Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
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Top Graduate Programs, Faculty, and Facilities at Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University (SHU), founded in 1963 and located in Fairfield, Conn., is the second-largest Catholic university in New England. SHU is recognized as an international leader in higher education. It is also known for its active, engaged learning environment and a faculty dedicated to personally fostering student development and success.

The Princeton Review includes SHU in its The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 and Best 297 Business Schools: 2015, and U.S.News & World Report ranks SHU among the best regional universities in the North in its annual "America's Best Colleges" publication, making it one of the top New England liberal arts colleges.

Campus and Surroundings

The main campus of Sacred Heart University is set on more than 120 acres in Fairfield County. Its main campus in Fairfield is 90 minutes from Manhattan and 150 minutes from Boston. Fairfield ranks among the top places to live in the Northeast and has been included on Money magazine's list of "Best Places to Live." The community and surrounding area are considered one of the nation's most dynamic business and economic regions, with numerous Fortune 500 companies headquartered on Connecticut's "Gold Coast."

SHU also has a convenient Graduate Center and film/TV conservatory located in Stamford, a satellite education program campus in Griswold as well as international campuses in the Irish-speaking community of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland, and the only American-accredited MBA program in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In addition, SHU offers more than 100 study abroad programs in more than 30 countries.

Graduate and Doctoral Degree Programs in a Range of Fields

SHU offers more than 90 graduate degrees programs, concentrations, certifications and certificates through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Jack Welch College of Business, the College of Health Professions, College of Nursing and the Farrington College of Education, including:

College of Arts and Sciences

- Applied Psychology

- Chemistry

- Communication

- Computer, Information Science & Gaming

- Cybersecurity

- Criminal Justice

- Film and Television Production

- Media Literacy and Digital Culture

- Sports Communication and Media

Jack Welch College of Business accredited by AACSB

- Doctor of Business Administration in Finance

- Accounting

- Business Administration

- Digital Marketing

- Finance and Investment Management

- Human Resource Management

Farrington College of Education accredited by NCATE

- Sixth Year Certificate of Advanced Study Programs

- Special Education Cross-Endorsement

- Master of Arts in Teaching

- Initial Teacher Certification

- Tuition-Paid Teaching Internship

College of Health Professions accredited by CAAHEP, ACOTE, CAPTE

- Exercise Science & Nutrition

- Healthcare Informatics

- Occupational Therapy

- Physical Therapy

- Physician Assistant Studies

- Speech-Language Pathology

College of Nursing accredited by CCNE

- Doctor of Nursing Practice

- Family Nurse Practitioner

Innovative Programs, Resources, and Research Opportunities

SHU is home to innovative facilities and programs, technologically advanced state-of-the-art laboratories and three new academic centers. SHU also supports research and internship opportunities ranging from co-ops at international advertising agencies to research with faculty on marine life in Long Island Sound.

Outstanding Faculty, Small Classes

SHU retains 262 full-time faculty members with extensive experience in their respective fields. Our faculty includes experts in their fields who are used as sources for many media outlets ranging from leadership and management to economics, marketing, medical research, and politics. They provide top-notch, educational insights and real-world experiences to students.

Faculty members at SHU work closely with graduate students. Classes are small, with a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, and an average class size of 22 students. Current students and alumni of SHU rate their experiences with graduate faculty highly, citing close interaction and commitment to partnerships that lead to academic success.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Sacred Heart University

Graduate tuition at Sacred Heart University varies by program. Off-campus internship opportunities that provide tuition waivers or stipends are available on a competitive basis through the Office of Career Development. A limited number of research and staff assistantships are also available to graduate students. Teaching internships, which provide partial tuition waivers toward the teacher certification or the Master of Arts in Teaching program, are available in area school districts. Financial aid in the form of federal student loan programs and deferred payment plans are available through the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Location & Contact

Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825-1000
United States

Kathy Dilks

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 203-396-8259
Fax: 203-396-8259

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Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students2697
    • Female Percentage72%
    • Male Percentage28%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students2697
    • Part-time Percentage62%
    • Full-time Percentage38%
  • 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 Faculty262
    • Full-time Percentage49%
    • Part-time Percentage51%
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%