University of Saint Joseph

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) is an independent not-for-profit university, located in West Hartford, Connecticut. USJ offers bachelors as well as graduate and doctoral degree programs through 3 schools: the School of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education; School Interdisciplinary Health and Science; and the School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies. Explore and expand your potential in a welcoming community that offers personal attention and challenging academic programs to individuals who want to succeed and make a difference in society.

  • Average Tuition USD 39,143
  • Students 2,405
  • Regional Accreditation Yes
  • Total Annual Cost USD 50,601
  • Campus Setting Suburban

School Description

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1932, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) provides a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for a diverse student population in an inclusive environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society based on a proven track record of empowering students to succeed and lead. Students select from an array of dynamic majors, minors, dual majors, and concentrations, then proceeding to realize their ambitions. Experiential learning is incorporated across the curriculum, and faculty prepare students for meaningful professional careers or graduate studies. Seamless degree programs save time and money and build the foundation for a successful career, as many degree programs lead to professional licenses. As an NCAA Division III school, the University of Saint Joseph hosts 12 varsity teams, in addition to intramurals and numerous recreation and wellness programs. The University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). The 90-acre suburban campus in prestigious West Hartford, Conn. is known among colleges for its aesthetics and prime location: a few miles from major Hartford employers or entertainment and shopping in Blue Back Square, and midway between Boston and NYC.

  • 01Ranked as one of the Best Colleges/Regional Universities North
  • 02More than 30 majors and pre-professional areas of study
  • 03More than 85% of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees

Bachelor Programs

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    Accountancy

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the profession or duties of an accountant. The program's goal is to prepare you to successfully pass most of the licensing exams for accountants, including the CPA and CMA exams. The coursework focuses on the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarized, interpreted and communicated.

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    Art History

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes. USJ art students have the unique opportunity towork among numerous collections and distinctive artgalleries in the Greater Hartford community whilegaining practical museum operations experience.

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    Bioinformatics

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    USJ’s bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics provides students with a strong interdisciplinary focus on Biology with technology. By combining a comprehensive biology curriculum with courses in mathematics, data systems, and computer science, USJ’s program ensures students can contribute to the field upon graduation and assist in solving complex problems in the biosciences.

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    Biology

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations. As a Biology major at USJ, you have numerous opportunities to engage in firsthand research and work alongside professional scientists.

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    Biomedical Engineering

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of biomedical and health systems and products such as integrated biomedical systems, instrumentation, medical information systems, artificial organs and prostheses, and health management and care delivery systems. Students in this program receive two bachelor of science degrees in five years. At USJ, they earn a B.S. in Biology in three years. The next fall, those admitted work on a two-year B.S. in Bioengineering at Fairfield University's School of Engineering.

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    Business

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. Students studying Business Management at USJ participate in at least one internship.

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    Chemistry

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena. USJ's chemistry degree is approved by the American Chemical Society for the professional training of chemists.

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    Childhood Education

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to infant and pre-school age children with special learning needs or disabilities, and that prepares individuals to teach such students. At USJ you will cultivate skills valued across a variety of human services,educational, and advocacy settings thatserve children from diverse backgrounds.

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    Computer Science

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    USJ’s distinct program focuses on the latest trends in this growing field, ensuring that students graduate fully prepared to meet the immediate needs of employers. As businesses become increasingly inclined to use data-driven and evidence-based decision-making, USJ’s unique Computer and Data Science curriculum teaches students the highly valuable skillset that will set them apart in the job market.

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    Criminal Justice

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply theories and practices of organization management and criminal justice to the administration of public law enforcement agencies, with a focus on restorative justice. Includes instruction in law enforcement history and theory, operational command leadership, administration of public police organizations, labor relations, incident response strategies, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, public relations, and organizational leadership.

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    Education

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    The programs in education at USJ focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services. Offers teacher certification at the elementary, secondary, and special education levels, with supervised student teaching experiences.

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    English

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    The English degree program focuses on American Literature, Creative Writing, Shakespeare, Female Detective Fiction, and much more. There are concentrations available in Literature or Writing, and opportunities to study journalism in supervised internships. 

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    Gender Studies

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    The Women's Studies major offers both freedom and opportunity. Following the completion of two foundational courses - Women and Society and Feminist Theories - students select six courses from a variety of disciplines and then create their own specialization. All courses offered examine issues and activities inherent to the field of Women's Studies. Students select an area of concentration like Women in the Arts; Women, Science and Health; Women and Politics, and Women and Sports.

