Dec 10, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010 
Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Graduate and Continuing Education

A Degree of Distinction

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education serves graduate students, undergraduate adult students, high school scholars, and organizations and individuals interested in professional development.

Since 1923, The University of Scranton has provided quality educational opportunities for adult and returning students. Services are available for part-time and full-time adult students seeking credit certificates, associate’s and bachelor’s degrees; high school scholars, visiting students, and senior citizens wishing to attend the university; and those seeking intellectual enrichment.

The University’s graduate offerings, the most comprehensive in Northeastern Pennsylvania, draw students from throughout the United States and from more than 20 foreign countries. Students can pursue graduate degrees and various types of certification in more than 25 fields of study.

Students may also obtain personal and professional enrichment through the Center for Professional Training and Development, which offers on-campus, Web-based, and regional programming.

Undergraduate Education

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education provides admission opportunities, student services and advising to undergraduates in the following categories:

  1. Adults who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree
  2. Students who want to obtain an associate’s degree or certificate
  3. Adults who want to improve their professional competence and/or to prepare themselves for new careers
  4. Adults who want to take advantage of educational programs for enrichment
  5. Visiting students from other colleges and universities
  6. High school scholars
  7. International students

CGCE is dedicated to helping students succeed by offering scholarship opportunities, life-experience credits, academic and career counseling, and academic support services.

Adult Students

Adult undergraduate learners are a priority for The University of Scranton. As a result, the University provides special advising and other services to these students through the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE). CGCE is committed to carrying on the Jesuit tradition by offering quality programs, efficient services and the opportunity for students to reach their educational goals. The University is dedicated to serving the local community and continually updates its programs and services in response to the community’s ever-changing needs.

High School Scholars/Dual Enrollment Program

Offered to rising juniors and seniors who have demonstrated strong achievement in high school, The University of Scranton High School Scholars Program gives local students the chance to earn college credits at a greatly reduced rate. Courses are the same as those offered to college students, giving high school students an opportunity to experience college-level work before entering college.

Dual enrollment agreements exist with several local school districts. These agreements allow for students to use their college credits toward their high school graduation requirements. In addition, some districts have secured state grant funds to help offset the expenses of enrollment. Interested students should check with their guidance offices to see if their school is a participating dual enrollment school.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Local high school students must have completed their sophomore or junior year with a minimum of a 3.3 (B+) grade point average.
  • Students may take one course each term – fall, spring, summer I, summer II – until graduating from high school.
  • Students may enroll for a maximum of 3 credits per session. Individual exceptions may be made if GPA/SAT scores substantiate the request.
  • Registrations will be processed on a space-available basis. Students will be responsible for tuition and applicable fees.
  • Successfully completed courses (C or better) are awarded University of Scranton credits, typically 3 credits per course, and are accepted towards a degree at The University of Scranton.
  • Courses may be taken for credit at a special tuition rate of $175 per credit.

International Students

The University of Scranton has been teaching international students for more than 50 years and understand the unique challenges and rewards international students experience during their studies in the U.S. A full-time Director of International Student Affairs advises and counsels students during their transition to a new culture and educational system. This office also offers practical assistance obtaining medical insurance coverage, dealing with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), helping with currency control documents, etc.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

College of Graduate and Continuing Education students may attend courses offered in the day or at night. Students who can attend courses scheduled for mornings and afternoons may choose from the following degree programs in Group 1 or Group 2. Students who plan to attend only in the evening may select from Group 2.

In addition to traditionally paced programs, the ACCESS Programs for undergraduate adults will provide a planned course of study in one of eight areas where courses are arranged at times especially suited to adult students. The curriculum plan will allow adult students to complete a degree efficiently and expeditiously.

Curricular requirements for each degree program will be found on pages indicated in the index at the back of this catalog. Mathematics placement testing may determine additional math prerequisites in addition to those specified by a degree program. The physical education and freshman seminar requirements are waived for adult students.

Group 1: Degrees Offered during the Day

In general, courses that comprise the major for these degree programs are offered during the daytime.


