice are supported by the Inclusive Excellence Framework, promoting a quality educational experience and ensuring that all members of the NCU community are held to the highest standards of professional and acade