Message from the Dean

Dean Nicole Hill

Nicole R. Hill, Ph.D, LPC

Acting Dean of the School of Graduate Studies


Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Shippensburg University family. You will find our graduate programming offers the best of Ship:  partnership, scholarship, internship, and friendship. 


We look forward to your partnership with us as you seek to further your education and expand your dreams.  Getting your master's degree from Ship will enable you to access many of our Ship partners in businesses, governmental agencies, and school districts. We have strong relationships with these partners because of our quality master's education, and they are waiting to meet you.


The mission of the graduate school is to provide master's, post-baccalaureate and post-master's programs that encourage intellectual excellence, research, and scholarship while emphasizing the development of applicable professional skills. We strive to create an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity, academic freedom, diversity, independent scholarship, and creative investigation for our students.


One of the strengths of our master's programs is the hands-on experience you receive in the process of getting your degree.  Programs accomplish this 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 friendships created at Shippensburg are numerous and long lasting.  Shippensburg enjoys a reputation of having committed alumni who speak fondly about their Ship family. Many keep in touch with their friends and their alma mater.

We welcome you to experience all the best of Ship!