Bachelor of Arts

Classical Languages
Hispanic Studies
Individualized Major (CAS)
International Language–Business
Theology/Religious Studies

Bachelor of Science

Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
Business Administration
Community Health Education
Computer Engineering
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Counseling and Human Services
Criminal Justice
Early Childhood (PreK–4) Education
Electrical Engineering
Electronic Commerce
Environmental Science
Exercise Science
Forensic Chemistry
Health Administration
Human Resources Studies
Individualized Major (CAS)
International Business
International Studies
Liberal Studies
Media and Information Technology
Medical Technology
Middle School (Grades 4–8) Education
Occupational Therapy
Operations Management
Political Science
Secondary Education

Associate’s Degrees

Electrical Engineering
Computer Engineering

Group 2: Degrees Offered Day or Evening

Major, cognate and general education courses for these degrees are available either night or day.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Business Administration
Counseling and Human Services
Criminal Justice
Health Administration
Liberal Studies
Nursing for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Nursing for the Registered Nurse (RN)

Associate’s Degrees

Associate in Arts
Associate in Science:

Computer Information Systems
Criminal Justice
Health Administration
Counseling and Human Services
Political Science

ACCESS Programs

Access Programs are available both day and evening in the following fields:

Business Administration
Criminal Justice
Counseling and Human Services
Health Administration
Liberal Studies
Nursing for the LPN or RN

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Adult Students

Admission to the undergraduate programs in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education is based on the applicant’s academic record, life experiences and motivation to continue education. Application forms may be obtained from the CGCE Admissions Office or may be requested by phone at (570) 941-7600, by fax at (570) 941-5995 or by e-mail to Additional information is available on the Web at

The CGCE Admissions Office operates on a rolling admissions plan, in which applications are processed on a continual basis as received. Generally, candidates are informed of the admission decision within three weeks after the completion of their files of supporting credentials.

To complete the application file, the candidate must have the following sent to the CGCE Office of Admissions:

  1. A completed application form accompanied by the $20.00 application fee;
  2. An official high school transcript (or Graduate Equivalency Diploma [GED], including scores, when applicable).
  3. A personal statement detailing how enrolling at the University will contribute to the individual’s goals.
  4. Official transcripts, mailed directly from every college or university attended (if applicable).

Applicants are encouraged to meet with an admissions counselor and can make an appointment by contacting the CGCE Admissions Office at (570) 941-7600.

In general, advanced standing will be granted for previously completed courses from regionally accredited institutions when they are equivalent or comparable to courses at the University, the student received grades of C or higher, and the courses meet requirements for the degree program. If the student changes major at a later date, another review of transfer credits will be made at that time, and the student will be given a written evaluation clearly indicating the transfer credits that apply to the new major. In all cases, for a bachelor’s degree, transfer students must earn a minimum of 63 credits at The University of Scranton. Once a transfer student matriculates, the University policy on course transfers applies.

Conditional Admission

A student may be admitted conditionally if official transcripts have not been received in the CGCE Admissions Office before classes begin. The student whose official records have not been received within five weeks after classes have begun will not be permitted to register for a subsequent term.

Upon receipt and evaluation of the official academic transcripts, the CGCE Admissions Office will notify the student regarding acceptance or rejection. The student who is rejected will be permitted to finish the semester if he/she wishes to do so, but will not be allowed to register for subsequent terms. The student who is accepted will be subject to all rules, regulations and policies of the University. Because official academic transcripts are necessary for effective academic advising, the student who enters under the conditional admission policy takes full responsibility for any errors in course selection and for all extra costs involved in making changes in class registrations.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

University of Scranton graduates and persons with good scholastic records and a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, who wish to earn a second baccalaureate degree at The University of Scranton, must apply to the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.

Candidates for a second baccalaureate degree are expected to complete a minimum of 30 credits at The University of Scranton beyond the completion of the studies for the first degree, of which at least 15 credits must be in the second degree’s major. Students must complete all requirements for the second degree not covered by the first degree program for the major and cognate. All prerequisites for major and cognate courses must also be completed.

