Graduate Education

Graduate Education

Interested in a DBA? Look no further!

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 manuscripts in highly recognized journals, examining the national challenge as part of their research to develop the DBA program at the University. These journals included the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Horizons, Strategic Finance, and Management Accounting Quarterly.

The University’s DBA program in accounting, launched in the fall of 2017, is a research degree that was developed specifically to provide experienced practitioners with a practical 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.

Read the full story in The Scranton Ledger.

Learn more about the DBA program here.

University Proudly Represented at OT Conference

Two graduate occupational therapy students, Melissa Agostinho and Nicholas Chiara, presented evidence based research at the NYSOTA Conference in Palisades, NY.

The New York State Occupational Therapy Association held its annual conference November 8-10, 2019 at the HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center in Palisades, NY. The conference features many opportunities for members to experience keynote speakers, breakout sessions, forward-thinking discussions about the field and many networking opportunities. We are proud to be represented!


To learn more about our Occupational Therapy program visit our website!

Involved Faculty Help Our Programs Thrive

Mary Jane Hanson, Ph.D., professor of nursing and director of the Department of Nursing’s graduate and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs at The University of Scranton, was re-elected as chair of the board for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for 2020. This will be her second term.

CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs and nurse residency and fellowship programs. The University’s nursing programs hold CCNE accreditation.

Dr. Hanson holds certifications as an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner and maintains a current part-time family nurse practitioner practice. She also maintains numerous professional memberships.

Dr. Hanson has published more than 30 papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals including Nursing Research, Western Journal of Nursing Research, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Education Perspectives, Journal of Health Management and Public Health, The Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American Journal of Critical Care, The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners, American Journal of Nursing, and Nursing Management. Her research interests include cigarette smoking, women’s health, cross-cultural study, adolescents’ risk behaviors and primary health care.

In addition, Dr. Hanson has been very successful at securing grant funding and has successfully authored federal grants for the graduate nursing program totaling more than three million dollars.

Dr. Hanson earned her bachelor’s degree from Cedar Crest College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the faculty at University in 1996.


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

New Success Stories in Progress!

The University of Scranton welcomed the third cohort of students into its doctor of business administration (DBA) program.

Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, associate professor, Accounting Department chair and DBA program director, faculty from the DBA program and DBA students from the first and second cohorts, joined together to welcome the new students into the program at an orientation session on campus.

Housed in the University’s Kania School of Management, the DBA program began in the fall semester of 2017.

The University’s DBA program, with a concentration in accounting, was developed to provide experienced practitioners with a practical pathway to an academic career. The program offers participants flexibility, while still providing for the development of the knowledge and skill set necessary to become a “scholarly academic” – one who is qualified to teach at a school of business that possesses or is seeking formal accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

The incoming DBA students are:

Andrew J. Gregorowicz of Jessup;

Marissa Hoffmann of Smithtown, New York;

Gregory Kogan of Brooklyn, New York;

Laura B. Lamb of Pennellville, New York;

Marie S. Lopes of Pawtucket, Rhode Island;

Stasia H. Morlino of Plymouth Meeting;

Thomas K. Parker of Rock Hill, South Carolina;

Nicole M. Piotrowski of New York, New York;

Elizabeth S. Quaye of Laurelton, New York;

Natalie A. Roberts of Rosedale, New York;

Nadine S. Samuels of West Orange, New Jersey;

Jessie C. Wright of Poland, Ohio.


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

Sustaining our Efforts for Green Practices and Programs


The Princeton Review recognized The University of Scranton, and just 412 other colleges in the world, for expressing “strong commitments to green practices and programs” by inclusion in the 2019 edition of “The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.” Most of the schools selected for the guide, which was published online in October, are in the U.S., with just 16 schools from Canada, one from Egypt and one from Greece also listed. This is the third consecutive year that Scranton has made this list.

The Princeton Review analyzed more than 25 data points to determine the final selection of colleges for the guide based on information from surveys of nearly 700 schools. The criteria broadly covered the schools’ academic offerings and initiatives, campus policies and practices, and green-career preparation for students. The colleges making the list “are standouts for their exemplary commitments to sustainability,” according to Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief.

According to Franek, college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. He cited a solid majority (64%) of the 11,900 teens and parents that The Princeton Review polled for its 2019 College Hopes and Worries Survey as saying that having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would affect their decision to apply to or attend the school

Scranton’s long-established sustainability efforts include academics, facilities and community education and outreach. Scranton has infused issues of sustainability in courses across the curriculum, ranging from theology, to business, to the natural sciences, to education, as well as other disciplines. Scranton uses numerous “green” procedures in building maintenance practices, as well as in building design and construction. Scranton currently has three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings: Leahy Hall, the Loyola Science Center and the DeNaples Center, which became the city’s first LEED certified structure in 2008. The University also conducts multiple community educational programs organized through its Office of Sustainability, which include a community garden, an Earth Day Essay Contest, an Earth Day Fair and an Evening of Environmental Science program for area children and families.

In addition, the Sustainability Office began a Work Study Program that engages work-study students in service-learning opportunities to help them grow in knowledge practical applications of sustainability concepts taught in their classes.

In addition to its “Guide to Green Colleges,” The Princeton Review has listed Scranton in its “Best Colleges” guidebooks for 18 consecutive years, also ranking Scranton in its 2020 edition among the nation’s “Best Science Lab Facilities” (No. 7), “Best Campus Food” (No. 10), and “Best-Run Colleges” (No. 20).

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