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Sacred Heart University offers a Guaranteed Payment Plan option that allows you to defer your tuition to be paid later in the semester. To qualify, you must sign a document and provide proof that you will receive tuition reimbursement.

You may be able to pursue hybrid degree options. Please contact the SHU Online Admissions Office for more details at 877-791-7181.

Tuition does not include the cost of books needed. You will be provided a book list for every course so that you can rent, buy or borrow required textbooks.

The CMHC faculty are all full-time.

Faculty in the DNP program are full-time.

The same faculty members who teach on-campus at Sacred Heart University also teach our online nursing courses.

All faculty for the MSN-FNP program are full-time.

Faculty who teach the program are full-time.

All faculty in the Master of Arts in SCPR are full-time.

All MSW faculty are full-time.

All faculty in the RN to BSN program are full-time.

  • There is a $115 semester fee for every 16-week semester.
  • Library Fee: $40 per 16-week semester
  • Clinical Oversight Fee: $400 for NU 810, NU 820
  • Continuous Enrollment Fee: $1,000 for NU 900
  • Textbooks, supplies, personal expenses or loan fees
  • Registration fee: $115 per semester
  • Library fee: $40 per semester
  • Application fee: $75
  • Textbooks, supplies, personal expenses and other fees
  • Application Fee: $75
  • Registration Fee: $115 (Charged once per 16-week semester)
  • Library Fee: $40 (Charged once per 16-week semester)
  • Assessment Fee: $30 per semester (one-time for students starting Spring 2020 or later)
  • Textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, or loan fees
  • Registration Fee: $115 per semester
  • Library Fee: $40 per semester
  • Clinical Oversight Fee: $1,500 for NU 561, 621, 631 students
  • Laboratory Fee: $1,300 for NU 552, 631 students
  • Textbooks, supplies, personal expenses or loan fees
  • Registration Fee: $115 per 16-week semester
  • Library Fee: $40 per 16-week semester
  • Clinical Oversight Fee: $200 for NU 619, 672, 673, 680, 681, 690, 691
  • Learning Technology Fee: $200 for NU 554, 611, 612
  • Application Fee: $75
  • Textbooks, supplies, personal expenses and other fees
  • Application Fee: $75
  • Registration Fee: $115 per semester
  • Library Fee: $40 per semester
  • Assessment Fee: $200, one-time fee
  • Placement Fee: $350 for SW 578, SW 580, SW 678, SW 680 students
  • Application Fee: $75
  • Registration Fee: $115 per semester
  • Library Fee: $40 per semester of graduate coursework
  • Clinical Oversight Fee: $200 for NU 376, 386/387, 619, 672, 673, 680, 681, 690, 691 students
  • Learning Technology Fee: $200 for NU 325, 554, 611, 612 students
  • Textbooks, supplies, personal expenses and other fees you may incur
  • Application Fee: $75
  • Registration Fee: $115 (Charged once per 16-week semester)
  • Clinical Oversight Fee: $200 (Only charged for clinical courses: NU 376 and 387)
  • Learning Technology Fee: $200 (Only charged for NU 325)
  • Textbooks, supplies, personal expenses or loan fees

Yes, Sacred Heart is a Yellow Ribbon school. You can read more about the Yellow Ribbon Program here.

So long as you have an internet connection and can commit to the time it takes to complete coursework, you can continue in the program. Some courses have fieldwork experiences that need to be completed. If you think you may be deployed at the time you’ll need to complete those, speak with a program manager directly at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu to answer your questions.

Currently, Sacred Heart University does not extend discounts for paying for an entire year.

Yes, financial aid may be used for textbooks and cost-of-living expenses. All information regarding financial assistance can be found here.

Yes! You’re welcome to visit anytime. Get local information and schedule your campus visit here. You can also view our interactive campus map now.

Online programs at Sacred Heart University are explicitly designed for busy working professionals in mind, including those with personal and professional responsibilities. The asynchronous format lends itself well to the flexibility you need to succeed in the program you select.

Not at all! Sacred Heart University welcomes people from all faiths and cultures. Read more about how our religious affiliation shapes our culture here.

No, our courses are asynchronous, meaning that while there are still assignment deadlines, you can log into our platform and complete your coursework when you please.

Yes, you’ll earn your degree with one of the following specializations:

Yes, the curriculum for the online MSW includes a specialization. Choose from:

The BSN program does not offer a specialization. Within the MSN, you’ll choose from three specializations:

While you may not have all documents handy when you start your application, all aspects of your application (GPA/transcripts, letters of recommendation, goal statements, etc.) must be complete when you submit your application to the program. Incomplete files will not be considered.

Military benefits apply only to students who are U.S. military service members and veterans.

Each program accepts transfer credits and has different rules about how many transfer credits can be accepted.

Sacred Heart offers a variety of payment plan options based on the type of program you’re pursuing. Find your options here.

Files not completed by the application deadline may be completed for the next class start date.

Applications not completed by the deadline may be applied to the next class start date.

Files not completed by the application deadline may be completed for the next class start date.

Files not completed by the application deadline may be completed for the next class start date.

As courses start every eight weeks, application files that are received after the deadline will apply to the next start date.

Files not completed by the application deadline may be applied to the next start date.

Given that courses start every 8 weeks, and that there are six start dates to the program, files not completed by the application deadline may be completed for the next class start date.

Given that courses start every 8 weeks, and that there are six start states to the program, files not completed by the application deadline may be completed for the next class start date.

We occasionally offer an application fee waiver for the program. Please reach out to the SHU Online Admissions Office for further details at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

There may be a special occasion where a fee waiver is expended, however, this is not typical.

There is not an application fee waiver for this program.

Application-fee waivers are offered at various times each year and will be listed here if they are available.

An application fee waiver is sometimes extended throughout the year. Please reach out to the SHU Online Admissions Office for further details at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

Occasionally fee waivers are extended. Notice regarding fee waivers are announced here.

We do occasionally offer an application fee waiver. Please reach out to the SHU Online Admissions Office for further details at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

Application fee waivers are offered occasionally throughout the year. Please reach out to the SHU Online Admissions Office for further details at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

For more information about hybrid degree programs, please click here.

Yes, Sacred Heart offers a range of online undergraduate, graduate and graduate degrees in communication, counseling, nursing and social work. You can see the options here.

Provisional acceptance is not extended. We typically have an admissions answer to our programs within one month.

Yes, before our online students begin their intended program, Sacred Heart will have a Blackboard orientation as part of the transition to their online environment.

Work experience, while valuable, does not apply toward credit hours in our programs.

Sacred Heart University does not provide sponsorship for any of our online programs.

Nurses can transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited university. You will need to submit syllabi for any coursework to be considered for transfer.

The DNP program does not follow a cohort model.

The online program is designed for full-time nurses and is only offered part-time with one class (occasionally two courses) per 16-week semester. This schedule allows you to achieve a more realistic balance between work, school and personal commitments and gives you ample opportunity to absorb the information in your coursework.

The online program is offered part-time with one class (occasionally two courses) per 16-week semester.

You should expect a one-day orientation on campus the week prior to your class start and another campus visit at the end of the program to present your DNP project. So, you are coming to campus two times for the DNP program.
Details will be available prior to your residency but plan to be on campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, for one full day.

We currently do not have any scheduled virtual open houses for our online programs.

Currently, Sacred Heart University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

The DNP program focuses on executive leadership. There is no specialization to select.

The DNP program does not require GMAT or GRE scores for admission.

Some work experience is required, but there is not a set requirement.

If you have completed courses that are relevant to this program, you could be eligible to transfer those credits. Transfer credits are subject to credit eligibility and approval by the program director.

The MA in CMHC follows a cohort model, so you’ll take courses in a specific order and work with the same peers throughout the program.

The online MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers a full-time option with at least two classes every eight weeks.

The online MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed for full-time working professionals and offers a part-time option with one class every eight weeks. This schedule allows you to achieve a more realistic balance between work, school, and life and gives you ample opportunity to absorb the information in your coursework.

The master’s in CMHC has two, one-week residencies. You can learn more about these components on our courses page.

We currently do not have any virtual open houses scheduled for our online programs. For more information about Virtual Open Houses, please submit your information here. To view a recording of a previous Virtual Open House, please click here.

Currently, Sacred Heart University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

We do have partnerships with specific schools, employers, organizations, etc. that offer a 10% discount on tuition. Please reach out to SHU Online Admissions. You may also seek out other scholarship opportunities. For more information, click here.

There are no specializations offered in the MA in CMHC program.

The MA in CMHC program does not require GMAT or GRE scores.

The MA in CMHC does not require work experience.

It may be possible to transfer up to nine credits of coursework that are relevant to this program.

The MA in SCPR does not follow a cohort model.

The online MA in Strategic Communication and Public Relations is designed for full-time working professionals and is only offered part-time with one class every eight weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you ample opportunity to absorb coursework. If you’re successful in your first semester, you may be allowed to take two courses at a time.

The program is designed for full-time working professionals and is only offered part-time with one class every eight weeks.

There is no residency for the MA in Strategic Communication and Public Relations.

We currently do not have any virtual open houses scheduled for our online programs. To learn more about future Virtual Open House events, please request information. To view a recording of a recent Virtual Open House, click here.

Currently, Sacred Heart University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

We do have partnerships with specific schools, employers, organizations, etc. that offer a 10% discount on tuition. Please reach out to the SHU Online Admissions Office for further details at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

There are no specializations for this program.

The program does not require GMAT or GRE scores.

You do not need work experience to apply to the program.

Nurses can transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited university, with similar graduate coursework taken within the last five years.

The MSN program does not follow a cohort model.

The online MSN program is designed for full-time working nurses and is only offered part-time with one class every eight weeks. This schedule allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you ample opportunity to absorb the information in your coursework.

The online MSN is a part-time program designed for nurses to take one course at a time every eight weeks.

The online MSN program is offered 100% online. There are no campus residencies.

We currently do not have any scheduled virtual open houses for our online programs.

Currently, Sacred Heart University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

We do have current partnerships with specific schools, employers, organizations, etc. that offer a 10% discount on tuition. Please reach out to the SHU Online Admissions Office for further details at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

The online MSN at Sacred Heart offers three specializations:

The MSN does not require an entrance exam to be admitted to the program.

Sacred Heart University does not have a work experience requirement, other than applicants must hold a current, unencumbered RN license.

Nurses can transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited university. You will need to submit syllabi for any coursework to be considered for transfer.

The MNS-FNP does now follow a cohort model.

The online program is designed for full-time working nurses and is only offered part-time with one class (occasionally two classes) per 16-week semester. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you ample opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework.

The online program is offered part-time with one class (occasionally two classes) per 16-week semester.

There are three on-campus residencies in Fairfield, Connecticut, for the MSN–FNP program. You should expect a two-day orientation on campus the week prior to your class start, as well as one-day clinical competencies on campus at the middle and end of the program.

