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Most classes will require printed textbooks. You might also use e-textbooks, audiobooks, online articles and more.

Yes. In addition to your tuition, there are some additional fees:

  • Application Fee: $75
  • Registration Fee: $115 (charged once per 16-week semester)
  • Library Fee: $40 (charged once per 16-week semester)
  • Assessment Fee: $30 (charged once per 16-week semester)

Yes. In addition to your tuition, there are some additional fees that you will need to pay once you enroll at Sacred Heart University:

  • Application Fee: $75
  • Registration Fee: $115 (charged once per 16-week semester)
  • Library Fee: $40 (charged once per 16-week semester)
  • Clinical Oversight Fee: $400 (charged for NU 810 and NU 820)

Yes. In addition to your tuition, there are some additional fees that you will need to pay once you enroll at Sacred Heart University:

  • Application Fee: $75
  • Registration Fee: $115 (charged once per 16-week semester)
  • Clinical Oversight Fee: $200 (only charged for clinical courses: NU 376, NU 387)
  • Learning Technology Fee: $200 (only charged for NU 325)

We are not able to accept students from Connecticut and New York. Please consult the State Authorizations page for information on state approval and licensure or call us at 877-791-7181.

We honor the dedication and service of those in the military and are committed to helping them succeed.

Ranked as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans in the North by U.S. News & World Report, Sacred Heart University was one of the first institutions in Connecticut to become a Yellow Ribbon School, and is also approved for both the Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI bills.

To find out if you are eligible to receive military education benefits, please feel free to request more information or call us at 877-791-7181.

Yes, Sacred Heart University offers nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally via Global Programs. If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Yes, Sacred Heart University offers nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally via Global Programs. If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Yes. Sacred Heart University offers nursing students the opportunity to travel internationally via our Global Programs initiative. Request more information to find out more.

Sacred Heart University also offers a Strategic Communication and Public Relations program on campus in Fairfield, Connecticut.

No, our courses are asynchronous, meaning that while there are still assignment deadlines, you can log into our platform and complete your coursework when you please.

Possibly. However, there are very few opportunities to do internships during evening and weekend hours.

Maybe. The Employment-Based Placement requirements must be met. The agency must provide you with assignments and a MSW supervisor from an accredited university that differ from those associated with your employment. This ensures new learning that meets the objectives of the field education component of the curriculum.

A student may apply to have one of their two placements in their place of employment. To be eligible to apply, you must have been employed by the agency for at least six months and successfully completed the probationary period. The proposed field supervisor must have been employed by the agency for at least one year. Discuss this with your field liaison.

No. All of the internships begin in the fall and correspond with the course seminar that runs concurrently.

No. We make a commitment to the organization and the client population that we are working with to be there for a predetermined amount of time.

Yes. You can transfer in up to 12 credits from masters-level courses, subject to program director approval. That’s equivalent to 40% of the MSN’s required credits.

This program accepts up to 6 credits earned in previous master’s-level courses, subject to credit eligibility and program director approval.

Sacred Heart University accepts up to six transfer credits for this program, with university approval.

You can transfer up to 90 credits toward your RN to BSN degree, provided those credits apply to the curriculum in this program.

This decision is made at the discretion of the Sacred Heart University College of Nursing following a review of your transcripts.

If you have additional questions, request more information or call us at 877-791-7181.

If you have taken courses in the past that are relevant to this program, you could be eligible to transfer up to nine of those credits. To find out whether or not you are eligible, you can request more information here or call us at 877-791-7181.

Up to 15 transfer credits are allowed with university approval.

No. MSN students cannot transfer between specializations.

Sacred Heart University’s online learning platform is designed with working individuals in mind. The online classroom allows you to choose when and where you learn as you balance your courses and fieldwork with your full-time responsibilities.

No. This is an excellent program for an advanced practice nurse who wants to remain in clinical practice and influence healthcare outcomes at multiple levels, but it is also ideal for the post-master’s doctoral student who wants to be involved in improving health care at the organizational level.

