Chestnut Hill College endeavors to present an accurate overview of its curricular and co-curricular programs, facilities and fees in this publication. The information contained herein is current as of July 1, 2009. As growth and changes are inevitable, Chestnut Hill College reserves the right to alter regulations, programs, fees, or provisions described in this publication without notice or obligation. Failure to read this catalog and other sources of regulations governing academics and student life at Chestnut Hill College does not excuse the student from the requirements and regulations discussed herein. In all of its policies and operations, the College complies with applicable federal and state laws.


Chestnut Hill College holds institutional accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Institutional accreditation does not imply specialized accreditation of the programs offered.

The College holds membership in the Association of American Colleges, the American Council on Education, the National Catholic Education Association, the American Association of University Women, the Council of Independent Colleges, the College Entrance Board, and numerous other education groups and learned societies.

The College belongs to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE), a group of eight independent higher education institutions in the Greater Philadelphia region. The members of SEPCHE engage in collaborative approaches to the challenges of higher education and work together to promote quality and efficiency of academic programming, student access, and community outreach through sharing a range of activities, services, technology and information.

Chestnut Hill College is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to offer graduate programs and to confer the Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and Master of Arts, Master of Education, and Master of Science degrees in disciplines defined in this catalog.

The Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). For general information about APA accreditation or specific information on the accreditation status of Chestnut Hill College, please contact: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242 or 202-336-5979.

The Instructional I/II, Specialist, and Principal certification programs offered through the Education Department are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Montessori certification program is accredited by the American Montessori Society.


Chestnut Hill College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, or disability in any admissions, education program, activities or employment practices. This policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


School of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar





As part of the Chestnut Hill College community, the mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide students with holistic education in an inclusive catholic community marked by academic excellence, shared responsibility, personal and professional growth, service to one another and to the global community, and concern for the earth.

The School of Graduate Studies dedicates itself to nine values in fulfilling this mission. We value:

  • Personal and professional growth throughout the community
  • Academic excellence
  • Ethical principles
  • Catholic intellectual tradition, history, and legacy
  • Spirituality
  • Service
  • Concern for the earth
  • Holistic pursuit of truth, integrity, and justice
  • Inclusive community

The School of Graduate Studies welcomes women and men of all backgrounds into its graduate programs and into a dialogue informed by the principles of lifelong learning.
The faculty provides graduate students the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge and professional skills in order to meet today’s career challenges.

The programs within the School of Graduate Studies prepare adult students for professions in administration of human services, instructional technology, counseling psychology, education, holistic spirituality, spiritual direction and clinical psychology. The aim of these programs is to graduate professionals who will be skilled, ethical, knowledgeable and confident practitioners.

Each program in the School of Graduate Studies provides opportunities for students to:

  • Embrace and utilize ethical principles that conform to the highest standards of integrity
  • Examine and address attitudes and issues of inequality in relation to gender and culture
  • Nurture and respond to the spiritual dimensions of life
  • Engage the dynamics of an ever-changing world
  • Acquire increased knowledge about theoretical and practical issues in their fields
  • Critically examine and produce scholarly research
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in their professions
  • Contribute to their specific field