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Flexible, Faith-Based Liberal Arts Education at SJC

St. Joseph’s College appears in our ranking of The 45 Most Affordable Graduate Programs Online.

Named Forbes’ 265th top private school, St. Joseph’s College is a nonprofit, Catholic ACCU member headquartered in New York City that grants 51 bachelor’s, 16 master’s, and six certificate programs, including 15 fully online, at a 12:1 learner-faculty ratio. For example, the B.A. in Child Study shapes a 128-credit, CAEP-accredited curriculum chaired by Dr. Renee White into 15 concentrations, such as Spanish or Music, for inclusive K-6 certification after 16 student-teaching weeks at schools like Lakeville Elementary. Directed by Dr. William Phillips, the 128-credit B.A. in Journalism lets undergrads publish The Talon, broadcast SJC Radio, spend a semester in Australia, and intern at CBS.

Online via Canvas since Spring 2016, the M.B.A. in Health Care Management follows a 36-credit, AACSB-accredited sequence led by Dr. John Sardelis with rigorous 500-level courses from Medical Ethics to Strategic Planning that integrate semester-long internships like Northwell Health. Headed by Dr. Joseph Pascarella, the 33-credit M.S. in Forensic Computing lets Brooklyn or Long Island post-grads pursue CFCE or GIAC certification, enter the DC2 Cyber Crime Challenge, and secure 240-hour internships, such as Grant Thornton.

Other St. Joseph’s degrees include the B.A. in Human Relations, B.S. in Leisure Management, B.A. in Sociology, B.S. in Business Administration, B.A. in History, M.A. in Special Education, M.S.N. in Adult-Gerontology Nursing, and M.A. in Mathematics.

About St. Joseph’s College

St. Joseph’s College originated on February 24, 1916, when the New York Board of Regents chartered the all-female school founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. In 1920, its inaugural class of 14 women graduated with four-year bachelor’s degrees. In 1928, the St. Joseph’s College of Women earned initial regional accreditation. In 1934, President William T. Dillon opened one of the East Coast’s first collegiate preschools called the Child Study Center. In 1965, the McEntegart Hall Library was established at its 29-acre Brooklyn campus. In 1970, it became St. Joseph’s College to start admitting male students. Five years later, the School of Adult & Professional Education blossomed for non-traditional degrees. In 1978, a 32-acre waterfront tract was purchased for the Long Island campus. By 1995, St. Joseph’s College reached the graduate level with an M.A. in Infant/Toddler Therapeutic Education.

Endowed for $31.8 million, St. Joseph’s College now employs 628 faculty teaching 5,294 Golden Eagles from 19 countries online or face-to-face in Clinton Hill and Patchogue with 50+ clubs like the Philosophical Society for 80 percent retention. In 2018, SJC received Discover Long Island’s Industry Advancement Award. In 2015, St. Joseph’s won the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Building Brooklyn Award. The U.S. News & World Report declared SJC the 62nd best Northern college with the 176th best nursing and 137th top online bachelor’s programs nationally. On Niche, SJC boasts America’s 117th top criminal justice degrees, 136th best location, and 262nd best student life. Washington Monthly picked St. Joseph’s College as the 77th best master’s institution. Money magazine proclaimed SJC the 270th top value. The “College of Distinction” also made Business Insider’s top 25 online MBAs.

St. Joseph’s College Accreditation Details

On June 21, 2018, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Board of Trustees commended St. Joseph’s College by reaffirming the Level III accreditation status through 2025-26 under its eight president, Dr. Donald R. Boomgaarden, a Fulbright Scholar who graduated from Harvard’s Institute for Management & Leadership in Education. Located 98 miles down Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, this superb six-state Mid-Atlantic Region accreditor is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and New York State Education Department (NYSED). The Academic Affairs Office also lists these accreditations:

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

St. Joseph’s College Application Requirements

Starting at St. Joseph’s College is classified “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s because only 1,298 of the 1,693 Fall 2017 applicants were selected for 77 percent acceptance. First-year Golden Eagles must culminate a challenging, college-prep high school curriculum or the GED equivalent. The Class of 2021 presented an average 3.5 GPA, 1102 SAT, and 23 ACT mark. Seventy percent of admitted freshmen scored 3 or higher on at least one AP course. Qualified transfers will have 30+ college credits graded over C- for a minimum 2.0 GPA. Foreign undergrads must be English proficient with an 80 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS, or ESL Level 112 grade. Graduate School cohorts should uphold cumulative GPAs over 3.0 in the last 60 bachelor’s credits. The M.S.N. requires valid New York State licensure plus 12 months of bedside experience and malpractice insurance. Education master’s programs consider a PreK-12 teaching credential prerequisite. Incoming M.B.A. students report a median 502 GMAT score.

St. Joseph’s College conveniently enforces a final freshman deadline of March 15th. Transfers and post-grads generally have rolling admission until August 1st for Fall or January 1st for Spring. Please note the M.F.A. in Creative Writing requires 20-page portfolios plus applications by March 1st. Accordingly, submit the SJC Application online with a $25 non-refundable fee. Forward official transcripts to 245 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn, NY 11205 or 155 West Roe Blvd. in Patchogue, NY 11772. For testing results, select ACT code 2890, SAT/GRE code 2802, or MAT code 3208. Supplemental checklist items include the current resume, 250-word personal statement, two recommendations, teacher or RN license, pre-admission interview, and passport or F-1 visa. Contact (718) 940-5800 or online@sjcny.edu with any questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, St. Joseph’s College is billing full-time undergrads $14,295 per semester or $28,590 annually. Bachelor’s majors pay the $125 college fee, $75 activities fee, and $100 tech fee each term. Studying part-time incurs $925 per credit. The B.A. in Child Study has a $50 teaching fee. Freshmen cover a one-time $125 orientation fee. SJC budgets $7,300 for off-campus living, $1,000 for textbooks, and $4,750 for personal expenses. Annual undergrad attendance equals about $40,880 independently or $32,480 with parents. Online bachelor’s tuition is priced $625 per credit. Graduate programs in Brooklyn or Long Island charge $1,075 per credit. Online master’s cohorts spend $680 per credit.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Office of Financial Aid in O’Connor Hall Room N209A links 86 percent of full-time SJC Golden Eagles to median assistance of $13,997 each for $11.63 million combined. Institutional funds include the Esse Non Videri Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Scholastic Achievement Award, MaTECS Scholarship, Catholic School Grant, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Graduate Education Merit Grant, Alumni Grant, Study Abroad Scholarship, and ACES Program for English Language & Culture Grant. The Presidential Scholarship gifts $27,000 yearly for outstanding freshmen with at least 28 ACT or 1310 SAT marks. The $12,000 Transfer Academic Achievement Scholarship supports undergrads with 24+ college credits at GPAs above 3.7. Federal aid, such as the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant or Work-Study Program, require FAFSA forms coded E00505. New York families earning under $125,000 each year qualify for the Enhanced Tuition Award. Other state programs like the Aid for Part-Time Study, Child Welfare Scholarship, and Senator Patricia McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship also help.

Search through the 27 accredited departments with 70+ Roman Catholic degrees placed 471st nationally by The Wall Street Journal at the St. Joseph’s College website.