Yes. You will take SW 579 and SW 581 in the Fall and Spring of your Generalist Year, which is a seminar course. These courses correspond with SW 578 and SW 581, respectively, which is the actual internship. In the Specialized Year, you will take the seminar courses SW 679 and SW 681, along with SW 678 and SW 680 in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Additional courses may be required by individual plan of studies. Speak to your advisor.

No. This is an asynchronous program. This online program allows you the convenience to learn when and where it suits you.

No. Online MSW coursework is completely asynchronous, so you don’t have to worry about being online at a certain time of day. Our flexible format allows students to access courses at times convenient to them, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Work experience is not required. See the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Yes. Work experience is required, as well as a BSN from an accredited college and a current, unencumbered RN license in your state of practice.

Yes. To be considered eligible for the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program you must have a Master of Science in Nursing or a master’s degree with a concentration in nursing (including an undergraduate statistics course), with a minimum GPA of 3.2.

See the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Yes. To be considered eligible for the online RN to BSN program, you must have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN), or a Diploma in Nursing, and a minimum GPA of 2.5. Visit the Admission Requirements page to see the full list of requirements.

Yes. You need an unencumbered RN license in the state where you reside, as well as an Associate’s Degree in nursing (ADN) or diploma in nursing. Learn more about the admissions requirements for the RN-BSN-MSN.

Applying to this program requires an active RN license from the state where you reside. Learn more about MSN admissions requirements.

No, you don’t need a background in social work to apply to the MSW. However, if you have a bachelor’s degree in social work, you can complete the program through our advanced standing option.

Prospective students should have completed an undergraduate statistics course no more than six years prior to their entry into the program.

However, as part of the program’s NU 700 course, Theoretical Components of Nursing Science, you will take a self-paced online statistics course. After completing this course, you will be required to pass an exam with an 80% score or higher, or be required to enroll in statistics, before you can progress in the program.

Yes. You receive your BSN when you’ve completed the undergraduate section of the RN-BSN-MSN curriculum.

Yes. Sacred Heart University’s Center for Career and Professional Development offers guidance both before and beyond graduation.

Services include résumé and cover letter writing workshops, one-on-one coaching, assistance finding internships and employment, networking events and more.

You will identify an agency mentor as you progress through the program. What is important to decide before admission is your area of clinical interest.

No. Nurse practitioners with master’s degrees will continue to practice with their current certification and licensure.

The scope of practice for nurse practitioners is determined by State Nurse Practice Acts. They determine if the scope of practice changes over time.

You will be conducting a DNP scholarly project in a healthcare setting and work with an agency mentor on making a change to practice. Most of your third year will be spent working on your project.

During this time, you will be doing “practice hours” in an agency or health care setting collecting, analyzing, evaluating and disseminating data.

To apply for the online master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Sacred Heart University, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. For more information, visit our admissions page.

In the fall before you begin field placement, you will be assigned a field liaison who will guide you through the field placement process.

If you live outside of Connecticut, you will need to present your faculty liaison with three organizations that meet the program requirements, as possible placements. The faculty liaison will vet the organizations and determine a match for you.

If you live in Connecticut, your faculty liaison will find an appropriate placement for you and inform you of it. In order to avoid confusion, please do not contact organizations on your own.

You can start by applying today. Our academic calendar has three FNP start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

One of our skilled program managers will connect with you to provide personal assistance in completing your application profile.

You can start by requesting more information right now, or calling us at 877-791-7181.

To learn more about how you can enroll in one of our online programs, you can request more information or call us at 877-791-7181.

You can apply right now. Our academic calendar has six MSN start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

You can apply right now! Our academic calendar has three MSW start dates a year. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

You can apply today. If you have further questions, you can request more information online or call us at 877-791-7181.

You can apply right now. Our academic calendar has six RN-BSN-MSN start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

If you have any questions, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

Your first step is to fill out our quick and easy online application form, including all program-specific requirements. Review our How to Apply page for step-by-step directions.

