Dean's Welcome
Dear Colleagues, Students, and Friends,

Hello and welcome to the Graduate School at The College of New Rochelle. The Graduate School offers 24 master’s degree programs and 12 post-master’s certificate programs across our three academic divisions: Art & Communication Studies, Education, and Human Services. All of our programs create highly qualified and well recognized professionals in their fields. In keeping with the College’s mission, the Graduate School “tries to respond to the needs of society through … fostering the concept of education for service”. Our students embody the best of humanity by taking the knowledge and training they learn in the classroom and making the world a better place. Our nearly 13,000 alumnae/i are teachers, principals, counselors, therapists, administrators, artists, writers, and communication specialists … they are good citizens of the world doing good work for others.

Today the Graduate School is home to nearly 700 full and part-time students at the Main Campus in New Rochelle and another 200 at our off-campus programs in Teacher’s Centers and school districts throughout Westchester, Rockland, and Nassau Counties, and New York City. The entire educational endeavor of the Graduate School is supported by exceptional resources. First and foremost, a knowledgeable and caring faculty made up of 24 full-time members and 80 part-time members, and secondly by a student-centered, friendly administrative staff. The combined efforts of this team of faculty and administrators provide an education of exceptional quality.

Since its founding in 1969, the Graduate School has remained committed to providing a professional education to those individuals who may not previously have had the opportunity otherwise. The CNR graduate student comes from many different backgrounds. Some are immediately out of college, some are career changers, and some are retirees looking for a rewarding challenge in the next phase of life. Regardless of their backgrounds, all CNR graduate students have one thing in common: the goal to advance themselves further in their professional careers and to make a better life for themselves, their loved ones, and the ones they will serve.

The 19th century poet and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “The secret in education lies in respecting the student.” We practice that secret everyday in the Graduate School by valuing the individuality and hopes of our students and striving to provide a personalized, student-centered approach. If you are planning to attend a graduate program, this is a very exciting time for you. Let the Graduate School at The College of New Rochelle make your graduate education a formative and meaningful time, one that not only makes a difference in your future but a difference in the future of our society.

With warmest regards,

Marie Ribarich, Ph.D.
Graduate School