Welcome to Vanguard University School for Graduate and Professional Studies

We are thrilled to partner with the City of Costa Mesa and look forward to helping you achieve your goals toward professional and academic excellence. You are definitely taking the right next step.

When you enroll in one of our graduate programs, you will receive a 10% tuition discount as long as you are an employee of the City of Costa Mesa (this includes your spouse and/or dependents).  If you, your spouse, or dependent enroll in one of our Professional Studies Bachelor Degree programs, you will receive a 25% tuition discount* as long as you are an employee of the City of Costa Mesa (this includes your spouse and/or dependents).

Feel free to explore the various programs (see below) and determine which one is just right for you. Returning to school to complete your degree is a life transition.  It’s a new experience in a new environment.

When you are ready to speak with someone, contact Kristi Starkey directly at kstarkey@vanguard.edu.  She will make sure you receive the care you deserve.

It’s easy to get started. Why not start right now?

*Excludes already discounted General Education/Elective courses.  Early Childhood Education professional click here for the discount page.

Graduate Studies (Master’s Degree)                                                              

MS Organizational Psychology 

$ 24,150  Tuition*
-    2,415  (10% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$ 21,735

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MS Clinical Psychology

$45,000 – $49,750  Tuition
-4,500 – 4,975   (10% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$40,500  -  $44,775

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MA Leadership Studies

$ 20,370  Tuition**
-     2,037  (10% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$ 18,333*

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Masters In Theological Studies

$ 23,280  Tuition**
-    2,328   (10% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$  20,952*

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MS Nursing*

$ 24,150  Tuition (Educational Leadership)
-    2,415   (10% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$ 21,735

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MA Education*

$  19,795  Tuition (Teaching Credential/Masters)
-     1,979.50   (10% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$  17,815.50

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*Tuition is based on 2016-2017 tuition rates and includes the 10% affiliate partnership discount.

**Ordained or licensed ministers or missionaries who are involved in full-time Christian service may be eligible for a Ministry Grant instead of the affiliate partnership discount.

Professional Studies (Bachelor’s Degree)


BA Business

$ 26,010  Tuition*
-    6,503   (25% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$ 19,507*

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BA Psychology

$ 26,010  Tuition*
-    6,503   (25% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$ 19,507*

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BA Religion

26,010  Tuition*
-    6,503   (25% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$ 19,507*

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BA Early Childhood Education

$ 26,010  Tuition*
-    6,503   (25% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$ 19,507*

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BS Nursing (RN to BSN)

$ 22,050  Tuition*
-    2,205   (10% Affiliate Partnership Discount)
$ 19,845*

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*Tuition is based on 2016-2017 tuition rates for upper division classes only and includes the 25% affiliate partnership discount (10% for the RN to BSN). Affiliate partnership discount excludes already discounted General Education/Elective courses.

Simply fill out the following affiliate partner employee form and we will reach out to you right away.

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