Our curriculum follows CACREP standards as a foundation and meets the requirements for licensure in many states. Faculty members bring years of diverse counseling experience to each course, and our residency, practicum and internship requirements ensure you gain the hands-on experience that today’s employers demand. For more information, visit the curriculum page.

You can complete the program as a full-time student in as little as two years.

Part-time students can complete the program within 3 years.

Each class session is 8 weeks long.

You can complete Sacred Heart University’s online RN-BSN-MSN in 3.5 years — less time than it would take to earn your BSN and MSN degrees separately.

You can complete the MSN program at your own pace, taking as few as 2 years or as long as 6 years to graduate.

The FNP program takes three years, with one course per 16-week session.

The online SCPR is a part-time program that takes two years to complete.

The online Master of Social Work requires an average of 3.5 years to complete. You can complete the program’s 60 credits full-time in 4 semesters over 2 years, or part-time in 3–4 years.

You can also graduate in as few as 20 months with our Advanced Standing option. The Advanced Standing MSW requires a CSWE-accredited bachelor’s degree in social work that you’ve earned within the past 6 years with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

You can complete the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program in as few as three years or as many as six.

You can complete the online RN to BSN program in as few as 18 months, or 3 years, depending on how many transfer credits you apply.

This 60-credit program costs $795 per credit hour for an estimated total tuition of $47,700, not including fees.

Learn more on the MSW tuition page.

Online learning requires as much time and effort as a traditional campus course. In general, we suggest that you plan on spending 12–15 hours each week for a 3-credit, 8-week-long course.

Online learning requires as much time and effort as a traditional campus course. In general, we suggest you plan on spending 12 to 15 hours each week for each three-credit course. Each class session is 14 weeks long.

Online learning requires as much time and effort as a traditional campus course. In general, we suggest that you plan on spending 12–15 hours each week for a 3-credit, 8-week-long course.

Your tuition for the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program will cost approximately $38,805. Please note that this amount does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, fees and other costs you might incur.

See the Tuition page for more information.

Tuition is an estimated $40,110. This estimate does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses or loan fees. Consider taking these costs into account when you budget for your education. See the FNP Tuition page for more details.

Approximately $25,200.

Please note that this amount does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, fees, and other costs you might incur. See the Tuition page for more information.

With a per-credit cost of $695 and 36–39 total credit hours, this program has an estimated tuition (not including fees) of $25,020–$27,105. That’s $11,000 less than the average MSN program, based on estimates obtained by GetEducated.com.

Learn more about tuition, fees and your financial aid options.

Your tuition for the online RN to BSN program will vary depending on the amount of credits you are able to transfer.

At a cost $590 per credit hour, your tuition will be an estimated $70,800 if you take the full 120 credit hours. Students who transfer up to 90 credits will only need 30 credit hours to complete the program and, as a result, pay only $17,700 in tuition.

Please note that this amount does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, fees, and other costs you might incur. See the Tuition page for more information.

The online RN-BSN-MSN program consists of 30–120 undergraduate credits and 24–27 graduate credits and costs $590 per undergraduate credit and $695 per graduate credit. You can transfer in up to 90 undergraduate credits, subject to program director approval.

Learn more about your estimated tuition, as well as fees and financial aid options.

Yes, the MSW is offered online and at our main Fairfield, Conn., campus. For more information regarding the on-campus option, please visit our on-campus MSW.

Students can choose to complete the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program on a full-time or part-time basis. In addition, the program is asynchronous and can be completed in as few as three years or as many six.

Sacred Heart University is one of the first institutions in Connecticut to become a Yellow Ribbon School and is also approved for both the Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI Bills. To learn more about options for military students, visit our tuition page.

Yes. Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.

Yes, this program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In addition, Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredits schools and colleges.

Yes. The online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In addition, Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Sacred Heart University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In addition, Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredits schools and colleges.

