Creighton University Graduate School Fact Sheet
The Graduate School was formally established as a separate division of Creighton University in 1926; although, the first master’s degree was conferred by the University in 1893. The first dean of Graduate Studies at Creighton University was appointed in 1926; the Graduate School conferred its first Ph.D. in 1971.
The purpose of graduate education at Creighton University is to develop traits of critical thinking, scholarly initiative and habits of disciplined inquiry. Creighton students are challenged to develop as professionals who have the wisdom and judgment necessary to provide leadership in helping build a more just society. The Graduate School’s many programs integrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to develop competent and reflective individuals.
- Gail Jensen, Ph.D., serves as the dean of both the Graduate School and University College and also holds the position of Associate Vice President for Research in Academic Affairs.
- Faculty from seven of the nine colleges and schools at Creighton University teach courses in one or more of the graduate programs.
- In 2011-2012, there were 327 members of the Graduate School faculty.
- In fall of 2011, there were 335 full-time and 650 part-time students enrolled in the Graduate School, a 20 percent increase in enrollment from 2010.
- In the spring of 2012, there were 992 students enrolled, 245 full-time and 747 part-time.
- More than 1000 students enrolled in courses in the summer of 2012.
- The student population consists of 12.2 percent minority and 6.6 percent international students.
- The Graduate School offers 28 master’s degree programs ranging from atmospheric sciences, physics and international relations, to English, ministry, theology and education, to the medical and pharmaceutical sciences, education, and negotiation and dispute resolution.
- Three Ph.D. programs are offered, in the fields of biomedical sciences, medical microbiology and immunology, and pharmacology. An interdisciplinary Ed.D. program in leadership was initiated in the spring of 2011.
- The Graduate School offers 11 certificate programs in areas such as Christian spirituality, education administration, negotiation and dispute resolution, and nursing.
- Dual degree programs are available in a variety of fields of study, allowing students to earn a graduate degree in conjunction with a professional degree (J.D., Pharm.D.), or to earn graduate degrees in two fields, including business administration, international relations, negotiation and dispute resolution, and information technology management.
Points of Pride
- Creighton University has several online graduate programs, including
- Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
- Master of Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
- Master of Arts in Ministry o Master of Science in Health Care Ethics
- Certificate in Catholic School Leadership
- Interdisciplinary Ed.D. in Leadership
- More than 35 percent of Creighton’s graduate students are now enrolled in online programs.
- By fall of 2012, enrollment in the interdisciplinary Ed.D. program in leadership will exceed 200 students.
- An online master of public health program will begin in the spring of 2013.
- An M.S. program in emergency medical services will begin in the spring of 2013. This will be a hybrid program, combining on-campus and online delivery.
- An online M.A. program in medical anthropology will begin in the summer of 2013.
- Creighton University offers a number of graduate assistantships and fellowships to both masters and doctoral students.
- Students from Creighton’s graduate programs have been accepted into some of the most prestigious doctoral and postdoctoral programs in the country.