From 1926 to 1959, a variety of master-level programs were offered at Saint Michael’s including a Master of Education degree; Master of Arts degrees in English, French, history, Latin and sociology; and Master of Science degrees in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. These early programs were offered only in the summer and generally were directed to training religious and other teachers serving in Catholic schools.
By the mid-1960s, most of these early programs were phased out. However, the Graduate Programs in Education were continued, and the 1960s saw the initiation of the Graduate Program in Theology (1962) and the Graduate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (1963).
In 1979, the Graduate Program in Administration and Management was added to Saint Michael’s graduate offerings. During this time, graduate courses were also offered on a year-round basis in order to meet the needs and interests of the growing number of students who wished to pursue advanced studies at the College. In addition, a number of educational options such as certificate programs, summer institutes and special workshops were developed to broaden opportunities for specialized study. In the 1970s, the Graduate Program in Counseling was developed and in 1983 evolved into the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology.
Currently the five Graduate Programs enroll over 1200 students year round on a part- or full-time basis in the five programs. In general, the Graduate Programs focus on the development of practical as well as theoretical skills and the preparation of professionals whose interests lie in community, education, or public service.