The online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations is a part-time program that will require approximately 12 to 15 hours of your time, each week, for each three-credit course. The accelerated Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations program is still flexible but is more similar to a full-time program.

Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.

Sacred Heart’s FNP is a part-time program, designed for working nurses.

This online program is available part-time.

The MSW program is available both part-time and full-time.

Yes. Sacred Heart University’s online Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

Sacred Heart University’s Master of Social Work achieved Initial Accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education in February 2019. This accreditation was announced to the community on March 22, 2019.

Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.

The online master’s in clinical mental health counseling program offers full-time and part-time options for students.

The online RN to BSN is a part-time, asynchronous (anytime) program.

Yes. The online RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In addition, Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.

This online program is available part-time.

Yes. Like all of Sacred Heart University’s online nursing programs, the RN-BSN-MSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In addition, Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.

GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admission to the online master’s in clinical mental health counseling program.

Along with a selection of online courses, the online master’s in clinical mental health counseling does require the completion of two week-long on-ground residencies, a clinical practicum and at least two internships, all of which can be completed in your state. Some states require clinical experiences that must be longer.

Sacred Heart University is consistently well-ranked by U.S. News & World Report, including as one of the Best Colleges in North, Best Value Schools, and Best Colleges for Veterans in the North. For 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Sacred Heart among the Top 250 Best Colleges in the Nation.

Sacred Heart was named a “Best Online College in Connecticut” for 2019 by The Best Schools, one of “America’s Top Colleges” in 2019 by Forbes, and among The Princeton Review‘s “Best 385 Colleges” six years in a row (2015–2020).

We are also a five-time College of Distinction (2015–2019) recipient, an annual recognition given to only 200 schools in the country based on outstanding student engagement and teaching, vibrant communities and successful student outcomes.

You’ll need a BA or BS degree from an accredited four-year college, two letters of recommendation, a resume, a personal statement of intent, official transcripts, and a completed application. See the Admission Requirements page for complete information.

To be considered eligible for the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, you must have a Master of Science in Nursing or its equivalent from an accredited college (including an undergraduate statistics course) with a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Other requirements can be found on the Admission Requirements page.

Some of the things you’ll need include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college, official transcripts demonstrating GPA requirements, and a current RN license. To view the full list of requirements, visit our Admissions page.

Some of the requirements for this program include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited college, or BA/BS in a related field and an unencumbered RN license from your state of practice.

Visit our MSN Admissions page for a complete list of requirements.

To be considered eligible for the online RN to BSN program, you must have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN), or a Diploma in Nursing, with a minimum GPA of 2.5, as well an unencumbered RN license.

See the Admission Requirements page for the complete list of requirements.

To apply for Sacred Heart University’s online RN-BSN-MSN program, you’ll need:

  • Completed application
  • Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state where you reside
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0
  • Résumé
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completed criminal background check
  • Official transcripts of all prior nursing and academic work

You don’t need a bachelor’s degree in nursing — or in any subject — to apply. The RN-BSN-MSN program rolls your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing into one program. Learn more about admissions requirements for the RN-BSN-MSN program.

An application to the Master of Social Work program requires a bachelor’s degree (BA, BS, BSW) with a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA. Students with a GPA of 2.7 and up may also be considered. Advanced standing applicants must meet additional requirements.

Learn more on our Admissions Requirements page.

Sacred Heart University’s expectation is that students come to field placement fully prepared to commit to the best interest of the placement organization and the client population that is being served.

To qualify to begin a field placement, students need to be in good program status, have a 3.0 average and score a 3.0 on the Rubric for Professional Behavior. Students who have been admitted provisionally or who are on program probation are not allowed to begin field until their conditions have been met. Additionally, students cannot begin field if they have any Incompletes in any course unless permitted by the Field Director.

The requirements are the same for the Specialized Year placement and include the successful completion of the Generalist Year practicum. International placements may require different standards.

