Saint Peter’s University

Introduction

What happens when you put one of the world’s greatest teaching organizations next to one of the greatest cities in the world? You get Saint Peter’s University, a Jesuit institution of higher education just minutes from New York City, a global center of culture, entertainment, business — and professional and career opportunities.

Saint Peter’s is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, founded in the same tradition as Georgetown University and Boston College. Established in 1872, Saint Peter’s University blends a unique learning experience shaped by rigorous academics, internships that provide real-world experience, community service, and a genuine, caring community that supports you long after graduation.

With an undergraduate student-faculty ratio of 12-to-1 and a stellar faculty committed to your success, Saint Peter’s offers more than 50 undergraduate majors as well as master’s level and doctorate programs. We’re small enough to know you by name and big enough to bring the world to your door.

Our Mission

Saint Peter’s University, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment.

Early Days of Saint Peter’s College

Saint Peter’s College, the Jesuit College of New Jersey, was founded as a liberal arts college for men in 1872. When classes first started in Jersey City on September 2, 1878, seventy-one students originally enrolled in the Preparatory Department.

That number grew to one hundred and twenty-three by year’s end. They aged from ten to fifteen, and thus none of them were doing college-level work. As more students arrived, work began on a new school building on Grand Street in 1899 (pictured right).

By 1900, the College had granted 63 Bachelor degrees and 26 Master’s degrees. Five years later, the College and Saint Peter’s High School, though located in the same building, were distinct academic institutions.

From 1918 to 1930, the College closed down due to the impact of World War I and because Jesuit superiors wanted to concentrate their manpower in other colleges on the East Coast. As noted in the College yearbook, “The classrooms went empty. The faculty closed their markbooks, and left for the battlefields.”

A New Beginning

Saint Peter’s reopened in 1930 on the fourth floor of the Chamber of Commerce Building in downtown Jersey City, and women were admitted to the Evening Session for the first time. Robert I. Gannon, S.J., was Dean.

With the re-birth of Saint Peter’s in 1930, Rev. Gannon named the Peacock the official mascot of the College, reflecting the spirit of “resurrection and eternal life.” The peacock also ties the College to the settling of Jersey City, originally called “Pavonia,” or “Land of the Peacock.”

Reverend Gannon introduced six new Jesuit faculty members, who brought a new vigor and outlook to the College, stressing, as their predecessors had done, a strong Catholic liberal arts program, the hallmark of a Jesuit education. By 1933, the College had made serious efforts to move from downtown Jersey City to its present site on the former Edward Young estate.

In 1936, the College moved to its present location on Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. Changes were gradually made on the new campus (among other buildings, McDermott Hall, Dinneen Hall, the Yanitelli Recreational Center, and Whelan Hall were started in 1949, 1956, 1973, and 1992, respectively).

Growth and Expansion

Saint Peter’s officially became fully coeducational in 1966 when women were admitted to the Day Session, although 35 women had actually been enrolled in 1944 in order to keep the College occupied during difficult financial times.

In 1975 Saint Peter’s established a branch campus, a “college for adults,” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and began working to improve the Jersey City campus, with renovations that included the conversion of the grass quad into the concrete quad on campus today.

The College offered its first graduate program in education in 1980. Also in 1980, Saint Peter’s welcomed resident students onto campus for the first time.

The 1990s proved to be a decade of expansion and growth, with dramatic increases in enrollment and the addition of more residence halls to accommodate the growing student body.

Saint Peter’s College celebrated its 130th Anniversary in 2002.

On August 17, 2012, Saint Peter’s College officially became known as Saint Peter’s University.

Saint Peter’s University

Saint Peter’s University remains faithful to its commitment to the education mission of the Society of Jesus. Saint Peter’s University, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment.

Today, President Eugene J. Cornacchia leads the University onward toward a promising future. Saint Peter’s University is a landmark on Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City, and also offers several off-campus locations for adult undergraduate and graduate students.