We currently do not have any scheduled virtual open houses for our online programs.

Currently, Sacred Heart University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

While the MSN–FNP program doesn’t offer specializations, it has a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner focus with 10 total courses.

The MSN–FNP does not require an entrance exam for admission.

We require one year of work experience in the U.S. as a registered nurse.

Students can transfer up to six credits from an accredited university that is also CSWE-accredited.

The MSW does not follow a cohort model.

The online MSW program is designed for full-time professionals and, as such, is only offered part-time with one class every 14 weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school, and personal commitments and gives you ample opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework.

The online MSW program is designed for full-time working professionals and is only offered part-time with one class every 14 weeks.

The MSW is 100% online and does not require a residency.

We currently do not have any virtual open houses scheduled for our online programs.

Currently, Sacred Heart University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

For assistance, please reach out to the SHU Online Admissions Office for further details at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

You can select from two specializations:

The MSW program does not require entrance exams.

Work experience is not a requirement for the MSW program.

You may transfer up to 90 credits, meaning you only need 30 credits to complete the BSN degree.

This program does not follow a cohort model.

The online RN to BSN program is designed for full-time working nurses and is only offered part-time with one class every eight weeks. This schedule allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you ample opportunity to absorb information in your coursework. If you’re successful in the first two courses of your first semester, you may be allowed to take two courses at a time.

The online RN to BSN program is designed for full-time working nurses and is offered part-time with one class every eight weeks.

There is no residency requirement for the RN to BSN program.

We currently do not have any virtual open houses scheduled for our online programs.

Currently, Sacred Heart University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

We do have current partnerships with specific schools, employers, organizations, etc. that allow a 10% discount on tuition. Please reach out to the SHU Online Admissions Office for further details at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

The BSN program does not offer a specialization. However, if you would like to save time and money in earning your MSN, consider the RN-to BSN-to MSN program and choose from three specializations:

This program doesn’t require a GMAT or GRE score.

There is no requirement for work experience for our RN-BSN program.

You may transfer up to 90 credits to the program, meaning you would need 54–57 credits Sacred Heart University (depending on the specialization you choose) to complete the BSN and MSN.

The RN to MSN program does not follow a cohort model.

The online program is designed for full-time working nurses and is only offered part-time with one class every eight weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives ample opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework.

The online RN to BSN to MSN is a part-time program designed for nurses to take one course every eight weeks.

There are no residencies for the RN to BSN to MSN program.

We currently do not have any scheduled virtual open houses for our online programs. Please contact us at the SHU Online Admissions Office regarding future open houses: 877-791-7181.

Currently, Sacred Heart University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

The BSN program does not offer a specialization. Within the MSN, you’ll choose from three specializations:

The RN to BSN to MSN program does not require the GMAT or GRE, but each student must pass the NCLEX prior to starting the nursing courses.

There is no requirement for work experience for our RN–BSN program.

Sacred Heart University has a Center for Career & Professional Development to assist you with career-related activities. They maintain a job bank and job-search-management website called Handshake that’s exclusively for Sacred Heart University students and alumni. They also offer one-on-one professional development coaching. You can find a complete overview of their many services here.

Many students apply for student loans. All inquiries regarding student loans start with the FAFSA here to determine financial aid eligibility. Sacred Heart University’s FAFSA code is 001403. You may also use the Sacred Heart University payment plan. Finally, you may seek alternative options such as a private loan or Sallie Mae loans.

All inquiries regarding student loans start with the FAFSA® Form here. Sacred Heart University’s FAFSA ® code is 001403.

You can start the FAFSA® form here. Sacred Heart University’s FAFSA® code is 001403.

You can earn a DNP degree in three years.

The online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program can be completed in two years.

It takes two years to complete the MA in Strategic Communication and Public Relations program.

The Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program can be completed in two years and six months.

You can earn a Master of Science in Nursing with Sacred Heart University within two years.

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work with a 3.0 GPA within the past six years, you’re eligible for our Advanced Standing program and can graduate within 20 months. If your undergraduate degree is focused in a field other than social work, you can complete the online MSW at Sacred Heart within 3.5 years.

You’re saving time and money by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing through a single program, which you could complete in 3.5 years.

You can complete the online BSN in 18 months.

We think the Dean of the College of Nursing, Mary Alice Donius, said it best when she talked about why she wanted to join SHU. “I felt [the program] was very congruent to what I believe nursing education and practice is all about. SHU prepares students to successfully enter an increasingly competitive workforce but also compels them to grow intellectually, morally and spiritually. The focus is on educating the entire person while emphasizing social justice and community service. For the University, it’s not just about developing future employees, but rather citizens prepared to lead satisfying and meaningful lives in a global community. This is a mission that’s founded in the Catholic intellectual traditions, and one that I’m proud to serve.”

Sacred Heart University, contemporary in spirit and thinking, is rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions. Our mission is to educate the whole person while preparing students to lead and serve in the world today.

Our mission, fueled by the Catholic intellectual tradition of a rigorous and interdisciplinary search for truth and wisdom provides the core of the CMHC program, where you will seek truth and justice for your clients while you help them to live their best lives.

Sacred Heart University, contemporary in spirit and thinking, is rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions. Our mission is to educate the whole person while preparing students to lead and serve in the world today.

The Catholic intellectual tradition, a rigorous and interdisciplinary search for truth and wisdom, forms the cornerstone of all University life and welcomes people from all faiths and cultures.

This mission is interwoven into the coursework of the SCPR program.

