Spring Arbor University

Through Spring Arbor University’s Graduate and Professional Studies division, you can earn your degree without interrupting your job or personal life. The quality of our curricula, the expertise of our faculty, and the success of our graduates has given us a well-deserved reputation for educational excellence. More importantly, a significant majority of SAU’s alumni express satisfaction with their education and its usefulness for their profession and say they would recommend the University to others.

Contact Information:

Nursing and Business:  Admissions Representative Audra Leininger at 989 705 3740 or audra@arbor.edu

Human Services:  Admissions Representative Melissa Luebke  at 989 705 3740 or melissa.luebke@arbor.edu

Learn More at:  Spring Arbor University-Gaylord 


Why Spring Arbor University?

Some key advantages of Spring Arbor University include earning your degree in an accelerated format (usually two years or less), taking one course at a time, one night per week, and acquiring the knowledge and skills that are in high demand. Our expert instructors work in the fields they teach, students participate in small, dynamic classes and collaborate with other motivated students, you can immediately apply what you learn to your career success, and financial options are available.

Bachelor Degrees

Nursing – RN to BSN Completion with an MSN option

The 38-credit hour accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program at Spring Arbor University is offered in a blended online/face-to-face learning format. Each course in the program is 7 weeks in length. You meet in the classroom one night per night per week in weeks 1, 3 and 7. The instruction for the remaining weeks takes place online. There is a one week break between each course.

The program is designed to prepare professional nurses with the knowledge, tools and wisdom to make greater contributions of service and leadership within their communities.

The Spring Arbor University Bachelor of Science RN-BSN accelerated degree completion program promotes critical thinking, autonomous decision-making, information and resource management, communication skills, ethical decision making, and application of nursing knowledge. The RN-BSN degree completion program prepares professional nurses to contribute service and leadership to diverse communities. The program is based on the belief that students, as adult learners, are committed to the application of liberal arts and nursing knowledge based on scientific principles to make reasoned choices in their service to others.

The BSN major core courses total 38 semester hours and culminate in a comprehensive Senior Nursing Project that integrates coursework with applied research and prepares graduates to be leaders of quality in professional nursing practice. The blended program takes the best of both online and face-to-face environments and allows for all learning styles to excel.

 Career Opportunities for RN-BSN Graduates

  • Continued position as a bedside care nurse, with expansion of responsibilities.
  • Nurses who hold a BSN are sought as both charge nurse and registered nurse supervisors.
  • The program provides preparation for continued education and pursuit of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), leading to such career opportunities as nurse practitioner and nurse educator.
Family Relations Education

The face-to-face, 42-credit hour Bachelor of Arts in Family Relations Education (FRE) program at Spring Arbor University equips students with a broad conceptual foundation drawn from psychology, education, home management, social work, philosophy, law and economics.

Students will gain knowledge relevant to family living, explore personal attitudes and values, and gain practical experience. Course subjects include social class and the family, ethnicity, family theory, and critical analysis and research writing.

Spring Arbor’s Bachelor of Arts in Family Relations Education program is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and includes coursework which leads to the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation. It is also endorsed by Focus on the Family. SAU is a national leader in producing alumni who become Certified Family Life Educator

Career Opportunities for FRE graduates

  • Social services — family service agencies, foster care, legal services, referral programs, SNAP programs, Meals-on-Wheels and transportation programs.
  • Health services — nursing homes, hospitals, day care centers, community mental health centers, housing projects and public health clinics.
  • Programming planning — group homes, senior centers, government agencies, parks and recreation departments, educational institutions, religious organizations and departments of corrections.
Social Work

The blended 52-credit hour Bachelor of Social Work program prepares students to provide social services to individuals, families, organizations and communities.

Through the program, students will explore the philosophical underpinnings of social work, including the values of service, social and economic justice, the inherent dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships,  and integrity and competence in practice.  The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  

Career Opportunities for Social Work graduates

  • Adoption and foster care agencies
  • Substance and alcohol addiction care
  • Juvenile justice and correction
  • Medical social work
  • Domestic violence prevention
  • Mental health agencies
  • Refugee programs
  • Residential geriatric facilities
  • Youth/child support
  • Health and wellness agencies
  • Community and development
  • Family and child services 
Organizational Management

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management (ORM) requires the completion of 41 credit hours, takes approximately 24 months to complete and is offered in both online and blended face-to-face/online learning formats. The program prepares students to serve as managers and leaders who stand on principles of servanthood and stewardship, positively impacting individuals and communities through their actions and transformational leadership.

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management program is offered through Spring Arbor University’s top-tier Gainey School of Business. It includes the study of organizational behavior related to individual motivation, productivity and employee satisfaction, as well as an introduction to financial management. Students learn to solve problems and promote growth in ethical and sustainable ways.

Career Opportunities for ORM graduates

  • Charitable and nonprofit organizations
  • Communications
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Multinational non-government organizations

The 47-credit hour Bachelor of Science in Business program at Spring Arbor University provides students with a broad range of educational preparation for careers in business or for continued study in graduate school.

Offered through SAU’s Gainey School of Business, this program balances professional preparation with a liberal arts education, and quantitative skills with the application of business theory to the workplace.  Emphases include a  breadth of practical skills and theoretical knowledge designed to meet the needs of students seeking a general business background. 

Career Opportunities for Business graduates

  • Business-manufacturing, retail, healthcare, consulting, accounting, sales, administration and banking.
  • Service Agencies-law enforcement, health services, corrections, community health organizations, religious organizations and fire departments.  

Master Degrees

Master of Business Administration

The 36-credit hour Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offered through Spring Arbor University’s top-tier Gainey School of Business, requires no prerequisites and is offered in a face-to-face format. Focus is given to the development of successful professionals through the study and application of theories, concepts, principles and methods of business administration informed by a Christian worldview.

The MBA program can be completed in about 18 months, and is designed to help students integrate and live out their faith through active participation in business and organizations. Students will master area knowledge, recognize the impact of culture and diversity on global business, and demonstrate skills in effective communication, teamwork, critical thinking, ethical reasoning and problem-solving.

Additionally, students choose from one of five concentration areas:

  • Healthcare administration
  • Human resource development
  • Management
  • Organizational consulting
  • Strategic leadership.

The MBA program includes a week-long residency in New York City, designed to prepare you for competing in the global marketplace.

Career Opportunities for MBA Graduates

The program’s five concentrations allow for entrance into or advancement within multiple industries, including:

  • Healthcare Human resources
  • Freelance consulting
  • Business, organization, and nonprofit management
Master of Arts in Management and Organizational Leadership

The 36-credit hour Master of Arts in Management and Organizational Leadership program is delivered in a blended online/face-to-face/online learning format, and can be completed in as little as 18 months. Suited to fit busy schedules, this program fosters a supportive classroom environment for adult learners from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. 

Within this accelerated program, students will develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to manage tasks and build relationships while effectively leading the organization, with focus given to critical participation as a team player. 

The curriculum emphasizes current and emerging organizational leadership and management theories, along with best practices, in order to prepare learners who are interested in advancing within their organizations or taking on greater responsiblity as leaders. 

Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in Management and Organizational Leadership

  • Corporate and nonprofit environments
  • Public sector and government employers
  • Multinational non-governmental organizations
  • Communications and media