In 1962, Salisbury University launched its first graduate program, the Master of Education. Since then, SU’s graduate offerings have grown to include 14 master’s and two doctoral programs. More than half a century since that first program was approved, they now have a new home with the establishment of the Graduate School at SU. 

“The creation of the Graduate School at SU aims to not only enhance our initiatives in expanding graduate enrollment, but to also elevate our rankings and reinforce our institutional identity,” said SU President Carolyn Ringer Lepre. “Reinforcing our commitment to graduate education through the creation of a formalized graduate school will open doors to new opportunities for progress and provide our graduate students with a heightened sense of pride and belonging within the SU community.” 

In addition to overseeing SU’s graduate programs, the new school will be located within the same administrative unit as the University’s Office of Sponsored Programs, as well as the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (OURCA). 

Additional master’s programs at SU include an M.S. in applied biology, history, health and human performance, GIS management, mathematics education and social work, as well as an M.A. in conflict analysis and dispute resolution, and teaching. A new master’s program in public communication is pending approval. 

Doctoral programs at SU include the Doctor of Nursing Practice and an online Ed.D. – literacy studies: literacy. 

The University also offers post-baccalaureate certificates in health care management and teaching English as a second language (TESOL), post-master certificates in advanced study in education leadership and advanced study in educational leadership, and a post-doctorate certificate of completion for family nurse practitioner. 

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