No semester hours from the first baccalaureate degree can be used toward this 30-credit requirement. Grades for courses taken by University of Scranton graduates after completion of the requirements for the first baccalaureate degree will have no effect on the final grade point average of the first degree.

International Students

To complete the application file, the candidate must have:

  • Completed application
  • $40 U.S. non-refundable application fee, payable to “The University of Scranton” (waived for online applications: visit
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts (with certified English translation) showing all secondary and post-secondary courses and grades. Applicants who have completed post-secondary work in their home country are also encouraged to have an independent course-by-course evaluation completed to maximize transferability of prior course. For more information on independent evaluations, visit or (Note: Applicants who wish to be considered for merit awards must also supply official SAT or ACT scores.)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency with minimum TOEFL Scores (500 paper based, 173 computer based and 61 internet based) and/or other acceptable proof of proficiency
  • Certified confirmation of financial resources
  • Personal statement
  • List of extracurricular activities (optional)

International students should have their credentials in the CGCE Admissions Office at least three months before the term in which they would like to begin their studies.

Certificate Programs

Students wishing to complete a certificate program in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education must meet the requirements specified by the appropriate department.


Students who do not plan to work toward a degree or a certificate must also file an application for admission and must arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the CGCE Admissions Office.

Visiting Students

Students matriculated in other colleges or universities who wish to take courses for credit at The University of Scranton should present the written approval of their dean or other authorized administrator for all courses taken at The University of Scranton. The University of Scranton does not guarantee transferability of its courses. Reader courses are not available for visiting students.

Visiting students must complete an application form but are not required to submit transcripts. Visiting students taking more than one course in any semester are required to attend orientation.

High School Scholars

High school students must submit a completed application consisting of an official high school transcript, a course-specific recommendation from the high school guidance counselor, PSAT/SAT scores (if available) and a $20.00 application fee. To obtain an application, please contact the CGCE Admissions Office.

Students enrolled in the High School Scholars Program for the fall or spring terms must update their High School Scholars applications with a new transcript, SAT scores (if available) and registration form in order to be able to register for High School Scholars classes in the summer term.


Telecourses provide students with an opportunity to study with a more flexible schedule. Students purchase DVDs along with the required textbook(s). Meetings with instructors are reduced from the typical three hours per week to no more than six meetings per semester. These courses are geared to highly motivated students capable of doing independent work. Courses offered vary each semester.

Online Courses

Online courses at the University require students to have access to a computer and the Internet for assignments, research, discussion groups, etc.

Office of Student Services and Advising

In the College of Graduate and Continuing Education, academic advising begins with admission interviews, registration and new-student orientations. Ongoing advising services that support students through their years of study to graduation provide all students, including transfer and evening students, with stability and continuity in their academic planning. Staff advisors are available 12 months a year and maintain day and evening office hours.

The staff in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education, Career Services and the Counseling Center are also available for consultation regarding academic, career and personal issues. The assignment of faculty advisors/mentors is determined by the student’s choice of major.

Campus Life

Students should consult the University’s Student Handbook for information about such practical matters as I.D. cards, parking permits and opportunities for participation in various aspects of University life. Adult undergraduate student participation in campus governance is provided through Student Council and student representation on the University Council.

Academic Regulations

Adult undergraduate students should consult this catalog for academic regulations common to all undergraduate colleges of the University. They should be aware of the following policies that relate specifically to those enrolled in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education.


CGCE students may register as auditors with the approval of the dean. Entry of the audit grade on the transcript assumes satisfactory attendance at class meetings. The student should consult with the instructor as to what constitutes satisfactory attendance. Auditors are not responsible for assigned work, quizzes, or examinations, and they receive no credit for the course. Students not enrolled as auditors who wish to change their status to that of auditor must do so by deadlines specified in the academic calendar on the inside front cover of this catalog. Auditing students pay the regular tuition and fees.

Credit for Academically Relevant Learning

Many students have acquired “experiential learning” outside a formal college or university classroom in jobs, military service or non-accredited institutions.

