Graduate Education

Graduate Education

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.

 Mission

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.

 


Learn more about the Theology program.

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.

Sincerely,

Sondra Myers
Director, The Schemel Forum


Learn more about the Schemel Forum here!

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.

Nursing Professor wins Book of the Year!

The second edition of “Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom,” edited by Margarete Lieb Zalon, Ph.D., R.N., A.C.N.S.-B.C., F.A.A.N., professor of nursing and director of the University’s online master of science in health informatics program, Rebecca M. Patton, D.N.P., R.N., C.N.O.R., F.A.A.N., and Ruth Ludwick, Ph.D., R.N.-B.C., A.P.R.N.-C.N.S., F.A.A.N., won second place in the History and Public Policy category of the 2019 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards.

The American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards is an esteemed and prestigious competition in which the best in nursing publishing are chosen by a panel of judges who are experienced and well-established in the healthcare community. Awards are given for first, second, and third places across 20 categories. 2019 marked the 50th year of the awards.

The second edition of “Nurses Making Policy” explores the nurse’s integral role in facilitating health policy change and advocating for the patient, both in the hospital and in the larger political system. The editors have donated all their royalties from both editions of the book to the Washington Fellowship Fund at the American Nurses Foundation, which is the philanthropic entity of American Nurses Association. The Washington Fellowships Fund is focused on getting nurses a seat at the highest-policy making tables and maximizing nurses’ participation on Capitol Hill committees.

Dr. Zalon, who has been a member of Scranton’s faculty since 1988, was inducted as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow in 2010 in part for her positive influence on health care policy and delivery. Her leadership legacy includes grassroots advocacy, progressive program design, execution and outcomes in state and national nursing organizations focused on establishing practice and education policy, and building research funding capacity.

Dr. Zalon has authored book chapters, as well as articles published in numerous scholarly journals and other professional publications. She has also made research and health policy presentations at the local, state, national and international levels. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Zalon serves on the American Academy of Nursing’s Acute and Critical Care Expert Panel, and is the president of the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania. She is a past chair of the American Nurses Foundation, a former board member of the American Nurses Association, past vice-president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and a past president of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.

Dr. Zalon is a recipient of the Duke University School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award, the PSNA Distinguished Nurse Award and a Leahy Fellowship at The University of Scranton. She also received the University’s Excellence in Graduate Teaching Faculty Senate Award in 2017.

Dr. Zalon received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her master’s and Ph.D. in nursing from New York University.

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