We think the Dean of the College of Nursing, Mary Alice Donius, said it best when she talked about why she wanted to join SHU. “I felt [the program] was very congruent to what I believe nursing education and practice is all about. SHU prepares students to successfully enter an increasingly competitive workforce, but also compels them to grow intellectually, morally and spiritually. The focus is on educating the entire person while emphasizing social justice and community service. For the University, it’s not just about developing future employees, but rather citizens prepared to lead satisfying and meaningful lives in a global community. This is a mission that’s founded in the Catholic intellectual traditions, and one that I’m proud to serve.”

We think the Dean of the College of Nursing, Mary Alice Donius, said it best when she talked about why she wanted to join SHU. “I felt [the program] was very congruent to what I believe nursing education and practice is all about. SHU prepares students to successfully enter an increasingly competitive workforce, but also compels them to grow intellectually, morally and spiritually. The focus is on educating the entire person while emphasizing social justice and community service. For the University, it’s not just about developing future employees, but rather citizens prepared to lead satisfying and meaningful lives in a global community. This is a mission that’s founded in the Catholic intellectual traditions, and one that I’m proud to serve.”

Sacred Heart University’s Catholic intellectual traditions guide the School of Social Work through the ethical principles of service, respect for human dignity, social and economic justice, and the needs of vulnerable and diverse populations. These principles guide the School of Social Work’s anti-racist mission, work with students, and service to the community.

We think the Dean of the College of Nursing, Mary Alice Donius, said it best when she talked about why she wanted to join SHU. “I felt [the program] was very congruent to what I believe nursing education and practice is all about. SHU prepares students to successfully enter an increasingly competitive workforce, but also compels them to grow intellectually, morally and spiritually. The focus is on educating the entire person while emphasizing social justice and community service. For the University, it’s not just about developing future employees, but rather citizens prepared to lead satisfying and meaningful lives in a global community. This is a mission that’s founded in the Catholic intellectual traditions, and one that I’m proud to serve.”

We think the Dean of the College of Nursing, Mary Alice Donius, said it best when she talked about why she wanted to join SHU. “I felt [the program] was very congruent to what I believe nursing education and practice is all about. SHU prepares students to successfully enter an increasingly competitive workforce, but also compels them to grow intellectually, morally and spiritually. The focus is on educating the entire person while emphasizing social justice and community service. For the University, it’s not just about developing future employees, but rather citizens prepared to lead satisfying and meaningful lives in a global community. This is a mission that’s founded in the Catholic intellectual traditions, and one that I’m proud to serve.”

Sacred Heart University online courses range from 8–16 weeks.

You may take as many as six years to complete the program.

You may take up to six years to complete the program.

You may take up to six years to complete the program.

You may take up to six years to complete the program.

You can take as long as six years to complete the program.

You may take up to six years to complete the program.

You can take as long as six years to complete the program.

You have up to five years to complete the program.

Obtaining transcripts, securing letters of recommendation, writing personal statements and the like have variable lengths of time associated with them, which is why you should start them as soon as you can. Once your application file is complete, it typically takes 2–4 weeks to review and provide an answer as to whether you’ve been accepted to the program.

We launched the online DNP program in 2016.

The master’s in CMHC has been online since August 2020.

The program was launched online in January 2020.

Sacred Heart University has offered the online MSN program since 2010.

We launched the online MSN–FNP program in 2017.

The MSW program has been online since 2016.

We’ve offered the RN to BSN program online since 2010.

We’re proud to say this program has been offered online for 10 years.

Once your application file is complete with all necessary information, it typically takes 2–4 weeks to review and provide an answer as to whether or not you’ve been accepted to the program.

The DNP program requires 1,000 clinical hours minus any credit given for your MSN clinical hours. You can receive credit for up to 470 prior graduate clinical hours.

The FNP program requires 550 clinical hours spread over three semesters.

  • The Nursing Education specialization requires 180 clinical hours
  • The Nursing Management and Executive Leadership specialization requires 120 clinical hours
  • The Clinical Nurse Leader specialization requires 348 clinical hours

There are 1,100 field hours required for four courses, and hours can be completed in your community. All clinical hours start the last semester of the first year of the program.

For the Bachelor of Science in Nursing portion of the program, you’ll complete 72 clinical hours. The number of clinical hours you need to complete for the Master of Science in Nursing depends on the specialization you select. They are as follows:

  • The Nursing Education specialization requires 180 clinical hours
  • The Nursing Management and Executive Leadership specialization requires 120 clinical hours
  • The Clinical Nurse Leader specialization requires 348 clinical hours

There are a total of 72 clinical hours that must be completed during the RN to BSN program.

There are a total of 17 courses required for the online DNP program:

  • 8 core courses
  • 8 project courses
  • 1 elective course

There are 20 courses in the MA in CMHC program.

The MA in SCPR consists of 12 courses (36 credits).

The MSN–FNP program consists of 10 courses.

There are either 12 or 13 courses to complete the MSN, depending on the specialization you choose.

The MSW’s 60 credits consist of:

  • 10 core courses
  • 2 elective courses
  • 8 courses in your chosen specialization

If you qualify for the Advanced Standing option you’ll start at the specialization level and complete eight courses totaling 30 credits.

You’ll need to complete 8 courses to earn the RN to BSN degree.

There are 39 credit hours to complete the degree.

There are 60 credits in the MA in CMHC program.

The MA in SCPR program requires 36 credits.

The MSN–FNP program requires 42 credit hours.

