Graduate Education

Graduate Education

We Are Redefining Business Education

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) recognized The University of Scranton’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program for “Innovations and Best Practices in Canada, Latin America and the United States.” Just 43 colleges from the two continents were included in the just-released publication that recognizes the “impactful ways” AACSB member schools are redefining business education.

AACSB recognized Scranton for providing a non-traditional research DBA in accounting that “promotes diversity and practice relevance by providing a flexible path for experienced practitioners to gain the knowledge and credentials required to succeed in tenure-track positions at AACSB-accredited institutions.”

The University developed its DBA program in accounting in response to the pending shortage of accounting faculty and The Pathways Commission on Accounting Higher Education of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) call to develop more flexible, non-traditional tracks to an accounting doctorate for experienced practitioners. AACSB also has recognized this need.

Several Scranton accounting faculty members researched and published several manuscripts in top-tier journals examining the national challenge as part of their research to develop the DBA program at the University.

The University’s DBA program in accounting, launched in the fall of 2017, was developed specifically to provide experienced practitioners with a practical, flexible pathway to an academic career, while still providing for the development of the knowledge and skill set necessary to become a “scholarly academic,” that is one who is most qualified to serve in a tenure-track position at a school of business that possesses or is seeking formal accreditation by AACSB International.

Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, associate professor, accounting department chair, and DBA program director at Scranton said the innovative doctorate program provides a flexible structure and practice relevance, in addition to training for teaching excellence.

“First, the program has a single concentration in accounting. This innovation enables the program participants to engage earlier and more deeply in research in the accounting discipline, thus better preparing them to publish in quality journals,” said Dr. Boyle. “Second, the program follows a cohort model and is delivered in a flexible manner through monthly on campus residencies, allowing participants to retain their professional positions and practice relevance. Third, the program includes faculty from Scranton and nationally recognized scholars from other AACSB institutions, serving as program advisors in the dissertation process. In addition to extensive coursework in business literature, theory and methods, the program also includes courses in the academic governance, teaching excellence, Jesuit pedagogy and applied research to address practice relevance.”

According to Dr. Boyle the DBA’s first three cohorts of 35 doctoral candidates represent a very diverse group of professionals with extensive practice experience. The majority of the candidates are female and over 20 percent represent individuals of color.

“This diversity far exceeds that of population of tenured faculty and senior accounting leaders in practice,” said Dr. Boyle. He also said the initial scholarly outcomes for the DBA students have included numerous conference presentations, proceeding and peer-reviewed publications, with several candidates already having published manuscripts in the top five practice journals.


Learn more about the DBA program at The University of Scranton.

What Can You Expect From a Scranton MAcc Education?

The Kania School of Management has established the following Learning Goals for the Accountancy Program:

Students will gain extensive knowledge in the field of accounting and understand the manner in which accounting information is generated and disseminated.

  • Students will research advanced current topics in accounting and demonstrate an understanding of both theoretical and practical applications of their findings.
  • Students will understand the processes of the governing bodies charged with the creation and oversight of the various accounting and auditing standards/practices.
  • Students will understand how accounting information is generated and how it is used by key stakeholders.

Students will be capable of applying an advanced level of accounting knowledge as a means of solving business problems.

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of advanced accounting concepts and the ways in which such concepts can be applied to current reporting requirements.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use accounting information in solving current real world problems commonly faced by key stakeholders like managers and current and prospective investors/creditors.

Students will be capable of critically analyzing accounting information and utilizing their knowledge of the field to disseminate value-added insights throughout the firm.

  • Students will analyze business situations and provide value-added insights and recommendations to contribute to the decision making process.
  • Using appropriate accounting methods, students will critique the firm’s performance and provide a foundation for performance improvement.

Students will be able to effectively identify and evaluate the kinds of ethical challenges often faced by accounting professionals and express their ability to appropriately respond in a manner that is consistent with the profession’s high ethical expectations.

  • Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of ethical theory, principles, and rules via direct application to practical ethical dilemmas.
  • Students gain an understanding of the high ethical expectations of the profession and how to become more aware of their own behaviors and life choices as a means of fulfilling such expectations.

