Online Programs Ranked Among Top 10 in U.S.

The University of Scranton ranked No. 3 in the nation for “Best Online MBA Programs for Military” in a 2020 list published online by College Consensus. In other national rankings, College Consensus placed the University’s Online Masters in Human Resource Management at No. 3; Online Accounting MBA at No. 4; Online Finance MBA at No. 6 and Online Healthcare MBA at No. 9.

For all of these rankings, College Consensus picked the nation’s best programs based on their analysis of the program’s affordability, reputation and convenience. For reputation, College Consensus calculated an “average rating score” for colleges based on national guidebook rankings, which include U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and others. The University of Scranton is ranked in all of these publications, in addition to numerous other national “best college” rankings. For convenience, the programs had to be able to be completed 100 percent online, among other factors.

In addition to the 2020 online program rankings, College Consensus ranked The University of Scranton at No. 10 among the “Best Catholic Colleges and Universities” in America in a 2019 ranking that included some of the most prestigious Catholic universities in the nation.

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99 Percent Successful!

Ninety-nine percent of The University of Scranton’s class of 2019 graduates, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, reported being successful in their choice of career path of either employment or pursuing additional education within six months of graduation. The “First Destination Survey” report by Scranton’s Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development is based on career success data obtained for 77 percent of the undergraduate class. This “knowledge rate,” or percentage of graduates for whom their career outcome is known, exceeds the National Association of College Employers recommended rate of 65 percent. The knowledge rate for members of the University’s graduate class of 2019 is 83 percent.

For members of University’s class of 2019 earning a bachelor’s degree, 97 percent were successful in obtaining their goal of full-time employment, and 100 percent were successful in obtaining their goal of attending graduate or professional school.

The average (mean) salary is $54,766, based on the bachelor’s degree graduates that provided salary information. The average salary varied by major. The highest average salaries reported are in computer science ($75,600), nursing ($74,398), economics ($67,500) and information technology ($67,380).

Geographically, of those employed, 83 percent reported working in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Additionally, the report for undergraduate success shows: 54 percent were seeking full-time positions; 43 were seeking additional education; 2 percent were seeking part-time positions or another intentional career path as defined by the graduate, with just less than 1 percent still seeking employment. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of the Class of 2019 completed at least one experiential learning opportunity during their education at Scranton.

For master’s degree graduates, the report shows success with 97 percent seeking full-time employment; 1 percent seeking additional education; 1 percent seeking part-time employment and just 1 percent still seeking employment. The average (mean) salary for 2019 master’s degree graduates is $69,494, based on the graduates that provided salary information. Salaries reported vary by degree programs. The highest average salaries reported are for graduates with master’s degrees in nurse anesthesia ($170,950), international business MBA ($132,500), healthcare management ($123,793) and family nurse practitioner ($94,674).

Of those employed, 73 percent are working in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

For University’s class of 2018, 98 percent of its undergraduate class and 99 percent of its graduate class reported being successful in their choice of career path of either employment or pursuing additional education within six months of graduation.

Graduates with master’s degrees in nurse anesthesia reported the highest average salaries of $170,950, according to data collected by Scranton’s Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development for the class of 2019 “First Destination Survey” report. Pictured are members of the Nurse Anesthesia program who graduated as members of the University’s class of 2019.

Our Master of Arts in Theology Program is like No Other

About Us

With an internationally recognized faculty, whose research specialties encompass both ancient and modern Christianity, Eastern and Western, as well as Judaic-Studies and Christian-Muslim dialogue, the MA Theology Program at the University of Scranton—the only one of its kind in the region—offers an intellectually rigorous environment, faithful to its Catholic context and challenged by the Jesuit pursuit of the common good.


Our mission is to teach and inquire into the intellectual, spiritual and moral riches of the Christian tradition.

We mean to acquaint students with Christianity’s long and disciplined reflection on the deeply human questions about the quest for God, wisdom and human fulfillment. While accenting the Catholic tradition, our inquiry into these questions includes other Christians and religious traditions, including Judaism and Islam.

Where are they now?

