Graceland University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission,, 800-621-7440.

Graceland University's graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP),

The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC  20035, (202) 887-6791. The master's and doctoral degrees in nursing have full approval status with the Iowa State Board of Nursing.  The baccalaureate degrees in nursing have full approval status with the Iowa State Board of Nursing and Missouri State Board of Nursing.

These academic standards ensure that a degree from Graceland University will be recognized by educational, business and professional communities.

This catalog is an official document of Graceland University, and the programs and policies in it have been approved by the Board of Trustees or its duly authorized agents.

While these programs and policies may be subject to change without notice, the university publishes this catalog with the intention that students can expect reasonable continuity in academic areas.

Changes in other areas — such as cost, campus life, the housing arrangement — occur in an orderly fashion.

State Authorization

Federal law requires institutions of higher education to comply with all state requirements for registration, licensure or authorization to deliver online or distance education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. Graceland University has been approved by Iowa to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.


Policy on Non-Discrimination

Graceland University does not discriminate against any student or prospective student on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. We are a caring community dedicated to the physical, intellectual and spiritual well-being of each individual. Gracelanders join together to create an atmosphere of openness, mutual respect and diversity.


History of Graceland University

Graceland University was founded in Lamoni, Iowa in 1895 by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Graceland’s sponsoring church changed its name to Community of Christ in 2000. Graceland is a nonsectarian institution of higher education open to students of all faiths.

More than a century later, Graceland continues its commitment to providing a solid liberal arts education to a diverse student population. Today, Graceland students represent more than 43 states and 26 countries and can choose from more than 40 academic majors and programs, and 22 varsity sports.

Graceland began as a high school academy and a two-year college. In 1917 it became Iowa’s first accredited junior college. Graceland conferred its first bachelor’s degree in 1958 and became a four-year college in 1960.

Graceland College became Graceland University in 2000 when we began offering a variety of master-level degrees.

Graceland granted its first bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1969. Our internationally-known School of Nursing (SON) is located on Graceland’s Independence, Missouri campus (founded in 1969) where we offer a wide array of degree programs, including master’s degrees and a new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. The Graceland SON was among the first in the nation, in 1987, to offer nationally-accredited distance education programs – these programs revolutionized how nurses are educated and mentored.

The University’s teacher education programs date back to Graceland’s early days. Today, the Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education provides a diverse offering of innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees, on-site and online, on both the Lamoni and Independence campuses, which lead to nationally accredited teacher licensure in the state where the student plans to teach.

The C.H. Sandage School of Business is home to The Sandage Center for the Study of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and our national-champion Enactus team. The School of Business offers exciting degree programs like Sport Management and Agricultural Business.

Many students transfer to Graceland after coursework at community colleges. Graceland began offering a number of academic programs in the 1990s at satellite campuses in Centerville, Iowa and Trenton, Missouri.

Community of Christ Seminary was founded in 2002 and is located in Independence, MO. Students can obtain a Master of Arts in Religion degree that can be pursued online and on-site.

Graceland University continues its commitment to provide a quality liberal arts education that contributes to the growth of the whole student.


Vision, Mission, Values


Graceland University will become a recognized educational leader, inspiring and empowering persons for transformational service and leadership.


Graceland creates learning communities where students develop their potential for meaningful and productive lives.


Graceland values learning, wholeness, and community. Graceland encourages the development of these values for the enrichment of lives and the betterment of the world.


We believe in the life long process of the open and free pursuit of truth.


We believe that the development of the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of all persons is necessary for healthy and fulfilling lives.


We appreciate and welcome diversity and, as an institution sponsored by the Community of Christ, believe in the inherent worth of all persons expressed through relationships built on the foundation of unconditional love and acceptance.


Mission of Graceland University

Graceland University educates students for advanced study, for productive careers and for rich lives. Its student body is a targeted, yet diverse group that includes persons of different ages, backgrounds and national origins who share a commitment to learning. Its curriculum, firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition and enhanced by career-oriented practical experiences, affirms different styles of learning and prepares students to become competent professionals. Its highly qualified faculty excel in teaching and engage in scholarly, creative and professional activities. Together with the administration and staff, they care deeply about students.

Graceland offers a learning environment for the residential as well as the non-residential student that nurtures personal growth. Its challenging academic program stresses the joy of lifelong learning, the rigor of intellectual discipline and the relationship of both to a satisfying professional and personal life. Its size fosters genuine concern for the individual while providing fellowship and a sense of belonging. For the residential student, its rich co-curricular program of interest groups, athletics, student government, residential life and leisure activities provides opportunity to develop interpersonal skills, relationships, creativity and leadership.

