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Graduate Programs

• Applied Physics (MS)
• Applied Statistics (graduate certificate)
• Athletic Training (MAT)
• Bilingual/Education (MAT, MS)
• Biology (MAT, MS)
• Business Administration (traditional and accelerated options)
• Chemistry (MAT, MS, BS/MS Accelerated Pathway)
• Classroom Teacher Specialist (sixth-year certificate)
• Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS, post-master’s certificate)
• Communication Disorders (MS)
• Computer Science (MS, BS/MS Accelerated Pathway)
• Creative Writing (MFA)
• Early Childhood Education(MAT)
• Earth Science 7-12 (MAT)
• Education (MS)
• Educational Leadership (EdD, sixth-year certificate)
• Elementary Education 1-6 (MAT)
• English (MA, MAT, MS)
• Environmental Education (MS)
• Exercise Science—Human Performance (MS)
• History (MA, BS/MS Accelerated Pathway, graduate certificate)
• Information & Library Science (MLIS, graduate certificate)
• Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT)
• Mathematics 7–12 (MAT)
• Nanotechnology (graduate certificate)
• Nursing (MSN, post-master’s certificate)
• Nursing Education (EdD)
• Physics 7–12 (MAT)
• Political Science (MS)
• Psychology (MA, BS/MA Accelerated Pathway)
• Public Health (MPH)
• Reading (MS, sixth-year certificate, post-master’s certificate)
• Recreation & Leisure Studies (MS, BS/MS Accelerated Pathway)
• Romance Languages (MA)
• School Counseling (MS, sixth-year certificate, post-master’s certificate)
• School Health Education (MS)
• School Psychology (MS, sixth-year certificate)
• Social Work (DSW, MSW)
• Sociology (MS)
• Special Education (MAT, MS, sixth-year certificate)
• Sport & Entertainment Management (MS, BS/MS Accelerated Pathway)
• TESOL/Bilingual/Multicultural Education (MS)
• Women’s & Gender Studies(MA, graduate certificate)

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Southern Connecticut State University is one of the largest graduate schools in New England. Our mission is to promote excellence in all aspects of graduate education. Southern Connecticut State University offers graduate programs in over 55 areas of study in the fields of education, business, health and human services, and the arts and sciences. We have approximately 2,000 students pursuing graduate studies, including more than 800 full-time students.

A student-centered university
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Southern’s campus has a vibrant, culturally rich, and ethnically diverse environment. The University offers unique research opportunities, access to fascinating internships, a bustling campus, and a commitment to preparing strong leaders. 

Many of our graduate programs are specifically designed for working professionals seeking to enhance their skills while advancing in their careers. Our flexible full- and part-time programs—such as the accelerated MBA program with Saturday and online courses, our online MS in Sport & Entertainment Management, and the Doctor of Social Work program—allow students to complete their graduate studies without putting their careers on hold. Additionally, our Accelerated Pathway programs allow undergraduate students to obtain their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.

Southern continues to develop to maintain a thoroughly modern campus, with our new School of Business and a complete library renovation project currently in progress. The ongoing expansion of our science programs was greatly advanced with the completion of the new 103,608-sq. ft., four-level academic and laboratory science building. This new building enhances not only the ongoing expansion of Southern’s science programs but the University’s capacity to educate more students in the STEM disciplines. Embracing an innovative, sustainable design, the building houses teaching and research training laboratories for nanotechnology, physics and optics, earth sciences, environmental sciences, cancer research, astronomy, molecular biology, and chemistry. 

Faculty expertise
Southern’s nationally renowned graduate faculty represent a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and scholarly achievements. Many have achieved national and international recognition for their scholarship and contributions to their professional disciplines. Faculty lend special expertise to the social, economic, governmental, business, and educational issues that impact businesses in Connecticut and the surrounding region. Southern students are inspired by the research, scholarship, and creative activity of our professors. 

Make New Haven your own
New Haven is a coastal, multicultural city of more than 130,000 people, just 90 minutes from New York City and less than three hours from Boston, with quick and convenient public transportation available to both metropolitan centers. The city of New Haven is a vibrant center for the arts, culture, history, and entertainment. It’s home to five colleges and universities, so wherever you go, you’ll find yourself immersed in a dynamic college experience.

At A Glance

Size of Campus: 168 acres

Number of Students: 9,331 undergraduate and graduate students; more than 2,600 students living on campus

Number of Faculty: 439 full-time faculty, with 84% holding the doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in their field; 593 part-time faculty members, many practitioners in their fields

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: The School of Graduate Studies works with Southern’s Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Health and Human Services to offer more than 55 graduate programs ranging from Business to Secondary Education, Biology to Art, and Communication Disorders to History. 

Master’s degrees are awarded as well as graduate certificates, sixth-year professional diplomas, and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership, Nursing Education, and Social Work. 

Geographic Diversity: Student body representing 37 states—the top five are Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts; 26 foreign countries represented, including Canada, China, Germany, Nigeria, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom

Admission Requirements 
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (recognized by a regional accrediting agency in the US); for a sixth-year certificate, a master’s degree is required. 

• An appropriate academic background for the program in which graduate study will be done

• A recommendation of the graduate program coordinator: specific graduate programs may have higher admission standards and/or require scores on standardized examinations such as the GRE or GMAT as well as letters of recommendation. Read the program section of the graduate catalog to determine additional graduate program admission requirements.

Application Deadlines and Fees: The application fee is $50. Although many of our graduate programs have a rolling admission process, a number of departments have established application deadlines. Applicants are urged to submit their completed application and credentials well in advance of the semester for which they seek admission. 

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78 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Applied Behavior Analysis                
Athletic Training                
BSN to MSN Programs              
Clinical Psychology                
Community Counseling                
Computer Science                
Creative Writing                
Early Childhood Education                
Educational Leadership              
Elementary Education              
Environmental Education                
General MBA              
Health Education              
Library/Information Sciences                
Marriage/Family Counseling                
Modern & Romance Languages                
Nurse Administration              
Nurse Education              
Parks/Recreation Studies                
Political Science                
Post-Secondary Education                
Psychology - General                
Public Health                
Public Policy                
Reading & Literacy              
School Counseling              
School Psychology              
Social Work - MSW                
Speech Pathology              
TESOL Education                
Teacher Certification                
Teaching Art              
Teaching English              
Teaching Foreign Language              
Teaching History              
Teaching Math              
Teaching Other Subjects              
Teaching Science              
Weekend MBA Programs                
Women's Studies            


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894 full-time

1,798 part-time




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