Graduate Programs Rank Among The Best

According to U.S. News & World Report, three of Sacred Heart University’s graduate programs are among the best in the country. 

One of the programs recognized is the Doctor of Nursing Practice. 

“It’s a very strong sense of community and that caring and compassion, that is our mission at SHU, is really implemented I think here in nursing because that’s also part of the mission of nursing,” said Karen Daley, Dean of the Davis and Henley College of Nursing.

A lot of the students in this graduate program went to Sacred Heart to get their undergraduate degree in nursing. 

“Once SHU gets in your blood you come back,” said Dean Daley. 

“Being a part of this nursing community and seeing how the program is thriving is pretty amazing,” said sophomore nursing student Abby Ricker. “Knowing that nurses are choosing to come back to SHU to further their education because of all that it has to offer is really exciting.”

Another program recognized by U.S. News and World Reporting is Part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA). 

“Our MBA builds mindful leaders for the digital transformation economy with a focus on social impact,” said Nadene Koliopoulos, Director of Graduate Programs, Jack Welch College of Business and Technology.

 “Through our experiential learning programs, we develop dynamic global and local perspectives that integrate entrepreneurship, ethical decision making, and data and technology literacy with positive contributions to our community,” said Koliopoulos. 

The students in these programs, have learned so much and credit some of their success to the foundation that the University has given them. 

“The information and tools I picked up from the MBA program continue to play a role in my daily life,” said alumnus Eric Sippin. “I would consider this degree an essential steppingstone to help advance my career and my advice to anyone else considering it is to go for it.”

The final program that was recognized by U.S. News and World Reporting is Master of Social Work (MSW).

 “Our MSW program is unique in that we offer it online and on ground and it’s the same quality program online as on ground,” said Jennifer Wilson, Clinical Associate Professor,. 

The program also focuses on using an integrated approach to educate its students on all levels of social work practice as well as focusing on common situations they will see. 

“Our coursework really looks at how racism, discrimination, power, and privilege influence the lives of the people we serve and our community members and how we as social workers can affect change using an antiracist framework,” said Wilson.

The faculty are very dedicated to their students and love to see them succeed. 

“Graduate school can be challenging to navigate sometimes, so the opportunity to work alongside students as they take on this incredible endeavor is truly an honor,” said Jill Manit, Clinical Asst. Professor. 

Being recognized for these three programs is a great achievement. 

Overall, Sacred Heart University would not have the programs it does without the faculty and students. 

“We understand that our graduates are future leaders in the field, so we want them to leave the program feeling prepared, feeling like they have built colleagues, they have built their network, and that they are ready to practice,” said Wilson. 

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