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Graduate Programs

We offer seven master’s degree programs for women and men and one doctoral degree program for women and men:

School Psychology 

Our School Psychology graduate degree is interdisciplinary in nature, blending education and psychology so you have the tools to help students who are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or emotionally. 

Master of Arts in Education

Our MA concentrates on teaching, learning and assessment. It is designed for licensed teachers in K-12 schools, technical and community college teachers, those wishing to become teachers, and business professionals working in, or planning to work in, instructional design, training, human resource or organizational development in business, government and not-for-profit agencies. We offer a number of specializations.

Master of Business Administration

Real-world situation and cross-functional coursework – as well as the highly experiential teaching methods in our MBA program – are designed to sharpen and enhance your abilities to lead, manage, create and compete in today’s and tomorrow’s global marketplace.

Master of Music Therapy

Clinical music therapy skills are dynamic and evolving, and the clinical music therapist who advances his or her knowledge and practice will provide a refined level of treatment for those receiving music therapy services. Our Master in Music Therapy program will prepare you for advanced practice by enhancing your knowledge in music therapy theory, advanced clinical skills and research.

Master of Science in Community Psychology

Our MSCP degree emphasizes health and community involvement in prevention, intervention and treatment of mental health issues. Students learn to use a complex network of resources in addressing psychological needs.

Master of Science in Nursing

A focus on integrated, experiential and reflective learning differentiates our MSN degree. We offer two tracks, specially designed for baccalaureate-prepared licensed registered nurses to become Family Nurse Practitioners, Psychology Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners, or Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) who wish to put advanced theory into practice with patients, staff and/or students.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Alverno College is proud to offer a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program through the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions, which has been a leader in health care education for more than 100 years. Physician assistants (PAs) practice in every setting and all medical specialties as medical providers who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, and prescribe medications.

The demand for physician assistants is high. In fact, the profession is ranked No. 1 on the “Best Health Care Jobs List” and No. 3 on the “Best 100 Jobs List,” according to 2019 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the PA field is the fifth-fastest-growing field in the United States, with a federal forecast of nearly 40,000 new PA jobs being added to the workforce by 2026.

Master of Art in Music & Liturgy

Alverno's new Master of Art in Music & Liturgy program prepares music ministry leaders for service in a culturally diverse church. Our program is designed to accommodate practitioners of all ages who have ongoing responsibilities at their parishes and/or at home. The 33-credit curriculum has no year-round residency requirement, yet it can be completed in just 25 months through a combination of experiential learning during the annual five-week summer session, and four online courses (one per semester) that dovetail with the student’s parish work during the year.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Our DNP degree prepares nurses to assume leadership roles in complex clinical environments, lead the development of health care policy, translate research into practive and serve as expert clinicians in health care.

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