Why Choose Springfield College for Graduate School?
Everything we do is grounded in our historic Humanics philosophy, which calls for the education of students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. We live that philosophy every day.
Giving back is a huge part of our culture. Whether it’s through our annual Humanics in Action Day, where the entire College shuts down for a day to participate in acts of service around the city and beyond, or our service-oriented classroom opportunities, like our Stroke Therapy Group, in which physical and occupational therapy students work with members of the community who have experienced a stroke, we’re there and ready to make a difference. In fact, Money Magazine named us as one of only 10 colleges in the nation whose graduates say that what they do (based on what they learned) makes the world a better place.
You Will Succeed
We have found that students, just like you, leave our graduate programs with vision, knowledge, and drive to make the world a better place. Our 2016-17 post-graduate career outcomes speak for themselves: 96% of Springfield College graduates report successful career outcomes.
Add to Your Resume
Whether you’re just starting out or have experience in the field, internships, fieldwork, and practicum opportunities are a great way to further your knowledge, expose you to your field, and provide you with skills that can be added to your resume. In our education program, we provide a “learn today and practice tomorrow” philosophy, which allows students to apply their Springfield College education to their own classrooms in real time.
This type of hands-on philosophy is the norm, not the exception, at Springfield College. Just ask our athletic counseling students, all of whom complete internships with athletes and teams, on or off the campus, to ensure that they’re prepared for the careers and opportunities they’ll have after graduation. You also could connect with our art therapy/counseling students, who take real strides daily to better the lives of individuals they work with—ranging from preschool children to the elderly—through their internship practicum opportunities, which focus on individuals and groups experiencing mental illness, emotional and behavioral challenges, medical issues, and other challenges or stressors.
Employers want to know that you’re experienced in your field and ready to jump right in, and we get that. Let us help you get there.
The Numbers Tell the Story
We have moved up the ranks of U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-North” for seven-consecutive years. We’re currently sitting at number 25.
We know you want a good deal. And, we have one. U.S.News & World Report ranked us no. 12 in a listing of Best Value Schools for Regional Universities—North. This ranking takes into account the College’s academic quality and net cost of attendance. Come to Springfield College for the high-quality education and the affordable price tag.
On top of that, we offer more than 100 associateships and fellowships and provided $3.3 million in fellowship funding during the 2016-17 academic year.
Our dedication to service is no joke. Springfield College is the recipient of the 2016 Presidential Award in the education category of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Our graduate students keep coming back. With a retention rate of 94 percent, it’s clear that our students are serious about completing their degrees. It also shows they’re happy here. In fact, 90 percent of our 2015-16 master’s and doctoral degree graduates report that they're satisfied with their overall experiences as a graduate student at Springfield College.
Our classrooms provide an environment where discussions are welcomed and faculty members will always know your name. We keep classes to around a 15-to-1 student to faculty ratio to ensure that this is always the case.
Faculty members value higher education as much as you do. Approximately 84 percent of full-time faculty members have earned the highest degrees attainable in their areas of expertise, and 70 percent hold doctorates.