Sacred Heart University Online is an affordable and convenient way to earn a degree online from a university ranked among America's best colleges. Experience Sacred Heart's signature humanistic core principles and degree programs based on interactive personal attention, small classes, and rigorous academics offer students a unique life platform for career advancement and personal fulfillment.
Sacred Heart University has developed a core curriculum that is fundamental to becoming a knowledgeable and educated person; and essential for personal and professional success in a global and ever changing world.
The core curriculum consists of 3 areas:
Accreditation and recognition for Sacred Heart includes:
Benefits of Sacred Heart's online degree programs include the following:
The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program infuses practice-focused doctoral education with innovation and practical clinical research and scholarship. This program serves academically talented nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse executives and educators.
Graduates of this program are prepared to transform practice, lead and engage in practical, clinically focused scholarship and research. The Doctor of Nursing practice degree is a clinical doctorate requiring the completion of a scholarly project focusing on clinical nursing practice. The DNP scholarly project launches the nurse into scholarly practice and is a comprehensive, well-thought-out plan that focuses on a practice issue. The project is supported by one-credit courses embedded throughout the program that assist with topic development, project planning, and project implementation and evaluation. It can be completed in one year, preparing the student to utilize research for the improvement of clinical care delivery, patient outcomes, and system management. Graduates will be experts in designing, implementing, managing and evaluating healthcare delivery systems and will be prepared to lead at the highest clinical and executive ranks.
This unique online program maximizes the number of potential career roles the doctoral nursing graduate may assume, whether they are in academia, in advanced clinical practice, or in executive healthcare leadership. Classes are taught online and students are required to attend two weekend residencies structured to meet the scheduling requirements of busy working professionals. This cohort program is 39 credits and can be completed in a 3-year part-time sequence.
WHY MACOMM AT SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY?
MA Communication (MACOMM) students learn to communicate effectively through a variety of media platforms, including video, television, social networks, podcasts, multimedia websites, and other methods of traditional and online or mobile communication.
Hands-on production courses are combined with professional internships and capstone mentorships with established communications and media industry professionals. By the completion of the MACOMM degree in ONE YEAR, students will have compiled a robust portfolio of professional materials that demonstrates the advanced skill sets necessary to excel in their respective job sectors. Along the way, students’ productions will also be distributed, broadcast, and/or published through various media outlets while they are completing their MACOMM coursework.
Learning By Doing
MACOMM students create real-world multimedia productions for actual organizations, businesses, publications or media outlets. This practical focus on hands-on learning with the latest technologies in a professional context, gives students the experience and portfolio they need to compete and excel in the ever-changing 21st century communications and media industries.
Focus on Jobs and Latest Technologies
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupation Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition places jobs for communication and public relations specialists in its highest “much faster than average” growth category, projecting that employment opportunities will increase for communication specialists by 24% from 2008 to 2018. The New York Times has also reported on the “fundamental transformation” in the news industry toward “‘digital journalists’ who produce, record and edit much of their material.” The MACOMM Program will supply the communications, public relations, and news industries with its next generation of professional communicators in ways that only a media studies program with a strong digital multimedia production component like ours can.
An Ideal Location
Sacred Heart’s main campus is a short train ride (just 55 miles) from New York City, the media capital of the world, and is strategically positioned in the heart of suburban Fairfield County, home to the many major media companies and other businesses that make-up Connecticut’s “Gold Coast.”
