University of Scranton Review

The online graduate education program at the University of Scranton offers instruction and educational administration degrees from a top-rated faculty and an excellent online delivery platform.

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The Good

Highly qualified faculty

Among the many factors that help the University of Scranton stand out, the school’s online education faculty is perhaps its most noteworthy advantage. According to U.S. News and World Report, Scranton ranks among the top 15 programs in the nation on measures of faculty quality. Faculty quality scores are based on instructor credentials, teaching experience, and the amount of specialized training that instructors receive in online education practices. The University of Scranton faculty excels in all areas, meaning students can expect engaging, challenging courses based on the latest educational practices.

Excellent course delivery technology

The University of Scranton’s course delivery platform includes interactive, video-based lectures and learning tools, asynchronous class discussion boards, real-time online chat capabilities, and many other valuable technological tools. The Scranton platform has been built from the bottom up to maximize collaboration and communication between classmates and between students and instructors. As a Scranton student, you’ll also get full access to the digital collections at the University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library, which include e-books, full-text online journals, newspapers and periodicals, and digitized volumes. Finally, if you ever run into trouble using the platform, students get 24/7 access to technical support online or by telephone.

Six enrollment dates annually

If you want to get started quickly, the University of Scranton begins a new term of classes every two months on average. Most other top online graduate education programs offer only two or three start dates each year, usually in the early fall, after the new year, and in early summer. With an opportunity to begin courses every two months, you can get started at Scranton whenever it’s most convenient for you.

Decent tuition rates

The University of Scranton ranks among the more affordable online graduate education programs by charging $475 per credit for tuition. Scranton follows closely on the heels of the most affordable program, South Dakota State University, which charges a rate of $400 per credit. Similar to SDSU, the University of Scranton provides students with affordable tuition and a quality reputation that equals high value for the money.

Great student retention rates

According to U.S. News and World Report, the University of Scranton has achieved first-year student retention rates of 85% or more in each of the last four academic years. This is a superb performance for an online graduate program with more than 1,000 enrolled students. In fact, no other quality program of similar size matches these rates. When you consider Scranton’s highly-rated course delivery platform and great student services, it’s no wonder students are remaining engaged in their work and continue on toward graduation.

The Bad

Only two online degree subjects

TWhile many of the best online graduate programs offer six or more degrees, the University of Scranton has only two degree options to choose from. The curriculum and instruction degree is a broad-based program designed to provide advanced instructional skills, to teach standards-based curriculum development practices, and to develop classroom leadership abilities. The second degree, in educational administration, is designed for working teachers who want to move out of the classroom and into an administrative position in a school or district office. Students in this program learn decision-making and supervisory skills and study curriculum development practices.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 2004 - 2005
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Location: PA
  • Number of Graduate Education Programs: 3
  • Region: Northeast
  • School Type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (per credit)

  • In-State: $475
  • Out-of-State: $475


  • Degrees: Educational Administration (M.S.), Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed)


  • Certificates: Administration Certification

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Average Student Age: 33
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.37
  • Avg. GRE Analytical Writing: N/A
  • Avg. GRE Quantitative: N/A
  • Avg. GRE Verbal: N/A
  • Gender Ratio: 58.2% female, 41.8% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 20
  • Total Enrollment: 830


  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 6 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 9
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 45

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009-2010): 86%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010-2011): 88%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011-2012): 85%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2012-2013): 86%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2009-2010): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2010-2011): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012): 55%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 36%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 18
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 63/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 11
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 89/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 16
  • Student Engagement Score: 88/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 61
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 55/100

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