Can I work full-time while completing the graduate programs?
Yes. The majority of our students work full-time. Most of our courses are held in the evening. Additionally, there are weekend accelerated course options available. However, it is important for our students to be flexible and possess strong time management skills as a practicum and/or internship is required of all students.
Is Financial Aid available for graduate students?
Federal financial aid is available for most fully accepted (matriculated) graduate students. Accepted students must be registered for two courses to qualify for financial aid. More information about financial aid can be found at www.chc.edu/financial-services. We also offer a limited number of graduate assistantships. CHC alumni, full-time teachers, and other students may be eligible for tuition discounts. For more information about assistantships and discounts, please click here .
Are your classes in person or online?
All of our courses are offered face-to-face and held on campus, although some courses include hybrid (blend of face-to-face and online) elements.
What is the average class size?
There are usually between 10-15 students in a class. You will get to know your peers and professors well at CHC. You will not find large lecture halls; instead you will find a close-knit campus community that embraces diversity and fosters and nourishes a personalized experience.
Can I schedule a visit to the campus?
Of course! You are welcome to come to one of our information sessions or to schedule a personal visit. We also host virtual information sessions several times throughout the course of each semester. To register for an information session or to schedule a personal visit please click here.
When can I start?
We offer rolling admissions. You can begin a program in the Spring (mid-January), Summer (mid-May), or Fall (late-August).
When are applications due?
The application submission guidelines are November 1st for the Spring semester, April 1st for the Summer semester, and July 1st for the Fall semester. Please note we will accept and process admission materials after these dates.
Do you offer graduate housing?
We do not currently have graduate housing available, but there are many options in the area. The Philadelphia neighborhoods of Chestnut Hill, Roxborough, Manayunk, and Mount Airy are all within a 10-20 minute drive. Additionally, the College is very accessible from suburbs like Flourtown, Plymouth Meeting, Lafayette Hill, Wyndmoor, and Erdenheim.
For information about housing options at our DeSales University campus, please contact Gretchen Tillitt, Administrative Coordinator at TillittG@chc.edu.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Students have up to six years to complete their degree, although most students graduate within two to three years. We understand that life can get in the way, so we provide students with the flexibility to take classes at their own pace.
Is your campus accessible via public transportation?
Yes. Our Main campus in Philadelphia is located less than two miles away from the Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail Lines. Shuttle service is provided from the train stations to campus. Additionally, the SEPTA bus lines frequently stop directly across the street from the main entrance to our campus.