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2020 Graduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) 
2020 Graduate Catalog 1.1 (WINTER-SPRING) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

About UC

Honorary Degrees  
Non-discrimination Policy Disclaimer Statement

Utica College is a private comprehensive college in a suburban setting, with a liberal educational philosophy and an informal, personal atmosphere. On a modern campus on the southwestern edge of the medium-sized city of Utica, New York, Utica College’s more than 3,700 full- and part-time students benefit from full-time faculty involvement in all facets of the institution’s academic life.

Consistent with the College’s founding undergraduate mission, Utica College provides a graduate education environment that integrates the traditions of liberal learning with the development and maturation of cutting-edge professional skills. Utica College holds that education is a learning process that is a continuing, exciting, challenging, enlightening, and fulfilling experience requiring commitment, discipline, and excellence. This philosophy ensures that students are challenged intellectually and prepared as civic and professional leaders.

Graduate programs are offered in the following schools of the College: School of Arts and Sciences , School of Business and Justice Studies , and School of Health Professions and Education . The Office of Graduate Studies provides support for on-ground graduate students and coordinates graduate research policies and procedures, leave of absence, application for readmission and continuous enrollment processes for all graduate students. The Office of Online and Extended Studies serves as a central point of contact for online students for support and problem resolution.

The student body at Utica College is diverse, made up of men and women from many socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. They represent a wide variety of ethnic groups and include a significant number of nontraditional students and veterans. Some of Utica College’s students commute from Utica and nearby Mohawk Valley communities, while others come from all parts of the United States and other countries. Graduate students may pursue their studies residentially or through online or distance-based instruction.

This catalog contains information about specific programs as well as the policies and procedures that govern
graduate education at Utica College.

For Further Information:

For further information about Utica College and admissions material, contact:

Utica College
Office of Graduate Admissions
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502-4892
Telephone: (315) 792-3010
Fax: (315) 792-223-2530
E-mail: gradadmissions@utica.edu
Website: www.utica.edu/admissions-grad

For further information or materials regarding our online programs, contact:

Utica College
Online Degree Programs
Telephone: (866) 295-3106
Website: www.onlineuticacollege.com

Mission Statement

Utica College educates students for rewarding careers, responsible citizenship, enlightened leadership, and fulfilling lives by integrating liberal and professional study, by creating a community of learners with diverse experiences and perspectives, by balancing a commitment to its local heritage with a global outreach, by encouraging lifelong learning, and by promoting scholarship in the belief that the discovery and application of knowledge enrich teaching, learning, and society.


The Utica College community values:

  • individual attention for our students
  • lifelong learning
  • pragmatic approaches to teaching and learning
  • continual improvement in our educational and operational quality
  • the diversity of perspective, background, and experience in an increasingly global society
  • community and professional service
  • ethical behavior and integrity in all that we do
  • freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas and creativity
  • open, honest, and collegial communication
  • the well being of others

Graduate Education at UC

Utica College’s graduate programs prepare professionals to meet the present and future challenges posed by the increasing complexity of our global society and to assume the leadership roles necessary to guide their organizations through the ever-changing information and technology age.

Graduate education at Utica College shares the undergraduate mission of liberal, professional, and specialized study by addressing a wide range of human issues while focusing on the acquisition of knowledge in the context of a profession. The Utica College graduate programs are committed to preparing well-educated men and women who have developed the necessary competencies for their careers, and who are responsive and sensitive to the needs of the communities in which they reside, study, and work.

Charter and Accreditation

Utica College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The College’s Graduate Programs are approved by the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, Room 979 EBA, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234, (518) 474-5851.

The Utica College Education programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Specifically, the Teacher Education Programs are accredited for a period of ten years, from April 2011 to April 2021, and the Educational Leadership and Administration Programs are accredited for a period of five years, from April 2011 to April 2016. The Entry Level Graduate Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 1111 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, (703) 706-3245, accreditation@apta.org, www.capteonline.org. The Graduate Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD, 20824-1220, (301) 652-AOTA.

Non-discrimination Policy

Utica College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, and accepts students and employs individuals without regard to race, creed, color, sex, pregnancy, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, disability, AIDS, citizenship status, genetic predisposition, domestic violence victim status,  or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law.  This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in Utica College programs, services, and activities.

The 504 ADA Compliance Officer for Utica College is Lisa Green, Vice President for Human Resources and Personnel Development (315­792­3276).

Utica College has designated the Vice President for Human Resources and Personnel Development in the  Office of Human Resources (315­792­3276) as the individual responsible for inquiries, complaints, and coordination of compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act of  1990 (as amended).

Utica College has designated the Director of Learning Services in the Office of Learning Services (315­792­3032) as the individual responsible for inquiries, complaints, and coordination of compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 on behalf of students.

Members of Utica College who have complaints of sexual harassment by anyone at this College, including any students, staff, administrators or faculty as well as vendors, contingent employees, clients and consultants are encouraged to report such conduct to the Title IX Coordinator so that (s)he may investigate and resolve the problem. Individuals who feel subjected to sexual harassment should report the circumstances orally and/or in writing as soon as possible to the Title IX Coordinator. A delay in reporting may affect an investigator’s ability to gather information relevant to the case. For the purposes of filing a complaint, “Title IX Coordinator” refers to the Title IX Coordinator and any Deputy Title IX Coordinators. The contact information for the Title IX staff is as follows:

Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Green, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Personnel Development (315-792-3736 or lcgreen@utica.edu)

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students: Alane Varga, Dean for Diversity and Student Development (315-792-3100 or avarga@utica.edu)

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics: David Fontaine, Director of Athletics and Physical Education (315-792-3050 or dsfontai@utica.edu)

Utica College has designated several Military/Veterans Liaisons to direct the College’s efforts to comply with the applicable law and regulations on behalf of veterans. The Veterans’ Liaisons are: Mr. Craig Dewan, Registrar (315-792-3393) and Mr. Austin D. Givens, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity (315-792-3753).

Disclaimer Statement

The online version of the Utica College Undergraduate Catalog is the official version. The online catalog will be updated two times a year. The Spring-Winter catalog will be published in early January and the Summer-Fall catalog will be published in early May. The official publication date of this catalog is May 2019. It is the student’s responsibility to know and follow current requirements and procedures at the department, school, and College levels.

It is the student’s responsibility to know and follow current requirements and procedures at the department, school, and College levels.

The College reserves the right to make such changes as it determines, in its sole discretion, to be necessary or advisable in its regulations, course offerings, staff, and financial policies without notice. Changes to rules and policies may occur at any time and could be applied to currently matriculated students.

Utica College reserves the right to deny admission, re-admission, registration, or re-registration and to dismiss or suspend either from classes or a College residence any student who is unable to meet the College’s academic or health standards, or whose behavior is not in accord with the rules and regulations of the College.

Utica College is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to operate as an institution of higher learning offering instruction and research in the liberal arts, sciences and professions. The general management of the business, property, and affairs of, and the establishment of policies for, Utica College, an education corporation existing under the Education Law of the State of New York, is vested in a Board of Trustees, currently consisting of 38 members. Except as its powers may be limited by law or the College’s charter, as amended from time to time, the Board shall have all powers necessary or advisable in order to enable it to manage the business and affairs of the College and to control the property and fix the policies of the College. The College’s charter and by-laws, as well as a current listing of the members of the Board of Trustees of the College and the College’s administrative officers, can be found at www.utica.edu.