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Graduate Studies Catalog 2011-2012 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

A Jesuit institution in Pennsylvania’s Pocono northeast, The University of Scranton is known for many things, especially its outstanding academics, state-of-the art campus and technology, and exceptional sense of community. Founded in 1888, the University has a student population of almost 6,000 including adult, part-time and graduate students.

For 17 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition has ranked the University among the 10 top master’s universities in the North, the survey’s largest and most competitive region. In the 2011 edition of U.S. News, Scranton placed 10th in the North. For the past seven years, the University has been included among only 15 colleges in the North recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “Great Schools at a Great Price.” For two consecutive years, Scranton has been listed among colleges expressing a “Strong Commitment to Teaching.”

“Best 373,” “Best Buys in College Education.” “America’s Best Colleges,” “A Jesuit School in Every Sense of the Word,” “Best Values in Private Colleges,” “Strong Commitment to Teaching” – these are just a few of the ways that the nation’s leading college rankings and guidebooks consistently refer to The University of Scranton.

For the past nine years, The Princeton Review has included Scranton among its “Best Colleges” in the nation. Scranton is among just 100 universities in the nation — and one of just seven institutions in Pennsylvania — listed in Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Private Colleges,” a ranking measuring “academic quality and affordability.”

The University is also listed among the 198 colleges in the nation included in the 11th edition of Barron’s “Best Buys in College Education.”

Scranton is among just 119 colleges in the nation earning the highly selective 2008 Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

For six consecutive years, the University’s Kania School of Management has been included among the Princeton Review’s “Best 300 Business Schools.” GI Jobs has listed Scranton among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation as a Military Friendly School.

Scranton is ranked 14th in the nation among the top 30 Master’s Universities listed in the September/October 2010 issue of Washington Monthly.

The University of Scranton is among the elite universities included in Forbes magazine’s online listing of “America’s Best Colleges 2010.”

Scranton is among just 115 colleges in the nation, and one of only 17 schools in Pennsylvania, to be named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

In recognition of its work as a values-centered institution, the University is one of 100 American schools named to the John Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll of Colleges That Encourage Character Development.


Graduate study was initiated at The University of Scranton in 1950, the first master’s degrees being awarded in 1952. At present, the following master’s programs are offered by the College of Graduate and Continuing Education:

Adult Health MSN
Biochemistry MS, MA
Business Administration MBA
Chemistry MS, MA
Clinical Chemistry MS, MA
Community Counseling MS
Curriculum and Instruction MS
Early Childhood Education* MS, MA
Educational Administration


Elementary Education* MS
English as a Second Language** MS
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Health Administration MHA
Human Resources MS
Nurse Anesthesia MSN
Occupational Therapy MS
Physical Therapy tDPT, DPT
Reading Education MS, MA
Rehabilitation Counseling MS
School Counseling MS
Secondary Education MS
Software Engineering MS
Special Education* MS
Theology MA

*Not accepting new students.

**Not accepting students for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

Education Certification Programs

The University has certification programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the areas listed below.  Some of these may be pursued in connection with an undergraduate degree, some in connection with a graduate degree, and some may be pursued independent of any degree program.

Chemistry German
Citizenship Mathematics
Communication Middle Level Education
Elementary Education Physics
Elementary School Counseling Principal K-12
English Reading Specialist
French Secondary School Counseling
General Science Spanish

Supervisor certificates* in:

Communication (English) School Guidance Services
Foreign Languages Science
Mathematics Social Studies

*Not accepting students for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Mission and Objectives

As one of the family of worldwide Jesuit Colleges and Universities, The University of Scranton shares with them a common educational heritage and tradition. Its principal objective, therefore, is to lead the student to understand and to inspire him/her to fulfill that complex of dignities and responsibilities which man or woman, as a person and as a member of human society, is under God.

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) is a community of scholars committed, in the Jesuit tradition, to high quality academic study and scholarship. We value the pursuit of wisdom, integrity and truth and protect the freedom of inquiry. The College encourages the sharing of knowledge, fosters a commitment to social responsibility and promotes life-long learning.

Organization and Location

The administration and supervision of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) is the responsibility of the Dean. The Dean of CGCE works with the other Deans to develop programs, supervise admissions, and monitor the progress of students. The Dean is assisted by assistant deans.  The Dean’s Conference, an advisory committee of which the Dean is chair, assists the Dean regarding policy and practical issues. All questions concerning admission, candidacy for degrees, comprehensive examinations, or modifications of course programming, must be submitted in writing to the Dean for review. Decisions of the Dean are final.

CGCE is located on the first and second floors of O’Hara Hall (see the campus map). The College is staffed from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Communication of information: Statement on the Expected use of the University of Scranton E-mail Account

When students are admitted to The University of Scranton, a University e-mail account is created for them. All electronic communication from the University is directed exclusively to the University’s electronic mailbox. Students are expected to access their University e-mail account on a weekly basis; however, daily access is recommended to stay abreast of important, time-sensitive information. University departments and faculty routinely will use email to communicate important campus, academic program and course information.

Information on how to access the network and e-mail is regularly distributed to new students by the Information Resources Department. For more information on how to access your University of Scranton e-mail account, visit the Information Resources Web site at If you encounter problems accessing your e-mail, contact the Technology Support Center at (570) 941-4357.

Policy on Students with Disabilities

The University of Scranton complies with all applicable laws and regulations with respect to the provision of reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities as these terms are defined in the law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations so that students can fully participate in curricular and extracurricular activities. Students who have a physical or learning disability and need assistance to achieve successfully their academic or extracurricular goals should contact the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at (570) 941-4038.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students

The University of Scranton admits students without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation or age to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation or age in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Otherwise qualified persons are not subject to discrimination on the basis of handicap or disability.

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or handicap or disability, please contact the Director of Equity and Diversity.