Graduate Academics

Graduate

Go Back. Then, move forward.

At Fairfield, we are committed to fostering an environment where you get the most out of your education. Our 41 graduate programs will help you with career advancement, enhancing your depth and breadth of knowledge in a chosen field of study.

Our faculty are leaders in their field, and will actively work to help you become a leader in yours. This might mean assisting you with research initiatives, or helping you get started on your own. You'll also have the opportunity to tailor your education to your own specific goals, with the flexibility to take classes that fit with your busy lifestyle and schedule - in the evening, daytime, or on weekends.

Come and learn more at an upcoming Graduate Information Session.

 

View the 30-second video below for an overview of Fairfield's exceptional graduate programs and campus amenities.

Schools

College of Arts & Sciences

The five graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences promote intellectual and reflective query, discovery, and practice, across such disciplines as American Studies, Creative Writing, Communication, Mathematics, and Public Administration.

Dolan School of Business

The best business leaders are the ones who use a strong moral compass to look at all decisions from every point of view - the kind of skills you'll get with an advanced degree from the Dolan School of Business.

Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions

The GSEAP is committed to educating scholar-practitioners. That means that the educators, counselors, psychologists, and administrators we graduate are adept across a wide range of environments, both in and out of the classroom.

School of Engineering

Complex issues deserve a multi-faceted approach, which is the kind of education you'll get from the School of Engineering. Across each of our graduate degrees, you'll learn to work effectively, to tackle complicated problems, and - in turn - advance your career.

Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies

We train our nurses to be more than just good practitioners, but also to be adaptable leaders. It's what happens when you apply classroom knowledge to a variety of hands-on clinical settings, all while staying in tune with a rapidly evolving health care industry.

Academic & Career Development Center

The Academic & Career Development Center serves Fairfield University students seeking academic and vocational support services. This integrated approach addresses the diverse developmental stages of a student’s academic career and positions Fairfield University as a leader in providing tailored services supporting personal development, academic excellence, and career readiness for a rapidly changing and evolving student body. The distinctiveness of this holistic approach is grounded in our Catholic, Jesuit mission and supports a transformative learning experience.

Academic Calendar

Fairfield University’s academic calendar is available online for your convenience.

Academic Catalog & Schedule

Fairfield University's graduate course catalogs are available in PDF format for your convenience.

Faculty & Awards

Our faculty of nearly 600 full- and part-time professors regularly publish; participate in intellectual gatherings; and are regionally, nationally and internationally recognized due to their work in their diverse academic pursuits.

Programs

At Fairfield, we are committed to fostering an environment where you get the most out of your education. Our 41 graduate programs will help you with career advancement, enhancing your depth and breadth of knowledge in a chosen field of study.

Resources

We offer plenty of support to aid students during this journey. Our Career Planning Center is an excellent resource for graduate students. The Writing Center can help you with things like essays and research papers. And our library -- just like every other place on campus -- is staffed with experts who can assist you with anything you might need. Because around here, you can be a lot of things -- but you'll never be in this alone.

Office of the Provost

The Academic Division houses educational and cultural components of the University, including the four schools and the college, the University Registrar, Disability Services, Office of Academic and Career Development, the Study Abroad Program, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Trio Program, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, the Bellarmine Museum of Art, several Academic Centers, including the Center for Academic Excellence. The division embodies the educational mission of the University through a commitment to intellectual excellence, Ignatian pedagogical principles and a Jesuit commitment to social justice.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

For a student to receive financial aid and/or merit scholarships, regulations require satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. The following are the satisfactory academic progress standards for students seeking federal or institutional financial aid at Fairfield University.

Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress
*Effective: July 1, 2015

For students to be eligible for federal, state or university need-based financial aid, they must be in good academic standing and must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward a degree. SAP is measured at the end of each academic year and is based on both pace of enrollment and academic performance at the time of measurement. Pace is determined by the total number of credit hours completed as a proportion of those attempted. Incomplete grades, repeated courses and course withdrawals that occur after the drop/add period are counted in the credit hours attempted. If the student has transfer credits, the credit hours are counted in both the credit hours completed and attempted.