The practice doctorate in nursing is a degree that reflects the highest level of educational preparation in nursing. With a focus on clinical practice, it is ideal for those with a desire to improve patient and population health outcomes — as well as a passion for solving systems problems.

A commitment to truth and justice, service to others, intellectual support and nurturing.

Learn more about our mission, vision and values, as well as the long history of Sacred Heart University, on our About Us page.

Flexibility. Learning on your schedule is just more convenient, and you won’t have to cut back on your hours at work or take a break from your career to earn your degree.

Jobs in nursing have a projected growth rate of 12% between 2018 and 2028 — more than twice the national average — according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, Payscale reports that, on average, MSN-educated nurses earn almost $30,000 more annually than ADN-educated nurses.

Earning two advanced nursing degrees gives you access to the top tier of nursing positions and an incredible variety of roles, whether you’re driven to provide exceptional bedside care or deepen your expertise beyond clinical skills.

Explore your career options with an RN-BSN-MSN.

The social work profession was born only a century ago to counteract poverty. Today, social workers continue this “revolution of mercy,” based on justice, dignity and a belief that everyone has a right to a decent quality of life.

The social work profession has a projected growth rate of 11% over the next 10 years, according to Burning Glass Labor Insights, but the growth rate for more advanced professions is even stronger.

Learn more about where you can take your social work career on the MSW Career Outlook page.

Advanced practice nursing positions are projected to grow 28% through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With your MSN, you’ll open the door to a wide range of new opportunities, including educational, leadership and administrative positions, depending on which specialization you choose.

Learn more about your career outlook with a master’s in nursing.

The online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program qualifies you for some of the highest-paying, high-growth positions in nursing.

Positions such as certified registered nurse anesthetist and certified nurse midwife would continue your work with patients, while positions such as director of nursing and health care executive would reposition your focus to the organizational level, focusing on operational excellence.

See the Career Outlook page for more information.

Primary care nurse practitioners earn a $97,800 median annual income with the top 10% earning more than $105,500 according to Burning Glass Labor Insights. Job growth is expected to be a stunning seven times the national average at 36.1% over the next 10 years. See the FNP Career Outlook page for more information.

Sacred Heart University’s online RN to BSN is an essential degree for nurses seeking advancement into leadership roles.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 88% of professional practice settings — including Magnet hospitals and academic health centers — now require or prefer a BSN for specific nursing roles.

Currently, the median pay for registered nurses is $71,730 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An RN to BSN could help propel you into the upper levels of this range, as well as qualify you for more lucrative employment opportunities.

See the RN to BSN Career Outlook page for more information.

Job opportunities for advertising, promotions and marketing managers will grow by 8% between 2018 and 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for public relations specialists look good as well, with an estimated 6% growth over the same period of time.

BLS also reports advertising and promotions managers earn a median annual wage of $117,130, while marketing managers come in higher at $132,620.

See the Career Outlook page for more information.

The cost per credit hour for the online master’s in clinical mental health counseling program is $800. There are 60 credits total. For more information, visit our tuition page.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, and are not interested in earning a BSN, Sacred Heart University’s Master of Science in Nursing program may be for you. While most MSN programs require a BSN, our MSN program does not.

With a bachelor’s degree in any field of study, and a current RN license, you can start working toward your MSN. Unlike the RN-BSN-MSN program, you will not earn a BSN degree as part of the RN-MSN program.

The online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations combines strategic PR theory with hands-on content creation skills using the Adobe CS suite, including work with HD video. You’ll learn from accomplished scholars and industry professionals in a setting emulating a real marketing agency, and you’ll graduate with a digital portfolio to set you apart in the job market. The program also integrates a unique focus on ethics and social responsibility throughout the curriculum.

We use Blackboard, a course management system that allows you to take exams and turn in your assignments, as well as check your grades, access your syllabi, and connect with other students.

Sacred Heart’s dedicated staff is here to answer all your questions. Meet your team to learn more about the support you’ll receive as an online student.