Accreditation

Saint Peters University accreditations include:

  • The Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctoral Nursing programs)
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy, Bachelor of Science in Business Management, International Business, Marketing, and Accounting)
  • The Teacher Education Accreditation Council (Teacher Preparation Program)
  • Saint Peter’s University is approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education for teacher training.
  • The School of Business Administration at Saint Peter’s University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
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Master of Science in Accountancy

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Jersey City Englewood Cliffs + 1 more

The MS in Accountancy is a 30 credit-hour program providing individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to keep pace with the changes in the practice of accounting. A unique feature of the program is its focus on risk management and compliance issues, preparing individuals for the growing complexities of the corporate world. [+]

The MS in Accountancy is a 30 credit-hour program providing individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to keep pace with the changes in the practice of accounting. A unique feature of the program is its focus on risk management and compliance issues, preparing individuals for the growing complexities of the corporate world. Many states require 150 total credits to sit for the CPA exam. This degree, along with a 120 credit-hour undergraduate accounting degree, satisfies the course hours required to sit for the exam. The combined MSA and MBA broadens a student's foundation to include accounting, risk management, and compliance foundation to the breadth of knowledge gained in the MBA program. Value of the MS in Accountancy Degree Employers and accounting firms are seeking graduates who understand fraudulent financial reporting, weak internal controls, corporate wrongdoing, ethical standards, and legal requirements. Graduates can help strengthen the financial reporting and risk management practices of their employers or their clients. The MS in Accountancy prepares candidates to understand: Inaccurate or Fraudulent Financial Reporting. Strategies to reduce significant errors in financial reports. Internal Controls and Compliance. Preventing, detecting, and deterring non-compliance with regulations and policies. Analytical Skills. Problem solving and judgment skills to improve financial reporting and risk management. Ethics and Legal Liability. Integration of ethical values into processes to reduce allegations of wrongdoing and the risk of lawsuits. Curriculum Candidates must complete 30 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A maximum of six (6) credits of equivalent course work may be... [-]

Master of Science in Cyber Security

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Jersey City Englewood Cliffs + 1 more

Saint Peter’s University is establishing a new Master’s degree program in Cyber Security. The 30-credit, 10-course program will provide you with the advanced skills you need to protect and defend information systems from cyber-attacks. The Cyber Security graduate courses will be taught in the evening on the Jersey City campus. Each class will be 2 ½ hours and will meet one time per week. [+]

New Starting the Fall 2016 Semester Saint Peter’s University is establishing a new Master’s degree program in Cyber Security. The 30-credit, 10-course program will provide you with the advanced skills you need to protect and defend information systems from cyber-attacks. The Cyber Security graduate courses will be taught in the evening on the Jersey City campus. Each class will be 2 ½ hours and will meet one time per week. The Need for Cyber Security Professionals Cyber Security is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges that the United States and world economy faces. With every industry becoming increasingly dependent on digital data, data assurance and protection against cyber-attacks is critical. The number of cyber-attacks is increasing and the sophistication of the attacks is evolving. There is a shortage of professionals who can design and implement secure systems to protect an organization’s information technology assets, including critical U.S. infrastructure. The job market for highly trained Cyber Security professionals is expanding rapidly. The Master of Science in Cyber Security program is designed to provide graduate students with the necessary knowledge and hands-on training in computer architecture, networks, and cyber/computer forensics to detect and secure computer systems. Saint Peter’s University will also be establishing a Cyber Security Center on the Jersey City campus for the start of the Fall 2016 semester. This Center will provide for a dynamic environment for students to get hands-on training on cyber security and digital forensics software packages and tool kits. Students will learn... [-]

Master of Science in Data Science with a concentration in Business Analytics

Campus Full time Part time 16  September 2017 USA Jersey City Englewood Cliffs + 2 more

With the exponential growth of Big Data over the past few years, the need for Data Scientists becomes more and more pronounced and urgent. Saint Peter’s University now offers a cutting edge academic program to meet such demands and train the next generation of data scientists. The Master of Science in Data Science with a concentration in Business Analytics. [+]

The Need for Data Scientists With the exponential growth of Big Data over the past few years, the need for Data Scientists becomes more and more pronounced and urgent. Saint Peter’s University now offers a cutting edge academic program to meet such demands and train the next generation of data scientists. The Master of Science in Data Science with a concentration in Business Analytics. Data Science with a focus on Business Analytics is the discipline that integrates scientific methods from statistics, computer science and data-based business management to extract knowledge from data and drive decision making. The Master in Data Science curriculum provides students with a rigorous course of study in Big Data Technologies, applications and practices. The courses range from theories, and tools to applications. Students learn to use tools such as R, SAS, and Weka. Coursework includes statistics, data mining & visualization, machine learning, predictive modeling, decision analysis & optimization, and applications in business, marketing, and information systems using these tools. The capstone of the program is a research project in which students apply the acquired theoretical knowledge in data science to solve real-world business problems. Ethical and leadership considerations will also be explored. Program Facts The Data Science program was developed to aligns with “best of industry practice” in Big Data concepts utilized by the Oracle Corporation. The curriculum has tight integration with the most current Oracle Corporation approaches to the management of Big Data technology and business analytics. The Saint Peter’s program represents the current industry... [-]

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