General Information

Historical Sketch

John Carroll University, one of twenty-eight colleges and universities established in the United States by the Society of Jesus, was founded as St. Ignatius College in 1886. It has been in continuous operation as a degree-granting institution since that time. In 2011 the University celebrated its 125th anniversary.

In 1923 the college was renamed John Carroll University, after the first archbishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. In 1935 it was moved from its original location on the West Side of Cleveland to its present site in University Heights, a suburb ten miles east of downtown Cleveland.

In September 1968 the University made the transition from full-time male enrollment to a fully coeducational institution as women were admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences for the first time.

Jesuit Tradition

As a Jesuit university, John Carroll University draws upon the intellectual resources and educational experience of the Society of Jesus, which has operated colleges and universities for more than four centuries. For a list of the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S., visit the webpage, Jesuits on the faculty and in the administration help impart the particular character and value of Jesuit education that make John Carroll University a unique institution in its region. In 2018 Dr. Michael D. Johnson took office as the University’s twenty-fifth president. A full-time faculty of approximately 180 men and women, religious and lay, share the educational enterprise of service to its students and the community.

University Mission

John Carroll University, founded in 1886, is a private, coeducational, Catholic, and Jesuit university. It provides programs in the liberal arts, sciences, education, and business at the undergraduate level, and in selected areas at the master’s level. The University also offers its facilities and personnel to the Greater Cleveland community.

As a university, John Carroll is committed to the transmission and enrichment of the treasury of human knowledge with the autonomy and freedom appropriate to a university. As a Catholic university, it is further committed to seek and synthesize all knowledge, including the wisdom of Christian revelation. In the pursuit of this integration of knowledge, the university community is enriched by scholarship representing the pluralistic society in which we live. All can participate freely in the intellectual, moral and spiritual dialog necessary to this pursuit. Within this dialog, in which theological and philosophical questions play a crucial role, students have the opportunity to develop, synthesize, and live a value system based on respect for and critical evaluation of facts; on intellectual, moral, and spiritual principles which enable them to cope with new problems; and on the sensitivity and judgment that prepare them to engage in responsible social action.

In a Jesuit university, the presence of Jesuits and colleagues who are inspired by the vision of Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus in 1540, is of paramount importance. This vision, which reflects the value system of the Gospels, is expressed in the Spiritual Exercises, the source of Jesuit life and mission. To education the Jesuit spirit brings a rationality appropriately balanced by human affection, an esteem for the individual as a unique person, training in discerning choice, openness to change, and a quest for God’s greater glory in the use of this world’s goods. Commitment to the values that inspired the Spiritual Exercises promotes justice by affirming the equal dignity of all persons and seeks balance between reliance on divine assistance and natural capacities. The effort to combine faith and culture takes on different forms at different times in Jesuit colleges and universities. Innovation, experiment, and training for social leadership are essential to the Jesuit tradition.

At the same time, John Carroll University welcomes students and faculty from different religious backgrounds and philosophies. Dedicated to the total development of the human, the University offers an environment in which every student, faculty, and staff person may feel welcomed. Within this environment there is concern for the human and spiritual developmental needs of the students and a deep respect for the freedom and dignity of the human person. A faculty not only professionally qualified, but also student oriented, considers excellence in interpersonal relations as well as academic achievement among its primary goals.

The University places primary emphasis on instructional excellence. It recognizes the importance of research in teaching as well as in the development of the teacher. In keeping with its mission, the University especially encourages research that assists the various disciplines in offering solutions to the problems of faith in the modern world, social inequities, and human needs.

The commitment to excellence at John Carroll University does not imply limiting admissions to extremely talented students only. Admission is open to all students who desire and have the potential to profit from an education suited to the student’s needs as a person and talents as a member of society.

The educational experience at John Carroll University provides opportunities for the students to develop as total human persons. They should be well grounded in liberalizing, humanizing arts and sciences; proficient in the skills that lead to clear, persuasive expression; trained in the intellectual discipline necessary to pursue a subject in depth; aware of the interrelationship of all knowledge and the need for integration and synthesis; able to make a commitment to a tested scale of values and to demonstrate the self-discipline necessary to live by those values; alert to learning as a lifelong process; open to change as they mature; respectful of their own culture and that of others; aware of the interdependence of all humanity; and sensitive to the need for social justice in response to current social pressures and problems.

Vision, Mission, Core Values and Strategic Initiatives Statement (VMCVSI)


John Carroll University will graduate individuals of intellect and character who lead and serve by engaging the world around them and around the globe.


As a Jesuit Catholic university, John Carroll inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.

Core Values:

The University’s core values include a commitment to learning in order to create:

  • An environment of inquiry which embraces Jesuit Catholic education as a search for truth where faith and reason complement each other in learning. In pursuit of our educational mission, the University welcomes the perspectives and participation in our mission of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, of all faiths and of no faith.
  • A rigorous approach to scholarship that instills in our graduates the knowledge, eloquence, sensitivity, and commitment to embrace and to live humane values.
  • A campus committed to the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical development of each student.
  • An inclusive community where differing points of view and experience are valued as opportunities for mutual learning.
  • A culture of service and excellence that permeates every program and office.
  • A commitment to sharing our gifts in service to each other and the community.
  • A campus that responds to demographic, economic, and social challenges.
  • An appreciation that our personal and collective choices can build a more just world.

Strategic Initiatives:

The following initiatives are essential to the University being recognized as a center of learning and service:

  • Create a diverse community of faculty, staff, alumni, and friends dedicated to advancing the University’s vision, mission, and core values.
  • Create a learning community of outstanding teacher-scholars characterized by the commitment to student achievement.
  • Create a talented cohort of service-oriented staff committed to achieving and being recognized as a center of learning and service.
  • Recruit, enroll, retain, and graduate a talented, diverse student body prepared for today’s global reality and committed to learning, leadership, and service that will engage the world.
  • Secure resources necessary to foster an extraordinary learning experience and promote John Carroll’s mission as a Jesuit Catholic university.
  • Assist in responding to demographic, economic, and social challenges in our region in order to support investment and employment opportunities and build confidence in our shared future.

John Carroll University Learning Goals

Preamble: The vision of Jesuit higher education for the twenty-first century is to graduate individuals with a well-educated solidarity who are contemplatives in action—morally responsible, aware of the fundamental challenges facing the modern world, with a depth of knowledge and strength of character to work creatively and compassionately for a more just and humane society. Within this vision, a John Carroll education is distinguished by respect and care for the whole person (cura personalis), innovative teaching, and integrated learning across the entire student experience. A commitment to excellence and academic rigor animates our way of proceeding—graduating individuals of intellect and character who lead and serve by engaging the world around them and around the globe.

We express this commitment in terms of the following four University learning goals informed by our Jesuit, Catholic heritage.

Intellect: John Carroll students will be transformed by an integrative curriculum, in-depth study within their program(s) of study, and applied learning to fully realize their potential to enrich the world. To achieve this level of engaged learning, our students will:

  • Develop habits of critical analysis and aesthetic appreciation.
  • Understand the religious dimensions of human experience.
  • Demonstrate an integrative knowledge of human and natural worlds.
  • Apply creative and innovative thinking.
  • Communicate skillfully in multiple forms of expression.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to engage in respectful civil discourse.

Character: John Carroll students will develop a holistic awareness of self and others, acting with integrity and moral purpose for the good of society. Amidst a diverse community of learners and inspired by the Ignatian tradition of finding God in all things, our students will:

  • Cultivate a habit of reflection.
  • Understand, value, and respect their own and others’ talents, unique characteristics, and sociocultural identities.
  • Develop a personal belief system that is inspired by Ignatian values such as rigor, generosity, gratitude, inclusivity, solidarity, and a desire for the greater good.
  • Practice mature decision making and care for the whole person.
  • Act competently in a global and diverse world.

Leadership: John Carroll students will recognize themselves as agents of positive change with and for others. Integrating faith and reason to meet the world’s needs through ethical leadership, our students will:

  • Claim their identities as discerning leaders.
  • Apply a framework for examining ethical dilemmas.
  • Employ leadership and collaborative skills.
  • Live responsibly in accord with their personal belief system.

Service: John Carroll students will advocate for social justice through responsible service in their local, national, and global communities. Informed by our collective faith traditions, prepared by scholarship, and in solidarity with the poor and the marginalized, our students will:

  • Understand and promote social justice.
  • Work actively toward creating a more inclusive, welcoming, and just community.
  • Serve in their communities as engaged citizens and advocates.

Graduate Education at John Carroll University

All graduate programs at John Carroll University are committed to living the University Learning Goals in a manner appropriate for graduate education. Intellectual goals reflect the disciplinary focus and greater depth of post-baccalaureate education. Character is developed and shaped through emphases on globalism and diversity and expressed through service. Leadership, conceived broadly, encompasses ethical decision making and collaborative skills.

Graduates of John Carroll University graduate programs will:

  • Demonstrate an integrative knowledge of the discipline that extends beyond that attained at the undergraduate level.
  • Develop habits of critical analysis that can be applied to essential questions, issues, and problems within the field.
  • Apply creative and innovative thinking to critical issues in the field.
  • Communicate skillfully in multiple forms of expression.
  • Understand and promote social justice.
  • Apply a framework for examining ethical dilemmas of a particular field of study.
  • Employ leadership and collaborative skills.

