Xavier Makes Leaders

Xavier University’s School of Nursing and Department of Criminal Justice now offer a dual degree program resulting in both a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree. This 100% online program is geared towards professionals looking to bring nursing and healthcare expertise into criminal justice settings - and vice versa - for the betterment of both systems. The program prepares students for non-traditional leadership roles that encompass educational, consultative and managerial functions in the healthcare or criminal justice systems.

This integrated degree program was developed to complement the forensics track of Xavier University’s MSN program. Core courses in the MSN program focus on three major themes: critical systematic inquiry, professional and personal development, and management of information and resources in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. In addition to advanced training in core nursing and criminal justice principles, the dual degree program focuses on preparing graduates to interface with healthcare and criminal justice systems, apply forensic nursing principles to community health and safety, identify and prevent abuse in vulnerable populations, collect and preserve evidence in cases of death or trauma and act as an expert witness or legal consultant.

The Preparation You Need to Advance

This 100% online dual degree program results in two separate degrees - a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The MSN program prepares students to pursue leadership roles in healthcare, designing and establishing delivery services in response to healthcare policy changes. The MSCJ program is a multidisciplinary program that prepares students to address the complex criminal justice issues that arise in a free society.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to become leaders in the fields of forensic nursing, healthcare, and criminal justice - three fields that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted will show significant job growth over the next decade. In addition to traditional nursing and criminal justice career paths, graduates of this program are prepared to pursue various high-demand careers that blend these two areas of expertise including:

  • Legal nursing consultant/expert witness
  • Forensic psychiatric nurse
  • Sexual assault nurse examiner
  • Nurse coroner
  • Forensic nursing death examiner

Why Xavier?

As a Catholic institution, Jesuit values lie at core of our academic programs focused on educating the whole person. We believe that education is about more than earning a degree or completing an assignment. Our Jesuit model of learning takes students beyond textbooks to a shared purpose of serving those in need and changing the world.

Xavier University is not just recognized for its commitment to the common good. Our recent accolades include:

  • One of the top 10 Midwest master's-level colleges for 24 straight years, including No. 8 in 2019
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the "Best 380 Colleges in America"
    - The Princeton Review
  • One of "America's Top Colleges" for 2018
    - Forbes
  • #4 Best Regional Midwest Colleges for Veterans for 2017
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the "Best Business Schools" for 11 straight years
    - The Princeton Review
  • #10 for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the Best Values in Private Colleges for 2017
    - Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • #21 in Graduate Marketing in the nation for 2017
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • #28 in Graduate Accounting in the nation for 2017
    - U.S. News & World Report

The Xavier Commitment.

You value your education as an important step to your dreams and goals. In this very difficult economic environment, we know that affordability is of paramount concern to our students and families.

The Xavier Commitment reflects our longstanding mission as a Jesuit university: To offer students and families the best resources to afford the quality Xavier education you want and deserve to prepare for lifelong success.

Xavier's Office of Student Financial Assistance will work one-on-one with you to review financial tools and resources ranging from scholarships, grants and alternative loans to campus employment opportunities and payment plans.

Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid can be a complex but a worthwhile task. The Office of Student Financial Assistance at Xavier is here to help students and families through the financial aid process. Our goal is to provide timely information and quality service while making a Xavier education affordable.

Yellow Ribbon University

Xavier University is a Yellow Ribbon School. If you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, your tuition is covered at Xavier at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The GI Bill also allows eligible veterans to transfer part or all of their benefits to a dependent family member.

If you qualify at 100% eligibility that means everything not covered by the GI Bill is paid for by Xavier and tuition is covered. To qualify for all of your benefit, you must have an honorable discharge after 36 months of active service.

A Quality Education

Xavier University is accredited by:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC):  One of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, HLC accredits more than 1000 colleges and universities in nineteen states (including Xavier University). Visit the HLC website for information on HLC policies, programs, services, and educational materials.
  • The Ohio Department of Higher Education:  All profit and non-profit private schools of higher education obtain a Certificate of Authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education in order to issue degrees, offer for-credit coursework, or programming. Certificates of Authorization are granted for specific degrees and courses as well as specific periods of time and are filed with the Office of the Secretary of State of Ohio. Xavier has been authorized since 1925.

  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA):  A national advocate and institutional voice self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA provides a powerful tool to search for accredited institutions and/or programs by state or accrediting body, offers resources on diploma/degree mills, and other resources and publications related to accreditation.

Military Friendly

We are proud to announce that Xavier University has been ranked No. 4 among Midwest Regional universities for services to veterans for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.

At Xavier, we value the unique experiences gained through military service. Here at the Center for Veterans Affairs we seek to integrate veterans into the Xavier community by helping with their transition. Our Center strives to provide all of the resources necessary for veterans and their dependents to pursue their educational and personal goals.

The Xavier experience allows veterans and military students to receive a high-quality education, continue their service, and receive any assistance they may need. Our staff helps veterans through every step of the education process all the way to graduation, helps with employment, and stays in touch after they become Xavier alumni.