St. Joseph's University Review

St. Joseph's University's seven graduate programs and accelerated courses help the private, Catholic school stand out as a strong online option.

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The Good

Several respected online graduate programs:

St. Joseph’s University offers seven different online master’s degrees in the areas of business, criminal justice, education, and healthcare. Almost every program area that the school offers has been recognized as a top online program by U.S. News & World Report, so no matter your area of study, the online education you receive is top quality.

Personal technical support:

There is a Personal Support Center which offers 24/7 technical support for online students. If you have any technical or computer issues, you can receive help from a technology professional any time of the day or night. The school also has a live chat function available on their website, so even as a prospective student you can have immediate access to someone who can provide virtual help and support. Features like this demonstrate St. Joseph’s commitment to ensuring students have the online tools they need to be successful.

Multiple accelerated sessions:

St. Joseph’s University has six class sessions per year, each of which is eight weeks long. Except for your very first semester, you take three courses each session which include two classes on an eight-week schedule and a third class on a 15-week schedule. The accelerated eight-week sessions that the school offers mean that you can take up to 27 credit hours per academic year, and you can move quickly through your degree requirements. The school also has a liberal transfer credit policy, so you can finish your degree faster and also cut down on cost of attendance.

Competitive rankings:

St. Joseph’s University has received national recognition specifically for their online degree programs in the latest U.S. News & World Report. The online graduate business program ranks at number 18, and the business school itself has been recognized as one of the best business schools by The Princeton Review. Additionally, the online graduate education program ranks at number 38, and the online bachelor’s program places at number 70 out of 160 different online colleges. The school is also consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top master’s degree universities in the North.

High graduation rate:

The online bachelor’s program at St. Joseph’s University has a high graduation rate, with the last reported number being 80%. Some online programs struggle with graduation rates, especially at the undergraduate level, so this figure points to the strength of the school’s dedication to their students’ continued success. The online bachelor’s program is also fairly selective in the admissions process, so you could say that the school has an eye for more successful candidates. No matter which way you look at it, St. Joseph’s online bachelor’s program is well designed and especially gifted at keeping students moving through all of their academic requirements.

The Bad

Only degree completion offered

The bachelor’s degree completion program at St. Joseph’s University is a common degree option offered at many online colleges, but this type of degree track does exclude those who want to earn an entire undergraduate degree online. The bachelor’s degree completion program requires that you have at least 45 course credits, or credit by exam or life experience, to transfer. The bachelor’s degree option in professional and liberal studies is very broad and general which makes it easy to transfer a variety of credits, from a variety of fields of study. While this might be the perfect degree option for more experienced students, it likely is not the best fit for first-time degree seekers.

Synchronous sessions might be required:

Many of the online classes at St. Joseph’s University are asynchronous, meaning that you don’t have to be online at the same time as your instructors. However, be aware that some programs may require regular, synchronous online sessions on a weekly basis. While some synchronous sessions may foster closer relationships among you and your classmates and instructors, this can also be inconvenient if your schedule is always booked solid. If you have a work schedule or any family or life obligations to maintain, you may be more successful with a self-paced asynchronous program.

The Details

General Information

  • Application Fee: $20 - $35
  • Location: PA
  • Region: Northeast
  • School Type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Number of Programs

  • Online Bachelor's: 2
  • Online Graduate Business: 5
  • Online Graduate Education: 3
  • Online Graduate Engineering: None
  • Online Graduate IT: None
  • Online Graduate Nursing: None

Tuition Rates (per credit)

  • Online Bachelor's (In-State): $500
  • Online Bachelor's (Out-of-State): $500
  • Online Doctorate (In-State): N/A
  • Online Doctorate (Out-of-State): N/A
  • Online Master's (In-State): $606
  • Online Master's (Out-of-State): $606
  • Online MBA (In-State): $918
  • Online MBA (Out-of-State): $918

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