College of Saint Rose


Many opportunities, one focus – students who make a difference

The College of Saint Rose is a progressive community of scholars focused on gaining knowledge and applying what they’ve learned to make the world around them better. Located in the heart of Albany, the New York state capital, Saint Rose offers a private, independent, coeducational college experience in a vibrant urban setting.

With approximately 4,500 full- and part-time students, Saint Rose has a diverse offering of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs geared toward both traditional students and working professionals. We combine rigorous studies in the liberal arts and sciences with limitless opportunities for internships, undergraduate research and study abroad as well as opportunities for students to engage in meaningful community service.

Founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Saint Rose has remained true to its mission of not only preparing students for their careers but also preparing them for life.

Mission Statement

The College of Saint Rose community engages highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students in rigorous educational experiences. In the progressive tradition of the founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we welcome men and women from all religious and cultural backgrounds. In addition to developing their intellectual capacities, students have the opportunity to cultivate their creative and spiritual gifts in a diverse learning community that fosters integrity, interdependence, and mutual respect.

The College delivers distinctive and comprehensive liberal arts and professional programs that inspire our graduates to be productive adults, critical thinkers, and motivated, caring citizens. Our engagement with the urban environment expands the setting for educational opportunities and encourages the Saint Rose community’s energetic involvement and effective leadership in society.

With a campus in the heart of historic Albany—the capital of New York State—Saint Rose is known for its rigorous scholarship and vibrant campus community.

  • Academics. 43 undergraduate programs, 29 master’s programs, and 19 advanced certificates available to new students. Ranked as a Best Northern University by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Faculty. 93% of our full-time instructional faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
  • Personal attention. The student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and Saint Rose employs zero teaching assistants—so you’ll work directly and often with your professors.
  • Students. Nearly 4,500 students (including 2,800 undergraduates) from 36 states and more than 55 countries. 48% of undergraduates live on campus.
  • Financial aid. 99% of first-year students receive some financial aid, with the average package at $26,891.
  • What to do.
    • On campus: take in an NCAA Division II game, choose among 40 student clubs, and have fun in coed intramural sports—everything from cheerleading to ultimate Frisbee.
    • Off campus: see top-name bands in concert, attend Broadway productions, stroll through street fairs, spend an afternoon in the park…

Graduate degrees with a purpose

Propel your career. Enrich yourself. Earn a Saint Rose graduate degree.

Individuals who have earned Saint Rose graduate degrees are forces for positive change. They lead schools, influence public policy, write novels, report the news, build IT systems, conduct groundbreaking research, run corporations, and start their own companies.

How did they get there? By earning a graduate degree at The College of Saint Rose. They received personal attention from faculty with distinguished credentials and keen insights. They enjoyed small class sizes, flexible evening, online and day classes and rigorous fields of study.

It made a difference in them so they could make a difference — and become who they really wanted to be.

Earning a graduate degree is a powerful career move. On average, people with a master’s earn 23 percent more than people with a bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs

  • Four Schools: Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, and Mathematics & Science
  • 70 Undergraduate Degree Programs
  • 8 Undergraduate Certificate Programs
  • 53 Master’s Degree Programs
  • 26 Advanced Certificate Programs
  • 15 Accelerated/Dual Degree Programs
  • B.A. plus B.S. Engineering in partnership with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • B.A. plus J.D. in partnership with Albany Law School

Student Life

  • 80% of freshmen live on-campus; 45% of undergraduates live on campus
  • ALANA full-time undergraduates: 20%
  • 33% men; 67% women full-time undergraduates
  • States represented in the student body: 32
  • Countries represented in the student body: 50
  • Student Association Clubs: 35
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MS Computer Information Systems

Campus Full time Part time 3 semesters August 2016 USA Albany + 1 more

A deeper understanding of information systems can only enhance your career prospects. [+]

