Seton Hall University Online

Seton Hall University was founded in 1856 as Seton Hall College, and evolved into a university in 1950 after unprecedented enrollment growth. Over time, the university has continued to grow and expand its degree offerings, and today, the university enrolls nearly 10,000 students through its 58-acre campus and online. This private, Catholic university is diverse, with the student body representing all 50 U.S. states and more than 50 different countries. The university is known for its international relations program offered through the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, which boasts faculty that include five current and former U.N. ambassadors and officials. Seton Hall University has a first-year student retention rate of 82%, a strong indication of the level of satisfaction students have with the university. Working adults or otherwise busy students can also take advantage of online degree and certificate programs.

Programs Offered

Seton Hall University offers online graduate degree programs in areas such as counseling, education leadership, healthcare administration, health systems administration, human resources training and development, school counseling, strategic communication and leadership, and a master’s program for nurse practitioners. Registered nurses who have never earned a bachelor’s degree in their field can also complete an online RN-to-BSN program.

Online certificate programs include healthcare administration graduate certificate, K-12 supervisors certificate, the Great Spiritual Books Certificate (offered through the School of Theology), a post-master’s certificate for nurse practitioners, and a graduate certificate in strategic communication and leadership. The master’s in counseling program is unique in that it gives students the option of earning both a Master of Arts in Counseling and an Education Specialist credential. The program is ideal for those who want to become mental health counselors, and will require two on-site residencies in addition to the online course work.


Seton Hall University has been regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1932. The university also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs through the following accreditors: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education; American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar; American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation; American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.


Admissions requirements for the online graduate programs vary depending on the program. In general, applicants to all graduate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and show through their transcripts that they have a satisfactory GPA. Depending on the program, students may also be required to submit standardized test scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test, sit for a personal interview, submit a professional resume, submit work samples, and/or meet licensing requirements. Admission to the master’s in counseling program, for example, requires a completed application, transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (although exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis), $50 application fee, three letters of recommendation, a resume, a personal statement, and submission of GRE or Miller Analogies Test.

Other online graduate programs will have different requirements, such as holding a current registered nursing license for those applying to the RN-to-BSN program or the Master of Science in Nursing program. The MSN program for nurse practitioners will also require proof of professional liability insurance in addition to other requirements. Be sure to check the individual program for specific admissions requirements.

Admissions Contact

Seton Hall University
400 S. Orange Ave
South Orange, New Jersey 07079-2697
(973) 761-9000
Each graduate program lists its own address where admissions materials must be sent. See program details on website for more information.

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