Message from
the Dean

Graduate Students

Message from the Dean

Deb Schwartz

Congratulations! Your decision to pursue a graduate degree at Lourdes University will have a deep impact on your life now and into the future. Graduate study is a transformative experience that will expand your horizons and introduce you to new opportunities and challenges. To those of you who have been members of the Lourdes Community in your undergraduate study, I say welcome back.  To those of you, who are new to the Lourdes experience, welcome to a community of learning, reverence and service.

There are certainly many benefits to graduate study. A master’s degree can enhance your career path and positively affect your earnings over your life time.  Graduate education allows you to explore an exciting field of study, interact with a dedicated faculty, with your peers and with professionals in the discipline.  It is an excellent investment in yourself and the future that enables you to have a positive influence in the world.

Lourdes Graduate programs provide a superior education which goes far beyond professional training and career opportunities.  Your graduate education will lead to broadening your ideas, considering new questions and new perspectives, engaging in rich conversation with a variety of people whose experiences and ideas can add to your own.  You will be challenged to develop critical thinking, problem solving, analytical and communication skills and to expand your knowledge of yourself and the world.  You will be encouraged to grow professionally and to develop a personal ethic that is in keeping with the Franciscan values of learning, reverence and service.  In the end you will find you are a lifelong learner with a thirst for knowledge and the truth that will serve you throughout your life.

In selecting Lourdes University for graduate studies you made an excellent choice.  I challenge you to make the most of this opportunity through dedication to your studies, and open mind and heart to all that you can learn both inside and outside the classroom.  Welcome to a community that is delighted to have you join the journey. I wish you every blessing and success in this exciting and marvelous adventure.

Sister Shannon Schrein, OSF, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate School