Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

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We'll challenge and inspire you

Master your potential
With an enrollment of over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Sacred Heart University is the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England. We offer more than 80 undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs on our main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, and via satellite campuses in Connecticut, Luxembourg, and Ireland. SHU consists of nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College.

A well-connected employment network
Fairfield County is one of the leading centers of business in the world and home to over 50 Fortune 500 companies. A rich array of internship and employment opportunities exist here in research, finance, technology, banking, manufacturing, health care, education, and other industries. 

Flexible program offerings
Most of our graduate programs offer flexible scheduling, including online and hybrid courses, evening and weekend courses, eight-week modules, intensive sessions, and summer school. Our main Fairfield campus is located 55 miles north of New York City with a satellite campus in Griswold, Connecticut. 

Programs with a global vision
Our faculty of scholars and practitioners know what it takes to succeed in and contribute to the betterment of our world. MBA students can study at our innovative Luxembourg campus—the only academically accredited US MBA program taught in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the dynamic financial center of the European Union. Each year, our Nursing, DPT, and OT faculty lead students on field experience mission trips to places such as Jamaica and Guatemala to assist with medical needs in these rural countries. 

Center for Career and Professional Development
SHU’s Center for Career and Professional Development offers a variety of services to enhance your job prospects. In addition to counseling and guidance, graduate students also have access to a sophisticated online employment database that includes more than 7,000 employers, 10,000+ employer contacts, on-campus job fairs, interview workshops, and networking and alumni functions. Depending on where you are in your career path, the Center also offers internships.

Visit SHU
The Graduate Admissions Office staff welcome your visit to campus throughout the week. We're available to meet with you to discuss your pursuit of graduate study and review the admission process with you. To plan your visit to SHU, call 203-365-7619 or email  

Institute accreditations
Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), Council on the Academic Accreditation in Audio and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), and Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 

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45 Graduate Program Options Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Advertising/Public Relations                
Art and Fine Arts                
Athletic Training                
BSN to MSN Programs                
Business-Management, MS/MA                
Communication Studies                
Community Counseling                
Computer Science                
Computer Security                
Corporate Communication                
Criminal Justice                
Elementary Education                
Evening MBA Programs                
Human Clinical Nutrition                
Human Resource Management                
Journalism & Mass Media                
MBA - Accounting                
MBA - Finance                
MBA - Human Resources                
MBA - Leadership                
MBA - Marketing                
Nursing Informatics              
Occupational Therapy                
Physical Therapy                
Physician Assistant                
Public Admin                
Public Health                
Radio, Television, and Film                
Reading & Literacy                
Reading Specialist                
Secondary Education                
Social Work - MSW              
Speech Pathology                
Teaching English                
Teaching History                
Teaching Math                
Teaching Science                

Located in Fairfield, CT

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Life as an SHU Grad Student

The Office of Graduate Student Affairs supports and encourages life on and off campus for graduate students, and serves as a liaison to make your transition and experience easier, happier and more fulfilling.

Professional development, socialization, advocacy, and assistance, we provide services and support to assure you have the tools to build your confidence, increase your engagement, improve your satisfaction, and enhance your level of success.

We work to coordinate programming among the five graduate colleges, advise the Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC), provide information about student services and community resources, assist in orienting new students each term, and offer general advocacy and support throughout your SHU graduate college career.

Student Body

2,940 students

1,086 full-time

1,854 part-time




Application Fee
*may vary by program
Housing Offered? yes


Admissions Office
P: 203 365-7619
F: 203-365-4732
Admissions Officer