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“Success with Purpose” is the hallmark of a Saint Xavier University education that is grounded in the tradition of liberal arts. SXU offers graduate and post-graduate programs that are recognized and respected by employers and delivered by professional faculty who are experts in their fields. Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, SXU is Chicago’s oldest Catholic University, and it is recognized as one of the top 40 comprehensive master’s universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2012.

Saint Xavier University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission,1 and SXU’s School of Education holds accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).2 SXU’s School of Nursing’s graduate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the accrediting body of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).3 In addition, Saint Xavier’s School of Nursing has been designated as a Center of Excellence in nursing education by the National League for Nursing for a second consecutive three-year term, effective through 2013. SXU is among one of only 17 nursing programs in the country that have been awarded this prominent designation.

1North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, (800) 621-7440, www.ncahlc.org.
2National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 466-7496, www.ncate.org.
3 American Association of Colleges of Nursing - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 463-6930, www.aacn.org.
Online Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Leadership

Graduate degree for nurses who want to hone their clinical expertise and take on the challenge of identifying and instituting more effective methods of patient care. Skills learned can be applied to most clinical settings i.e. hospitals, doctors’ offices, rehabilitation centers, hospices etc. Curriculum prepares students for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam.

Online Master of Science in Nursing - Executive Leadership

Program gives nurses the high-level perspective and critical skills needed to manage a nursing department or unit. Coursework covers vital aspects of an administrative role including: assessment & implementation of quality & safety measurements, budgeting, project management, strategic planning & patient communications. Curriculum prepares students for Nurse Executive, Advanced certification exam (NEA-BC).

Online Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

Program prepares teachers to become leaders and features a sought-after curriculum aligned with Common Core Standards. Students in the program will gain the knowledge and skills to influence each learner's potential.  The program prepares teachers to meet the expectations of new state standards while gaining critical skills in differentiated instruction, response to intervention and formative assessment.

Saint Xavier University’s financial aid program is designed to make a graduate education affordable. Our knowledgeable and experienced financial aid staff will work with you to identify scholarship opportunities, help with required paperwork, and make sure you get all of the assistance for which you qualify.


To begin the financial aid process, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). You can access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) online at http://www.fasfa.ed.gov
  • Students must register for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) with the U.S. Department of Education.  Your PIN will serve as your electronic signiture.  You can apply for a PIN online at http://www.pin.ed.gov.
  • You will need Saint Xavier University's school code to complete the application. Our school code is 001768
Questions?  One of our Program Managers can help.