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Welcome to the School of Graduate Studies at St. Catharine College!

It is my privilege to serve as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies here at St. Catharine College.  In December 2010 we received approval from our accrediting agency, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, to begin offering graduate programs in January 2012.  St. Catharine College is now fully approved to grant master's degrees.

St. Catharine has undergone phenomenal growth in the past five years.  The College community and the School of Graduate Studies are committed to providing career-focused education grounded firmly in a proud liberal arts tradition.  Whether you are a person well-established in your career or a relatively recent college graduate looking to gain knowledge and experience to add to your qualifications, our master's program will equip you to move ahead in your chosen field.  Currently, we offer three areas of concentration in our master's program in leadership:(1) community and regional leadership, (2) health promotion and leadership and (3) religion, ministry and leadership.  Please consult our brochure below for core courses and specialty courses within the three areas.

The mission of the master's program in leadership is to prepare reflective, competent leaders to direct and provide professional services in diverse settings.  We offer research-based instruction with opportunities to learn best practices and to implement them.  Students demonstrate mastery competencies through classroom experiences, field placement and research.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  I would welcome the opportunity to meet and/or talk with you about the possibilities of your enrolling in St. Catharine College's master's degree program.

Sr. Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, J.D., Ph.D.

ashaughnessy@sccky.edu  or 859-336-5082 ext. 1321

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Frequently Asked Questions of the Master’s Programs at SCC

1. Where do I get an application form?

Application forms can be downloaded from the graduate studies page of the St. Catharine College website, www.sccky.edu. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies at 1-859-336-5082, ext. 1321 or email your question to Dean Shaughnessy at ashaughnessy@sccky.edu

2. What should I submit with the application form?

The following materials should be submitted with your signed and completed application form:
  • $50 application fee (waived for graduates of St. Catharine College).
  • Completed recommendation forms or list of persons who will be submitting the forms in support of your application.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended mailed directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies, St. Catharine College, 2735 Bardstown Road, St. Catharine, KY 40061.
  • GRE, LSAT, MCAT or GMAT score(s), if applicable. If you have any questions about your tests or the interpretation of your scores, please contact the Dean of Graduate Studies.
  • If English is not your first language and/or you do not have an earned degree from an English speaking college or university, a TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB score is required.
  • The Dean of Graduate Studies reserves the right to request to request additional information from applicants and to ask for a personal interview. The Dean is happy to meet with anyone interested in SCC’s programs. You may schedule an appointment with her by calling the above number or sending her an email.

3. Do transcripts have to be official or may I submit one that is marked “unofficial”?

Transcripts must be official and mailed directly from the college or university you attended to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. A separate transcript from a college or university attended which did not award you a degree is not necessary if and only if those classes are recorded on the official transcript of the college or university which awarded you a degree.

An official transcript is one that bears the imprint of the college or university seal or signature of the registrar and is mailed directly from the institution to St. Catharine College. A transcript marked “Issued to Student” is not an official transcript.

4. How much is the application fee?

A $50 application fee is required for the graduate program. St. Catharine alumni are exempt from paying the fee.

5. Whom should I ask to fill out my recommendation forms?

It is very important that the persons completing the forms be able to speak to your abilities to achieve academically, think critically and apply theory to practice. Generally, persons such as former professors, professional colleagues or job supervisors are good choices. Remember, these are professional references, not personal ones. Please do not ask friends or relatives to complete these, as they may be returned to you.

6. How can I take the GRE if I haven’t already done so?

You can go to www.prometric.comfor information about the Graduate Record Examination and testing centers located in your geographic area. Testing can usually be scheduled and completed in less than two weeks’ time.

7. Is submission of GRE scores an absolute requirement?

No.  It is one of several items from which you can choose.

8. When is the dealine for applications?

The deadline for January admission is December 10; for Fall admission, the deadline is August 5.  These deadlines can be extended for good reason.

9. How much is the tuition?

Graduate tuition is $385 a credit hour.

10. Is there any financial aid available?

Graduate students may complete and submit on line the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The St. Catharine school code is 001983. Further information may be gained by visiting the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by calling the St. Catharine College Office of Financial Aid at 859.336.5082, ext. 1214. Applicants should note that some federal and state aid is limited to undergraduates.

11. Am I eligible for employer tuition reimbursement?

Eligibility depends on whether your employer has a tuition reimbursement policy. Your employer’s human resource officer should be able to assist you. St. Catharine College is happy to work with employers who have tuition reimbursement policies.

12. When are classes offered?

Graduate courses are offered at various times during the year. Most classes follow an 8 week compressed semester schedule. Day, night and weekend classes are offered. Please consult the course schedule on the St. Catharine College website for more information.

13. What is the time frame for completing a degree?

The graduate program has been designed to allow students to choose their own pace of study and completion. The minimum amount of time involved, assuming a 9 credit per semester hour load, would be approximately 18 months.

14. Whom do I contact if I have specific questions about the areas of concentration, community and regional leadership or health promotion and leadership?

Mr. Jim Silliman, is the Program Coordinator for the Community and Regional Leadership Concentration. He may be contacted by email at jsilliman@sccky.edu or by phone at 859.336.5082, ext. 1097. Associate Professor Jean Oldham is the Program Coordinator for the Health Promotion and Leadership Concentration. She may be contacted by email at joldham@sccky.edu or by phone at 859.336.5082, ext. 1342. Dr. Don Giles is the Program Coordinator for the Religion, Ministry and Leadership Concentration and can be contacted by email at dongiles@sccky.edu or by phone at 859.336.5082, ext. 1105.

14. How long will it take before I know if I have been accepted?

If your application packet is complete, you should be notified of the action taken on your application within fifteen business days, usually sooner.