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Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree or higher

Sacred Heart University

About Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University is a private university located in Fairfield, Connecticut, and is the second-largest Catholic university in New England. The school offers a variety of high-quality and affordable education programs - both on campus and through online learning. The online programs allow students the ability to schedule their courses around their current professional and personal commitments while still gaining the skills and knowledge needed to become a leader in the workplace.

Online program options include a Master of Social Work with two concentrations, Master of Science in Applied Psychology with three concentrations, and multiple levels of nursing programs, including RN-BSN, RN-BSN-MSN, MSN with four specializations, and DNP programs.

Master of Science in Nursing Specialization Options

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Social Work Specialization Options

  • Direct Clinical Practice
  • Direct Community Practice

Master of Science in Applied Psychology Specialization Options

  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • General Applied Psychology

Online classes are kept small, which allows students the chance to interact with their instructors. All online students receive personalized support from an assigned Student Services Coordinator who helps guide them through their program, from admissions to graduation.

Student Testimonials

''This program provided an open and flexible schedule that allowed me to finish my degree on my terms. I learned a lot in a condensed period of time. As a nurse, it is vital to have a program that fosters confidence in the learner and recognizes the need for continuing education goals of advancing nurses. The SHU program afforded just that, and so much more.''

- Nicholas A., South Windsor, CT, Master of Science in Nursing

''The best part of the program was the flexibility of being able to work and attend school at the same time. I was able to achieve my M.S. without having to abandon my job or go part time. I found the variety of classes offered through this program to be great - there is something for everyone and the program provides a solid base of knowledge that can be utilized in a variety of different professional situations.''

- Joshua Sayler, Fargo, ND, Master of Science in Applied Psychology

''SHU is a great university; they truly care about their students and want to see you succeed. Online learning is not for those that want the face to face interaction but for the adult learner that is employed to me is the only way to go! Workload can be challenging so setting time for course work and reading is essential to your success!''

- Beverly Capasso, Parkland, FL, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Why Sacred Heart University?

1. Top-Ranked Programs: Several of Sacred Heart University's online programs have earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report, including its online bachelor's programs (2016, 2017) and online graduate nursing programs (2016, 2017).

2. Flexible Career Programs: The flexible online programs help students gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a leader in the workplace around their current life and work commitments. There are six start dates per year, and all coursework is taught in an online format for working professionals.

3. Experienced Instructors: Online courses are taught by the same accomplished faculty as the on-campus classes, and more than 80% of instructors hold a terminal degree in their field.

4. Accredited Institution: Sacred Heart is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for all nursing programs.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants to Sacred Heart University's graduate online programs must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Some programs have additional or different requirements.

Sacred Heart University offers the following degree programs:

  1. Health Professions
    • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader
    • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
    • MSN - Nursing Education
    • MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
    • Post-Master's Doctor - Nursing Practice
    • RN to BSN to MSN
    • RN-BSN
    • RN-BSN-MSN - Clinical Nursing Leader
    • RN-BSN-MSN - Nursing Education
    • RN-BSN-MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
  2. Psychology
    • MSAP - Community Psychology
    • MSAP - General Track
    • MSAP - Industrial/Organizational Technology
  3. Public Administration
    • Master of Social Work - Clinical Specialization
    • Master of Social Work - Community Specialization