About the University - Graduate

Saint Peter’s University (originally Saint Peter's College) was founded in 1872 as an independent undergraduate liberal arts college. It is one of 28 colleges and universities sponsored by the Society of Jesus and is committed to the Jesuit tradition of quality education based on a sound philosophical foundation. The University seeks to develop the whole person in preparation for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service in a diverse and global society. The University has provided educational resources to the residents of Hudson County, Bergen County, Essex County and the surrounding communities for over one hundred twenty five years. The University introduced graduate programs in the years:

  • Master of Arts in Education (1979)
  • Master of Business Administration (1988)
  • Master of Science in Accountancy (1996)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (1997)
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration (2010)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (2010)
  • Doctor of Education (2010)
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication (2013)
  • Master of Public Administration (2013)
  • Master of Science in Data Science (2014)
  • Master of Science in Cyber Security (2016)


Saint Peter’s University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Saint Peter’s University is recognized by the New Jersey State Department of Education as an approved teacher-training institution.  Teacher preparation programs are accredited by the Teacher Education Training Council.

The Saint Peter's Libraries

Built in 1967, the Edward and Theresa O’Toole Library contains over 50,000 sq. feet of space and houses over 260,000 volumes on its four floors. The library at our branch campus at Englewood Cliffs holds an additional 30,000 volumes. The libraries subscribe to 750 print periodicals and over 10,000 online. Both libraries are fully automated. Their combined catalog and links to many important resources are available on the Internet at: www.saintpeters.edu/library.

During the regular academic year the O’Toole Library schedule is:

Day(s) of Week Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 11 P.M.
Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday Noon - 11:00 P.M.

The Englewood Cliffs Library is normally open from 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. on Friday, and from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturday. If you need access to books or articles that are not in our collection, we can usually obtain them on interlibrary loan within 2 to 3 weeks. We can also provide you with a referral card to other metropolitan area libraries. We are only minutes from the Research Libraries of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan and its new building, the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) on 34th Street. Students and faculty also have free access to other state-supported university libraries in New Jersey.


The main campus of Saint Peter’s University has long been a landmark on Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. The New York City skyline, visible from Jersey City, is a constant reminder of the University’s proximity to a major cultural center. In 1975, Saint Peter’s University established a branch campus at Englewood Cliffs located on the Palisades one mile north of the George Washington Bridge. The University offers courses at other locations as well.