Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    May 24, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Introduction to Graduate Studies at Malone

Malone University has grown from the dreams and labors of an energetic Friends couple, Walter and Emma Malone. Before the turn of the century, their concern for the education of Christian young people led them to begin the Cleveland Bible College. In 1957, the institution moved to Canton and was renamed Malone College to honor its founders.

The location and the buildings were not the only things that changed. The curriculum also changed and Malone became a Christian liberal arts college, an institution emphasizing communicative, investigative, and interpretive skills in developing the whole person physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

It has also led to continued growth in depth and breadth of program offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In Spring 2001, a new academic structure was adopted, grouping departments into schools along academic disciplines. In Fall 2008, the name was changed from Malone College to Malone University to acknowledge the academic structure while affirming the uncompromising Christian commitment of its founders. In Summer 2010, the academic structure was re-organized into the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences; the School of Business and Leadership; the School of Education and Human Development; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. As of Fall 2022, departments are no longer grouped into schools.

History of Graduate Degrees

There are three graduate degrees offered at Malone University: the Master of Arts in Education, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Science in Nursing. The Master of Arts in Education began in June 1990, Business in January 1996, and Nursing in August 2002. The first ever Malone master’s degrees (52) were awarded at Spring and Summer Commencements 1992. Also, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (formerly Christian Ministries) was offered from May 1992 through May 2015; the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from August 2010 through August 2021; and the Master of Science in Educational Leadership from June 2017 through August 2020.


Oversight of each graduate program rests within the appropriate disciplinary department. Each graduate program is led by a Graduate Program Director. The academic approval process begins within the disciplinary department and follows the academic approval process through the Academic Policy Committee.

The Graduate Council oversees general policies, procedures, and program metrics that affect all graduate programs. The council’s role is to provide a meaningful connection between the graduate outcomes and the university mission to promote consistency and excellence in graduate education. The Graduate Council members are Graduate Program Directors and Department Chairs with Graduate Programs.

The Provost, President, and the Board of Trustees complete the graduate governance structure at Malone University.

Statement of Purpose

All graduate programs derive their purposes and responsibilities from the Mission Statement and Foundational Principles of Malone University. Accordingly, a salient purpose for the graduate programs is to provide students with a quality educational experience in a Christian university environment. Specifically, the purposes of the graduate programs are to:

  1. combine faith and learning from a biblical perspective that leads to an advanced understanding of a reasoned Christian worldview and an applied Christian ethic;
  2. advance the students’ intellectual curiosity, competency, and skill to reason logically, evaluate critically, imagine creatively, communicate effectively, and serve faithfully in a culturally sensitive manner;
  3. create a dynamic learning community to utilize technologies and other instructional resources in equipping students to reflectively and ethically contribute to their personal and professional communities.