The University provides opportunities for adult undergraduate students to earn credit for such experiences. A maximum of 30 credits will be awarded for extra-institutional learning, excluding military credit. This includes CLEP, Excelsior College Examination, ACE-approved credit, portfolio credit, and PONSI credit. (Advanced-placement credit is considered separately.)

Students wishing to have this learning assessed for possible credit must document relevant experiences and the knowledge gained from them for departmental review. Faculty evaluators from the appropriate department(s) will evaluate the portfolio and may recommend a credit award for students’ learning. For further information, contact a CGCE advisor at (570) 941-7580.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program has been established to enable students of all ages to earn college credit by examination. Through the CLEP tests, applicants may gain credit in many academic subjects applicable to their degree programs. Individuals who wish to receive information about these examinations should either consult the CGCE Assistant Dean for Student Services and Advising or contact CLEP directly by writing to the Program Director, College-Level Examination Program, College Entrance Examination Board, Box 660, Princeton, NJ 08541 or sending e-mail to

Dean’s List

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, full-time students must earn 12 or more credit hours that count toward the semester GPA (credit hours of AU, CS, CD, I, IP, NC, NG, S and W grades are not counted toward this requirement). Part-time students (students registered for fewer than 12 credits) must earn at least 6 credit hours that count toward the semester GPA to be eligible for the Dean’s List. Of the eligible students, those who earn a 3.50 or higher semester GPA and no grade of D+, D, F, CD, NC, I, NG or U are named to the Dean’s List for that semester. (Note: Honors Program IP grades do not prevent eligibility for Dean’s List.) Students placed on the Dean’s List will have this distinction indicated on their transcripts. A student’s GPA will be recalculated when the last temporary grade (I, NG) is replaced by a final grade. If this new GPA meets the above standard, the student will be placed on the Dean’s List.

Sequences of Study/Prerequisites

Students enrolled in degree programs in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education are strongly advised to follow the sequence of studies listed for their chosen major as closely as possible. In order that students may be assured of having the adequate background for the successful completion of certain courses, prerequisite courses are sometimes listed. The course descriptions in the earlier pages of this bulletin contain the necessary information on prerequisites.

In some cases practical experience may compensate for the lack of prerequisite courses, but such requests for exceptions require written approval, in advance, from the departmental advisor. Students should also check with their departments for specific scheduling information on course sequences in their major. Since not all required courses are offered each semester, careful planning should be done in advance to assure smooth progress through the degree program.


Once accepted into The University of Scranton, a student is expected to maintain continuous enrollment. The dean may approve requests for one, and, on occasion, two consecutive semester leaves of absence. Students who do not attend the University for a semester or more, without an approved leave of absence, may be required to complete a full application for readmission. This may also result in a student’s needing to fulfill new curricular requirements. To apply for readmission, contact the CGCE Office of Student Services and Advising at (570) 941-7580.

Readmission of Dismissed Students

If an adult undergraduate student who has been dismissed from The University of Scranton wishes to apply for readmission to the University, the student may do so no sooner than one full semester after the semester in which the dismissal took place. Readmission is not automatic; the student will need to demonstrate that the conditions which led to dismissal will not present a continuing problem. If a student is dismissed a second time from the University, readmission is not permitted. Students who want to be readmitted after dismissal need to apply to the College of Graduate and Continuing Education directly.

University of Scranton/Marywood University Cross-Registration

Full-time undergraduate students who are in good standing and have completed 30 credits at The University of Scranton may take two Marywood University courses (equivalent to 6 credits) during the calendar year (January to December) on a space-available basis and with the approval of their advisor and dean. Part-time students who are in good academic standing and have completed 30 credits at The University of Scranton may take one Marywood course for every five Scranton courses, for a maximum of six Marywood courses, on a space-available basis and with the approval of their advisor and dean.

