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Jesuit Values

Students often ask what Jesuit means. The Jesuits are an order of priests within the Catholic religion who were founded by St. Ignatius Loyola over 450 years ago. They have deep roots in education.

In the USA, The Jesuit network of 28 Universities, 47 high schools and dozens of Cristo Rey and Nativity schools educate people of all classes, races and creeds.

Jesuit Education at Scranton

We here at the University of Scranton are animated by the spiritual vision and tradition of excellence, which is one of the defining characteristics of a Jesuit education.

Transformational education is the goal of our graduate programs. They are designed to develop expertise and knowledge, but in a context that also emphasizes personal responsibility; responsibility for reflection about how one's expertise and knowledge is best applied for the betterment of one's family, community and nation.

Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus once stated, “The real measure of our Jesuit universities lies in who our students become.”  It is our hope that through your engagement with the faculty and staff of The University of Scranton, you will become a committed scholar, dedicated to excellence as well as a person whose compassion is stirred to service for the greater good.

-- Rev. Patrick D. Rogers, S.J., Executive Director, The Jesuit Center

Reflections on Graduate Education

PCPS graduate programs pursue the goal of a Jesuit Catholic education through excellence and ethics in teaching, research and service.

Our graduate students are prepared to serve diverse populations in a variety of professional roles-as teachers, family nurse practitioners, nurse anesthesiologists, clinical mental health counselors, school counselors, rehabilitation counselors, educational administrators, human resource providers, heath care administrators, physical therapists and occupational therapists and researchers.

Through research, we seek to advance knowledge to improve practice as demonstrated in our Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program and the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Our underlying ambition is to enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination and to make the world more just and a better world.

--- Debra A. Pellegrino, Ed.D., Dean Panuska College of Professional Education

Twelve Characteristics of Learning in the Jesuit Tradition

  • Pursuit of Excellence
  • Respect for the World: Its History and Mystery
  • Learning from Experience
  • Contemplative Vision Informed by Hope
  • Development of Personal Potential
  • Critical Thinking and Effective Communication
  • Appreciation of Things Both Great and Small
  • Commitment to Service
  • Special Concern for the Poor and Oppressed
  • Linking Faith with Justice
  • International and Global Perspective
  • Discerning Mindset