Benedictine University

Founded in 1887, Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. As an academic community committed to liberal arts and professional education distinguished and guided by our Roman Catholic tradition, we prepare our students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and leaders.

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Benedictine University





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Roman Catholic


Benedictine University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC)*, the Illinois State Board of Education**, and the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of The American Dietetic Association***.Benedictine’s Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2015.

Benedictine’s Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

  • * Higher Learning Commission, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440; (312) 263-0456; Fax: (312) 263-7462
  • ** Illinois State Board of Education, 100 N. 1st Street, Springfield, IL 62777, (866) 262-6663; (217) 782-4321
  • *** ADA, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791
  • Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (202) 789-1050
  • In 2014, Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the third year in a row.
  • In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Benedictine University as one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the nation.
  • Benedictine University is listed as a 2014 "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication focusing on post-military education and employment.
  • In 2014, Benedictine University’s Master of Science in Nursing program was ranked the #3 best online MSN Degree program by
  • Benedictine University is listed as a 2014 "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication focusing on post-military education and employment.
Areas of Study:

Today’s job market demands that you stand out. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) online degree from Benedictine University tells employment decision-makers three things: You're prepared for high-level leadership. You're prepared at a school that's known for academic rigor. And you are prepared in the most productive and time efficient way possible. Choose from seven concentrations to tailor your studies to your professional goals and interests or do a dual concentration and increase your expertise, marketability, and flexibility. There is also an Accelerated MBA option that may be completed in as little as one year. Specializations include:

Master of Public Health

The online MPH from a program with a 30-year legacy of success

Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the online Master of Public Health at Benedictine University curriculum is comprised of topics including chronic and communicable disease patterns, determinants of health, preventive health, health policy, and applied research.

Certificate offering (can be earned alongside your Master’s or standalone):

Choose from two dual degree options:

Other program features include:

Certificate in Epidemiology

Learn to collect, interpret and act on health data on disease and injuries with the online Certificate in Epidemiology. Available as a stand-alone graduate certificate or as a set of electives within Benedictine’s Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited Master of Public Health, the program provides students with the skills to detect patterns in information to help prevent and minimize disease and injuries.

Coursework prepares students to extract and analyze information and to influence community health with their findings. Consisting of four courses, the curriculum of the Epidemiology Certificate emphasizes:

More effective and accurate technology is driving an increase in available health data. Make a career out of analyzing this information to keep societies healthier with the online Epidemiology Certificate.

Master of Science in Nursing

Benedictine University’s Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is designed to teach nurses to rise to the challenges of today’s complex health care environment and to help them advance their careers. Benedictine’s MSN curriculum aligns with standards set by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for graduate nursing education. Students study topics including leadership, informatics and healthcare technologies, health care advocacy and policy, collaboration among health care professionals, cultural sensitivity, and other subjects that will help them take their practice to a higher level. The Online MSN offers two concentrations that reflect needs and trends in the nursing profession and also allow students to tailor their studies toward their own career goals:

Dual Master of Science in Nursing/ Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA) Program

The online Dual MSN/MBA program is designed for nurse professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of advanced nursing practice and the critical thinking skills needed to solve problems, identify opportunities and make dependable decisions within health settings using the business concepts embodied in the disciplines of finance, economics, operations, marketing and management. 

In the Dual MSN/MBA program you will learn to: 

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