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    Health Science

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    As an interdisciplinary program, Health Science courses span numerous fields of study – from Biology, Chemistry, and Nutrition, to Public Health, Psychology, and Political Science. With a comprehensive curriculum taught by expert faculty, USJ prepares students to serve the current and future health needs and challenges of the population. USJ also offers an accelerated track for students interested in direct-entry to the Physician Assistant Studies graduate program.

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    History

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures. The degree in History at USJ provides a solid liberal arts foundation. This, along with small classes and individualized attention, will effectively prepare you for numerous careers in law, criminal justice, advocacy, public policy, museum curating, and more.

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    Management

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. Students studying Business Management at USJ participate in at least one internship.

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    Mathematics

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    The Mathematics major at USJ allows you to develop the art of mathematical discovery, achieve competence in the use of mathematical concepts and procedures, explore applications of mathematics in business, finance, the life sciences, cultivate your powers of logical reasoning, and become proficient with modern mathematical technology tools. Concentrations are available in Actuarial Science and Computer Science.

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    Nursing

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, and understanding the use of medical technology. USJ's Nursing program is well-respected and recognized for excellence, and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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    Nutrition Science

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A scientific program that focuses on the utilization of food for human growth and metabolism, in both normal and dysfunctional states, from the interdisciplinary perspective of the agricultural, human, biological, and biomedical sciences. Includes instruction in food science, biochemistry, physiology, dietetics, food and nutrition studies, biotechnology, biophysics, and the clinical sciences. USJ's Nutrition program is accredited by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

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    Philosophy

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines. At USJ, students take courses thataddress problems in ethics,social and political philosophy, and discuss real world applications of theory.

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    Psychology

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    USJ’s Psychology program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in counseling, behavior analysis, criminal justice, education, health care, social services, government, business, industry, and more. Accelerated bachelor's-to-master's programs are available in Applied Behavior Analysis and Mental Health Counseling.

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    Public Affairs

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    Public Policy and Advocacy is an interdisciplinary Social Science major focusing upon public and community affairs. The major appeals to a wide range of students, especially those interested in policy analysis, community advocacy, political activism, public administration, journalism, conventional and social entrepreneurship, guardianship and conservatorship, and pre-law. The program offers two concentrations: Public Law/Conservatorship or Service and Activism.

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    Public Health

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    The degree in Public Health prepares students to identify health needs of communities, promote health and reduce health disparities. Students receive training in the five core competencies of public health with a solid foundation in the liberal arts and natural sciences. The program will prepare students to make a positive difference in the world by promoting health equity and is directly in line with the USJ mission and core values.

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    Religion

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    Religious Studies covers the study of theology, comparative religions, spirituality, morality, and social justice. There are several concentrations available, including Theology, Religion, Religious Education, Ministry, Justice and Peace, Christian Living, Scripture, and Justice and Peace Studies.

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    Social Work

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    The Social Work program prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

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    Spanish

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. Students will learn to speak, read, and write with conversational ease, studying Spanish in cultural, literary, and historical contexts. The USJ curriculum recommends related courses in art history, business, political science and literature.

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    Sports Management

    USD 39,173 Tuition Fee

    The combination of USJ’s rigorous, comprehensive curriculum and required internship experiences ensures that students majoring in Sport Management and Promotion gain practical experience in the classroom and in the field. Students graduate fully prepared to pursue a multitude of careers or to continue their education in master’s and doctoral degree programs.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 65
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50

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    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    Offering up to 25,000 USD per year in merit-based scholarships. For students beginning Fall 2018 only, an additional "Mercy Values" scholarship is available. Students can earn up to 10,000 USD per year in additional scholarships.

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    Established in 1932

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    Through rigorous academic programs, opportunities for experiential learning, and the recent decision to become coeducational, USJ’s headway in achieving these goals is evident in newly released ranking of our #55 ranking, a nearly 30% increase over 2018, in “Best Regional Universities – North” and #23 in “Best Value for Regional Universities” in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Within the Connecticut rankings, USJ is the #4 Best Regional University and #2 Best Value Regional University.

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            2009-2013, Licentiate degree

            Outstanding University environment

            USJ was by far one of the greatest tertiary education experiences i've had. Though out my Licentiate degree i had the pleasure of meeting not only great faculty members but also excellent guest lecturers from around the world that gave an extra edge to the quality of the degree i achieved. Thank you USJ.