Adult Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 2009-10

Full-Time Tuition (12 or more credits) and All Intersession Courses, per credit

Part-Time Tuition (fewer than 12 credits), per credit $693
University Fee for Full-Time Students, per semester $150
University Fee for Part-Time Students, per semester $25
Schedule Change Fee, per change form $15
Recreational Complex Use Fee (optional for part-time students), per semester $70
Application Fee $20
Prior-Learning-Portfolio Review Fee, per credit $30
Credit by Exam, per credit $75
Prerequisite Challenge Exam, per exam $15
Nursing Clinical Practicum, per clinical course $110
Graduation Fee $250

Alumni Discount

Individuals who have previously earned a baccalaureate degree from The University of Scranton and are taking undergraduate, credit-bearing courses are eligible for 50% tuition reduction.

Family Tuition Reduction

See Undergraduate Admission and Expenses .

Tuition Policy for Senior Citizens

Persons 60 years of age or older may audit undergraduate courses at the University at no tuition charge on a “space-available” basis. Fees and other costs of courses (e.g., textbooks) are assessed at the normal rate. The student must complete the senior-citizen-tuition waiver form and the registration process, including returning the remittance form.

Persons 60 years of age or older may take undergraduate courses for credit at 50 percent tuition. These reductions are applicable only after the person has applied for and received any form of financial assistance normally available (e.g., state and federal assistance, employer reimbursement). The student must complete the senior-citizen-tuition waiver form and the registration process, including returning the remittance form.

Senior-citizen students must complete the full application process, including submission of all official transcripts.

Financial Aid for Adult Undergraduate Students

CGCE students are eligible to apply for several forms of federal and state financial aid. Eligibility for all grants, loans and institutional aid requires the student to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The student must also submit signed copies of the tax information for the student and spouse/parent (if required). Priority deadline for incoming students is May 1. Returning students must file by April 15.

University Aid

Accounting Scholarship: The Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants has endowed a scholarship fund awarding one limited tuition scholarship each year to an adult undergraduate Accounting major.

The Eugene J. Donahue Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 1997 in memory of John and Ann Donahue by Eugene Donahue, a resident of Clarks Summit and a 1968 graduate of The University of Scranton. The scholarship is for students who show demonstrated need. Recipients must be undergraduates in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education, and first consideration is given to students residing in Lackawanna County.

The Rev. John J. Fitzpatrick, S.J., Scholarship: This scholarship honors the Rev. John J. Fitzpatrick, S.J., who, prior to his death in 1987, served The University of Scranton for 22 years in various roles including dean of men, Jesuit minister, student counselor and University chaplain. The scholarship helps students of academic excellence who have demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to undergraduate students from Northeastern Pennsylvania who are enrolled in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education and who previously attended Lackawanna College. The scholarship was established through the generosity of Midori Yamanouchi-Rynn, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Sociology/Criminal Justice.

Full-Time and Part-Time Grants: Full-time and part-time grants are awarded to adult undergraduate students who demonstrate need, academic progress, and enrollment status of at least 6 credits. Awards range from $500 to $6,000 per year.

The Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., Scholarship: This scholarship, established in 1977, provides assistance to qualified and deserving College of Graduate and Continuing Education undergraduate students. The scholarship was established by Robert L. McDevitt, K.S.G., a Georgetown University classmate and longtime friend of the late Rev. Dexter L. Hanley, S.J., who served as president of the University from 1970 to 1975.

Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women: The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation provides limited-tuition scholarships for mature women students completing their education in preparation for a second career. These scholarships are available to women who are 25 years of age or older, have completed at least 60 credits, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

New Transfer-Student Scholarship: Transfer students who have completed at least 30 credits at their previous institution and intend to pursue full-time studies at The University of Scranton are eligible to be considered for this award. This is an academic as well as need-based scholarship. The award may be renewed until graduation upon maintenance of required grade-point average.

The Oppenheim Family Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the Oppenheim family, who for many years owned and operated Oppenheim’s Department Store and its predecessor, the Scranton Dry Goods Co. Income from the scholarship is used primarily for part-time, non-traditional students who need financial assistance.

Pakistani M.B.A. Student Fellowship: This fellowship was established by Riaz Hussain, Ph.D., to encourage the recruitment of Pakistani students to The University of Scranton’s M.B.A. program.

The Sanofi Pasteur Scholarship: Scholarships are offered each year to two graduate students who have demonstrated excellence in the sciences and who are pursuing master’s degrees.