Students will understand the global environment of the accounting profession and the critical leadership role they must be able to fill within the broader business environment.

  • Through analyses of specific management scenarios, students will analyze the critical role accounting professionals play in the global business environment.
  • Students will apply accounting techniques to add value and insights and thus enable the firm to capitalize on emerging business opportunities.

Students will demonstrate the kinds of advanced communication skills that are consistent with the profession’s high demands and expectations.

  • Students will understand the importance of providing effective communication to key stakeholders within and outside of the firm.
  • By way of a series of writing assignments targeted toward satisfying the expectations of key stakeholders, students will demonstrate a mastery of writing skills.

Learn more about the MAcc program here.
Watch our MBA/MAcc program video here.

Occupational Therapy in Practice

What sets our graduate degree in Occupational Therapy apart? Our state-of-the-art Leahy Community Health and Family Center allows students to get hands-on, irreplaceable experience in the field.

The Leahy Community Health and Family Center (LCHFC), located in McGurrin Hall, was completed in the spring of 2003 and was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The spring 2003 dedication ceremony put forth the promise of innovative opportunities for faculty, students, and community to work together to fill gaps in health, wellness, and educational services to marginalized and underserved populations. Since this time, the LCHFC has actively sought to uncover gaps in services and work with community agencies and individuals to develop meaningful and sustainable responses to these needs.

The center is located on The University of Scranton campus, just two blocks from the main campus hub.

Mission:
Integral to the Panuska College of Professional Studies’ mission is the belief that all disciplines should be taught and understood through a balance of theory and practice in the context of a Jesuit tradition and spirit. The Leahy Community Health and Family Center is designed with this focus in mind. The Center is dedicated to the dual purpose of identifying and meeting the health and wellness needs of underserved individuals in the greater Scranton community while providing a place where faculty guide students in a practical educational experience.

Vision:
The Leahy Community Health and Family Center envisions a community where all individuals have access to those services that help them achieve, improve, or maintain a quality of life that is consistent with optimal health and wellness. It is intended that the collaborative partnership between the community and the Leahy Community Health and Family Center will provide the resources necessary to support high quality service provision and applied learning.


Purpose:

The Leahy Community Health and Family Center will strive to fulfill its Mission and Vision Statements while using the following Value Statements as a guide:

  • We value the Jesuit philosophy that understanding the importance of educating men and women for others within a context that addresses the whole person (cura personalis).
  • We value the significance of striking a balance between theory and practice, knowledge and application, learning and service.
  • We value the creation of sustainable service and learning experiences that are embedded in the curriculum and that meet the needs of the students and community.
  • We value the cultivation of community partnerships that help identify health and wellness needs, develop bridges for collaboration and access, and provide reciprocal learning experiences.

Click here to learn about the Leahy Center – and more about how these hands on experiences makes our OT program great!
Check out this page to learn more about the design of Leahy Hall!

10 Dimensions of Fitness for the Profession for Counselors-in-Training

The Fitness for the Profession Document helps in the evaluation of an individual’s beliefs, attitudes, and behavior in many areas of one’s life, such as academic, clinical, professional, and personal. The CHS Department hopes that this document will help in the self-assessment, self-correction, and self direction of each student on the path to becoming a professional counselor. The list below are the 10 dimensions of the document that are important in the training of a counselor and in the practice of a professional counselor.

1. Commitment to Wellness
-The lifelong commitment to becoming the best one can be spiritually, mentally, physically, socially, and vocationally.

2. Commitment to Learning
-The ability to self-assess, correct, and direct; continually seek knowledge and understanding; demonstrate academic and life management skills.

3. Core Academic and Clinical Competences
-Holds knowledge in the core areas of certification.

4. Professional Identity
-The commitment to ongoing development as a professional with the ability to put theory-into-practice.

5. Personal Maturity
– Ability to live and function at appropriate level of emotional, psychological, and relational wellbeing; freedom from limitations to one’s professional performance.

6. Responsibility
– Ability to fulfill professional commitments, be accountable for actions and outcomes; demonstrate effective work habits and attitudes.