You’ll complete 36–39 credits to earn your MSN, depending on the specialization you select.

The MSW consists of 60 credits, unless you qualify for the Advanced Standing option, in which case, you complete 30 credits.

You’ll complete 54–147 credits at Sacred Heart University to earn the RN to BSN to MSN degree. The total credits you complete at Sacred Heart University are dependent upon the number of transfer credits you have (up to 90) and which MSN specialization you select.

There are a total of 120 credits needed for the RN to BSN program, and you may transfer in up to 90 credits.

You may transfer up to 90 credits, meaning you would need 54–57 credits from Sacred Heart University (depending on the specialization you choose) to complete the BSN and MSN.

Nurses can transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited university. You will need to submit syllabi for any coursework to be considered for transfer.

Allowable transfer credits can vary. Please contact us at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu so we can better assist you.

It may be possible to transfer up to 9 credits of relevant coursework.

Nurses can transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited university. You will need to submit syllabi for any coursework to be considered for transfer.

Nurses can transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited university, with similar graduate coursework taken within the last five years.

Students can transfer up to six credits from a regionally accredited university that is also CSWE-accredited.

You may transfer up to 90 credits, meaning you only need 30 credits to complete the BSN degree.

  • 100 practicum hours over one academic term
  • 600 to 1000 hours of internship hours over two or three academic terms, depending on the requirements of the state where you intend to seek licensure.

Learn more about clinical hours on our courses page.

There are more than 9,100 students in our undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs. Get more facts about Sacred Heart here.

The expected hours will vary per program with Sacred Heart University. In undergraduate courses, you can expect to work at least 8–10 hours per week, per class. For a graduate-level program, you may have 12–15 hours per week of classwork, per course. Contact us to learn more at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

If you’re pursuing an undergraduate degree, transfer credits will be considered regardless of when you earned them. For graduate degrees, credits for consideration need to have been earned within 6 years of your enrollment date.

Once your application file is complete, it typically takes 2–4 weeks to review and provide an answer as to whether you’ve been accepted to the program.

It’s best to talk to your program manager directly about this, as what you can do depends upon why you were not accepted into the program. Generally speaking, if your GPA wasn’t high enough, you can take community college courses to improve it. You may also simply need more work experience.

Sacred Heart University offers a Guaranteed Payment Plan option that allows you to defer your tuition to be paid later in the semester. To qualify, you must sign a document and provide proof that you will receive tuition reimbursement. You could also use student loans to cover the upfront expenses, then pay yourself back with your employer’s reimbursement.

No, the diploma is the same for Sacred Heart University graduates, whether the program was completed online or on campus.

Sacred Heart University’s online MSN DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. It demonstrates to potential students and future employers that their school meets specific high standards, and adequately prepares nurses for practice at a particular degree level.

For nurses who are evaluating prospective programs, the accredited status tells them that the education they receive will provide them with the knowledge to practice at the next level in their nursing career. It’s also significant for students who may want to continue on to further education, as most master’s programs will not accept candidates whose BSN has not been conferred from an accredited university or program.

The DNP is provided exclusively online.

Developed with CACREP standards as a foundation, the online master’s in clinical mental health counseling offers a curriculum that meets the demands for licensure in all states except New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. We do not accept applicants that reside in the states listed or intend to seek licensure in those states.

The MA in CMHC is only offered online but requires two, one-week residencies.

While there is no hybrid option, the program can be taken either online or on campus.

Sacred Heart University’s online MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. It demonstrates to potential students and future employers that their school meets specific high standards and adequately prepares nurses for practice at a particular degree level.

For nurses who are evaluating prospective programs, the accredited status tells them that the education they receive will provide them with the knowledge to practice at the next level in their nursing career. It’s also significant for students who may want to continue to further education, as most master’s degree programs will not accept candidates whose BSN has not been conferred from an accredited university or program.

The Master of Science in Nursing is only offered 100% online.

Sacred Heart University’s online MSN–FNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. It demonstrates to potential students and future employers that their school meets specific high standards and adequately prepares nurses for practice at a particular degree level.

For nurses who are evaluating prospective programs, the accredited status tells them that the education they receive will provide them with the knowledge to practice at the next level in their nursing career.

The MSN-FNP is an online program with residency and field-experience components.

Sacred Heart University’s online MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories.

Our accredited status lets you know the education you receive at Sacred Heart University is rigorous and prepares you for the realities of practice.

While the MSW cannot be taken as a hybrid option, it may be taken either online or on campus.

Yes! Sacred Heart University is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and holds necessary programmatic accreditations as well. You’ll be held to the same high standards as our students on campus. Learn more about Sacred Heart University’s accreditations here.

Sacred Heart University’s online RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. It demonstrates to potential students and future employers that their school meets specific high standards, and adequately prepares nurses for practice at a particular degree level.

For nurses who are evaluating prospective programs, the accredited status tells them that that the education they receive will provide them with the knowledge to practice at the next level in their nursing career. It’s also significant for students who may want to continue on to further education, as most master’s degree programs will not accept candidates whose BSN has not been conferred from an accredited university or program.

The RN to BSN program is offered online only.

Sacred Heart University’s online RN to BSN to MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. It demonstrates to potential students and future employers that their school meets specific standards and adequately prepares nurses for practice at a particular degree level. For nurses who are evaluating prospective programs, the accredited status tells them that the education they receive will provide them with the knowledge to practice at the next level in their nursing career.

The program is exclusively online.

Yes, Sacred Heart University is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Learn more about Sacred Heart University’s accreditation here.

