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SHU Ranked Among Top 20 in Assessment of Nursing, Accounting Programs

Ranking based on career options and value

College Values Online (CVO) has ranked Sacred Heart University’s master’s programs in accounting and nursing among the top 20 in the nation.

College Values Online assesses institutions of higher education, ranking them based on career options and value. It especially noted the affordability of SHU’s accounting and nursing programs, as well as their accelerated online track, when ranking the University. “Our editors noted that [these are two] of the top accelerated degree programs in the country,” said Laura Kilmartin of CVO, adding that Sacred Heart was “identified as one of the best value colleges” for these programs.

The master of science degree in nursing, which can be completed in 20 months or fewer, ranked 13th in CVO’s assessment. “Our students graduate as leaders in the field, bringing with them the highest level of knowledge, principles and practices. From clinical nurse leaders, to executive management, to teachers and nurse practitioners, graduates of this program learn the responsibility and depth of effective practices in the health-care profession,” said Mary Alice Donius, dean of the College of Nursing. “This ranking shows what we already knew: that our alumni are capable, consummate professionals.”

The master of science degree in accounting (MSA) ranked 18th, with CVO noting students’ ability to complete their degrees in 18 months or fewer.

Barbara Tarasovich, director of the M.S. in accounting program, is heartened to see CVO highlight her department so favorably. “We designed our M.S.A. program at the Jack Welch College of Business to prepare accounting professionals to excel in their pursuit of becoming certified professional accountants. In addition, our students develop critical thinking, analytic and communication skills to become future business leaders. It’s rewarding to have our efforts recognized in this way,” Tarasovich said.

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