In the MA in SCPR, you’ll use the Adobe Creative Suite on the Mac OS to gain a mastery of content creation across various multimedia formats, including HD video.

Our online FNP students are often RNs who are working full-time and returning to school to get their master’s degree online, in the pursuit of providing primary care to patients of all ages.

Our students hail from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. They’re united by a common goal to assist individuals, families and groups in achieving progressive life changes and a positive state of mental health. They need the flexibility in their lives to take courses online at convenient times and finish the program at their own pace.

Students are located throughout the entire U.S. — it’s another reason they choose our program. In their commitment to diversity, they find the varied geographic locations of their peers provides a diverse learning experience through the shared perspectives and experiences offered during discussions.

Our students are mainly registered nurses who are working full-time and returning to school to get their master’s degree in nursing with a specialty in Clinical Nurse Leadership, Nursing Education, or Nursing Management and Executive Leadership.

Our MSN students seek a regional and nursing accredited program and the flexibility to take courses online at convenient times. Located throughout the Northeast region and the entire U.S., students’ geographic diversity helps provide a rich learning experience thanks to the varying perspectives offered during discussions.

Most of our students are registered nurses who work full-time and are returning to school to obtain their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing through one cost-saving program.

They’re seeking a degree from an accredited nursing school that has been regionally recognized for nursing excellence, and they desire a specialty in either clinical leadership, nursing management and executive leadership or nursing education.

All field placements begin in the fall semester. See your individual plan of study for the year when you begin.

Students of the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program have the option of starting in the fall or the spring. Because it can take time to complete and review applications, the best time to apply is now.

For more information about application deadlines, request more information or call us at 877-791-7181.

The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations program has three start dates per year. To ensure your application is processed before the next start date, apply now.

The best time to apply is now. Our academic calendar has six MSN start dates a year, with flexible modules to accommodate your financial aid, tuition reimbursement or scholarship funds. We can help you determine which start date is right for you.

Our academic calendar offers six start dates throughout the year, and your application deadline will depend on your start date. Our admissions team is experienced in helping students gauge how classes will integrate within their schedules, so you’re certain to find a start date that meets your needs.

Request more information or call us at 877-791-7181 if you have questions.

The curriculum for the online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is comprised of 8 core courses (24 credit hours) that every student is required to take. In order to graduate from the program, you must complete an additional 15 credit hours for a total of 39 credit hours.

See the Curriculum page for more information.

The curriculum for the online Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Public Relations consists of 12 courses. Each one is required in order to complete the program.

See the Curriculum page for more information.

Courses include Family and Community Context for Healthcare, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment and Advanced Pathophysiology. For a complete course listing, visit our Curriculum page for more details.

Our CCNE-accredited MSN curriculum is composed of 4 core courses and 8–9 specialization courses.

You’ll explore topics such as health care policy and ethics, the principles of health care research, and the underlying theories of contemporary nursing. Then, you’ll deepen your expertise in one of three specializations in clinical nurse leadership, nursing management or nursing education.

Sacred Heart University’s MSN doesn’t feature any on-campus residencies, and you can take the required practicum where you live.

For the online RN to BSN program, students are required to complete 120 credit hours of study, comprising 14 semester credit hours of prerequisite courses, 49 semester credit hours of other liberal arts and sciences requirements, and 57 credit hours in the nursing major.

See the Curriculum page for more information.

You’ll experience two full degrees’ worth of coursework. The RN-BSN-MSN curriculum includes The Human Journey, our signature core curriculum exploring what it means to be a human being through literature, philosophy, religion, sociology and more.

Then you’ll choose one of three master’s in nursing specializations, in Nursing Education, Nursing Management & Executive Leadership, or Clinical Nurse Leadership. Each specialization features 8–9 courses and includes a practicum you can complete near you.

We designed our Master of Social Work around the tenets of social work practice, as well as the Catholic intellectual tradition and a belief in the value of experiential learning.