A deeper understanding of information systems can only enhance your career prospects. You’ll gain skills in technical communication and teamwork—which are in great demand among employers—as well as advanced knowledge of data structures, computer architecture, database management systems, data communications, user interface design, and software engineering. Program Overview The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems is a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree program that presents students with an applied education in advanced topics associated with computer science, computer engineering, and information systems. Our program is endorsed by the National Professional Science Masters Association (NPSMA). Students can enroll in this program on either a full-time or a part-time basis. The program is designed for students with some experience in computer technology and programming, who wish to advance their technical skills and knowledge, and who also wish to improve their communication and business skills. The goal of the program is to produce graduates who are technically proficient in their field and capable of working successfully in government and business. All students must take six required courses in areas that are central to computer information systems. These areas are data structures, computer architecture, database management systems, data communications, user interface design, and software engineering. All students must also take two courses in a chosen area of specialization and complete a master’s project in this area, under the supervision of a department faculty member. The current areas of specialization include Internet Programming, Bioinformatics, Database, and Parallel and High-Performance Computing. Surveys reveal that employers want their technical employees to be able to communicate well, work well in teams, and be able to work and communicate successfully with people from many cultures in an increasingly global workplace. Therefore, all students are required to take a course in technical communication in order to foster these skills. In addition, the department seeks to build communication and team skills throughout all courses throughout our master’s program. Computer Information Systems Admission Information A student seeking admission to the program must fulfill all general requirements for admission to graduate study. In addition to meeting these criteria, all students must have either a grade point average of 3.0 or better in their undergraduate work or present a portfolio of professional work to be evaluated by the faculty of the Computer Science department. All students are expected to complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better: CSC 202 Introduction to Programming or CSC 522 Object-Oriented Programming CSC 302 Data Structures or CSC 523 Advanced Programming CSC 321 Database Management Systems or CSC 520 Introduction to Database One or more of the above prerequisite courses may be waived for students who have completed equivalent coursework at an accredited institution and have earned a B or better. Prerequisite courses do not count towards the 33 credit total required for the degree. All students must have at least nine credits in undergraduate mathematics courses. [-]

MSEd Educational Psychology

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Albany

If you aspire to motivate children in your classroom, make instruction more exciting, research instructional methods, or evaluate programs and lessons, a Saint Rose program in Educational Psychology can open these opportunities for you. [+]

If you aspire to motivate children in your classroom, make instruction more exciting, research instructional methods, or evaluate programs and lessons, a Saint Rose program in Educational Psychology can open these opportunities for you. Graduates leave this program with the ability to critique any instructional situation—teaching mathematical concepts in a typical classroom, leading adult workshops for the State Education Department, conducting parenting classes, grant writing, program evaluation, and others—and then develop strategies that will help create the optimal learning environment. Students choose from one of four schemes that lead to the degree: General Scheme: designed for students who seek a broad understanding of educational psychology and its application to diverse contexts Research Scheme: preferred by students—often aiming for their Ph.D. in Educational Psychology— who will be conducting empirical research in their careers School Psychology Scheme: open only to those who have been admitted into the Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology Program Evaluation Scheme: for students interested in program evaluation as a career This program may be useful in advancing students’ progress toward various teacher certifications. What Is Educational Psychology? Educational Psychology is a branch of psychology devoted to understanding the psychological issues associated with learning and motivation. Under this broad umbrella, the educational psychologists focus their research attention on the importance of human development, assessment, culture and technology. They look for the relationship between these issues and ways they may impact the learner. With this understanding, educational psychologists strive to create optimal environments where students can flourish academically, socially and personally What Does an Educational Psychologist Do? Educational Psychologists work in a variety of settings. Many are classroom teachers who use their master’s degree in educational psychology to obtain their professional teaching certificates. Equally as important, these teachers use the knowledge gained from their educational psychology courses to improve their teaching and their students’ learning. Others may choose to work in the corporations, governmental agencies, testing companies or schools where they analyze data to help organizations make sound decisions, engage in staff training and development and evaluate program effectiveness. Where Are Educational Psychologists Employed? Many educational psychologists find themselves teaching and doing research in college and university settings preparing the next generation of educational professionals. Below are listed some of the settings in which our graduates have worked. Program Overview The program in Educational Psychology, which leads to a Master of Science in Education degree, is designed both for persons who have no prior expertise in education and for those seeking to further an existing background in education. Students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse career plans enter this graduate program. The Educational Psychology program provides a solid foundation in the psychology of cognitive processes and human behavior as they affect individuals across the life span within a variety of learning and educational contexts. Students in the program also have the opportunity to develop a more in-depth understanding of related areas of interests. Objectives Educational Psychology is a degree for practitioners. Graduates leave this program with theory and skills that allow them to critique any instructional situation (e.g., teaching mathematical concepts in a typical classroom, leading adult workshops for the State Education Department, conducting parenting classes, grant writing, program evaluation), and then to develop strategies, based on theory, that will help to create the optimal learning environment for the given learners. Students are encouraged to develop their multicultural awareness and technological expertise. Students are challenged to become independent thinkers, to value their roles as professional educators and to become contributing members of the larger community. General Admission Information Eligibility for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate programs is typically based upon the following minimum requirements: Submission of a completed application and a Statement of Purpose of approximately 300 words detailing the applicant’s goals for graduate study. Evidence of the possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution through submission of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended Academic and professional qualifications for graduate study, as indicated by two letters of recommendation. A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), overall and in the undergraduate major. Other admission criteria specified by academic programs such as submission of resumes, writing samples, portfolios, test scores, and participation in interviews or admissions workshops. [-]