Student Government Scholarship: This limited tuition scholarship is available to adult undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who have completed 6 or more credits (including transfer credits). Both full- and part-time students are eligible, as are CGCE Student Government members. Those who are not eligible for this scholarship include students working toward a second degree and University employees with full tuition remission. Grade point average is not a consideration.

The Thomas P. White Scholarship: Mrs. Ilene White established this scholarship to honor the memory of her husband, Thomas. It is awarded to an education major who is a “non-traditional” student, such as a transfer student or an individual returning to school after an absence.

Loan & Grant Programs

See Scholarships and Financial Aid 

Associate in Science: Career-Related Field

The Associate of Science degree in career-related fields has been designed as the natural companion to the Bachelor of Science degrees in those majors.

Certificates for Academic Credit

A certificate program is an educational opportunity to gain professional knowledge or training in a specific field before or after pursuing a degree. Students enroll in the undergraduate certificate programs with a variety of educational backgrounds ranging from having completed no college work to having earned a degree.

The courses a certificate student takes are part of the regular curriculum of the University. Certificate programs are comprised of eight academic credit courses that are recorded permanently on the student’s transcript. Some certificates also include guided learning experiences.

In order to earn a certificate, a student must maintain at least a C average in the certificate courses and must successfully complete any other requirements as stipulated for a specific certificate program. Generally, no more than 6 credits may be transferred into a certificate program.

Application to a certificate program is made through the College of Graduate and Continuing Education Admissions Office. After a student’s application is approved, the student is accepted into the program and may then register. A student is responsible for conferring with an advisor before registering and as needed in the course of earning the certificate.

In certain certificate programs, the required courses may be waived on the basis of prior experience.

Certificates available include Advertising/ Public Relations, Computer Information Systems, Health Administration, Human Resources Studies. The Business/Management certificates are Level I: Business, Level II: Accounting, and Personnel Management.

Students enrolled in a 24-credit certificate program, taking at least 6 credits per semester, may be eligible for financial aid. The Financial Aid Office should be contacted for further details.

Graduate Studies

For more than half a century, The University of Scranton has provided advanced, post-baccalaureate education in a variety of professional fields as well as in the humanities and sciences. Its students are drawn from throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, several surrounding states and from over 20 foreign countries. The students are pursuing graduate degrees, various types of certification and personal enrichment.

Doctoral Program

The University offers two Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) programs: an online transitional D.P.T. for bachelor’s- and master’s-prepared physical therapists, and a three-year, post-baccalaureate doctoral program for those interested in entering the physical therapy field. Information is available in the Graduate Studies Catalog.

Master’s Degree Programs

The University offers master’s degrees in the 21 programs listed below. Programs for supervision, superintendent’s letter of eligibility, and teacher’s certification are also available.

Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Clinical Chemistry
Curriculum and Instruction
Community Counseling
Early Childhood Education
Educational Administration
Elementary Education
English as a Second Language
Health Administration (M.H.A.)
Human Resources (online)
Nursing (M.S.N.)
Occupational Therapy
Reading Education
Rehabilitation Counseling
School Counseling
Secondary Education
Special Education
Software Engineering

Graduate Assistantships

Approximately 70 graduate assistantships are available each year. Students awarded assistantships receive stipends and are entitled to tuition scholarships. Please note that only those who possess a bachelor’s degree before the start of the assistantship will be considered.

Applicants for graduate assistantships must have a completed Application for Admission on file in the CGCE Office of the Dean. Applications for graduate assistantships must be submitted by March 1. Awards are made on the basis of the student’s academic record, experience and promise as a graduate student.

Graduate students may also apply for Guaranteed Student Loans (GSL) and Federal Work-Study.


Most classes are offered from 4:30 to 7:10 p.m. and 7:20 to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, in the fall and spring terms. Almost all courses meet one night per week. Summer and intersession classes are also available.


