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Graduate Studies Catalog 2014-2015 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2014-2015 [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 20 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 2014 edition of “Best Colleges,” Scranton placed 8th in the North. U.S. News also ranked the University among America’s “up and coming” school to watch. Scranton was among just 61 universities in the nation recognized for making “the most promising and innovative changes in area of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.”

“Best 376 Colleges,” “Best Buys in College Education,” “America’s Best Colleges,” “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. The rankings of our graduate programs are as follows: Online Education #9; Rehabilitation Counseling #30; Online MBA #51; Health Administration #46; Occupational Therapy #69; Physical Therapy #99 & Nursing #193.

For the past 12 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’s MBA program is among the top 15 in the nation for general management according to a national ranking of business schools published by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.

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 nine consecutive years, the University’s Kania School of Management has been included among the Princeton Review’s “Best 296 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. For five consecutive years, Scranton has ranked among the nation’s elite universities included in Forbes magazine’s online listing of “America’s Best Colleges.” The University ranked as the 25th “Healthiest” college in the United States, according to an April 2012 listing posted on Greatist.com, an online source for health and fitness information.

In a July 2011 article titled “The Friendliest Colleges,” published by The Huffington Post, Scranton was ranked among the eight most pleasant colleges in the country. The University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012, the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. Just 513 colleges in the nation and 45 institutions from Pennsylvania were named to the 2012 President’s Community Service Honor Roll.

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 graduate programs are offered by the College of Graduate and Continuing Education:

Accountancy MAcc
Adult-Gerontology Nursing MSN
Biochemistry MS
Business Administration MBA
Chemistry MS
Clinical Chemistry MS
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS
Curriculum and Instruction MS
Early and Primary Teacher Education MS
Educational Administration MS
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Health Administration MHA
Health Informatics MS
Human Resources MS
Nurse Anesthesia MSN
Occupational Therapy MS
Physical Therapy DPT
Reading Education MS, MA
Rehabilitation Counseling MS
School Counseling MS
Secondary Education MS
Software Engineering MS
Special Education MS
Theology MA


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.

Secondary Education/Biology Secondary Education/Latin
Secondary Education/Chemistry Secondary Education/Mathematics
Secondary Education Citizenship (with History) Middle Level Education
Secondary Education Citizenship (with Political Science) Secondary Education/Modern Language (French, German, Spanish)
Secondary Education Communication Secondary Education/Physics
Early & Primary Education Principal K-12
Elementary School Counseling Reading Education
Secondary Education/English Secondary Education
Secondary Education/General Science  Secondary School Counseling

Supervisor Certificates* in:

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

*Not accepting students for the 2013-2014 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, capstone experiences, 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 http://matrix.scranton.edu/informationresources/irpolicies.asp. 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.