The online program is different only in that students have no scheduled log-in times — students mostly make their own school schedule while keeping up with weekly deadlines. Class discussions occur online.

Sacred Heart University has a physical brick and mortar campus located in Fairfield, Connecticut. Take a look around now on our Interactive Campus Map.

Sacred Heart University is committed to embracing and celebrating diversity – in all dimensions – as a necessary component of academic excellence. You can read more about how we do that here.

Whether you need work experience to apply to the program depends on the program you’re planning to pursue. View our online program options here.

You may! Please contact the SHU Online Admissions Office for more details at 877-791-7181.

Absolutely! Graduates of the on-ground and online programs are encouraged to participate in the Sacred Heart University graduation ceremony.

  • MSN from an accredited college with a minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Official transcripts of all prior nursing and academic work
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation (one clinical and one academic)
  • Interview with the program director or a faculty member
  • Current, unencumbered RN license in your home state and a copy of any other state license, including advanced practice licensure and certification
  • Proof of individual and professional liability insurance coverage that meets current state requirements
  • Recent background check
  • An essay articulating a focal area of clinical nursing practice interest that can be supported by the Sacred Heart University doctoral nursing faculty
  • Professional portfolio with a graded writing sample
  • A minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA
  • Official transcripts showing the bachelor’s conferral
  • Two professional letters of recommendation (one from an academic source and one from an employer or volunteer supervisor)
  • Completion of a state-specific acknowledgment form in the presence of a counseling program faculty member. Note: This serves as a time for applicants to ask program-specific questions.
  • Response to Personal Statement form questions
  • Complete a video conference interview
  • Be available for two, one-week in-person residencies at SHU

Special notes about admission:

Currently, we do not accept applicants from the following states: Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Applicants may not reside in or seek licensure in these states. We will not allow applicants to waive the fact that we cannot meet licensure requirements in these states.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Official transcripts from previous educational institutions
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation from two academic or professional references
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field with a 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts of all prior nursing and academic work
  • Résumé
  • Statement of professional goals: Why do you wish to pursue the MSN at SHU? Describe a significant accomplishment in your career or as a student that has prepared you to pursue graduate studies in nursing. In addition, please describe 2–3 professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a direct supervisor): Must be from an employer, professor or a member of the medical/nursing profession and be written within the last two years.
  • Proof of malpractice insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000)
  • Prerequisite courses in statistics, health assessment and research
  • BSN from an accredited college with a 3.2 or higher GPA
  • Be a registered nurse in the United States and have worked for at least a year
  • Official transcripts of all prior nursing and academic work
  • Résumé
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor from a current position in health care, and one from a professional nursing peer)
  • Interview with graduate nursing faculty
  • Current, unencumbered RN license in your home state and a copy of any other state license, including advanced practice licensure and certification
  • Proof of individual and professional liability insurance coverage that meets current state requirements
  • Recent criminal background check
  • Prerequisite undergraduate courses in statistics, research and health assessment (30 hours or more)
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS, BSW) from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or higher (2.7 and up may be considered)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement outlining why you are pursuing the MSW at SHU
  • Two letters of recommendation: Must be from an employer, professor or manager and be dated by no more than 2 years from the enrollment date
  • Interview with social work faculty
  • Bachelor’s degree earned within the last six years from a CSWE-accredited college or university, with at least grade B in each course
  • Field evaluation form(s) from all placements, completed by BSW field placement supervisor(s) after each BSW field placement. (It was likely provided to your BSW program director, field coordinator/director, academic advisor, or field liaison.)
  • Applicants will print a copy of the MSW program evaluation form and provide it to their BSW program director or designee (e.g., academic advisor, field liaison, etc.) for completion.

To be considered for admission, candidates must have the following:

  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Associates’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing
  • GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Résumé
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Background check
  • Prerequisite courses in Social and Behavioral Science, Anatomy & Physiology I and II, and Statistics for Decision Making

To be considered for admission, candidates must have the following:

  • Copy of your current, unencumbered RN license
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or nursing diploma
  • 3.0 GPA or higher with all official transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a direct supervisor
  • Completed criminal background check

We have January, May, and August start dates for the online DNP.

Spring 2021

  • File Deadline: 12/21
  • Start Date: 1/4

Summer 2021

  • File Deadline: 4/12
  • Start Date: 4/26

The program has start dates in January, April and August.

The online MSN starts classes every eight weeks, with six start dates per year in January, March, April, June, August and October.

We have January, August, and May start dates for FNP online.

You may begin the program in January, May or August. Applications are due no later than two weeks before the start of the program.

This online format offers six start dates per year to make it easier to arrange your course load around your schedule — January, March, April, June, August and October.

This online format offers six start dates per year in January, March, April, June, August, and October. To secure a spot in the program, you should submit your application as soon as you can.

Start dates vary by program. Find your program here to learn more.

A summary of benefits is available here. Additionally, the friendly staff at the SHU Online Admissions Office can be contacted directly at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu to answer your questions.

Sacred Heart University’s core values guide the University’s operating practices, business strategies and cultural norms. They are the following:

  • Preservation, transmission and development of the Catholic intellectual and liberal arts traditions
  • Commitment to excellence in all that we do
  • Pursuit of truth and knowledge as intrinsically valuable through teaching and scholarship
  • Promotion of the common good of society
  • Recognition of the dignity and worth of every human being

If you are enrolling in the MSN, FNP, or DNP programs you can take statistics at a community college and a 3-credit nursing health assessment course. For the BSN, you can take college-level math, social science, anatomy & physiology, chemistry, and humanities (which you likely took as part of your associate’s degree). For additional questions about transfer credits, please reach out at 877-791-7181.

