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History of Elon Graduate Programs

MBA (1984)

The Master of Business Administration was the first graduate program established at Elon. The first cohort enrolled in fall 1984 and since that time the program has achieved national recognition for outstanding academics and a commitment to students’ success. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks Elon the #1 part-time MBA program in the nation, with the top scores in student satisfaction, post-MBA outcomes and A+ grades in teaching quality and curriculum. Learn more.

M.Ed. (1986)

The Master of Education degree was established in 1986 as a way for teachers to build upon their existing skills without taking time away from the important work they do each day in the classroom. The program is taught over the course of three consecutive summers with the remaining courses taught online during the intervening school years. M.Ed. students choose from three programs: elementary education, special education and gifted education. Learn more.

DPT (1998)

The first physical therapy class at Elon enrolled in 1998. At that time, the university offered a master’s degree. During its initial accreditation stages, the program became the first in the history of graduate physical therapy programs not to require changes. As physical therapists began to take a more substantial role in the direct care of patients, the profession recommended programs transition into doctoral-level education. In 2003, Elon debuted the Doctor of Physical Therapy program integrating dynamic classroom instruction with impressive opportunities for hands-on learning. In 2012, the program moved to the newly renovated Gerald L. Francis Center, custom-designed for Elon’s School of Health Sciences. Learn more.

Law (2006)

The Elon Law School opened in fall 2006 in downtown Greensboro, N.C. Students are instructed by faculty who have taught and practiced law around the world and are mentored one-on-one by practicing lawyers and judges. The Elon University Law School’s signature leadership program is woven through courses, seminars and professional learning experiences. Elon University School of Law has received full accreditation by the American Bar Association. Elon Law’s ABA full approval was achieved at the earliest possible date under accreditation guidelines, certifying that the school is in full compliance with all ABA standards for the approval of law schools. Learn more.

Interactive Media (2009)

The Master of Arts in Interactive Media launched in summer 2009 and prepares graduates to be leaders and innovators in the new world of 21st century communication. The 10-month, full-time program focuses on both theory and practical application. Students will create group and individual interactive media projects and participate in a domestic or international fly-in trip to collect content for a project that will serve the public good. Elon is one of only nine private institutions in the nation with a graduate communications program accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). Learn more.

Physician Assistant Studies (2013)

The Elon University Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a master of science program in physician assistant studies in October 2010. The program began accepting applications on a rolling basis in September 2011 for the charter class that enrolled January 2013. The program was granted provisional accreditation in September 2012. The 27-month, full-time program prepares graduates to think critically and act skillfully to meet expanding health care needs in local and global communities. The program is housed in the Gerald L. Francis Center.  Learn more.