Jun 15, 2024  
Graduate Studies Catalog 2021-2022 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

As a Catholic and Jesuit institution of approximately 3,700 undergraduates and more than 1,550 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 27 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 “Best Undergraduate Teaching” as well as being among the “Most Innovative Schools.”

“Best Colleges,” “Best Buys in College Education,” “America’s Best Colleges,” “Best Value,” “Best Run Colleges,” “Best Labs,” “Friendliest Colleges” – these are just a few of the ways that the nation’s leading college rankings and guidebooks have, in recent years, referred to The University of Scranton.

In its 2022 Best Graduate Schools guidebook, U.S. News & World Report ranked Scranton’s part-time MBA program No. 95 in the nation and its graduate program in nursing ranked No. 88. The publication ranked several of Scranton’s master’s degree programs among the top in the nation, including management information systems (20); production and operations management (22); accounting (28) and finance (36). Scranton’s graduate programs ranked by U.S. News on its website, include rehabilitation counseling (32); healthcare management (46); physical therapy (137); occupational therapy (68) and nurse anesthesia (65). U.S. News also ranked Scranton at No. 67 in the country for “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.” Fortune ranked the University’s online MBA program at No. 72 in the nation in its inaugural ranking of the “Best Online MBAs.”

Our master’s in health administration (MHA) program ranked No. 1 in the nation for full-time enrolled students in a list published by Modern Healthcare, a health care business weekly magazine, and our online MHA program was ranked No. 2 in the nation by College Choice. Best Colleges, an independent online higher education resource, ranked Scranton’s Master of Accountancy degree program No.1 in the nation.

For the past 19 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 16 consecutive years, the University’s Kania School of Management has been included among the Princeton Review’s “Best 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” college in the U.S., according to a September 2016 listing posted on Greatist.com, an online source for health and fitness information.

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
Applied Behavior Analysis MS
Biochemistry MS
Business Administration MBA, DBA
Business Administration/Health Administration (Dual Program) MBA/MHA
Business Analytics MS
Chemistry MS
Clinical Chemistry MS
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS
Executive Nurse Leadership MSN
Finance MS
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Health Administration MHA
Health Informatics MS
Human Resources Management MS
Nursing Practice DNP
Nursing Practice - Anesthesia Track DNP
Occupational Therapy MS
Occupational Therapy (doctorate) OTD
Physical Therapy DPT
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

The University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit university animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share its way of proceeding.  The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share its life.

The University of Scranton will be boldly driven by a shared commitment to excellence.  We will provide a superior, transformational learning experience, preparing students who, in the words of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola, will “set the world on fire.”

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 Division of Information Technology. For more information on how to access your University of Scranton e-mail account, visit the Information Resources Website at http://www.scranton.edu/itgradorientation. 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 is committed to providing an educational, residential, and working environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. Members of the University community, applicants for employment or admissions, guests and visitors have the right to be free from harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, national origin, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable 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.

Anyone who has questions about the University’s Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy, or the University’s Non-Discrimination or Anti-Harassment Policy, or wishes to report a possible violation of one of the policy should contact:

Elizabeth M. Garcia, Esq.
Title IX Coordinator
The Office of Equity and Diversity
Institute of Molecular Biology & Medicine, Rm 311
(570) 941-6645