Graduates within the last year alone have obtained teaching and campus ministry positions in places such as Seton Hall Prep (NJ) and St. Joseph’s Prep (PA). Graduates from years past have also obtained similar positions and/or placement in PhD programs or hospital chaplaincies.

Opportunities for Students

The program offers  faculty-led, short-term study abroad courses to, so far, the Holy Land, Uganda, the Balkans, and Germany.


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Cultural Enrichment and Education

The Schemel Forum was founded in July 2006 through generous gifts to the Rev. George Schemel, S.J., Fund, created by friends of the late Father Schemel in his loving memory. Its aim is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to explore the intellectual and cultural wonders of the world.

The Schemel Forum: Who Are We?

I’ve always dreamed of a post-provincial world and just maybe that dream has been turned into a reality — or an approach to a reality — in the Schemel Forum. We are a world that is globalized, that is interdependent, and that is more accessible than ever before both physically and electronically — for better and worse. It’s better because knowing more can help us to do more — identify and solve more problems, feel more connected to people who are different from us, collaborate across borders, help to reduce the amount of poverty, illness and illiteracy in our communities and in places we’ve never been to. It’s worse when it opens new wounds, evokes new hatred of others, more defensiveness and fear, making us feel inconsequential — “nobodies.” The goal of the Schemel Forum is to introduce us — to give us — in this small postindustrial city — access to the world as it is today. We have been a place to “be from.” Let it be a place to “be in.” We are as near to New York as some of its far-out suburbs. Higher education is one of our most significant assets.

The Schemel Forum invites out of school adults into the world of thought and discussion. In the thirteen years that the Schemel Forum has been at The University of Scranton, we have grown exponentially in our offerings and our clientele, in our collaborations with other entities and our openness to more of all the above.

As I repeat and vow to continue — we go for the gold. It is the quality of our programs that wins the admiration of the community; that sets a standard — that makes us an asset to the region. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring the world to Scranton and Scranton to the world. My thanks go to The University of Scranton, its faculty and administrators, to the outstanding thinkers who agree to come here to speak and to the out of school adults who join us in learning together.


Sondra Myers
Director, The Schemel Forum

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Online Programs Ranked Among the Best!

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Online Graduate Programs” ranked The University of Scranton’s online master’s degree programs in business (excluding MBA) at No. 51 and its MBA program at No. 118 in the nation. U.S. News also ranked Scranton at No. 64 in the country for “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.”

This is the ninth consecutive year that U.S. News ranked the University’s online programs among the best in the nation. The methodology used by U.S. News to determine the ranking has changed several times throughout the years.

For the 2020 Best Online Programs ranking, which published in January, U.S. News reviewed statistical information submitted by schools. The ranking criteria differed by category. The criteria used by U.S. News to rank online business and MBA programs included student engagement (30 percent), which looked at graduation rates, class size, one-year retention rates, and best practices such as accreditation by AACSB International, among other factors. The ranking criteria also included peer reputation score (25 percent); faculty credentials and training (15 percent); admission selectivity (15 percent); and student services and technology (15 percent).

In addition to offering distance education programs that incorporate coursework that is predominantly online, colleges and universities making the “Best Online Program for Veterans” list must have ranked in top half of 2020 Best Online Program rankings; be regionally accredited; be certified for the GI Bill, which includes participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program; and enroll a “critical mass of veterans” as defined by U.S. News based on the size of the college.

Scranton offers online MBA degrees in general business, accounting, enterprise resource planning, finance, healthcare management, human resources, international business and operations management; master’s degrees in accountancy, finance, health administration, health informatics and human resources and a dual MBA/MHA degree, in addition to graduate certificates. For technology, recruitment and marketing support, the University partners with Wiley for the online programs.

In other rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, Scranton has been ranked among the top 10 “Best Regional Universities in the North” for 26 consecutive years. Scranton is ranked No. 6 in the 2020 edition of the guidebook. U.S. News also ranked Scranton No. 5 in its category in a ranking of the “Most Innovative Schools” and No. 12 in its category for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” U.S. News also ranked Scranton’s programs in entrepreneurship at No. 33, finance at No. 43, and accounting at No. 52 in the country, among other rankings.