Franciscan University of Steubenville is a Catholic, liberal arts institution dedicated to providing, in an environment of free intellectual inquiry, the kind of education that develops mature Christian men and women. These persons may, building on the foundations of their education received at the University, engage in personally satisfying careers, serve others to the best of their abilities, and develop their capacity for intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Academic Year

MBA (Business Administration):

There are two 15-week semesters on campus each year (Fall, Spring) and one 13-week summer session with vacations as follows: approximately four weeks at Christmas, one week break during the spring, and approximately three weeks in August.

The academic year for the online program is divided into 8-week terms, two in the fall, two in the spring, and one or more in the summer as available.

MACE (Catechetics and Evangelization):

The academic year is divided into three 15-week semesters: fall semester, spring semester, summer semester.

MA Clinical and Mental Health Counseling:

The curriculum is offered during two semesters (fall and spring) of the regular academic year and assumes full-time participation by students during two academic years. A summer session (optional) is available for the internship.

MS Education/Educational Administration:

The academic year for the ground program is divided into three terms: fall semester, spring semester, and summer (June).

The academic year for the online program is divided into five eight-week terms, two each in the fall and spring semester and one during the summer. There is a one week break after most terms with a three week break for Christmas, and a six-week break after the summer term.

MS Nursing:

There are three 15-week terms each year (fall, spring, and summer) with vacations as follows: Three to four weeks at Christmas, one week at spring break, and two to three weeks in August.

MA Philosophy:

The academic year is divided into five terms: fall semester, spring semester, mini-session; 1st summer session, 2nd summer session.

MA Theology:

The academic year is divided into six terms: fall semester, spring semester, mini-session; 1st summer session, 2nd summer session, 3rd summer session.

Accreditation and Memberships

Franciscan University of Steubenville is officially accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is authorized by the State of Ohio to offer these degrees.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at:

  • Department of Education of the State of Ohio
  • Ohio Board of Regents
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
  • Approval: Ohio Board of Nursing
  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) - Candidacy Status


  • Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Christian Library Consortium
  • Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • The Academic Library Association of Ohio
  • The American Library Association
  • The College Board
  • The National Association of College and Admissions Counselors
  • The National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals
  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • The National Library Association
  • The Ohio College Association
  • The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
  • Ohio Library and Information Network
  • Ohio Private Academic Libraries
  • Franciscan Federation

Admissions Classification

Graduate students are classified according to their relationship to formal programs, as follows:

Regular Status: The student who has met satisfactorily all the general requirements of the University at the graduate level and the specific requirements of the department in which the graduate program is given.

Conditional Status: The student who must fulfill some conditions imposed by the department before admission to regular status; and the student whose preparation cannot yet be determined.

Non- degree or Special Student Status: A student who fulfills all the requirements and is taking courses for credit but is not seeking a degree. Non-degree students who intend to apply formally for admission in a degree program may complete up to 9 semester hours before making formal application. Should a student accumulate 12 semester hours without making formal application in a degree program and the student intends to become a degree student, the student MUST apply for degree status BEFORE TAKING ADDITIONAL COURSES. Hours earned beyond 12 as a non-degree student WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED TOWARD COMPLETION OF THE DEGREE (Exception: requirements for Post-Master in Clinical Counseling). All students contemplating studying for a degree are encouraged to complete formal application immediately. Special Student status applies to those students who are admitted to take a limited number of graduate courses but are not matriculated into a master’s program.

Academic Advising

Each graduate student will be assigned an advisor from his or her graduate department to provide individual help and guidance in selecting courses and other academic matters.

Appeal for Change of Grade

Any appeal for change of grade for a particular course should first be directed to the class instructor. The student, if not satisfied, may then speak with his/her advisor and the instructor. If not resolved in a manner satisfactory to the student, the student may appeal to the Director of the Graduate Program in which the student is enrolled. If the student is still dissatisfied, a final appeal may be made to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. At this time, the decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is final, and no further appeal is possible.

Program Time Limit for Completion

All requirements for a master’s degree must be satisfied within seven (7) calendar years from the time of matriculation.

Second Master’s Degree

In some cases, a student, either possessing a master’s degree or currently studying toward one, wishes to obtain an additional master’s degree in a related field. Only six semester hours from the first program may be applied toward the requirements of the additional degree.

General Student Responsibilities

The student must assume responsibility for knowing University and his or her graduate department regulations and for complying with all applicable procedures. In no case will a requirement be waived or an exception granted because a student pleads ignorance or claims that his or her advisor or other authority did not inform the student of the requirement. While advisors and personnel of graduate departments will assist in any way possible, the student has the responsibility for meeting the requirements stated in the catalog. A student is subject to the requirements of the catalog in force at the beginning of the semester in which the student enters the program.

Academic Standards

The student’s proficiency in graduate coursework is recorded in the following manner on a 4.0 Quality Point Average (QPA) grading scale.

A = 4.0 A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3 B = 3.0 B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3 C = 2.0 C- = 1.7
D+ = 1.3 D = 1.0 D- = 0.7

A 3.0 QPA or “B” average in all graduate and required undergraduate work undertaken at Franciscan University of Steubenville should be maintained by graduate students. In order to qualify for graduation, the student must have a 3.0 average for all graduate courses attempted. According to University policy, graduate students must retake any graduate courses in which they earn less than a grade of “C” (2.0). These are minimum University standards; individual graduate programs may have more stringent requirements.

Other grades recorded:

P Passing. No quality points. Used for specific courses.
W Withdrew - no quality points.
X Incomplete - no quality points
NR No grade reported to the Registrar - no quality points

The grade of Incomplete indicates that the work has not been completed because of factors outside of the control of the student. Students must complete the work 30 days after the beginning of the succeeding semester to remove the Incomplete grade. If it is not removed within this period, the grade becomes an “F.”

Probationary Status

A student can be placed on probationary status as a result of one or more semesters in which he or she has done substandard work, or has created disciplinary problems. The director of the program will set the conditions that must be fulfilled by the student to have the probationary status removed.

Candidacy for Graduation

Candidacy for graduation will be reviewed by the Registrar near the completion of a student’s coursework. Students are required to apply for graduation in the semester prior to the anticipated graduation date.

Non-Discriminatory Policy


In compliance with state and federal laws, including (but not limited to) Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination Act, and Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Franciscan University of Steubenville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran’s status (or any other criteria protected by applicable law) in its access to educational programs and activities, treatment of University Community members, admissions, or with regard to employment. Inquiries may be directed to Title IX/EEO Coordinator, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Human Resources Department, 1235 University Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952;; 740-283-6238, who has been designated by Franciscan University to coordinate its compliance efforts and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX as well as those under Section 504 and the Age Discrimination Act and other applicable non-discrimination laws. Inquiries may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, Telephone number: 800-421-3481, Fax: 202-453-6012, TDD: 800-877-8339, Email: