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Degrees & Certificates

The Townsend Institute's degree and certificate programs at Concordia University Irvine give you access to personally learn from Dr. John Townsend and engage with world-class thought leaders.

Take the first step toward advancing your career.

The Townsend Institute has earned a reputation for its relational approach that begins with character growth as a building block for positive change. Our programs provide students like you the opportunity to engage with and learn from some of the brightest minds in our community.

We believe that in order to be an effective leader, your personal growth is a priority. Enrolled Certificate, Master's, and Doctoral students begin their program with fellow students at a 4-day, in-person course where Dr. Townsend, Townsend Institute faculty, and Fellows will conduct a series of trainings to jump-start your learning.

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As you explore your options for furthering your education, we know you have questions. Our dedicated admissions counselors are here to help.

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Join us LIVE!

Experience a new kind of relational education. Join us online LIVE and hear from our faculty, academic advisors, current students, and alumni about their experience in the Townsend Institute.

  • Ask Dr. John Townsend your questions about the Institute and our offerings
  • Learn how our counseling and leadership programs can advance your career
  • Connect with other prospective students exploring our programs
  • Become eligible for scholarships and other prizes by participating in our info session


The Townsend Institute had such an immediate, positive impact on my character development, and my interactions with others, my manager asked what I was doing differently. I shared it was the Townsend Institute. My manager was so impressed with the results of this program that I was reimbursed for the entire cost!

Cheryl Todd
M.A. Organizational Leadership, 2018

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It’s about competence, character, and connection.

Founded by best-selling author and leading Christian thought leader Dr. John Townsend, the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine brings together Christians from all across the country and across all walks of life. For years, Dr. Townsend and Fellows of the Townsend Institute have been transforming lives. Now you too have the opportunity to learn from master practitioners with decades of real world experience.

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When you request information, we will put you in touch with one of our admissions counselors.

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