Sacred Heart University

About Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University is a private, Roman Catholic university located in Fairfield, Connecticut. The school was founded in 1963 and is committed to providing students with high-quality and affordable education programs - both on campus and through online learning. Its online degree programs provide a flexible learning option for adult learners and are designed to help students gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a leader in the workplace.

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

The online courses include the same rigorous curriculum and are taught by the same renowned faculty as the on-campus courses. Students have the ability to schedule their courses around their current work schedules and access their course materials 24/7. Classes are kept small, so online students still have the chance to interact with their instructors and receive personalized attention. All online students are assigned a Student Services Coordinator to guide them through their program.

'Sacred Heart provided the necessary tools needed to complete my degree program. Since graduation, I have accepted a position as a clinical nurse leader. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of my instructors at Sacred Heart, I feel prepared and confident in my ability to function as a CNL.'

Jennifer S., Master of Science in Nursing

'I won a performance improvement reward for our annual fair at work. People that I worked with found out what my education can achieve.'

Erin J., Master of Science in Nursing

'The curriculum was challenging and relevant. That said, the professors and support staff were readily accessible to provide guidance and direction if needed. In addition, they were extremely passionate about the academic content, and were able to draw on their professional experience to enhance the course work. Even though it was challenging, I was able to maintain a balance between my family, work, and academic life.'

- James G., Master of Science in Nursing

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have a Bachelor's degree or higher

Why Sacred Heart?

Flexible Programs

Flexible degree programs allow working adults to earn their degree around their current life and work commitments. There are six start dates a year for students to apply.

Ranked Institution

Sacred Heart University has been ranked a best college in the North and an institution with the best online programs by U.S. News & World Report. SHU is a three-time College of Distinction and ranked by the Princeton Review in their Best 380 Colleges. All online nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools Colleges (NEASC).

Accomplished Instructors

Courses are taught by distinguished faculty; more than 80% hold the highest degree available in their field.

Catholic Ideals

Sacred Heart is the second-largest Catholic university in New England, and its programs offer an educational experience shaped by strong Judeo-Christian ethical values.

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 or different requirements.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Start dates and tuition often vary between selected programs, and financial aid opportunities are unique to each student's circumstances. to get the most up-to-date and accurate information based on your selected program and circumstances.

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Find Your Program:

  • 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
  • MSAP - Community Psychology
  • MSAP - General Track
  • MSAP - Industrial/Organizational Technology
  • Master of Social Work in Clinical Specialization
  • Master of Social Work in Community Specialization