The Graduate School offers master's and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate and post-graduate certificates. Courses are also available for persons not seeking a certificate or degree, but desire knowledge for personal or professional enhancement.
Master of Arts (MA)
Plan A or Plan B
Master of Science (MS)
Plan A (Thesis)
Plan B (Non Thesis)
Business Intelligence and Analytics2
Educational Leadership1- Magis Teacher Corps available
Emergency Medical Services1
Government Organization & Leadership
Health and Wellness Coaching1
Health Care Ethics1
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution2
School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health2 - Magis Teacher Corps available
Master of Accounting (MAC)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Education (MEd)
Master of Finance (MFin)2
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Master of Healthcare Management (MHCM)
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
Master of Science in Rehabilitation (MSR)
Master of Investment Management and Financial Analysis (MIMFA)
5-year BSBA to MS (NCR) degrees program
Program offered in an online format.
Program offered in both online and on campus format.
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
1Doctor of Education (EdD)
Program offered in an online format.
Dual Degree Programs
- MS (NCR)/MA (Ministry)
- MS (NCR)/BA (Justice & Society)
- MS (NCR)/BSBA, 5-year program
MS (Pharm Sciences)
The Graduate School offers graduate certificates in the following areas:
Catholic School Leadership
Clinical and Translational Science
Early Childhood Education
Financial Psychology & Behavioral Finance
Health Care Ethics
Health Care Collaboration and Conflict Management
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Personal Financial Planning
Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats
The following Post-Graduate certificates are offered:
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Nurse Leader
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The requirements for graduation depend upon the particular program of study undertaken. Specific program and departmental requirements are listed in the specific program's section. The following requirements apply to all programs:
- The candidate for an advanced degree must earn at least a 3.00 (B) average in all graduate work taken at this University and have accumulated a minimum residence requirement of 24 credits if in a Master’s program with the thesis option (Plan A), 27 credits if in a Master’s program which does not require a thesis (Plan B), or 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree if in a Ph.D. program.
- Master’s degree programs with the thesis option must contain a minimum of 30 credits, and non-thesis programs, a minimum of 33 to 36 credits; Ph.D. programs must contain a minimum of 90 credits beyond the Bachelor’s level.
- No graduate-level course (600-899 series) with a grade lower than "C" may be applied toward the fulfillment of degree requirements. Courses taken from the advanced undergraduate series (500-level) may be applied toward degree requirements provided they are passed with a grade of "B" or higher, and provided they do not exceed one-half the course credits required in the entire program for a master’s degree. In Ph.D. programs, approved 500-level courses may be included within the first 30 hours; thereafter all courses must be exclusively graduate level.
- A thesis or project (790 series) must be completed in partial requirement for a master’s degree with no fewer than three or more than six credits allowed toward fulfillment of master’s degree research requirements. Doctoral dissertation credits may accumulate to 20 hours in the Ph.D. program, and the total research credit permitted in Ph.D. credit requirements may not exceed 45 semester hours.
- A thesis, dissertation, project or a final comprehensive examination must be satisfactorily completed to qualify for graduation. Failure of the comprehensive examination or the thesis/dissertation requirement of a program is failure of both options. The comprehensive examination may be repeated once after a minimum one-semester study period.
- All requirements for master’s degrees must be completed within six years of the date when the program was initiated (i.e., when the first credit applying to the degree was earned). Ph.D. programs must be completed within eight years. The Ed.D. program must be completed within seven years. The D.B.A. program must be completed within seven years.
- A graduate student who expects to receive a degree within a particular academic term must have been advanced to candidacy, applied for the degree, and fulfilled all degree requirements during that term. Consult the calendar of deadlines. The student must ordinarily be enrolled during the term in which the degree is expected.
- Proficiency of a student in any and all parts of the curriculum is properly ascertained by the graduate faculty. A favorable vote of the faculty is required for a student to receive an advanced degree.