Master's in Higher Education Leadership and Administration

Campus Full time Part time August 2016 USA Albany

The College’s new Master’s program in Higher Education Leadership and Administration is a 10-course, 30-credit graduate degree program expressly designed to enhance the leadership skills of aspiring college leaders. [+]

College Presidents - Teaching Faculty in HELA Program The College’s new Master’s program in Higher Education Leadership and Administration is a 10-course, 30-credit graduate degree program expressly designed to enhance the leadership skills of aspiring college leaders. The focus of the program is to provide graduate-level academic courses in higher education administration to prepare students for senior-level leadership positions at colleges and universities, higher education agencies, higher education research organizations and other organizations that develop policies and offer programs in the higher education environment. The program is a 30 credit hour, 10-course program that is geared toward practitioners. The proposed Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership and Administration (HLA) is a 30 graduate credit program. 7 courses or 21 credits are designated as required courses. Three courses or 9 credits fall into the elective category. The information that follows details the required courses and the list of elective courses from which students will choose 9 credits. About the HELA Program What is the Institute for Leadership in Higher Education? The Institute for Leadership in Higher Education, housed within the Thelma P. Lally School of Education, will offer degree and certificate programs in higher education administration to early career and mid-career professionals intent on pursuing senior leadership positions in colleges and universities, and in other higher education environments at the state, regional and national level. Academic programs and courses will be offered in both traditional seminar and hybrid e-learning formats. The Institute, in addition to offering academic programs, will host lectures and conferences on relevant issues in higher education. Participants in these activities will include prominent national leaders and experts within the field of higher education. Participants in Institute programs will be encouraged and supported to publish articles and research on major issues affecting the future of colleges and universities in America and throughout the world. Faculty affiliated with the Institute programs, especially degree-granting programs will come from the extraordinarily deep and talented ranks of senior faculty and administrators at The College of Saint Rose. This cadre of exceptional faculty will be augmented by adjunct faculty specialists in various fields such as specialists in higher education law, higher education finance, program assessment and evaluation. Current and former college presidents from throughout the nation will be invited to guest lecture in various Institute programs. Given the range of challenges and opportunities affecting the future of higher education in America, the broadest array of experienced talent will be sought to teach and guest lecture within Institute programs. What about the Instructors and Courses? Instructors are comprised of senior practitioners in the field including current and former college presidents, provosts and deans. Our full-time faculty are experts in diverse fields of study such as ethics, program evaluation and planning. Courses will cover a wide array of subjects including higher education law, strategic planning, budgeting, risk management, resource stewardship, community relations, enrollment management and effective leadership styles for successful leaders. Taught in small-group seminars to encourage discussion, the degree is designed for those working full- or part-time with courses offered in the evenings and on Saturdays in traditional and hybrid formats. As part of the capstone course in the program, students will produce applied research papers that are intended to be publishable and adaptable in future leadership settings. What skills will I acquire in this program? Future leaders in higher education will require superb communications, analytical, research, marketing and decision-making skills to function successfully in a highly competitive and rapidly changing higher education environment. Future leaders will need to be nimble, creative, ethical, intellectual, persuasive and well-versed in all aspects of higher education policy development and administration. These are just some of the skill sets we hope to emphasize in the courses offered in the new Master’s program. What Type of Career Preparation Can I expect? For those interested in advancing in the higher education administrative environment, this program will provide excellent preparation to enable its graduates to move up the ranks in the collegiate or university environment, and other higher education environments. Because of the rapid pace of change in higher education, the industry needs well–trained generalists who can lead and adapt to many institutional challenges confronting the industry. Successful graduates who excel in this program will be positioned to advance their careers and become directors, deans, vice-presidents and presidents of higher education institutions and organizations. Possible career paths upon completion of this program: Senior administrators at colleges and universities; Research and policy analysts in government agencies overseeing higher education; and Employment in non-governmental agencies working with colleges and universities. Admissions Additional admission requirements for this program include: Evidence from the applicant of at least one year of professional level work experience at a campus, governmental, or higher education related organization; At least one letter of recommendation from a senior level administrator attesting to the candidate’s preparation and motivation for advanced graduate study in higher education leadership and administration; A statement of intent from the applicant explaining his/her motivation to enroll in the program. [-]

MS Accounting

Campus Full time August 2016 USA Albany

The M.S. in Accounting degree is a 30-credit hour program that is designed to satisfy the requirements of the New York State Education Department for the business and accounting requirements for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, and a master’s degree in Accounting. [+]

