Simpson College Graduate Programs

Welcome Graduate Students

At Simpson College across all our programs, our distinctive purpose is to be partners with students in achieving success at work, in the chosen profession and wider community.  Our combination of focus on professional and liberal arts prepares our students for leadership roles as demonstrated in the accomplishments of alumni.  Our curriculum recognizes fast paced changes in technology, plus a variety of approaches to learning and access to excellent facilities and library resources.

Each graduate program has its own characteristics and unique features, and simultaneously they are part of a larger whole.  When you join a graduate program at Simpson College we also encourage you to be part of this wider network, enjoying the resources of the  community of students, faculty and staff at our three campuses.

We expect to offer you the best educational experience possible.  You may refer to the Graduate Catalog and program websites for further information or call 515-309-3099.

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Transition-to-Teaching
Simpson College offers both the Transition to Teaching for initial licensure and the  Master of Arts in Teaching program (MAT).  Both programs are intended for individuals changing careers in order to pursue secondary licensure in the endorsement areas of business, world language, language arts, math, natural sciences, social studies and social sciences.  It is not applicable for those with an undergraduate degree in education.

Master of Music (MM) in Choral Conducting
The Master of Music (MM) in Choral Conducting is achieved over three consecutive summer terms. This program allows choral educators an opportunity to complete the Masters degree while continuing to teach during the school year. The program features a unique plan of study that combines the academic rigor of a traditional graduate program with generous podium time for each student in lab and performance settings with the CORO Vocal Artists, a professional vocal ensemble whose roster contains professional artists from across the United States.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ)
The Simpson College Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) is an evening program designed for working criminal justice professionals who want to advance their career. This program can be completed in 2.5 years while working full-time. A faster pace is possible. The program is affordable, and loan support is available. Most courses are taught by our faculty in 8-week terms with an online component, enhancing flexibility and convenience.

Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership
New beginning in Fall 2017, the Graduate Certificate in Justice Leadership will provide a 16-credit (4 course) series to post-baccalaureate learners who have a strong interest in continuing their education in the area of leadership, criminal justice, and ethics. These core areas are essential to public and private sector professionals who work, or strive to work, in the areas of criminal and social justice.