Academic performance is measured by GPA including grades earned only in Fairfield University courses. In order to make SAP, students advancing from the first year to the sophomore year are expected to have a weighted cumulative GPA of 1.90 or better. At the end of the sophomore year, students are expected to have a weighted cumulative GPA of 1.90 or better. At the end of junior year, students should have an overall weighted cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. For the purposes of both pace and academic performance, summer courses will be included as the trailing term of the academic year.

Pace of enrollment is measured by the percentage of attempted credit hours that are completed. Students must complete at least 67% of the credit hours attempted in a year in order to receive financial aid in the following year. Overall, students are eligible for university-based aid for up to eight semesters of enrollment; students may receive federal financial aid up to 150% (typically 6 years) of the normal time to degree completion. Repeated courses will be counted as part of the attempted and completed courses, and part of the 150% of normal time to completion.

Students who lose eligibility for financial aid as a result of failure to make satisfactory academic progress may appeal to be placed on financial aid probation. This appeal must include the reasons for the lack of progress and the student's anticipated steps for improvement. In order to consider the appeal, the student will need to submit an approved academic plan that will lead to achievement of SAP standards. If during the probation period the student has not successfully achieved satisfactory academic progress, the student may appeal with a modified academic plan. Probation may last for up to one academic year, unless there are extraordinary circumstances. While on probation, a student's progress will be monitored at the end of each semester.

Notification

The Office of Financial Aid will notify all students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students will be notified of their SAP status by mail.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid

To have financial aid eligibility reinstated, a student may make up the credit hour and/or grade point index deficiencies in a subsequent term without receipt of financial aid for that term. University aid is only offered (if the student maintains eligibility) for eight semesters.

Appeal Process

A student who believes his/her failure to meet SAP standards was due to extenuating circumstances beyond his/her control may appeal in writing to the Appeals Committee. Some examples of extenuating circumstances are:

  • A student's serious illness or accident
  • Death or serious illness in the student's immediate family
  • Cancellation/discontinuance of a class by the University
  • Other unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the student that caused the student to fall below the satisfactory progress standards

Students should submit the SAP Appeal Form, including a personal letter, explaining the reason for the request and reason for their current academic status. In addition, an approved Academic Plan must be completed by the student and by an administrator from the appropriate Dean's Office. The Academic Plan can be obtained in the Dean's Office of any school or Academic Plan ‌online. The SAP Appeal Form, personal letter, Academic Plan, and any other supporting documentation (if desired), should be submitted to the student's financial aid counselor in the Office of Financial Aid no later than July 1.

If an appeal for one semester of probationary financial aid is approved, a student's progress will be monitored at the end of each semester. If after the financial aid probation period the student has not successfully achieved the required minimum GPA for reinstatement of the full financial aid award, the student may submit an appeal letter to request an extended probationary period of financial aid. Financial aid probation may last for up to one year, unless there are extraordinary circumstances.


Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress & Merit Scholarships

All merit scholarships awarded by Fairfield University are renewable for up to eight semesters of study provided the recipient earns the required minimum GPA for renewal. The GPA renewal requirement, which varies by level of award, is included in the initial award letter provided at the time of the student's admission to Fairfield and is measured at the end of each academic year.

Students who lose eligibility for merit scholarship as a result of failure to meet the minimum GPA requirement may appeal to be placed on merit scholarship probation. Students must submit the SAP Appeal Form, including a personal letter, explaining the reason for the request and reason for their current academic status. The appeal form, personal letter, and any other supporting documentation (if desired), should be submitted to the student's financial aid counselor in the Office of Financial Aid no later than July 1.

All merit scholarships awarded by Fairfield University are renewable for eight consecutive semesters of study provided the recipient earns the required minimum GPA for renewal. If an appeal for one semester of probationary merit scholarship is approved, a student's progress will be monitored at the end of each semester. If after the merit scholarship probation period the student has not successfully achieved the required minimum GPA for reinstatement of the full merit scholarship, the student may submit an appeal letter to request an extended probationary period of merit scholarship. Merit scholarship probation may last for up to one year, unless there are extraordinary circumstances.


Deadlines for SAP Appeals

Appeals must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by July 1, or by other stated deadlines as provided by the Office of Financial Aid. If reinstatement of aid is sought for summer sessions, the appeal must be submitted prior to the first day of classes for that term. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate an appeal before a specified SAP Appeal deadline.

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