New Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs Designed to Meet Market Needs

News Story: October 9, 2012

Speech-language pathology, digital marketing and film and television production are among the seven robust new programs Sacred Heart University has added to meet growing market demands and provide students with advanced and enhanced learning opportunities.

“Some universities stick with the same curriculum year after year,” said University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Laura Niesen de Abruna. “But the most energetic universities, like Sacred Heart, are dedicated to continual curricular development. We have an extremely entrepreneurial faculty at Sacred Heart who are willing to go above and beyond to provide our students with the highest-quality and most innovative educational experience possible. Our new programs are tangible proof of that.”

Approved by the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, these new bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs include:

In University College—

  • Bachelor’s in Professional Studies

In the Jack Welch College of Business

  • Master’s in Digital Marketing
  • Master’s in Human Resource Management

In the College of Health Professions

  • Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Graduate certificate in Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice

In the College of Arts and Sciences

  • Master’s in Film and Television Production

Applications are currently being accepted for the Certificate in Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy, the doctorate in Nursing Practice, Digital Marketing, Film and Television Production, Human Resources Management and the Professional Studies program. The Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy students attend part time, while the Nursing Practice and Professional Studies students have the option of attending full or part time. Professional Studies students also have the option of following a Leadership, Geriatric Health and Wellness or an Eco-Awareness and Sustainability track.

Curricula for the other programs, which will start in the fall of 2013 or 2014, are being completed, de Abruna added. However, for several programs that have not yet started, such as Speech-Language Pathology, students can begin taking needed prerequisites now. Those who are interested should contact the specific school for details.

While all the new programs are in line with, and illustrative of, Sacred Heart’s commitment to providing students with programs that are intellectually elite, challenging and geared toward both professional and personal success, de Abruna said she is particularly proud of the addition of the Doctor in Nursing Practice program.

“It’s an innovative program that infuses practice-focused academics with practical clinical research and is as appropriate for experienced nurse practitioners, midwives, nurse executives and educators as it is for talented new graduates who want to receive the highest level of nursing education possible,” de Abruna explained. “Undergraduate nursing students who want to pursue this degree have the added advantage of being able to plan, take summer classes and choose classes early, so that in many cases they can complete the doctorate in a shorter-than-usual amount of time.

“All these new programs are illustrative of why the educational experience at Sacred Heart is so distinctive,” de Abruna added.

For more information about any of these programs, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (203) 365-7619 or gradstudies@sacredheart.edu.