Welcome from Stephanie A. Jirard

Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies

Stephanie JirardThank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Shippensburg University family. You will find our graduate programming offers the best of Ship:  a private school education at a public education price.

Let’s face it, everyone considering graduate studies thinks at one time or another, “Is obtaining additional certification worth my time and effort?” We at Shippensburg understand when the future is uncertain, you may need help navigating the graduate-school decision. Here is what a Shippensburg master's, post-baccalaureate and post-master's degree may mean to you.


Look around your world. Those with advanced degrees typically occupy positions of authority and power. Our graduate programs are known for teaching our students the critical thinking skills that enable them to problem solve, bring fresh ideas to the workplace, and gain the confidence to apply for promotions and professional recognition. An advanced degree is a ticket to more freedom in one’s chosen career. One of the strengths of our master's programs is the hands-on experience with a graduate internship experience, a field-service placement, a project or thesis. These experiences allow you to apply the higher-level knowledge and skills you have learned in the classroom to real-life situations in businesses, governmental agencies, and school districts.


The mission of the graduate school is to encourage:  academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, dynamic conversations with your professors and classmates, challenging common assumptions, extensive research, and scholarship while emphasizing the development of applicable professional skills. Shippensburg is known for its small faculty/student ratio that gives you an opportunity to collaborate with experts in the field in an atmosphere of creative investigation for our students.


You have heard the expression, “To whom much is given, much is required.” The Shippensburg academic community enjoys a reputation of having committed alumni who serve the communities in which they live, work, and spend time with their families. A graduate education at Shippensburg provides new avenues of service that allows our students to live their dreams and become the best version of themselves.

We welcome you to experience all the best of Ship!