Aug 17, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Introduction to Nazareth


Mission
Curriculum
Recognition
Commitment to the Future
Additional Resources

Mission

The mission of Nazareth College is to provide a learning community that educates students in the liberal arts, sciences, visual and performing arts, and professional fields, fostering commitment to a life informed by intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and aesthetic values; to develop skills necessary for the pursuit of meaningful careers; and to inspire dedication to the ideal of service to their communities. Nazareth seeks students who want to make a difference in their own world and the world around them, and encourages them to develop the understanding, commitment, and confidence to lead fully informed and actively engaged lives.

To carry out that mission, Nazareth College offers graduate programs that promote academic excellence in the preparation of professionals who are leaders in the local and global communities through educational and experiential opportunities, and individualized support.

Nazareth began its current graduate programs in 1971. Today, graduate students can choose from dozens of degree programs within the Schools of Business and Leadership, Education, Health and Human Services, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Nazareth College’s experiential approach to learning and leading gives its students a balance of classroom knowledge and authentic application. Through field work, clinical experiences, student teaching, internships, service learning and alternative-break trips, students are encouraged to view their careers from multiple perspectives and apply their skills to making a difference in their community.

True to the vision of its founders, Nazareth College has remained a learning center committed to such academic, cultural and social justice experiences that enable its students to define their life’s work in a holistic way, and to accelerate their position in their chosen life’s work.

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Curriculum

Nazareth College of Rochester is incorporated under the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It is approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.

Nazareth College offers 21 graduate programs of study including: the graduate degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Music, Master of Science, Master of Science in Education, Master of Social Work, and Doctor of Physical Therapy. A combined Bachelor of Science-Master of Science in Education may also be awarded. The College holds membership in the American Council on Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Program accreditation includes: Creative Arts Therapy (NYS Licensure Qualifying; Art Therapy program accredited by the American Art Therapy Association; Music Therapy program accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and approved by the American Music Therapy Association); Physical Therapy (Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education); Social Work (Council on Social Work Education); Speech Language Pathology (Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology). The teacher education programs in the School of Education are accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Education Preparation (AAQEP). In addition, the School of Business and Leadership is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). 

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Recognition

The 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges guide ranked Nazareth College in the top tier of colleges and universities for Best Regional Universities North, at No. 34, rising from No. 45 last year. Rankings are based on academic quality indicators such as graduation rates and faculty resources. The region covers 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Nazareth College is No. 47 among more than 600 Best Master’s Universities by the 2021 Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings based on contributions to social mobility, research, and public service. Nazareth also made the list for the 2021 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: Northeast - an exclusive list of schools ranked according to how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

Nazareth is among a select group of top colleges and universities across the country hand-picked to earn a 2021-2022 Best Colleges of Distinction designation for its commitment to engaged, experiential education. Colleges of Distinction focuses on colleges like Nazareth that are committed to the undergraduate experience and deliver on four overarching distinctions - student engagement, teaching, community, and outcomes.

Nazareth regularly ranks among the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities for its number of Fulbright scholars, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Nazareth College consistently ranks among the best for student civic engagement. Washington Monthly, NASPA (the leading national association of student affairs administrators in higher education), the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the Carnegie Foundation have recognized Nazareth’s sophisticated, successful approach to community engagement.

Nazareth students who propose projects to address public health, education, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and the environment get accepted each year for the Clinton Global Initiative University, which assembles about 1,000 student leaders from colleges and universities to learn, network, and educate.

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Commitment to the Future

Nazareth College’s dynamic learning environment is responsive to the needs of the rapidly changing global workforce. The College will continue to innovate its curriculum and improve its facilities to address these ever-evolving needs.

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Additional Resources

In addition to academic program information, this catalog contains Academic Policies and Procedures for graduate students. The catalog should be read in conjunction with important documents/handbooks printed by the student’s academic program of study (if available) that provide valuable information regarding student obligations and course offerings. Also available are the following resources: Student Accessibility Services, Academic Calendar, and the Student Handbook.

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