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MS - Secondary Education

Hilary Donahue

“The professors have been very involved and supportive and the interaction with the other students is just as rewarding as face to face classroom time. Going to school online has forced me to think deeply about what I communicate because the communication is all written. I find that this makes for a rich learning experience. I am so much happier now that I am close to my goal of teaching and I am so much happier now that I am growing intellectually."

Student Experience: Bethanne Mascio (MS Secondary Education)

“I started out as a part-time classroom student in a traditional setting and it was just too much to juggle. When the opportunity arose to take an online program at Saint Joseph’s University, I jumped at it.”

Student Experience: Kia Lockman (MS Secondary Education)

“The program at Saint Joseph’s offered me a faculty that care, administrators that care… it’s more like a family than being in school – I was not a number.”

MS - Business Intelligence & Analytics

Deb Lafferty

Q. Before you started the MSBIA program, had you ever taken an online course? What did you think online education was like?
A. Yes, I had taken one undergraduate class online (in 1987!), one in 1999, as well as a recent 6-week class on using Web 2.0 in teaching. The class I took in 1987 was basically text files read from my professor and submitting assignments back to him through a telephone line. Wow. The one in 1999 did use WebCT but it was a doubled course with an in-person class. I’m not sure if it was the stress of being doubled up or the online environment but I didn’t like it. However, the last 6-week course I took on Web 2.0 tools in education helped me prepare for the master’s online program.

Q. How did SJU’s online program compare with your expectations of an online program?
A. It has met and exceeded my expectations all due to the faculty. All of the faculty have been understanding of the difficulty of learning some of the course content in an online environment and most have been very well organized. It is helpful to have the template the same for each course. Most of all the faculty are always available and very responsive to email.

Q. How did the courses and what you were learning at SJU impact your career or your life? Were you able to apply what you learned? If so how? If possible, please give a specific example.
A. The courses at SJU have significantly impacted both my career and my life. The curriculum in this program is very rigorous and it is stretching my mind far beyond what I thought was possible. In my undergrad, I flew through the assignments and courses with ease because it was content for which I was already familiar. My role is management and communicator, not programmer so the technical classes have been a challenge for me. My professors have assured me that it will help me in my career because it will enable me to have a better understanding of the programmers in the teams I manage. This has been true on a number of projects. I have been an advisor on a large project related to nursing accreditation and we are working with programmers from three different departments. I have been able to talk intelligently with the programmers about expectations of the client as well as to the client about the needs of the programmers and the realistic length of time for project implementation. Personally, I am proud of myself for persevering through the curriculum and not throwing in the towel. I am over half done and the courses continue to be more interesting than the last.

Q. Talk about your favorite course. Why was it your favorite? What about it stands out to you?
A. All of the courses have been interesting and it seems that each holds its own features that I can apply to my position. However, I think my favorite course to date was the first one with Dr. Gupta, “Contemporary Information Technologies” because he covered various web-based tools that businesses use for marketing, benchmarking, etc. Not only was learning about new web technologies interesting but we were given the option for our final project to interview our CIO. I not only interviewed the Rochester, Minnesota, campus CIO but I also interviewed the Mayo Clinic enterprise CIO. I was able to learn more about the direction of our institution in the IT world as well as meet two very passionate individuals. They both jumped at the chance to do the interview and asked me to keep them posted on my MSBIA journey. I now feel that I could approach either of them with questions or concerns I might have.

Q. Was the fact that SJU was a Jesuit University important to you?
A. It was not a critical factor but anytime a university is associated with spiritual core values, I think that can only add value to the educational experience.

Q. Describe your job/career. What does a typical day look like?
A. I am the web architect for the Department of Nursing at Mayo Clinic. Our department has more than 7,000 employees. I manage all of the intranet and internet projects for this department. I direct two full time web coders and multiple teams of analysts and programmers, and clients with their web project needs. A typical day sees me in 3-7 meetings where I’m either meeting with customers about their requests or with the technical staff to implement them. The tools and content provided to our nurses through the web help them take care of our patients – the number one priority. It is an honor to work with such compassionate and incredibly dedicated individuals. I serve on institutional web committees to assure we are staying with technical standards as well as learn about new tools and software others are using.

Q. Talk about the faculty who taught your courses. What was your experience with them? How did they impact your learning experience?
A. The professors in this program are wonderful. They make themselves available whenever you need them. Their encouragement has kept me going – literally. I appreciate when they share about themselves as well because it makes me feel more connected to them – just as if I were in class with them and possibly chatting prior to class starting about their weekend. We do this both through WIMBA and email. They are clearly extremely intelligent and well-versed in their fields. I appreciate their experiences that they bring to the classroom and their obvious love for teaching. I can’t say enough great things about them.

