Jessup Online

Christ-centered higher education designed with your needs in mind.


Relevant degree programs which produce transformational leaders.


Master of Arts in Leadership – Christian Leadership

The Master of Arts in Leadership, Christian Ministry concentration, allows candidates to tailor their educational curriculum to meet their specific career goals and areas of interest while balancing biblical, professional, and personal development objectives. Online delivery and 20 units of customized coursework make it attractive to ministry leaders with busy schedules and ministry-specific goals. The program addresses the need for relevant leadership training, equipping leaders with a unique spiritual formation curriculum, adaptable to church or society and applicable to real-life experiences.


Master of Arts in Sports Management – Leadership Concentration

The Master of Arts in Sports Management, Leadership Concentration provides strategic educational resources for sport and athletic institutional applications and operations, focusing specifically on leadership development for the current and future environment. The fully-online Master of Arts in Sports Management is a flexible program which addresses the spiritual, cognitive, adaptive, and intuitive formation of the student.  Coursework within the concentration is tailored to specifically relate to the practical experiential applications of the student and current or future professional and personal development objectives.


Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice prepares and trains students for the wide range of careers in fields of administration and justice. Courses include Constitution and Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, and Criminal Law. All courses are taught with a focus on Christian ethics which will prepare you for notable servant leadership in law enforcement and its supporting branches.

This program will be fully online as of fall 2016. Each course is seven weeks in length, and students can take up to two courses at a time. This program provides a flexible schedule for students who have demanding work schedules and/or family responsibilities, yet still allows for students to complete their degree in the same amount of time as students taking courses through the traditional programs.


Quality learning that’s accessible and relevant.

Am I Ready?

Determine how your personality and experience will support your online learning journey.

The online readiness assessment test is one indicator of how your personality and experience will support your online learning journey.

3 Pillars of Jessup Online

We know you have many choices for online learning. Find out what makes Jessup Online stand out.

Online programs offer a flexible approach to degree seeking students. Discover the foundation that makes Jessup Online unique.

Sample a Course

Experience a Jessup Online course and discover how an online program can integrate with your schedule.

Get a feel for how the online educational platform at Jessup works. This free, no-commitment sample course will introduce you to the same concepts and workflows you'll use to complete your degree.


Access the Learning Support tools you need.

Paul Nystrom Library

The Paul Nystrom Library exists to support the learning activities of WJU students, staff, and faculty by providing access to hundreds of thousands of books, journals, and audiovisual materials – 95% of the library collection is available electronically, 24/7. Professional librarians are available for research help and questions for every course via phone, text, chat, and email.

Success Center

Help for everyone – the WJU Success Center helps ensure you receive the academic assistance you need to succeed. Have a documented disability? The Success Center advocates to make sure your online experience meets your accessibility requirements.

Writing Center

Work toward writing mastery in all course levels and disciplines. Work with a tutor via email, telephone, or video-conferencing. Receive assistance with paper formatting and reviewing from WJU’s qualified and helpful writing tutors.

Career & Life Planning

Prepare for your career. Career and Life Planning provides a wide variety of services by phone, email, or video-conferencing: one-on-one career counseling, resume and cover letter coaching, assessment tools, and more. Access the Jessup Job Board where you can browse opportunities for part/full time jobs and internships posted specifically for Jessup students and alumni.


Join a community of students whose education and faith will transform tomorrow today.

William Jessup University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC; 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001), one of the seven major regional college accreditation agencies in the United States; and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (5850 T G Lee Boulevard, Suite 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808), a national accrediting organization specializing in programs in Bible and ministry; and by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to offer the preliminary multiple and single subject credential programs.

Jessup is a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


Chapel is the heartbeat of community worship at William Jessup University. Twice a week, we join together as students, faculty, and staff to give glory to God, study His Word, and hear from a broad diversity of speakers/artists from within our community and all over the world! Music worship is primarily student-led from our talented pool of student musicians.


William Jessup University began during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Dr. Eugene Sanderson, who had already started three other colleges, saw the need for a Bible college in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. He purchased two large houses on adjacent lots at Fifth and San Carlos Streets in San Jose, across from the campus of San Jose Teachers College (now San Jose State University). Over the course of several years, he improved the property and built a chapel for the faculty and student body yet to come.

In 2015 William Jessup University continues to further its original mission with the addition of online programs which compliment the already successful traditional and continuing education programs offered on campus in Rocklin, Ca and San Jose, Ca.


Jessup online degree programs offer the same quality and excellence in education as traditional programs with added flexibility and convenience.

How do I know whether being an online student is right for me?

Being a successful online student depends on several factors, including being self-motivated and having good time-management skills. We suggest you start by taking the Online Learning Readiness Assessment [link], which will help you decide whether online learning is right for you.

Do I have to sign on at a particular time or place to participate in a course?

Jessup Online courses are asynchronous, which means that you can access your class and complete all of the requirements whenever it is convenient for you. However, there are expectations for attendance (logging in at least 4 days/week), and due dates for assignments that you are required to meet.

How much time should I expect to devote to an online course each week?

Jessup Online courses cover an entire semester in an intensive 7-week format. For a 3-unit course, you should plan to spend up to 19 hours each week. For 2-unit course, this translates to about 13 hours each week. These hours do vary based on a number of factors: online proficiency, reading speeds, writing speeds, etc.

Are online courses like independent study classes?

Online courses are not like independent study or correspondence courses. You will be learning within a community, and a great deal of emphasis is put on learning through interacting and dialoguing with your fellow students and your professor throughout each week.

How do I know that this is a quality education?

Jessup Online courses are designed according to the best practices of online instructional design. They meet or exceed industry standards, such as those set by the Online Learning Consortium’s Quality Scorecard, and the Quality Matters Program Rubric. In addition, all Jessup Online courses satisfy the distance learning requirements of WASC, our regional accreditation agency.

Can I contact a live person to discuss my options and choices?

Yes. Justin Halligan is our Online Admissions Counselor for all online degrees. Contact him at

How do I get my books and course materials?

You can find a list of the texts for your courses at the Jessup Campus Store website. There you can also sign up for Tree of Life’s Textbook Butler program which automatically ships your texts to you or you can purchase your texts online through your preferred vendor.

How do I enroll, register and pay for an online program?

Enrollment, course registration, and payment are all completed online. You’ll be given information about the details once your application process is complete.

Is there technical support available to me during my courses?

Jessup Online students can access 24-hour support directly through Moodle, our Learning Management System. The Jessup IT department is also available during regular work hours by e-mailing

What technology do I need to participate in an online program?

In most cases a standard laptop with Internet connection is all that is needed to participate in an online degree program.  For Windows/Mac specific recommendations along with hardware specifications please visit the Student Hardware Recommendation page.