You will explore a variety of advanced topics, including the impact of socioeconomic and political factors on social welfare, the influence of diversity characteristics and environment on identity formation, and inequities in social services due to institutionalized racism and sexism.

Sacred Heart University’s online Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and offers you a choice between two specializations in clinical practice or community practice. Explore the MSW curriculum.

Our distinguished, award-winning faculty have years of clinical experience and in many cases, they have studied nursing education and performed scholarly research.

Our distinguished, award-winning faculty have years of clinical experience and in many cases, they have studied nursing education and performed scholarly research.

Our distinguished social work faculty members have years of experience and in many cases, are published extensively in their subjects of concentration.

Our distinguished faculty members have years of clinical experience and in many cases have studied nursing education and performed scholarly research.

When you study with Sacred Heart University, you study with a leader in advanced-practice education. Our programs currently have an enrollment of more than 700 graduate and doctoral students.

Also, our online Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program is unique in the market. Most schools offer DNP programs that are specifically education-based, which prepares nurses for teaching-related positions. With a focus on practice, our program trains you specifically for advanced clinical and leadership roles, providing you with a competitive advantage over nurses with only a master’s degree.

Our high-quality programs are rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition, but we continuously welcome diverse viewpoints in our search for understanding and enlightenment.

As you learn, you’ll benefit from small class sizes designed to foster engagement, and receive one-on-one support from our faculty and staff.

Sacred Heart was named a “Best Online College in Connecticut” for 2019 by The Best Schools, one of “America’s Top Colleges” in 2019 by Forbes, and among The Princeton Review‘s “Best 385 Colleges” six years in a row (2015–2020).

Unlike many other MSN programs, SHU’s doesn’t require a BSN to apply. You can get started right away with a bachelor’s in any subject, as well as an RN license. Plus, you can tailor your degree to your career goals with one of three specializations in nursing education, leadership and management, or clinical nursing.

We’ve designed our flexible online MSN to fit the life of a busy working nurse. If you need help fitting your coursework around your day job, we can help you build a curriculum map that shapes the program to suit you.

Our Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, ensuring you receive the most up-to-date knowledge and skills from the field to prepare you for social work practice.

You can also choose between specializations in direct clinical practice or direct community practice to expand your understanding of social service and gain experience in a social work setting that suits you.

With our program’s holistic approach, we weave together aspects of both specializations, providing you with a broader base. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge without losing other perspectives.

Our MSW is distinguished by an Advanced Standing option that allows you to graduate in just 20 months if you have a bachelor’s degree in social work and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

When you study with Sacred Heart University, you study with a leader in advanced-practice education. Our online RN to BSN program provides a holistic curriculum for students who are new to nursing, providing them with a solid foundation that consists of both theory and practical skills.

In addition, the online, asynchronous format of the program makes it easy for students who are working full-time to tailor their education to their busy schedule.

Sacred Heart University’s RN-BSN-MSN is a CCNE-accredited program that helps you save time and money as you earn two advanced nursing degrees. We’ve designed this program to fit the life of a busy working nurse with all the flexibility and convenience of online learning.

The online master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Sacred Heart University offers an interactive learning experience designed to fit your busy schedule and provide you with the skills you need for career advancement across the United States.

As an online SHU student, you’ll benefit from small class sizes designed to foster engagement, receive one-on-one support from our faculty and staff, and work on your own schedule with flexible online courses that we’ve designed to fit your life.

Our high-quality online and on-campus programs are rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition, but we continuously welcome diverse viewpoints in our search for understanding and enlightenment.

Depending on where you are located, you may be required to travel in order to access clinical sites for practice hours and scholarly project opportunities.

Most classes will require printed textbooks. You might also use e-textbooks, audiobooks, online articles and more.

Developed with CACREP standards as a foundation, the online master’s in clinical mental health counseling offers a curriculum that meets the demands for licensure in all states except New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. We do not accept applicants that live in or intend to seek licensure in any of these states at this time.

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