Q. How was your experience from a “customer service” perspective? (student services, registration, help desk, bookstore, etc)
A. I have appreciated the communications first with the admissions person – it was wonderful to have Nichole help me through getting all required documents and information to be considered for acceptance. Lauren has been absolutely wonderful with communication and follow-through of questions. I appreciate the help desk emails regarding the MySJU problems but have never contacted them directly for assistance. I also have not used the bookstore – just amazon.com for my textbook needs. Lauren has been wonderful!

Q. If you were talking to someone who was interested attending an online program at SJU, what would you tell them?
A. I would tell them to certainly consider it. I would let them know that the curriculum is challenging but that the faculty are the best and that you would never regret taking those steps and investing in your career.

Deb Lafferty
Mayo Clinic, Web Architect
MS Business Intelligence & Analytics Alum

Bachelor's - Professional And Liberal Studies

Mary Lisa Powers

I knew that being taught at a Jesuit institution would open my mind to think more critically.... The College of Professional and Liberal Studies has some of the best professors. These teachers are mentors... An education from Saint Joseph's is an exceptional experience.

William Day

Saint Joseph's University has designed a program which is both affordable and convenient...The curriculum here at Saint Joseph's University is challenging...the university employs knowledgeable and dedicated professors who care about each and every student.

Waltina White-Brown

We understand how important it is to have a college education, not just any education, but a Saint Joseph's education....this university produces some of the finest men and women professionals.

Laurie Sacerdote

...for it is here at Saint Joseph's that our minds have been cultivated...the staff and faculty of the ...College of Professional and Liberal Studies...your tireless work, your patience and understanding and your devotion to the students..

Rolanda Footman

The structure of Saint Joseph's University was developed to create well-rounded individuals. The education we received here is top notch.

Michael Williams

The professors at Saint Joseph's University are dedicated, passionate and very knowledgeable in what they teach. 

Yuliya Dalbunova

Professors who taught me... all have a passion for the subjects they teach and us multiple ways to explain the material...Professors as Saint Joseph's University really care about student's learning.

Kathryn L'Esperance

I had teachers who clearly define education as broadening my own horizons, ... was challenged by teachers to explore ideas I hadn't considered.

Frank Pappert

...going back to school and especially going to St Joseph's University has made a positive impact on my life and the life of my family.

April Ebling

... the program was a perfect fit with my full time work schedule. None of the other area colleges can compete with the flexibility that SJU has to offer the non-traditional student. ... when I enrolled at St. Joseph's University, all of my college transfer credits were accepted, and I was able to apply all 73 credits towards my bachelor's degree.

MS - Criminal Justice

Student Experience: Germaine Hendon (MS Criminal Justice)

“I think Saint Joseph’s offers me the opportunity to be a full-time professional, a full-time mom, as well as a full-time student.”

Student Experience: Steve Heath (MS Criminal Justice)

“The online experience is interesting. I’ve been a police officer for 32 years in a variety of assignments and for me… it was a tremendous exchange of information.”

William Day

Saint Joseph's University has designed a program which is both affordable and convenient...The curriculum here at Saint Joseph's University is challenging...the university employs knowledgeable and dedicated professors who care about each and every student. 

Catherine Zickel

When I decided to pursue Graduate School for Secondary Education, I looked no further than St. Joe's. It was an uphill climb, but I never once doubted myself. I was determined. The support and encouragement I received from the faculty at St. Joe's (both past and present), means more to me than I can ever express. Their unfailing dedication and belief in their students, is what makes St. Joe's stand above the rest. I am continually inspired by the St. Joseph's community, and I will work tirelessly to inspire my future students in the same ways. Thank you SJU, for believing in me."

Post-Master's Certification - Behavior Analysis

Student Experience: Lindsay Dragon (Behavior Analysis Certification)

“The faculty is very responsive and there’s always a way to get in touch with them. They are experts in the field, because most of them are still there.”

MS - Health Administration

Student Experience: Jesus Kain (MS Health Administration)

“When I chose Saint Joseph's University, it was because of the reputation, programs, and people I knew who had a good experience with the programs. Saint Joseph's University offered me an open-ended opportunity to advance my career.”

MS - Special Education

Student Experience: Julianne Patrick (MS Special Education)

“When I first started the program, I was a little apprehensive about never being face-to-face with an actual professor or teacher… and it has been nothing like that. There is always email access to a teacher and that flexibility within that so when I have a question at 10:30 at night, nine times out of ten I get an immediate response.”

Deb Lafferty, Mayo Clinic, Web Architect

The professors in this program are wonderful. They make themselves available whenever you need them. Their encouragement has kept me going – literally. I appreciate when they share about themselves as well because it makes me feel more connected to them – just as if I were in class with them and possibly chatting prior to class starting about their weekend. They are clearly extremely intelligent and well-versed in their fields. I appreciate their experiences that they bring to the classroom and their obvious love for teaching. I can’t say enough great things about them.