Aug 05, 2021  
Graduate Studies Catalog 2019-2020 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

As a Catholic and Jesuit institution of approximately 3,800 undergraduates and nearly 1,600 graduate students in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast, The University of Scranton – founded in 1888 – delivers a meaningful education that challenges its students morally, spiritually and intellectually.

Scranton has flourished under the Jesuits and today is among the top tier of nationally ranked universities. For 25 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 and was also recognized for “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” as well as one of the “Most Innovative Schools.” 

“Best Colleges,” “Best Buys in College Education,” “America’s Best Colleges,” “Best Value,” – 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: Rehabilitation Counseling #32; Healthcare Management #46; Physical Therapy #53; Occupational Therapy #58; Nurse Anesthesia #65; Online MBA #109; and Nursing #109. U.S. News also ranked Scranton at No. 52 in the country for “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.”

For the past 17 years, The Princeton Review has included Scranton among its “Best Colleges” in the nation. Washington Monthly ranked Scranton #107 among master’s universities in the nation for our graduates’ contribution to “social mobility, research and service.” U.S. News consistently ranks Scranton on its “best value” lists. The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked Scranton as a “Top U.S. College” based on value and outcomes.

Scranton is among just 361 colleges in the nation earning the highly selective 2015 Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University has also been listed among the 198 colleges in the nation included in the 11th edition of Barron’s “Best Buys in College Education.”

For 14 consecutive years, the University’s Kania School of Management has been included among the Princeton Review’s “Best 252 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 11 consecutive years, Scranton has ranked among the nation’s elite universities included in Forbes magazine’s online listing of “America’s Top Colleges.” The University ranked as the 26th “Healthiest” colleges in the U.S., according to a September 2016 listing posted on, 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 2014, the highest federal recognition colleges and universities can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. Just 766 colleges in the nation were named to the 2014 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 Programs

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:

Accountancy MAcc
Adult-Gerontology Nursing MSN
Biochemistry MS
Business Administration MBA, DBA
Business Administration/Health Administration (Dual Program) MBA/MHA
Chemistry MS
Clinical Chemistry MS
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS
Curriculum and Instruction MS
Early and Primary Teacher Education MS
Educational Administration MS
Finance MS
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Health Administration MHA
Health Informatics MS
Human Resources Management MS
Nurse Anesthesia MSN
Nursing Practice DNP
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 & Secondary School Counselor, PK-12

Special Education, PK-8
Secondary Education/English Special Education, 7-12

Secondary Education/General Science


Supervisor Certificates* in:

Communication (English) School Guidance Services, PK-12
Foreign Languages Science
Mathematics Social Studies

*Not currently accepting students

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.

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 Website 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.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of Scranton is committed to providing a safe and nondiscriminatory employment and educational environment. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other status protected by law. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs or in the context of employment.  Inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination and sexual harassment and sexual misconduct policies may be directed to Elizabeth M. Garcia, Title IX Coordinator and Executive Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity 570-941-6645.

It is the personal responsibility of each student to acquire an active knowledge of all pertinent regulations set forth in the Graduate Catalog.

Within the various schools and colleges the only official interpretations or modifications of academic regulations are those which are made in writing by the dean of the school or college of which the student is a member, or such interpretations or modifications of academic regulations, as are approved by the appropriate dean in writing.