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Sacred Heart University

About Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University is an accredited, private university with a main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut. It is the second-largest Catholic university in New England and was founded in 1963 with the mission of preparing students to make meaningful contributions to the world. Sacred Heart also offers several of its high-quality and affordable education programs online. The online programs include the same distinguished instructors and detailed curriculum as the on-campus programs, but allow students the flexibility to attend class and complete their coursework at the times that fit their personal and professional schedules.

Online program options include a Master of Social Work with two concentrations, Master of Science in Applied Psychology with three concentrations, and multiple levels of nursing programs, including RN-BSN, RN-BSN-MSN, MSN with four specializations, and DNP programs.

Master of Science in Nursing Specialization Options

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Master of Social Work Specialization Options

  • Direct Clinical Practice
  • Direct Community Practice

Master of Science in Applied Psychology Specialization Options

  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • General Applied Psychology

Student Testimonials

''SHU is a great university; they truly care about their students and want to see you succeed. Online learning is not for those that want the face to face interaction but for the adult learner that is employed to me is the only way to go! Workload can be challenging so setting time for course work and reading is essential to your success!''

- Beverly Capasso, Parkland, FL, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

''I felt regularly supported knowing I was surrounded by members of the family of God. This provided extra encouragement, especially during difficult times, and was demonstrated through the behavior of the online faculty and program peers. SHU's online degree offering enabled me to complete my Master's while traveling globally on business.''

- Shelly A., Pembroke Pines, FL, Master of Science in Applied Psychology

''The online RN-MSN program is very flexible. It allows you to work your schedule around your job and family and study at your own pace. If you are going to study online, it is very important to read all instructions and the syllabus carefully. It might take several readings to fully understand your assignments and the course objectives. To study online, you need to be an independent learner but you should not hesitate to ask questions. It is important you understand instructions clearly.''

- Monika Costa, Newington, CT, RN to Bachelor to Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education Specialization

Sacred Heart Offers:

  • Flexible Learning Options - The online programs at Sacred Heart offer working professionals and adult learners the flexibility to complete their degree at any time that fits in their schedule and from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Personalized Attention - Online classes are kept small, so students still have the chance to interact with their instructors and receive personalized attention.
  • Accredited and Ranked School - The university has been consistently ranked by various organizations including U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • Student Support - All online students are assigned a Student Services Coordinator to guide them through their program, all the way to graduation.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants to Sacred Heart University's graduate online programs must have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Some programs have additional requirements.

Find Your Program:

  1. Health Professions

    • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader
    • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
    • MSN - Nursing Education
    • MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
    • Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • RN to BSN to Master of Science in Nursing
    • RN-BSN - RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • RN-BSN-MSN - Clinical Nursing Leader
    • RN-BSN-MSN - Nursing Education
    • RN-BSN-MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
  2. Psychology

    • MSAP - Community Psychology
    • MSAP - General Track
    • MSAP - Industrial/Organizational Technology
  3. Public Administration

    • Master of Social Work - Clinical Specialization
    • Master of Social Work - Community Specialization

Sacred Heart University Online Locations

Sacred Heart University offers a wide range of programs that can be taken online. The advantages to online learning are that you can work at your own pace and learn from anywhere. For more information about specific programs, please click here.