Creighton University

Creighton UniversityCreighton University was founded in 1878 by five Jesuits and two lay teachers. The main campus is located in Omaha, Nebraska. Over 8,000 students come to Creighton to take part in a Jesuit education. Creighton is one of only 28 remaining Jesuit higher education facilities in the United States making it a unique destination for students who wish to include an element of tradition and faith with a liberal arts education.

Creighton offers nine schools and colleges within its university system. Students can choose from liberal arts programs, law programs, and health programs that include medicine, dentistry and nursing as well as several other areas of health. Because Creighton is a small university, it offers students individual attention and a small student-staff ratio of 11:1. The school is equally comprised of undergraduate students and graduate students.

Creighton University Accreditation Details

Creighton University has been awarded accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

Creighton University has also been awarded accreditation for some of its programs. Some of the independent and professional organizations that have awarded accreditation to Creighton’s programs include:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Council on Social Work Education

Creighton University Application Requirements

Students preparing to enter an undergraduate program can apply to Creighton University through Creighton’s online application or through the Common Application. Creighton does not require an application fee for any of its students. Upon application, students are also automatically considered for awards, scholarships and leadership programs should they be admitted to the university.

To apply for an undergraduate degree, students must submit one of the available online applications. They must also supply their official high school transcripts as well as their GPA. Creighton University also requires a high school counselor evaluation form for each student. Finally, students must submit standardized test scores, a personal statement and at least one letter of recommendation.

Creighton looks for students who work hard at the things that they love. They prefer students who focus on activities that they enjoy and excel at rather than students who take part in activities with little focus. Creighton also recommends that everything that a student submits with their application is thoroughly proofread to avoid small mistakes. Finally, students should aim to apply to Creighton as early as possible to improve their chances at being awarded scholarships.

Applicants who wish to apply to a graduate program at Creighton University must submit a completed application to the university. Graduate program applications incur a $50 application fee. Applicants must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered for acceptance into the university.

Applicants to graduate programs at the university must also submit at least three letters of recommendation from prior teachers, supervisors or employers. They should also submit a writing sample in the form of a letter of intent. A resume and official transcripts are also required for consideration of admission into a graduate program.

Students who wish to apply to the Master of Science School Counseling and Preventive Health program must also submit to a background check, felony conviction and mental health capacity form.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition for undergraduate programs is dependent on the college in which they take place. Students embarking on an arts and sciences, business or traditional nursing program will expect to pay $34,810 per year in tuition.

Graduate programs are usually assessed per credit. Most campus graduate programs cost $800 per credit hour. Online degrees are assessed at $1,068 per credit hour. Some programs have different fees, and it is suggested that an applicant refers to the department or program for more information.

Creighton University accepts the following forms of payment and financial aid:

  • School Scholarships and Grants
  • FAFSA
  • Private Loans

Online Degrees Available

Master of Science School Counseling and Preventive Mental Health

This degree was created to prepare successful students for a career of school counseling. The entire program is delivered almost entirely online with the exception of a nine-month internship. The program is designed to be completed in two years. It includes several online courses that last for eight weeks.

Students are taught by a dedicated faculty who are either tenured or on track to be tenured. They are specialists in the field of school counseling. Students will benefit from individual attention even in the online format.

Students can choose to specialize in elementary counseling, secondary counseling or even a comprehensive PK-12 counseling program. Students are prepared for their specializations by taking on base courses that will lay the foundation for a specialization.

The primary learning outcomes include the psychological and physical aspects that lie alongside human development and behavior. Students will also gain the knowledge they need to specialize in their chosen area.

In their first year, students will take courses like:

  • Professional Orientation for School Counseling
  • Ethical Guidelines for School Counselors
  • Introduction to the ASCA Model of School Counseling
  • Action Research in School Counseling
  • Issues in Child and Adolescent Development for School Counselors
  • Individual Program Assessment in School Counseling
  • Practicum I
  • Theoretical Perspectives in School Counseling
  • Data-Driven Perspectives n School Counseling
  • Career Perspectives for Children and Adolescents
  • Individual Planning and Counseling Techniques for School Counselors
  • Practicum II

The second practicum is required for students who have not already completed their teaching license.

During the second year of their studies, students will embark on the following courses:

  • Group Counseling Approaches for Children and Adolescents: Group Dynamics
  • Group Counseling Approaches for Children and Adolescents: Classroom Guidance
  • Group Counseling Approaches for Children and Adolescents: Small Group Counseling
  • Diagnosis and mental Health Issues in Children and Adolescents
  • Internship in Elementary School Counseling/ Internship in Secondary School Counseling
  • Issues in Elementary School Counseling/ Issues in Secondary School Counseling

Students who successfully complete this degree often go on to work in counseling in schools, colleges or universities. They are also prepared for counseling in a community agency or employment service setting.

Creighton University provides an online degree dedicated to training students to become responsible and effective school counselors in a variety of settings.