For most programs, students can expect weekly reading, discussion posts and responses as well as assignments due each week. Most programs are asynchronous and don’t require live log-in times. Some programs may require minimal live log-ins. Reach out to the SHU Online Admissions Office for details at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

You need a cumulative 2.75 GPA to be considered for admission.

You’ll need a minimum 2.8 GPA to be admitted to the program. Students with a lower GPA should consider that your entire application file will be evaluated for admission.

A bachelor’s degree in nursing or another area with a 3.0 GPA is preferred. However, applicants who have an excellent work history to offset a lower GPA may be considered for admission.

You need a 3.2 or higher overall cumulative undergraduate GPA.

A 3.0 GPA is required to apply.

A 3.0 GPA or higher is required.

A GPA of 2.5 or above is needed to apply.

You need a cumulative 3.2 GPA from your MSN.

A virtual open house is an online webinar-style session with program directors at the University so you can learn more about the program and the admissions process and have your questions answered. To find out about future virtual open house experiences, complete our Request More Information form.

Financial aid is funding from companies, banks, lenders, and the government that helps students and their families pay for college. It can take the form of loans, grants, scholarships or work-study programs. Some types of aid need to be repaid; others do not. You can learn more about financial aid at Sacred Heart University here.

While the specifics of each program vary, the admissions process always starts by submitting your application for the program you want to attend. To complete your application file, you’ll need official transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statements and more. Our admissions team will help guide you through this process. Once your file is complete with all items, it will be reviewed for a decision. The review process generally takes 2–4 weeks.

We like to keep our class sizes small. Sacred Heart University typically has 15–20 students per online course.

Flexibility. Learning on your schedule is just more convenient, and you won’t have to cut back on your hours at work or take a break from your career to earn your degree.

The cost per credit hour is $995. There are 39 credit hours required for a total tuition of $38,805.

The cost per credit hour is $800, and there are 60 credit hours required to complete the degree. The total tuition is $48,000.

The current cost per credit hour for this program is $700, and the degree requires 36 credit hours. Total tuition is $25,200.

MSN–FNP tuition online is currently $955 per credit. Based on 42 credits at $955 per credit, the program’s total tuition would be $40,110.

The cost per credit hour is $825. There are 60 credit hours in the online MSW program, meaning total tuition is $49,500. If you qualify to take part in the Advanced Standing program, you’ll complete 30 credits for a total tuition of $24,750.

MSN tuition is $695 per credit hour. Specializations for Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Education require 39 credits, while the Nursing Management and Executive Leadership specializations require 36 credits. Tuition for the MSN program is $25,020–$27,105.

  • BSN courses are $590 per credit hour. Depending on your transfer credits, you’ll complete 30–120 credit hours
  • MSN courses are $695 per credit hour. Depending upon the specialization you choose, you’ll complete 24–27 credit hours.
  • You may transfer in up to 90 credits for your degree.
  • With 90 undergraduate transfer credits, total tuition is $34,380–$36,465
  • Total tuition for students without transfer credits is $87,480–$89,565

The tuition for the online RN to BSN is $590 per credit hour. Depending upon the number of transfer credits you bring to the program, you’ll complete between 30–120 credit hours with a total tuition range of $17,700–$70,800.

We also offer a per-credit-hour rate of $530 to students employed by our educational partners. Total Estimated Educational Partnership Tuition is $15,900–$63,600. You can request more information to find out if you qualify.

FAFSA® is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — a form you’ll complete to determine eligibility for categories of government-based student aid: work-study jobs or grants and scholarships (neither of which require repayment) as well as loans (which need to be repaid). Sallie Mae loans are private loans offered through the Sallie Mae Bank or a lender partner.

We like to keep our classes small so you receive more personalized attention. Though each class will differ slightly, you can expect an average of a 12:1 student to faculty ratio.

The first step is to start your application. Information will be saved as you go, and you can return to the application as necessary.

There is no licensure for this degree.

FNP graduates had a 100% pass rate for the 2016 national FNP certification exam.

There is no licensure for this program.

  • The online MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader program prepares you for the AACN’s CNL Certification Exam.
  • The online MSN in Clinical Nurse Education will prepare you for the Nurse Educator certification from the National League for Nursing.

There are no licensure exams at this degree level.

Each program has different rules about how many transfer credits can be accepted.

Sacred Heart University, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, embraces a vision for social justice and educates students in mind, body and spirit to prepare them personally and professionally to make a difference in the global community. Learn more about our mission here.

The total tuition for the DNP program is $38,805. The cost per credit hour is $995. There are 39 credit hours required.

Total tuition for the program is $48,000. The cost per credit hour is $800, and there are 60 credit hours required to complete the degree.

The total tuition comes to $25,200. The current cost per credit hour is $700, and there are 36 credit hours required.

Total tuition for the MSN–FNP would be $40,110. Tuition is $955 per credit and the program is 42 credits.

The current total tuition is $25,020–$27,105. Tuition is $695 per credit hour. Specializations for Clinical Nurse Leader and Nursing Education require 39 credits, while the Nursing Management and Executive Leadership specializations require 36 credits.

Total tuition is $24,750 for the Advanced Standing MSW option and $49,500 for the MSW. The cost per credit hour is $825. If you qualify to take part in the Advanced Standing program, you’ll complete 30 credits. Otherwise, you need 60 credit hours to complete the online MSW program.

