Feb 22, 2020  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information


Rivier University is named in honor of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. Established in 1933 in Hudson, New Hampshire, the University moved in 1941 to the present campus site in Nashua. The University was incorporated in 1935 under the laws of the State of New Hampshire, and through two separate charters was invested with the power to confer both graduate and undergraduate degrees. It is an accredited institution which serves its students in two schools: the School of Undergraduate Studies and the School of Graduate Studies.

In 1995, in anticipation of the bicentennial of the founding of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in 1796, the University formally recommitted to Anne Marie Rivier’s mission of teaching and serving the poor by making social justice and service to others a special focus of its work.

As the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashua, Rivier is recognized for the development of programs which serve the needs of both traditional and nontraditional aged individuals. The institution remains faithful to its original mission, which is the education of the whole person.

Accreditation and Memberships

New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Rivier University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission of Institutions of Higher Education.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission of Institutions of Higher Education New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433
(781) 271-0022
E-mail: cihe@neasc.org

All education programs are approved by the NH Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission. Furthermore, all collegiate  programs of preparation for the education professions are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education, Council for Teacher Education. The nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
Webpage: www.ACEN.org

Rivier is also a member of the following state and national organizations:

Campus Compact of New Hampshire
College Entrance Examination Board
Council of Independent Colleges
National Association of College and University Business Officers
Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers
National Collegiate Athletic Association

For the purpose of institutional cooperation, Rivier University is a member of the New Hampshire College and University Council, a consortium of eleven New Hampshire institutions of higher learning:

        Colby-Sawyer College
        Dartmouth College
        Franklin Pierce University
        Granite State College
        Keene State College
        New England College
        Plymouth State University
        Rivier University
        St. Anselm College
        Southern New Hampshire University
        The University of New Hampshire 

Vision of Graduate Study

Graduate education at Rivier University provides advanced and specialized professional training beyond the baccalaureate degree. Most of the University’s graduate students are practitioners in particular fields and bring a wealth of practical knowledge and experience to the classroom. These men and women are seeking to strengthen their academic and professional competence, to develop professional knowledge in their disciplines, and to relate their research to the investigations of other authorities.

Graduate programs at Rivier University are innovative and respond to the social, technological, and economic changes affecting intellectual and professional life. These programs are effective resources for business, social, educational, and cultural development in the region.

Founded on the principles of human dignity and value inherent in the University’s Roman Catholic tradition, Rivier’s commitment to quality programs is realized through a network of full-time and part-time faculty who are dedicated to the education of socially responsible men and women.

Graduate faculty, students, and administrative staff at Rivier University are characterized by their love of learning and their ability to develop and apply their knowledge. Through ethical responsibility, they seek to be transformative leaders in an era of increasing global interdependence and collaboration.

The Campus

The University is located on a sixty-eight acre campus one mile from downtown Nashua in a quiet residential area. Easy access to Boston provides students with opportunities for intellectual, cultural, and social enrichment. Proximity to the seacoast and to the White Mountains of New Hampshire offers additional recreational advantages. The services of Logan and Manchester airports, Boston railway stations, and local bus lines allow convenient travel to and from campus.