Sacred Heart University

Introduction

‌We Believe in the Power of your Dreams.

The true worth of your Sacred Heart experience won’t be measured by facts we teach you or skills you acquire while you are here. It won’t be something that we give you.

At Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT we believe that inquiry, pursuing knowledge and intelligent reflection – both inside and outside the classroom – create greater opportunities and choices. We challenge you to be fearless in your curiosity and courageous in your service to others.

We are passionate about the role we play in helping you reveal your true potential. The discovery of your own talents, abilities, strengths, character and dreams is the most valuable outcome we strive for as educators and mentors.

It's what you give us.

We Believe Opportunity is Invaluable.

Return on Investment

Return on Quality

Sacred Heart has long been recognized as one the nation’s leading universities. SHU is ranked among The Princeton Review’s “Best 377 Colleges” and “Best 294 Business Schools” with a top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report for the past ten years. In addition, the prestigious Lilly Foundation recently sponsored a national forum for other colleges to learn of SHU’s award-winning Core Curriculum, The Human Journey, and how it might be imitated elsewhere. It has been recognized by the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) as a national leader in high-quality undergraduate curricula.

Return on Academic Excellence

Employers and graduate schools appreciate the value and rigor of a Sacred Heart education, and it's not hard to see why. Our Jack College of Business – named for the legendary former chairman and CEO of General Electric – is accredited by AACSB International, a designation achieved by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. SHU is the state’s leading independent educator of teachers and administrators, and its two doctoral programs – in Physical Therapy and in Nursing Practice – are earning top grades from accreditors and students alike. Academic programs continue to grow to meet the needs of a fast-changing economy, with such additions as a master’s in Communication and in a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Finance

Return on Relationships

A commitment to personal attention has long distinguished a SHU education. A student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, average class size of 22 students and a nationally recognized freshman academic advising program are just some of the ways our faculty and staff personally connect with students and foster their success. SHU also offers innovative living-learning communities where students enjoy all the usual advantages of living on campus in a residence hall, with the added benefit of living among a group that shares academic goals and interests. And, our First-Year Experience courses cover a variety of disciplines on topics that are exciting and pertinent to the lives of our students. These are small classes that call for a high level of participation that strengthen student to student and student to professor relationships while developing students’ writing and oral presentation skills.

Return on Success

Even in a challenging economy, SHU students are highly successful upon graduation, with 99% securing jobs and/or graduate education. As many as 39% of our graduates continue directly on to graduate school to receive their master’s or doctorate degrees.

What shapes who we are as a University and who we will become?

We believe that our purposed faith, our relentless pursuit and embrace of intellectual exchange, and our commitment to passionate service are the essential elements of Sacred Heart University as an institution and as a community. At our core, we remain focused on the preservation and transmission of the liberal arts and the Catholic intellectual traditions.

These values compel us as educators and scholars to continually create more diverse and challenging programs, internships and opportunities for our students and for ourselves that are based on the pursuit of truth and knowledge.

Our belief in the unlimited potential of every member of the Sacred Heart community has led us to pursue nothing less than uncompromising integrity, courageous leadership and overall excellence from our students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Our unwavering belief in the dignity and worth of every human being emboldens us to become fearless in our intellectual discovery, inquiry, understanding and tolerance of a universe of ideas, ethics, problems, differences and similarities.

Together we live, learn, grow and serve as individuals who passionately embody the values of Sacred Heart University in our intellectual, personal, professional and spiritual lives.

We are Pioneers for the common good. We are committed to creating a better future for ourselves, for others, our community and our world.

More than the mastery of facts, skills and discipline.

As academics and mentors, we are passionate about providing our students with an education of uncompromising quality and opportunity.

As a University, we are relentless in informing, affirming and challenging our students in their scholarship, leadership and service.

We have grown from a class of fewer than 200 undergraduate students into a distinguished international learning community encompassing:

  • campuses in the United States and Europe
  • Over 8,200 undergraduate and graduate students
  • 645+ faculty members
  • 70+ undergraduate, master's & doctoral degrees
  • 18 national honor societies

At Sacred Heart, we are committed to thoughtful, strategic growth. We have made dramatic strides in expanding the University facilities and services, adding highly credentialed and experienced faculty and raising levels of student achievement.

The University Strategic Plan sets forth a bold, comprehensive and action-oriented vision of Sacred Heart University as an institution that attracts and cultivates academic excellence and achievement.

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MA

Master of Arts: Communication - Corp Comm & PR

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 48 weeks September 2018 USA Fairfield + 1 more

Designed by leaders in the field and members of our advisory board, MACOMM combines classroom learning with hands-on skill development and professional opportunities to prepare students for success in the ever-changing media environment. [+]

‌‌Become a Master Communicator Powerful stories need powerful storytellers. With concentrations in corporate communication and public relations (CCPR), broadcast and digital journalism (BDJ) and digital multimedia production (DMP) the master’s in communication (MACOMM) program at Sacred Heart University positions its students to stand out as innovative storytellers and content creators in today’s media industry. Corporate Communication & Public Relations Digital Multimedia Production Broadcast and Digital Journalism‌ Designed by leaders in the field and members of our advisory board, MACOMM combines classroom learning with hands-on skill development and professional opportunities to prepare students for success in the ever-changing media environment. The program is broken into six eight-week modules that offer students a personalized plan of study tailored to their interests and enabling them to master their craft while gaining industry experience. Full-time students finish in one year taking two classes per module while part-time students enroll in one class per module. In the MACOMM program, students focus on telling meaningful stories that resonate with their intended audiences through the study of public relations, corporate communication, journalism, and multimedia production. CCPR classes focus on the foundations of corporate branding, media relations, social media and event planning while DMJ and DMP classes focus on reporting, recording video and audio, editing, and producing. All MACOMM students learn to communicate effectively through a variety of media platforms, including video, television, social networks, podcasts, multimedia websites and other methods of traditional and online or mobile communication.‌ To prepare them for the demands of a digital workplace,... [-]

Master of Arts: Sports Communication and Media Promotions

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA Fairfield + 1 more

With academic/professional tracks in Sports Broadcasting and Athletic Communications and Promotions, the Master of Arts in Sports Communication and Media is specifically designed from a humanities tradition to showcase multimedia production and capitalize on Sacred Heart University’s ideal geographic location in the heart of the US sports media industry. [+]

The Master of Arts in Sports Communication and Media (SCM) program prepares students for the myriad responsibilities of the sports media profession in the 21st century. SCM students learn the advanced professional skills necessary to communicate effectively across a variety of sports media platforms. SCM offers two different track options in sports broadcasting (SB) and athletic communications and promotion (ACP). Each track will teach you how to plan, create and distribute multimedia productions for publication and broadcast. Graduate students in the SCM program will acquire the knowledge and technical skills to pursue careers in the digital world of athletic communications and sports broadcasting, while developing a theoretical, aesthetic and historical understanding of the professional communication fields. No previous sports communication experience is required to complete the SCM program, and we encourage all motivated learners from any undergraduate major or career to apply. STUDENTS IN THE SCM PROGRAM WILL: Acquire the social, artistic and technical skills necessary to create professional multimedia communication projects and presentations. Develop the knowledge and techniques required for success in the sports media job market today, including effective communication, proficiency with industry standard digital technologies, teamwork and problem solving skills. Work with sports media professionals both on and off campus through in-class work, internships and practicum experiences. Understand the relationship of media to democracy and society, and the responsibilities of being a professional communicator. PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Ideal Location: Located squarely in the geographic center of the sports media industry, Sacred Heart University’s campus is less than a... [-]

Master of Arts: Teaching

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 30 months September 2018 USA Fairfield + 1 more

Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) Farrington College of Education offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for those who are certified teachers in Connecticut. Designed for the classroom teacher, the MAT builds skills in areas such as classroom instruction, curriculum development and classroom management. [+]

Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) Farrington College of Education offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) for those who are certified teachers in Connecticut. Designed for the classroom teacher, the MAT builds skills in areas such as classroom instruction, curriculum development and classroom management. COURSE OF STUDY This master’s degree program requires completion of 33–36 credit hours of coursework. Courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are scheduled during weekday evenings with some courses offered online. The program may be completed in 1.5 years of full-time study. Part-time students typically take 2 to 2.5 years of study to complete their course requirements. Those who received their initial teaching certificate through Sacred Heart University may receive credit for some coursework already completed. TEACHER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM MAT candidates gain valuable experience in our tuition-paid, full-time internship program in which we partner with numerous school districts in the local area. Interns are placed in a school system for one year to serve as instructional assistants, while pursuing their graduate studies in evening classes. Students who complete the year-long internship will receive the equivalent of 30 credits of graduate tuition applied to their Sacred Heart University student account. FARRINGTON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION The Farrington College of Education at SHU engages in preparing men and women to live in and make their contributions to the human community through promoting a culture of excellence in a changing world. Long recognized as a leader in education, the Farrington... [-]

MSc

Master of Science: Applied Psychology

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 8 weeks September 2018 USA Fairfield + 1 more

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology (MSAP) at Sacred Heart University (SHU) will teach you how to apply the science of human behavior to solve practical real-world problems through a unique delivery system of eight-week hybrid courses. [+]

The Master of Science in Applied Psychology (MSAP) at Sacred Heart University (SHU) will teach you how to apply the science of human behavior to solve practical real-world problems through a unique delivery system of eight-week hybrid courses. Evening courses will be offered at our Fairfield campus with online discussion supplementing class meetings. You will complete the entire degree in one calendar year by taking two classes per eight-week session. Program Options: In addition to the required core courses, all students take a four-course sequence in a particular area of specialization. Industrial/organizational psychology Community psychology Students may also begin a 12-credit certificate in one of these two specialty areas that can later be applied to the master’s degree as a concentration. With its strong foundation in research methods and quantitative reasoning and its numerous connections with community agencies, schools and corporations, this program provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers in today’s data-driven economy. Students are particularly well-prepared for a variety of leadership positions in government, community, corporate settings and doctoral work. The program is built on a scientist-practitioner model in which students gain a solid foundation in the science of psychology and learn to apply this knowledge and skill set to real-world practical problems. Consistent with the overall mission of the University, consideration of ethical issues, human dignity and social justice are infused throughout the entire program. WHY TAKE THE MSAP PROGRAM? Propel your career in virtually any industry Enjoy a unique delivery system of eight-week hybrid... [-]

Master of Science: Chemistry

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Fairfield

Our popular built-for-results program attracts students from all over the world who seek to obtain a competitive, advanced degree and take advantage of Sacred Heart’s ideal location—a short distance from many of the country’s top pharmaceutical and industrial companies. [+]

From drug discovery to nanotechnology, exciting opportunities abound in the dynamic field of chemistry. To provide an effective learning experience, relevant classroom coursework is mixed with hands-on lab work that takes place in Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) state-of-the-art facilities, which feature some of the most advanced instrumentation. Our popular built-for-results program attracts students from all over the world who seek to obtain a competitive, advanced degree and take advantage of Sacred Heart’s ideal location—a short distance from many of the country’s top pharmaceutical and industrial companies. This degree also prepares students to pursue a Ph.D. program. Many graduate students attending SHU are pursuing their degree while working, thus graduate courses are offered in the evening and on Saturdays. Full-time students will complete their degree in four semesters (two years). In addition, SHU’s graduate chemistry program allows students who have a B.S. in a scientific field other than chemistry to obtain an M.S. in chemistry. To do so, they must first complete prerequisite coursework as determined by the Chemistry Department. LABS, FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT Eight state of the art chemistry laboratories serve the needs of biochemistry, analytical, organic and physical chemistry research. COMPUTER FACILITIES There are molecular modeling stations, and a chemistry server provides licensed software for the use of students. Choose one of the three concentrations General Chemistry: Thesis or Non-Thesis Track Molecular Biochemistry: Non-Thesis Track Chem-Bioinformatics: Non-Thesis Track 1. General Chemistry: Thesis or Non-Thesis Track Gain experience in modern experimental techniques and deepen your understanding of laboratory operations and... [-]

Master of Science: Cybersecurity

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Fairfield

In this dynamic program, you will acquire a broad knowledge of networking and network security and learn to proactively address ever-changing security threats and infiltration techniques. [+]

Combat Existing Cyberattacks. Defend Against Future Ones. With increased reliance on cyberspace for everything from communications to national defense comes greater vulnerability. Hackers, network outages, viruses and cyber attacks do far more than inconvenience individual users. They compromise corporate trade secrets, breach national security and stifle online commerce—resulting in untold lost revenue. The rise in cyber threats has created unprecedented demand for cybersecurity specialists—individuals who can skillfully apply analytical frameworks and tools to prevent, detect, address and recover from cyber incidents and security breaches. To help meet this burgeoning demand in this prospering field, Sacred Heart University offers the Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree. Greater adoption of cloud computing, data centers and wireless communication devices are also driving demand for cybersecurity specialists. In fact, the cybersecurity industry is projected to grow 37 percent through 2020, faster than average for all occupations in any field. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15) Why cybersecurity? In this dynamic program, you will acquire a broad knowledge of networking and network security and learn to proactively address ever-changing security threats and infiltration techniques. More specifically, you will: Explore new products and applications that help make the world more secure from cyber threats Be exposed to effective technology risk management practices Learn to identify new and existing threats and determine methods for mitigating them Acquire foundational knowledge in building secure and defendable systems Build the skills needed to improve your marketability Analyze cybersecurity risks and apply real-world solutions Perform cybersecurity research and... [-]

Master of Science: Digital Marketing

Campus Full time Part time 15 months September 2018 USA Fairfield + 1 more

The Master of Science in Digital Marketing (MSDM) prepares students to meet the exponentially growing demand for job candidates skilled in the digital areas of marketing. The interdisciplinary program covers digital marketing strategies, tactics and tools based on a dual foundation of marketing strategy plus web development and design. [+]

The Master of Science in Digital Marketing (MSDM) prepares students to meet the exponentially growing demand for job candidates skilled in the digital areas of marketing. The interdisciplinary program covers digital marketing strategies, tactics and tools based on a dual foundation of marketing strategy plus web development and design. Students may also complete the 12-credit digital marketing certificate program which can be applied to the master's degree. Marketing Has Gone Digital. Have You? Digital Marketing student at Sacred Heart University Marketing has gone digital. By 2016, digital marketing spending is expected to climb to $77 billion and will represent 35 percent of all advertising spending.* Growth in the digital space is a trend that’s only gathering more steam. Many companies seek creatives with interactive expertise who can help build responsive websites and apps and develop or fine-tune digital strategies. Greater optimism about the overall business landscape has led to bigger marketing budgets. With more money available for new projects, particularly digital marketing initiatives, both full-time job seekers and freelancers in this space are finding career opportunities. According to The Creative Group’s Salary Survey report, the job outlook for digital marketing is positive with hiring rates and salary rates on the rise. *Source: Forrester Research Inc. A Closer Look at the Digital Marketing Degree Digital Marketing student at Sacred Heart UniversityOur graduate students in digital marketing are instructed by dedicated SHU faculty — leaders in their field who provide cutting-edge research to conferences and global publications — as well senior-level practitioners... [-]

Master of Science: Finance and Investment Management

Campus Full time 18 months September 2018 USA Fairfield

Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) Master of Science in Finance and Investment Management (MSFIM) prepares students for rewarding careers in investment analysis, wealth management and portfolio management. [+]

SHU MSFIM Math/Finance Camp | August 22 - September 2, 2016 All incoming MSFIM students are recommended to attend our 2 week Math/Finance Camp in August before classes start for Fall 16. We offer WGB 603 as a pre-requisite during the regular Fall semester which covers similar material. The Math/Finance Camp is typically two weeks long (four days/week) and is held between August 22 and September 2, just before the start of the Fall semester. Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) Master of Science in Finance and Investment Management (MSFIM) prepares students for rewarding careers in investment analysis, wealth management and portfolio management. Finance is evolving and an ever-greater emphasis is being placed on quantitative analysis. From asset valuation and product development to risk management, today’s finance professionals require advanced technical training. These enhanced quantitative requirements, in conjunction with changing financial laws and regulations, have increased the demand for candidates with cutting-edge knowledge of investment theory, mathematics, statistics and data-intensive analysis, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. The AACSB-accrediated Jack Welch College of Business offers the MSFIM to meet this rising demand. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Acquire an advanced understanding of investment management theory Master valuation, portfolio management and risk management techniques Learn how to develop client solutions to investment and risk management issues through case studies, internships, problem-based learning experiences and extensive interaction with practitioners Be prepared to sit for the rigorous Chartered Financial Analyst® examination and to obtain the Financial Risk Management certification. PREPARE FOR YOUR FUTURE: This rigorous... [-]

Master of Science: Human Resource Management

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 15 - 24 months September 2018 USA Fairfield + 1 more

Sacred Heart University’s Master of Science in Human Resource Management (M.S. in HRM) helps professionals develop the advanced quantitative skills and real-world knowledge it takes to contribute at the highest levels. [+]

Get Acquainted with our M.S. in Human Resource Management: “Our people are our most valuable asset.” It’s a message heard loud and clear from the highest ranks of today’s leading organizations. For executive leaders, attracting and retaining top talent is contingent upon having a highly qualified and effective human resource manager in place. After all, the role of the HR leader is evolving into that of a tightly integrated business partner — someone who can build a strong talent pool that yields significant competitive advantage. "HR has just got to be as important as any other function in a company. In fact, why wouldn't HR be as important as finance? After all, if you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel? Both the accountant and director of player personnel belong, alongside the CEO, at the table where decisions are made." - Jack Welch from "Winning" ‌Sacred Heart University’s Master of Science in Human Resource Management (M.S. in HRM) helps professionals develop the advanced quantitative skills and real-world knowledge it takes to contribute at the highest levels. Graduates are prepared for careers as HR managers and directors — high-growth positions that are projected to continue their upward climb.* *Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition. Dig Deeper into the HRM Degree: The 33-credit part-time and 39-credit full-time M.S. in HRM operates on a trimester schedule, allowing students to graduate in less than two... [-]