Internships and Mentorships
MACOMM students complete 12 credits of internships and mentorships as part of a curricular strategy in which students are immersed in a professional setting in order to get advanced practical training and real world results. Examples of recent internships completed in the Department of Communication and Media Studies include:
4th Row Films - ABC News – Clear Channel Communications - Cox Radio - CBS - Comedy Central - Connecticut Post - Complete Graphix Inc. - Cox Radio Star 99 (WEZN-FM) - CNN en Español – Dateline NBC - DreamWorks Pictures - ESPN - Fairfield County Magazine - Flying Pictures Productions– WICZ FOX 40 News - FOX - GoldFinch Films - HBO - HWH Public Relations - Winthrop School Lighthouse Program - Late Night With Conan O’Brien - Law & Order - Major Indoor Soccer League - Millenium Media Group - MTV Productions - National Geographic - NBC Sports - Nightline – New York Yankees - Octagon Marketing - Outdoor Life Network - Rogers & Cowan Advertising Agency - Sony BMG Music Entertainment - Soundkeeper Inc. – Teen Vogue Magazine - Titan TV Media - TriBeca Films – Vision Project Media - WSHU National Public Radio - WWE
Blended Courses and Flexible Scheduling
MACOMM courses combine face-to-face classes with online sessions, allowing students to schedule their campus commitments around their work and family obligations. With rolling acceptance and convenient 8-week sessions scheduled year round, students can start when they want and finish when they can, building a professional portfolio along the way.
Professional Portfolios for the Digital Age
Students graduate with a portfolio of digital multimedia materials that demonstrates to potential employers that MACOMM graduates are highly skilled communicators with advanced training in the latest media technologies. MACOMM students build their professional résumés as their work is distributed, broadcast, and/or published through various media outlets while earning their degrees.
Experienced Faculty with Industry Connections
In addition to being established scholars and dedicated instructors, the MACOMM faculty is comprised of award-winning and working media professionals with experience in every sector of the communications and media industry, including film and television, public relations, corporate communications, journalism, publishing, web design and development, and digital multimedia production.
Integrated Laptop Program
Full-time MACOMM graduate students will receive a Macbook Pro laptop running the latest Apple and Adobe software.
Our established Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Finance is an applied research doctoral degree designed for finance executives and advanced business professionals to expand and deepen their knowledge and to acquire state-of-the-art qualifications for furthering their careers. Unlike the traditional Ph.D. model that prepares candidates for academic careers, the DBA program focuses on developing knowledge with direct global business applications and prepares graduates for executive careers in business and financial institutions, consulting firms, government agencies or academic careers that require an equivalent of a PhD degree from an accredited institution. You will find our DBA program to be highly focused and personalized, as it leads to specialized, original dissertation research projects matching the student's interests and career aspirations. Courses are developed and taught by accomplished Sacred Heart University scholars in the discipline of finance as well as visiting faculty from around the world. The DBA uses a unique student cohort model, hands-on learning laboratories and blended “executive program” style meeting formats to encourage collaboration and networking among colleagues. During the first two years of the program, the weekend residency focuses on face-to-face classroom instruction, while independent research and dissertation preparation take center stage in the DBA’s final year. To fit the schedules of busy working professionals, most classes in the three-year, part-time program will meet at our Stamford Graduate Center at Landmark Square, five Fridays and Saturdays each trimester. In keeping with the program’s mission and vision, five key program-level goals have been determined:
1. You will be prepared for a highly specialized career in a business or financial institution, consulting firm, government agency or academic career.
2. You will acquire advanced knowledge in finance and gain research skills for conducting independent, complex financial projects.
3. You will demonstrate the creation of new knowledge through original research.
4. You will gain global perspective on issues related to financial markets and institutions.
5. You will comprehend and appreciate the importance of high ethical standards and values for finance professionals.
Facts & Figures
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Private, not-for-profit, Higher Education
Master's College or University I
Must have access to a desktop or laptop computer with the following capabilities: Internet connection, email that supports attachments, printer, Office 97 suite or higher, and a sound card.
Due to state regulations, Sacred Heart University’s online programs are no longer accepting applications from residents of the following states: Maryland, North Carolina and Oregon.
Scholarships, discounts, grants, employment, loans, or payment plans are available. FASFA code: 001403
I chose SHU mainly for its personalized, intimate atmosphere. I wanted to be acknowledged as an individual, not just a number in a professor's grade book.