Saint Rose offers you two paths to the MS in Accounting, depending on the level of education you’ve already achieved. Through the 150-hour dual degree program, students can earn their BS and MS in Accounting in just five years. The program combines both courses of study in a logical, continuous curriculum that fulfills the 150 credit hours required by New York State for licensure as a CPA. The MS in Accounting program is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree, in any major. See the graduate catalog page for specifics on this 30-credit program. Program Overview: The M.S. in Accounting degree is a 30-credit hour program that is designed to satisfy the requirements of the New York State Education Department for: The business and accounting requirements for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination, and A master’s degree in Accounting. Specific requirements for the M.S. in Accounting program: Satisfies one year of the two-year experiential requirement for licensure as a CPA; Assists students who have an undergraduate degree with a major or concentration in Accounting to pursue additional study to meet the 150-hour educational requirements for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant; Assists students who do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting to pursue a career in accounting and satisfy the educational requirements for licensure as a Certified Public Accountant; Emphasizes the development of conceptual knowledge and analytical skills through general graduate business courses; and Builds toward the integration of knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities through the capstone course. At the same time, the program aims to develop professionals who are: Perceptive (able to identify opportunities and recognize interrelationships); Decisive (able to develop opportunities into feasible strategies); Resourceful (able to translate strategies into productive and balanced projects); and Responsible (able to address social, ecological and ethical consequences of action taken). M.S. in Accounting Curriculum The M.S. in Accounting program consists of 30 graduate credits. Students pursuing the M.S. in Accounting degree must satisfy two sets of requirements. The first consists of those business and accounting courses needed to qualify to take the CPA examination in New York State; the second consists of additional courses required of all candidates for the M.S. in Accounting degree. Students must meet the regulations of the New York State Education Department. For example, students must also have 60 credits of liberal arts courses to sit for the CPA examination. Master of Science requirements also require that students must also satisfy New York State licensure regulations pertaining to undergraduate course requirements necessary to qualify to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. New York State Regulations The following undergraduate courses, taken at an accredited institution, are required to satisfy Master of Science requirements in business and accounting, as well as New York State licensure regulations to qualify to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination: EQUIVALENT SAINT ROSE COURSES (CREDITS) Principles of Accounting I ACC 121 (3) Intermediate Accounting I and II ACC 221, 322 (6) Financial Accounting Theory Advanced Application ACC 323 (3) Taxation ACC 328 (3) Advanced Accounting ACC 418 (3) Auditing ACC 421 (3) Economics ECO 105 (3) Finance BUS 301 (3) Business Law BUS 233, 234 (6) Statistics MAT 184 (3) Computer Science (3) General Business Credit (3) Applying for Admission to the M.S. in Accounting Program Any person who has completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university can apply for admission to The College of Saint Rose M.S. in Accounting Program. No prior course work in business or accounting is necessary for admission. However, students pursuing the M.S. in Accounting must satisfy all business and accounting requirements needed to qualify to take the CPA examination in New York State. This may require some students to take undergraduate business and accounting courses that are required of students enrolled in the M.S. in Accounting Program. Any undergraduate prerequisite courses that are required will be done with the goal of assuring that the student has the understanding of the basic course material so they can succeed at the graduate level. The course waiver policy is the same as that for the J.D./M.B.A. Program. The College of Saint Rose M.S. in Accounting program is intended for highly motivated individuals. Candidates are selected on the basis of potential for success in their graduate studies. This is determined by prior academic achievement as reflected by the undergraduate grade point average at all colleges attended. Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher do not need to submit a GMAT score. However, if the undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0, a GMAT score must be submitted for the application to be considered. Although evaluation of these objective criteria is an important aspect of the admission process, it is equally important for the candidate to prepare the application package carefully and thoughtfully. The admissions process also evaluates an applicant’s goals, writing skills, motivation and professional credentials. The final arbiter of admissions is a committee of faculty. It may consider other factors, such as graduate study and professional credentials. The GMAT requirement is waived for applicants holding a post-graduate degree. When a complete application package and GMAT results are received, these materials are reviewed by the admissions committee. The GMAT is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). For information about the GMAT, see the previous section of this catalog on the M.B.A. Application Process. Each M.S. in Accounting candidate is responsible for submitting the following elements of the application package: A completed application form with the required application fee; Official sealed transcripts from all schools attended; If required, original of GMAT results sent directly to Graduate Admissions at The College of Saint Rose (code number: 2091); Two sealed academic and/or professional recommendations; Personal essay; and A current resume. [-]


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