7. Interpersonal Skills
-Ability to interact with clients, families, other professionals, and the community effectively.

8. Communication Skills
– Ability to communicate effectively (speaking, body language, reading, writing, listening) for varied situations; sensitive to diversity.

9. Problem-Solving
-The ability to seek out resources for help, support, and insight.

10. Stress Management
-The ability to recognize sources of stress and how they affect an individual; ability to develop effective coping techniques; seeks appropriate support when needed.

Learn more about the Counseling programs here.

You got a Degree in Health Administration – Now What?

Recent transformations within the health care industry have given healthcare executives the opportunity to consider more diverse career options. An increase in the shift from medical procedures being done in a hospital setting to them being performed in private practices has created the need for health services administrators to manage these practices as successful businesses.

What is Health Services Administration?

Healthcare administration careers integrate business, policy and science to manage the fiscal and human resources that are necessary to deliver valuable health services.

These services may include:
1.    Managing a clinic’s database
2.    Directing hospital services
3.    Creating budgets for the health department
4.    Designing policies for health insurance companies

If you choose this profession, you could work in resource development, administration or in public or private sectors. Although health services administrators frequently find employment in hospitals and medical centers, there are opportunities in nursing homes, retirement communities, and physician practices.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) lists other facilities where healthcare executives can find employment opportunities, some of which include:

  • Home health agencies
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Healthcare associations
  • Consulting firms
  • Integrated Delivery Systems (IDS)
  • Managed care organizations:
    • Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO)
    • Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO)
  • Research institutions and universities
  • The Public Health Department

Entry and Mid-Level Management Positions:

If you decide on a career in healthcare management, you may begin your career in an entry- or mid-level management position.

This position may concentrate on a specific area, such as:

  • Government relations
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Nursing administration
  • Medical staff relations
  • Patient care services

According to a healthcare study, these professionals spend a great deal of time, and place a high value on, problem solving, communicating, collaborations with other disciplines, making decisions, containing costs, and developing their staff’s skills.

Career Options for Health Service Administration Graduates:

1.    The “Traditional” Administrator

Individuals who begin their health administration career with an associate’s degree frequently find employment as traditional administrators. These administrators order supplies and organize schedules. They also navigate medical software to bill patients, access patient records, and perform other management functions.

2.    Assistant Manager/Administrator

An experienced administrator may be given the responsibility of overseeing a facility’s employees, finances, and procedures. This allows health administrators to obtain higher paying positions.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Balancing each department’s budget
  • Managing group practices with numerous locations
  • Reviewing projects

It is also possible to find an assistant manager position with a nonprofit group, a local health agency, as well as with a state or national health agency.

3.    Clinical Research Manager

Reinforcement from scientific advancements has helped the field of clinical research continue to grow. The complexity of clinical research requires coordination of researchers, study participants, physicians and pharmaceutical executives.

Federal oversight measures must also be addressed. Individuals who choose to pursue a degree in health service administration and become clinical research managers must also be proficient with financial management and budget planning.

4.    Social Media Directors, Health Facility Marketing Managers or PR Specialists

Social media campaigns and public relations are a fundamental aspect of the healthcare business. To become a social media director, PR specialist, or health facility marketing manager, health administration students need to study health marketing or health communications.

5.    Nursing Home Administration

To become an administrator in a nursing home, you should consider taking courses in gerontology. Courses such as this can help prepare you for the administration aspect of your career, as well as offer you insight into the special needs of the patients you are helping.

6.    Clinical Leader/Manager

A professional that has knowledge relating to a specific clinical area is referred to as a clinical leader or clinical manager. Specific clinical areas include neonatal care and radiology. Once a clinician earns their health administration leadership degree, they may be hired as a clinical leader in their department.

7.    Health Information Managers

Health information managers are responsible for maintaining and securing patients’ electronic medical records. These managers may also supervise a team of medical coding employees or work with IT professionals to make sure that all the records are legally compliant, accurate, and easily accessible.

The field of healthcare management requires talented individuals who can assist in introducing and managing the many changes that are taking place within the healthcare industry. As a healthcare executive, you can make a substantial contribution to improve the health of the residents in the communities you serve.

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Learn more about Health Administration at The University of Scranton.

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