  • With 90 undergraduate transfer credits, total tuition is $34,380–$36,465
  • Without transfer credits, total tuition is $87,480–$89,565
  • BSN courses are $590 per credit hour. Depending on your transfer credits, you’ll complete 30–120 credit hours. MSN courses are $695 per credit hour. Depending upon the specialization you choose, you’ll complete 24–27 credit hours.

Total tuition can range from $17,700–$70,800 depending on the number of credit hours you transfer to the program. You may transfer up to 90 credit hours. Tuition for the online RN to BSN is $590 per credit hour and you’ll complete 30–120 credit hours at Sacred Heart University.

We also offer a per-credit-hour rate of $530 to students employed by our educational partners. The total Estimated Educational Partnership Tuition is $15,900–$63,600 depending on the number of credit hours you transfer to the program. You may transfer up to 90 credit hours. You can request more information to find out if you qualify.

Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Learn more about Sacred Heart University’s accreditation here.

U.S. News & World Report lists Sacred Heart University as No. 218 in the 2020 Best National University Rankings. Take a look at all of Sacred Heart University’s rankings here.

Sacred Heart University, contemporary in spirit and thinking, is rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions and supports a rigorous and interdisciplinary search for truth and wisdom. This foundation forms the cornerstone of all University life and welcomes people from all faiths and cultures. Read more about how our religious affiliation shapes our culture here.

Sacred Heart University’s FAFSA® code is 001403. You can start the FAFSA® Form here.

We use Blackboard, a course management system that allows you to take exams and turn in your assignments, as well as check your grades, access your syllabi, and connect with other students.

In addition to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), its 2008 amendment and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), the Office of Student Accessibility at Sacred Heart University assists in upholding one of its core values — maintaining the dignity and worth of each individual. The OSA coordinates and provides reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services to students who disclose a disability to the university, assisting in the provision of equal access across university programs. For information, read more here.

Students and their instructors can interact through discussion posts, and instructors keep office hours to chat via phone or video conference. Many students also find it easy to communicate with instructors via email.

Sacred Heart University students can network with classmates, instructors and staff and with the extensive network of SHU alumni. These connections last beyond graduation.

The difference between regional and national accreditation is explained by EDsmart here.

There’s no difference between the rigor, instructors, or degree you receive in an online program versus attending courses on campus. Online degrees from Sacred Heart University offer full-time working professionals maximum flexibility in their ability to receive expert instruction and interaction, along with consistent guidance and support so they can achieve their ultimate goals.

Applications are taken up to two weeks before the start of a program. We have January, May, and August start dates for the online DNP program.

The deadline is four weeks prior to the start date unless the program has reached capacity. We encourage you to apply early and secure your spot in the program if you’re considering the upcoming term.

The deadline is typically two weeks before the class start, pending space in the program.

The next deadline and start dates are

  • Application Deadline: 12/21/20 Apply Now!
  • Start Date: 1/4/21

Applications are due two weeks before the start of a program. Currently, programs start in January, April and August.
We encourage you to save your seat if you’re considering the upcoming term.

Deadlines usually are two weeks before the class start, pending space in the program.

Typically, the deadline for admissions is four weeks before the start date unless the program has reached capacity. We encourage you to save your seat if you’re considering the upcoming term.

You may begin the program in January, May or August. Applications are due two weeks before the start of a program.
We encourage you to save your seat if you’re considering the upcoming term.

Applications are due no later than two weeks prior to the start of the program. We offer six starts a year — January, March, April, June, August, and October. To secure a spot in the program, you should submit your application as soon as you can.

This program accepts applications as late as two weeks prior to the start date. There are six start dates per year to make it easier to arrange your course load around your schedule — January, March, April, June, August and October.

Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 as an independent, Catholic university. Find more here.

Once your application file is complete, it typically takes 2–4 weeks to review and provide an answer as to whether you’ve been accepted to the program.

Sacred Heart University is located at 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield, Connecticut. You can take a look at our interactive campus map now or schedule a visit.

Specialists in the Financial Aid Office are available to answer questions specific to your program. You can reach them at 205-365-4898 or Request More Information

Our friendly staff in the SHU Online Admissions Office would be delighted to answer your questions. Please reach out at 877-791-7181.

The Sacred Heart University diploma will not indicate that your program was conducted online.

Sacred Heart University provides 24/7 access to our IT help desk, which is nicknamed The Factory. For details, call 203-365-7575.

No, the diploma is the same for Sacred Heart University graduates, whether the program was completed online or on ground.

There is no licensure for this degree.

Developed with CACREP standards as a foundation, the online master’s in clinical mental health counseling offers a curriculum that meets licensure requirements in most states, except New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois. We do not accept applicants that reside or intend to seek licensure in these states.

The online MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader program prepares you for the AACN’s CNL Certification Exam. The online MSN in Clinical Nurse Education will prepare you for the Nurse Educator certification from the National League for Nursing.

You graduate qualified to sit for national certification exams offered through the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

The MSW does prepare you for licensure. License requirements vary by state. Though students are responsible for verifying license requirements in the state in which they plan to practice, our friendly admissions team is ready to answer questions and guide you through this process. Reach out to them at 877-791-7181 or onlineadmissions@sacredheart.edu.

There are no licensure exams at this degree level.

The BSN does not have licensure. Graduate work in the online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader specialization prepares you for the AACN’s CNL Certification Exam. The online MSN in Clinical Nurse Education specialization will prepare you for Nurse Educator certification from the National League for Nursing.

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