The University maintains shared apartment facilities for graduate students wishing to live on campus. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, please contact:

Office of Residence Life
The University of Scranton
4123 Quincy Avenue
Scranton, PA 18510
Telephone: (570) 941-6226
Fax: (570) 941-7938

Graduate Admissions Requirements

U.S. Students

Applicants for admission should submit a completed application form, $50 application fee, three letters of reference and official copies of their transcripts. In addition to these requirements, which apply to all programs, individual programs may have special requirements such as test scores, personal interviews or writing samples. Consult the Graduate Studies Catalog for these special requirements.

All application documents should be on hand in the CGCE Admissions Office at least one month before the intended starting term. Consult the Graduate Studies Catalog for more stringent deadlines for the Counseling, Health Administration and Nursing programs. Students may begin their studies in fall, spring, or summer. Software Engineering, Counseling, and Health Administration students begin their studies only in the fall semester. Physical Therapy and Nurse Anesthesia students begin their studies only in the summer semester.

International Students

The admission standards and policies of The University of Scranton are free of any limitation, specification or discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age or handicap, except as provided by law.

An applicant for admission to graduate studies must possess either a baccalaureate degree from an American college or university accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting associations or the equivalent from an international college or university. The ordinary standard for admission to a graduate program is an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). Students falling below this level may submit other evidence of their ability to complete successfully a graduate program, such as grades in other post-baccalaureate courses, scores from examinations or a record of progressively higher work responsibilities. Individual departments/programs may establish higher GPA requirements and/or introduce additional criteria for making the admissions decision. Please refer to individual graduate program pages for special application deadlines and additional requirements. Final action on an application for admission to the College of Graduate and Continuing Education is taken by the Dean.

Ordinarily, the applicant must submit the following to be considered for admission to the College of Graduate and Continuing Education:

  • The completed application form along with the non-refundable $50 application fee payable to “The University of Scranton”
  • Official transcripts (with certified English translation) from all previous undergraduate and graduate work completed at accredited institutions (“student” copies of transcripts are not acceptable). Applicants who have completed graduate work in their home country are also encouraged to have an independent evaluation completed.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons capable of evaluating the student’s educational background and work or personal character
  • Any additional material required by a particular department or program, e.g., test scores or personal interview. For details of such requirements for particular departments or programs, see the Graduate Studies Catalog.
  • Certification of Finances form
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Online Programs

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education offers online master’s degree programs: The Master of Science in Education Administration, the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, the Master of Science in Human Resources, and the Master of Business Administration. In general, the rules and policies governing the programs are the same as those of the on-campus programs. There are six eight-week terms during the academic year. These programs do not allow for electives or a thesis option.

For Additional Information

College of Graduate and Continuing Education
The University of Scranton
Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510-4631
Telephone: (570) 941-7600 or
                      1-800-366-4723 (within U.S.A.)
Fax: (570) 941-5995

Center for Professional Training and Development

The Center for Professional Training and Development (CPTD) is a component of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education at The University of Scranton. CPTD offers a wide range of programs to meet the professional development needs of area industries and adults. These CPTD programs include graduate education workshops for teachers; non-credit technology/computer certification, certificates and packages; and supervisory and management workshops, along with customized training and education for industry.

The Center for Professional Training and Development is a Microsoft IT Academy that provides technology programs geared toward the working professional. Expert instructors provide opportunities for students to apply what they learn to real problems from their workday. All technology programs feature instructor-led, hands-on classes with each participant at a computer workstation. Instructor certifications include Microsoft (MCP, MCSA, MCSE), MOUS, Adobe (Certified Expert), Cisco (Certified Network Administrator), NTCIP (NT Certified Wireless Administrator) and Quark (Certified Trainer).

CPTD provides a wide range of programs to help professionals meet their continuing education requirements. Programs, workshops and seminars for real estate professionals, occupational therapists, nurses, accountants and human resource managers are offered throughout the year. Whether students are interested in staying current in the field, developing skills, or expanding knowledge and expertise, CPTD has programs that can help.

Looking ahead, the Center for Professional Training and Development will continue to expand and adapt to meet the evolving needs of the region’s educators, managers and professionals. Courses and programs can be customized and delivered at the University or off campus.

For Additional Information

Telephone: (570) 941-7582
Fax: (570) 941-7937