Based on the Christian values of human dignity, mutual respect and social responsibility, Graceland University welcomes persons of all faiths. It actively supports the counsel of its sponsoring denomination, the Community of Christ, to “learn by study and by faith” and indeed offers tangible expression of the church’s commitment to the open and free pursuit of knowledge through higher education.

Graceland promotes opportunity, justice and world peace through practical and visionary action.


Goals of the University

The people of Graceland University help students grow to work, care and enjoy life intelligently. Toward these goals, we help students nurture their abilities to think, learn and communicate; develop broad knowledge and sound values; lead and cooperate in building a better world.

  1. To become knowledgeable in the natural sciences, history/political science and the social/behavioral sciences.
  2. To develop an appreciation of the arts and humanities.
  3. To develop foundational skills, including skills of quantitative analysis, oral and written communication, ethical consciousness and sound values, and healthful living.
  4. To be knowledgeable and appreciative of human diversity as expressed in cultures other than one’s own.


Organization of the Academic Program, Lamoni Campus

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Dr. Brian J. White, Dean

Division of Health and Movement Sciences
Bryan Gatzke, Chair
Athletic Training
Physical Education

Division of Humanities
Isaac Pressnell, Chair

Division of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Daniel V. Pratt, Chair
Computer Science & Information Technology
Physical Science

Division of Social Science
Dr. Brian C. Smith, Chair
Criminal Justice
Political Science

Division of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Adam Groh, Chair

The Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education
Dr. Lee Bash, Dean
Education (Undergraduate)
Education (Graduate)

C.H. Sandage School of Business
Dr. Robert A. Poulton, Dean
Agricultural Business
Business Administration
Organizational Leadership
Social Media Marketing
Sport Management

Organization of the Academic Program, Independence Campus

The Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education
Dr. Lee Bash, Dean
Education (Undergraduate)
Education (Graduate)

School of Nursing
Dr. Claudia D. Horton, Dean, School of Nursing
Dr. Jan Rice, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
Dr. Sharon Little-Stoetzel, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Nursing (Undergraduate)
Nursing (Graduate)

Community of Christ Seminary
Dr. Matthew Frizzell, Dean


Graceland University Educational Sites

Graceland University offers a quality educational program at multiple locations using various course delivery methods to provide opportunities for many students. Students may take Graceland University courses at the following locations.

Lamoni Campus

The home campus, located in Lamoni, Iowa, provides education for many full- and part-time residential students, who seek the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts Honors, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science Honors degrees in 34 different majors. Courses are available for non-degree seeking students interested in enrolling for personal enrichment.

In addition to degree programs, Graceland University offers courses for personal enrichment at the Lamoni and Independence locations, as well as through the Center for Professional Development and Life-Long Learning, Inc., which includes SkillPath Seminars located in Overland Park, Kansas.

Independence Campus

The Graceland University Independence Campus located at 1401 West Truman Road in Independence, Missouri, provides on campus education for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts in Education, or a Master of Education degree.

The Independence Campus is also home to our online programs which allow students the flexibility to earn either the RN to BSN or Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Business, a Master of Science in Nursing, a Master of Education degree or a Doctor of Nursing Practice. In addition, a Master of Arts in Religion can be earned through combined on campus and online courses.

Graceland University Non-residential Programs

Several off-campus sites share in the extended campus experience, and allow non-traditional students the opportunity to complete their degrees or pursue a Master's degree. North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri assist students in completion degrees in undergraduate Elementary Education. Students transfer credits from previously attended colleges and complete their junior and senior coursework with Graceland by attending classes offered in their area. Undergraduate students benefit from Graceland's articulation and equivalency agreements. The Master of Education in Collaborative Learning and Teaching is offered at Graceland University campus in Independence, Missouri. Off-campus courses are offered evenings and weekends, allowing most students to hold a job, fulfill family and community obligations and still earn a degree.

The academic year is most often divided into three trimesters, but alternative scheduling may also be available. Classes are offered in a variety of formats including: 1) Traditional classes — Classes offered at the community college campus or on the Graceland campus taught by Graceland University faculty and adjunct professors; 2) Online classes. Courses may be taken by campus students as part of their normal class load on a space-available basis.

For more information concerning Graceland's non-residential programs, please call 800-833-0524 or visit our website on the Graceland University homepage at