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Founded in 1932, Lewis University is a Catholic, not-for-profit university rich in traditions of adult education and leadership training. Nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review for ten consecutive years, Lewis University provides a variety of online and on-campus programs in all academic areas. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates.

Quick Facts

School Name

Lewis University





Expert Faculty & Learning Experience

Lewis emphasizes faculty/student interaction with a relational style of teaching and learning where students are challenged, supported and have the opportunity to learn from their peers. With the majority of faculty holding the highest degree in their field and many being experienced practitioners, our instructors are experts that bring academic success and real world experiences to the classroom. Excellent teaching is a top priority at Lewis, which is why there are no teaching assistants.

General Information

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Religious Affiliation:

Catholic – Lasallian

Academic calendar:

8 week terms (online programs)


Lewis University is accredited by, and a member of, the Higher Learning Commission.

Campus Life:

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Not for Profit Management: Focuses on understanding organizational cultures and systems and working with the community. You will learn strategies in planning, stewardship, and effective integration with external support. This is a multi-dimensional curriculum which focuses on knowledge from business, communication arts, social sciences and the humanities.

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Higher Education - Student Services: Focuses on adult learning models and practices. You will study strategies in maximizing organizational change and establishing mission and direction. As you explore systems and services in higher education you will develop effective team building skills and learn strategies in planning, design, and delivery of student services. This interdisciplinary program combines a keen understanding of human behavior with leadership techniques and progressive management.

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Training and Development: You will learn strategies in planning, design, and delivery of training plus you will explore the psychology of motivation. Professionals looking to advance into leadership positions will be able to problem solve, transform, inspire and motivate their organizations given the knowledge from this program.

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Organizational Management: You will develop skills in finance, team building, and strategic planning. This is an interdisciplinary program, which incorporates knowledge from business, communication arts, social sciences and the humanities into a multi-dimensional leadership curriculum and includes a three day weekend residency near the end of the program.

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Executive Coaching: Focus on executive coaching tools and techniques that can help transform individuals into effective and trusted leaders – all taught by qualified coaching practitioners. Participants will:

Fully Accredited: Coursework for the Organizational and Leadership Coaching concentration is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). This concentration is one of the few programs available that offers ICF preparation for credentialing within the context of an online master’s degree program.

Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice: Join the ranks of more than 40 alumni serving as police chiefs nationwide. They have two things in common — a rewarding career and a Master of Science in Criminal/Social Justice from Lewis University. With two distinctive tracks, this highly marketable degree prepares you to be the newest addition in a community of leaders. A leader who’s hard work ethic and tenacity allows them to protect and defend human rights and social justice at a higher level. Choose from two tracks to customize your degree:

Master of Science in Information Security - Managerial: Focuses on the impact of information security on individual lives and personal privacy and the growing information security risks facing business and government. You will learn strategies for securing information and the influence of laws and public policy on how information is secured. The Master of Science in Information Security program explores the theory and practice of IT security on a global scale, the latest advances in all of the involved technologies, as well as the multi-layered issues on the legal and ethical levels facing IT security professionals.

Master of Science in Information Security - Technical: The curriculum covers processing systems, secure operating systems, applications, network security, cryptography, security protocols, and other issues that confront those charged with securing information networks. This degree takes problem solving to a new level challenging student to analyze and strategize in unconventional ways.

Graduates from this program will be able to safeguard businesses and government agencies from the growing risks and threats to IT functionality, integrity and data privacy they face on a daily basis. This degree fully explores the theory and practice of IT security on a global scale along with the latest technologies in all of the involved technologies. Near the end of this program students will attend a three day weekend residency.

Master of Science in Data Science: Lewis University's online Master of Science in Data Science program's curriculum was crafted to ensure that professionals gain a mastery understanding of the skills and theories behind identifying trends in large data sets by utilizing modern mathematical and computer science practices.

Students graduate with real-world, applicable knowledge that will help them decipher data and conduct analyses using:

The online Master of Science in Data Science program through Lewis is unique from other programs of its kind because students have the option of pursuing two concentrations: Data Science for Computer Scientists or Data Science for Life Scientists.

Data Science for Computer Scientists concentration prepares students to create large-scale data storage systems that meet the requirements of a given problem, including prescribing the hardware, software and communication links that must comprise such systems.

Data Science for Life Scientists concentration explains how data science techniques can be used to solve problems related to healthcare using data from a variety of sources. It looks at data analysis from the perspective of biology and prepares students to develop solutions for life science data management projects.

Also, since the program is entirely online, students are able to advance their education while still focusing on their current careers. The decision to return to the classroom with Lewis University not only means individuals will receive an education of the highest caliber, but will be doing so through an institution that is ranked as a top university by The Princeton Review and GI Jobs. U.S. News and World Report have also named Lewis one of the "Best Midwestern Universities" for 10 consecutive years.

*Must have a 3.0 GPA

Enjoy an Education from a Yellow Ribbon School

Lewis University is a proud Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program participant. The program allows qualified veterans to receive financial assistance from Veterans Affairs to help cover your education costs, should your degree program's tuition exceed the cap for the Post-9/11 GI Bill for the state of Illinois.

If you qualify as an eligible Post-9/11 veteran*, you'll have more than one hundred approved education programs at Lewis University from which to choose — tuition-free!

*According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, you may be eligible if:

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