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Graduate Programs


The University of Holy Cross has an incredible Graduate Counseling Program accredited by CACREP. Within the program, we have three areas in which to concentrate: Community Counseling (to become Clinical Mental Health Counseling), Marriage and Family Counseling, and School Counseling. Read more about a Master of Arts - Counseling


The University of Holy Cross now offers tuition discounts of 50% to classroom teachers pursuing a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. Decide today to enhance your future! This is a 36- hour program based upon State and National Standards within the context of providing a personalized approach to education. The Graduate Education Program incorporates the University's philosophy and mission into its own statement of philosophy and conceptual framework.


The University of Holy Cross now offers tuition discounts of 50% to classroom teachers pursuing a Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning. The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning is a graduate-level program designed to meet the needs of practicing classroom teachers and aspiring instructional leaders. The program leading to the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours at the Master’s degree level. Throughout the course of the program, candidates will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of an effective teacher-leader, thus helping them to advance within their profession.  Prior to the culmination of the program, candidates will be supported in designing and implementing a small-scale, meaningful action research project in an area of their interest.


The University of Holy Cross is a diverse family in search of the truth, participating in the teaching mission of the Church through educating the mind and the heart of every student. The Graduate Program in Theology provides opportunities for students to engage in a search for a deeper understanding of the truth of God revealed in Jesus Christ and offers an exemplary participation in the fundamental teaching mission of the Church.  Read more about a Master of Arts in Catholic Theology


The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is a one-year, 36-hour, non-thesis degree program designed to strengthen the foundation for students seeking to pursue careers as physicians, dentists, physician assistants, or other healthcare professionals. With an emphasis on the clinical aspects of human biology critical to an understanding of health and disease, the curriculum provides preparation for the various graduate entrance exams (MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.). It also strengthens the student’s academic background, providing for a successful transition into graduate healthcare programs. In addition, for individuals with baccalaureate degrees in the various allied health professions, a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences may help provide the academic credentials to successfully pursue leadership positions in hospitals, clinics, and the biomedical industry as well as engage in science education.


The MS in Management is an intensive cohort-style, 14-19-month hybrid-delivery program leading to a graduate degree in management. It is designed for working professionals who need to maintain their full-time job while pursuing a graduate level degree. The program produces organizational leaders who can be successful in today’s fast-paced business world by being able to identify complex problems, implement solutions, and make sound managerial decisions.

The program has two tracks: the 30-credit hour MSM and the 39-credit hour MSM with optional concentrations in Finance, Food Business Management, Healthcare Management, and Project Management


Beginning in Fall 2019, University of Holy Cross is offering a Master of Arts in Humanities (MAH) degree. This is an interdisciplinary degree with concentrations in English and Philosophy initially, with others added as student interest grows. Students who choose a concentration in English may also pursue a track in Literary Studies or Creative Writing. The curriculum is 36 credit hours, including core required courses in both disciplines, team-taught interdisciplinary courses, electives in the concentration of the student's choice, and a 50-100 page Master's Thesis. Classroom teachers in public or private schools will receive a 50% tuition discount upon proof of employment (i.e., letter from principal). Completing this degree will assist teachers at any level to advance in their careers, give students the required credit hours to be qualified to teach English or Philosophy at the college level, and prepare students for doctoral studies in either discipline. Read more about the Master of Arts in Humanities

Doctoral Programs


The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Executive Leadership is a terminal degree designed to meet the needs of practicing or aspiring executive leaders. The program leading to the Ed.D. in Executive Leadership consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond a Master’s degree and an action-research dissertation. Candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities in executive leadership to advance within their profession and/or lead their organization to the next level of effectiveness. Read more about earning an Ed.D. in Executive Leadership


The Ph.D. program in Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Ph.D. in counseling is intended to prepare graduates to work as counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and practitioners in academic and clinical settings. The program will provide doctoral students with the information and skills required to carry out scholarly research, lead organizations, create new knowledge to better assist the community and their clients, enhance the student's knowledge, skills, and attitudes in their chosen academic arenas. Whether they counsel, administer, or teach, graduates of the Doctoral Program in Counseling of the University of Holy Cross promote holistic development and the spirit of justice. Read more about a Ph.D. in Counseling.

Definition of Credit Hours
UHC defines a credit hour as a reasonable approximation of the student learning outcome equivalency of, at a minimum, a Carnegie Unit. Course developers ensure that the quantity of student learning required per credit is the equivalent of approximately 45 hours of course work for the semester (not less than 50 minutes of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours out of class student work each week for 15 weeks for one semester of credit) through activities that 1) address and demonstrate student competency in the defined learning outcomes; and 2) draw upon recommended instructional practices identified by the University.

Definition of Distance Education (Online) Credit Hours 
At the University of Holy Cross, three credit hour courses physically meet for 150 minutes per week over the course of a sixteen week semester. Although distance education courses do not meet in a physical location, instructors take the above formula in consideration when they determine course content and assignments utilizing tools in BlackBoard (i.e. discussion board, posting of assignments, digital drop box, and timed online testing). Instructional delivery methods fulfill engaged time requirements for each credit hour.



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