In 1741, Joseph Greaton, S.J., the first resident pastor of Old St. Joseph’s Church in Philadelphia, began preparations for a Jesuit educational facility, yet it took more than one hundred years for his dream to come to fruition. In 1851, thirty young men formed the first class at what is now known as Saint Joseph’s University. The University never looked back as it continued to grow adding additional programs of study, offering evening classes, and expanding the physical campus. Today, students from 30 plus states and 30 countries attend the University. Approximately 8,800 students are enrolled in Saint Joseph’s University, a private, not-for-profit co-educational institution retaining traditional Jesuit, Catholic beliefs. 650 of the enrolled students make up the College of Professional and Liberal Studies adult undergraduate programs and over 3,500 students are completing their graduate degrees. With three Pennsylvania campuses, the main campus located on City Avenue along the northwestern limits of Philadelphia is often referred to as “Hawk Hill.” The Campus maintains a 13 to 1 student:faculty ratio, with programs ranging from Certificate and Associate’s degrees to Post-master’s Certificates and Doctorate degrees.
Saint Joseph’s University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Saint Joseph’s University offers online Master’s and Graduate Certificates. Online Master’s degree programs include:
- Business Intelligence
- Criminal Justice
- Educational Leadership
- Financial Services
- Health Administration
- Instructional Technology
- Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing MBA for Executives
- Professional MBA
- Organization Development and Leadership
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
Graduate students can also enroll in a variety of Graduate Certificate programs, like the English as a Second Language Certification or the Homeland Security Online Graduate Certificate. In addition, the Online Accelerated Teacher Certification Program (OATCERT) creates an opportunity for working professionals to earn an initial Pennsylvania secondary teaching certificate or a Master’s degree in Secondary Education in fields of Math, Science, English, or Social Studies (The teacher’s certificate shares direct reciprocity in 33 states and indirect reciprocity in 17 other states).
Undergraduate students also have the option to complete the Professional and Liberal Studies Bachelor’s degree online and can choose to specialize in Organization Development and Leadership to further advance their careers. The Adult Learner Certificate in Supply Chain Procurement engages undergraduate students in a six-course program enhancing their skills in order to work in a global marketplace.
Adult students enrolling in Saint Joseph’s may also qualify for college credits acquired through prior experience and education. The University recognizes the following assessment and transfer processes:
- College Level Examination Program / CLEP
- Experiential Learning Assessment Program / ELAP
- Challenge Tests conducted by the University
- Awarding of Credit by Assessment through American Council on Education / ACE
- Qualifying Military Credits
Undergraduate students at Saint Joseph’s University may be eligible for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan while graduate students may qualify for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Saint Joseph’s University also provides various scholarships for qualifying students.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,665
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