Chestnut Hill College

Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, PA
student ratio
total students
$11,475 | $11,475
in-state | out-of-state tuition
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Chestnut Hill College's School of Graduate Studies Offers Graduate and Doctoral Degree and Certificate Programs That Integrate Theory and Practice

Chestnut Hill College (CHC), a small, private, liberal arts college located in a safe and picturesque suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1924 with the goal of bringing higher education to women, which was highly unusual at that time. The College has grown considerably in the last ninety years; it now consists of three dynamic co-ed schools: the School of Undergraduate Studies, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and the School of Graduate Studies. The School of Graduate Studies upholds a long tradition of academic excellence that helps students turn their knowledge, skills, and experience into careers full of purpose. Designed for the ever-changing world, the holistic approach to learning translates academic theory into real-world experience. CHC offers masters programs, certifications, and certificates in Administration of Human Services, Education, Educational Leadership, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Instructional Technology, and an APA-accredited Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.). There are over 800 graduate students who are enrolled at Chestnut Hill College year-round. While the average class never totals more than twenty or so students, the actual student-teacher ratio is amongst the lowest in the country at 13:1.

It's a City School. It's a Suburban School. Enjoy the Benefits of Both!

The Chestnut Hill College campus covers 75 acres of natural landscape facing the Wissahickon Creek, one of the largest streams in the state. With hundreds of acres of prime park area within walking distance, students can enjoy a safe and beautiful environment close to public transportation. In nearby Philadelphia, students enjoy a cultural epicenter filled with five-star restaurants and outdoor bistros, classical concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra and modern concerts featuring famous popular musicians and rock bands, world-class art museums as well as an astounding 2500 modern building murals. The country's fifth largest city also offers countless internship and career opportunities.

The Chestnut Hill College campus features classic architecture and beautiful open lawns, which are all just blocks from the quaint shops and restaurants that line the cobble-stone streets of Chestnut Hill. The College is easily accessed from several major highways.

Diverse Graduate Degree Programs Focus on Equipping Those Called to Service

Chestnut Hill College offers a variety of master's degrees, certificates, and certification programs that enrich students' personal and professional lives as well as the lives of those they are called to help.

The M.S. in the Administration of Human Services program prepares students for work in a variety of human service organizations -- profit and non-profit. There are three optional certificates/specializations in Leadership Development, Adult and Aging Services, and Assisting Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The certificates may be earned with or without the master's degree.

The M.S. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs enjoy an outstanding reputation in the tri-state area. Students may choose concentrations in Addictions Treatment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Child & Adolescent Therapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Trauma Studies. Students also have the choice to follow a Generalist curriculum which allows them to pick and choose six electives from any of the concentration areas. All programs are designed to be eligible for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in PA and many other states. Licensure preparation courses may be taken with the degree or post-masters. Students with master's degrees from other accredited colleges and universities may apply for licensure preparation courses at CHC. The Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs are also offered at our satellite campus in Center Valley, PA.

The APA-accredited Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program prepares students to become competent practitioners of clinical psychology by facilitating the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for effective clinical practice. Optional specializations are offered in Psychological Assessment and Marriage and Family Therapy. Students may apply with a bachelor's degree or master's degree (prerequisites apply).

CHC's graduate education programs are highly respected throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding suburban school districts. M.Ed. degrees are offered in Early Education (PreK-Grade 4), Middle Level (Grades 4-8), Secondary Education, Educational Leadership, Special Education, and Reading Specialist. Certification preparation is available for those areas above as well as principal certification and Montessori Education.

The Instructional Technology Master's of Science degree programs are designed to prepare educators and other professionals to lead the way in instructional design, specialized training and E-Learning. PA State Instructional Technology Specialist Certification is also available. Master's of Education programs that combine Instructional Technology and Secondary Education or Educational Leadership are offered for those who plan to begin or continue working in schools.

Accredited Programs Taught by Faculty Who Are Leaders in Their Fields

There are over 80 full- and part-time faculty members in the School of Graduate Studies at Chestnut Hill College, most of whom have attained the highest terminal degrees in their areas of expertise and practice. For instance, our full-time psychology faculty members are published, licensed and practicing psychologists with varied scholarly interests and areas of expertise. These include nationally recognized psychologists and published authors Scott Browning, Ph.D., Joseph A. Micucci, Ph.D., ABPP and Cheryll Rothery-Jackson, Psy.D., ABPP, Department Chair, Clinic Director, and Executive Board Member of the PA Psychological Association. Carol Pate, Ed.D., a well-respected leader in the field of education spanning Early Education to Secondary Education Administration is also a published author and the Chair of the Division of Teacher Education and Leadership. Professor Barbara Hogan, Ph.D., Administration of Human Services Coordinator, uses collaboration, social constructivist theory and ethical reflection as tools to assist frontline human services practitioners in their quest to assess and develop organizations. Yefim Kats, Ph.D., Department Chair of Instructional Technology, has many pertinent and recent works on E-Learning - the integration of technology in today's curriculum - as well as E-Business publications.

CHC's professors are not only esteemed throughout their fields, but also caring and accessible. Students and graduates site their instructors' insight, support, and inspiration as keys to their success. The close relationships between students and faculty significantly benefit the learning process as well as the outcome.

Since 1930, Chestnut Hill College has held institutional accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools as well as membership in several national and local university associations. The College has Commonwealth of Pennsylvania authorization for all graduate degrees offered. The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program (Psy.D.) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The Montessori Teacher Education Program is an affiliate of the American Montessori Society and accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).

CHC Offers Programs for People with Busy Personal and Professional Lives

Since its inception, the School of Graduate Studies has enabled those with busy professional and personal lives to fulfill their educational goals and earn their graduate degrees or professional certifications through unique scheduling and concentrated study. Most courses are offered once a week in the evening for three hours, although some are on weekends or follow hybrid formats. Students in the Instructional Technology programs also participate in online and remote (virtual) classroom settings. Students are able to attend either part time (one or two courses per session) or full time (three courses per session), depending on their schedules at work and home. Master's degree programs range from 33 to 48 credits, depending on the area of study, and most students complete their master's programs in two to three years, depending on how many courses are taken per term.

A CHC Graduate Education is a Great Value and More Affordable than Many Area Universities

With over 80 institutions of higher learning in the area, students are surprised at the competitive cost of a CHC graduate degree. Tuition is charged per credit, and students may choose to attend part time or full time, or alternate their status according to their lives' demands. For the summer 2013 term through the spring 2014 term, the tuition for graduate and post-graduate programs ranges from $560 to $650 per credit, depending on the program. Psy.D. tuition is $920 per credit.

For those seeking financial aid at Chestnut Hill College, low-interest Federal Loans are available for all accepted graduate students taking six credits or more per term. These loans are not based on need and repayment begins after the degree has been completed. In addition, there are Graduate Assistantships where students receive three credits of tuition remission for 100 hours of work. Positions may be working in academic departments, admissions, the Computer Center, the Library, as well as other departments on campus. Preference is given to students who have completed six graduate credits with a GPA of 3.75 or above.

Location & Contact

Chestnut Hill College

9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693
United States

Ms. Amy Boorse

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 215-248-7097
Fax: 215-248-7161

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Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$11,475
    • Out-of-state tuition *$11,475
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students572
    • Female Percentage78%
    • Male Percentage22%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students572
    • Part-time Percentage58%
    • Full-time Percentage42%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty103
    • Full-time Percentage18%
    • Part-time Percentage82%
    • Female Percentage66%
    • Male Percentage34%