Father Joseph Cataldo, S. J. purchased 320 acres of land and water in Spokane, Washington to establish Gonzaga University in 1881. The University’s first eighteen male students, with the intentions of entering the priesthood, entered Gonzaga six years later. Today, the private, not-for-profit Gonzaga University retains its Roman Catholic (Jesuit) roots, however has expanded to include the education of nearly 8,000 young men and women of more than 20 faiths. 105 buildings encompass the 131 acre campus which houses six colleges and schools, including:
- College of Arts & Sciences
- School of Business Administration
- School of Education
- School of Engineering
- School of Law
- School of Professional Studies
The University confers undergraduate degrees in 43 major programs, 26 Master’s degree programs, one Ph.D. and a Juris Doctor through the School of Law. Class sizes average 23 students and the student-faculty ratio is 11:1.
Gonzaga University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In addition, many programs have individual accreditation, including the online RN-MSN and MSN programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Kiplinger ranked Gonzaga University as the 30th “Best Value Among Private Universities in the Nation” in 2011.
- Gonzaga University Online offers four degree programs, including:
- MA in Organizational Leadership
- MA in Communication & Leadership
- RN to MSN (MS in Nursing)
- Master of Science in Nursing
Gonzaga University Online works to individualize degree programs giving students greater flexibility and convenience. Programs include “tailored” research to fit the needs of students and have been designed by exdiverts in the field, along with professional instructional designers. The Master of Arts in Communication & Leadership Studies has been recognized with the Innovation Program Award from the National Communication Association for its “strong focus, high-quality teaching, and attention to service.” The RN to MSN degree is composed of 66 credits of coursework and the Master’s of Science in Nursing offers specializations of Nurse Educator and Health System Leadership.
Admissions to graduate programs are often degree specific, and Gonzaga University is no exception. Students applying to the RN to MSN program must have an Associate’s degree in Nursing while applicants for the MSN program must be licensed as a Registered Nurse. All students entering the nursing programs must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Generally, prospective graduate students will need to submit the application and fee, along with a portfolio that includes official transcripts, letters of recommendation, statement of intent, a current curriculum vitae/resume, and satisfactory scores from the GRE or Miller Analogy Test. In addition, International students may need to provide English proficiency assessments.
Undergraduate tuition at Gonzaga University is $16,580, not including fees like study abroad or special programs. Tuition rates for Gonzaga’s graduate programs are (not including additional fees and degree-specific costs):
- $905 per credit hour, Doctoral Programs
- $840 per credit hour, Master’s Programs
- $840 per credit hour, Postgraduate Programs
Gonzaga University supports federal, state, institutional, and private financial aid packages for qualifying students. Federal aid includes:
- Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Subsidized/Unsubsidized
- Graduate Direct PLUS Loan
- Federal Nursing Loans
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal TEACH Grant
- Federal Work Study
It must be noted that graduate students do not qualify for all aid programs. Gonzaga, in partnership with the state of Washington, also sponsors aid through Washington State Need Grants and the State Work Study program. In addition, Gonzaga provides institutional merit-based and need-based scholarships and funding through private loans and scholarships are added alternatives.
Sector Of Institution:Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Religious Affiliation:Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
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