Why I Chose Saint Joseph’s University

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When I first began the conversation about going back to school to pursue a Master’s degree, I hadn’t really given any consideration to where I was going to apply. The one thing that mattered to me the most was that I wanted a degree from a traditional university. The crazy part about my initial research on universities that offered online degrees for Health Administration was that I didn’t see Saint Joseph’s University during my research and I nearly settled on another school.

Fortunate for me, a weekend getaway combined with the idea that something else might be out there for me, led to one more search and the discovery of the HAD program at Saint Joseph’s University. It was during this search that I knew I had found the program for me – a program that offered flexibility and name recognition from a university that prides itself on values.

When I first came across the Saint Joseph’s University website, I saw one word that intrigued me: magis.

Since I am not Catholic, I had to research what “Magis” meant. Learning the definition of this word and seeing how it is applied to our everyday life was inspiring and it made me feel good about the university itself. In fact, my ultimate decision for choosing Saint Joseph’s University came down to the factors highlighted below knowing that the University focused on inspiring others to do more or do better.

Though many of the other programs I had researched were predominately online, they still had requirements that I would have to fulfill which would force me to travel to the university on multiple occasions. I reside in Florida so you can imagine the financial obligation I would have had to undertake to ensure I was able to meet the requirements of the HAD program.

In addition, and unlike these other online programs, the Saint Joseph’s HAD program was offered 100% online. This meant that I wouldn’t have to use vacation time from work, or take time without pay, to attend weeklong sessions on campus like the other programs were requiring me to do.

Finally, the main reason I chose the HAD program at Saint Joseph’s University is that it is considered (and has remained) one of the top programs in the country. Name recognition of the university you attend goes a long way sometimes when employers are evaluating your candidacy for a position.

You want to know that the education you are receiving is going to give you the best setup for your future career goals. I chose Saint Joseph’s University to help me pursue my dream of obtaining a Master’s degree in Health Administration and I will never regret that decision.

About the Author

Nicholas Godbey

Nicholas Godbey is a graduate student from the HAD program at Saint Joseph’s. Nicholas is currently an Education Technician at a medical center in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In his free time, Nicholas enjoys spending quality time with his wife and their cat, Vegeta, as well as going to the beach, catching movies, and participating in triathlons.

Grad Year: 2016
Program: MS in Health Administration

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