About Chatham University
Why Consider Chatham Graduate Programs?You might have a ton of reasons for choosing Chatham University to earn your graduate degree. After all, it’s not just a small, supportive community offering the programs you want. It’s also widely recognized for the quality of the education they provide, ranked in such publications as US News & World Report, and The Princeton Review. Here are just a few Chatham University Ranking achievements for you to consider.
- US News & World Report 2018: #75 Regional Universities North
- US News & World Report 2018: #79 Best Value Schools
- US News & World Report 2018: #98 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
- Princeton Review 2018: Top 50 Green Colleges
- Princeton Review: Best Regional Colleges (Northeastern)
Their Commitment to Diversity & InclusionChatham University is committed to supporting the education and success of all of their students—whatever their gender, personal or cultural background, faith, orientation, skin color, or heritage. They’ve even established a Diversity and Inclusion Council in service of this commitment. The goals of this council are:
- To celebrate and support all cultures
- To promote awareness and understanding
- To prioritize diversity and inclusion at the university
- To create opportunities for the campus community to learn more about other cultures and experiences, and to engage with them
- To ensure access to resources supporting disability, mental health, and sexual and gender violence prevention
- To assess and monitor progress toward these goals
The Campus CommunityWhile your coursework is important, it’s by no means the only part of your grad school experience. As a student at Chatham, you’ll become part of a vibrant student community—not just among your grad school peers, but including undergrads, faculty, and alumni! At Chatham, grad students may become involved in all different ways. There’s the Graduate Student Assembly, which works together to help find ways to keep grad students involved and to improve students’ experience at Chatham. The GSA plans socials and other events to help students like you kick back in your free time and connect with your peers outside of class. There’s also a variety of student organizations focused on your area of study, hobbies and interests, and more!
The Support for Active Duty Military & Veteran StudentsIf you’re currently in the military, or are a veteran, Chatham wants you to feel right at home. They make it a priority to offer their military students the services and support they need to succeed. For example, Chatham offers a unique military admissions process, services designed to help ease the transition into student life, counseling and health services, and more! If you’re a veteran or active duty military, contact Chatham University to find out more about how they could support your unique needs.
The Resources & Academic SupportGrad school can be challenging. After all, you’re likely stretching yourself, trying new things, and honing new skills in each class! But you don’t have to do it alone. Chatham wants to support you every step of the way! Whether you’re in need of resources for research, career guidance, accommodations for a disability, or support to overcome personal issues, Chatham has got your back. Just check out the PACE Center, Counseling Services, or Career Development to learn more!
Mission, Vision and Values
Chatham University’s mission is to prepare students for purposeful lives and work. This includes their liberal arts approach to education, emphasis on professional skills, and fostering a spirit of engaged citizenship and sustainable living.
Admissions:Chatham University works to make their graduate admissions process as straightforward as possible. They offer open house events and virtual sessions where aspiring grad students could learn more about the specifics for each program. Applications may be accepted on a rolling basis, thought his may vary by program or school.
- GPA: Applicants typically need at least a 3.0, though some applicants with a lower GPA may be granted conditional admittance if their other achievements demonstrate promise.
- GRE Scores: These may be required if you’re applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, the Doctor of Counseling Psychology Program, the Mater of Physician Assistant Studies Program, or the Master of Occupational Therapy Program.
- Deferred Entrance: If you are accepted and wish to defer your start-date, you may do so for up to a year. After a year, you would need to re-apply and be accepted again.
- International Applicants: Students applying from abroad may be asked for additional documentation, including academic records (in English and the original language), TOEFL scores, and financial and visa information.
Enrollment, Attendance, Retention Rates and Graduation
Graduate attendance rate of 31% part-time and 69% full-time
For the years 2018-2019 Chatham University awarded: 223 bachelor's degrees, 357 master's degrees, 159 doctor's degrees - professional practice
- The American Chemical Society
- The Council for Interior Design Accreditation
- The Council on Social Work Education
- The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
- The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
- The Pennsylvania Department of Education (for the teacher education program)
- Chatham University: Online
- Chatham University: Pittsburgh, PAWoodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA, 15232
Program Highlight: Master of Communication at ChathamChatham University’s Master of Communications program (or MComm, for short) is designed to offer the best of both worlds, in more ways than one. Students could hone skills to support a growing career, and academic expertise to support continued study in a doctoral program. Students could benefit from both the personal nature of classroom study and the convenience of online learning. And they could study alongside both experienced professionals and those new to the field, in a program designed to meet the needs of both. Students in the MComm program at Chatham have the option of further specializing their program by choosing one of three tracks:
- Health Communication
- Environmental Communication
- Strategic Communication