Assessment of Student Learning

A coordinated program of assessing student learning is integral to understanding and improving the student experience. Assessment of student learning is a University-wide effort, with the full support of the administration. The assessment program requires the systematic collection of evidence to both document and improve student learning. Ultimately, the information collected as part of the assessment program serves as a basis for curricular reform, program development, and strategic planning.

Effective assessment of student learning relies on collaboration between students, faculty, and administrative staff. Assessment of student learning occurs in every academic program, and student life. Student participation in the assessment program—through surveys, tests, course assignments, and interviews, among other things—provides the essential information upon which the University evaluates and ensures its commitment to student learning.

The Institutional Assessment Committee is the primary oversight and recommending body for the assessment of student learning in all units, providing guidance to the director of assessment in the development, implementation, and review of assessment programs. The committee is comprised of faculty and staff from across multiple disciplines.


John Carroll University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission accredits approximately 1,000 colleges and universities that have a home base in one of 19 states that stretch from West Virginia to Arizona. HLC is a private, nonprofit accrediting agency. It is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Contact or call 312.263.0456 with questions. The graduate and undergraduate business programs offered by the Boler College of Business are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the Department of Accountancy’s programs are accredited separately by AACSB. The University’s programs in Education are approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for the preparation of Early Childhood (EC), Middle Childhood (MC), Multi-Age (MA), and Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) school teachers, counselors, school psychologists, and principals, with the master’s degree as the highest approved. Programs in chemistry are approved by the American Chemical Society. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the School Counseling Programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

In addition to many other affiliations in specialized areas and disciplines, the University holds memberships in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, American College Health Association, American College Personnel Association, American Council on Education, American International Recruitment Council, American Schools of Oriental Research, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Association of Graduate Schools in Catholic Colleges and Universities, Association of College & University Housing Officers—Int’l, Association of Governing Boards, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Association of Student Conduct Administrators, Campus Compact, Cleveland Association for Business Economics, College Board, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Council of Undergraduate Research, The Council of Independent Colleges, EDUCAUSE – Association for Information Technology in Higher Education, Jesuit Advancement Administrators, Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, National Association for College Admission Counseling, National Association of College and University Attorneys, National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Association of Colleges and Employers, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Catholic Educational Association, National Collegiate Athletic Conference, National Collegiate Honors Council, National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, National Intermural Recreational Sports Association, New American Colleges and Universities, Ohio Athletics Conference, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Ohio Association of College and University Business Officers, Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and Sponsoring Consortium for the Joint Archeological Expedition to Tell el-Hesi (Israel).

John Carroll University also belongs to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). Founded in 1970, the AJCU is a national organization that serves its member institutions, the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. For a complete list of these schools, please visit


The degrees conferred upon completion of the approved programs of study through the College of Arts and Sciences are: the Master of Arts in biology, counseling, education, English, humanities, mathematics, nonprofit administration, and theology and religious studies; the Master of Education; the Master of Science in biology; and the Education Specialist. The degrees conferred upon completion of the approved programs of study through the John M. and Mary Jo Boler College of Business are: the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Science in accountancy.

Committee on Graduate Studies

The Committee on Graduate Studies has several purposes: (1) to recommend policy on graduate studies; (2) to study and review both new and existing graduate programs; and (3) to act as a board of appeals on matters of academic petitions as they pertain to graduate studies. It is composed of the associate deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler College of Business, the chairs of the appropriate academic departments, program directors, and a faculty member elected at large.

Notice of Change

John Carroll University reserves the right to modify degree programs and their requirements and to revise its schedule of changes for tuition, fees, and other expenses. Notice of such changes will be posted conspicuously and communicated to students through public announcements and other appropriate channels, including the Graduate Studies Bulletin website at

Non-Discrimination Policy

John Carroll University is committed to inclusion and diversity as constitutive elements of our Jesuit Catholic identity. As reflected in the University’s vision, mission, core values, and strategic initiatives, John Carroll welcomes individuals who will contribute to its mission and goals. Our pursuit of excellence demands that we come to understand and embrace the richness that each person brings to the University community.

In a manner consistent with its Jesuit Catholic heritage, the University maintains and enforces a policy of equal opportunity. John Carroll University does not discriminate based on race, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic or national origin, disability, Vietnam veteran status, or special disabled veteran status. Discrimination or harassment of members of the University community strikes at the very heart of this institution and will not be tolerated.

Student Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the student to keep informed about and to observe all University regulations and procedures. In no case will a requirement be waived or an exception granted because students plead ignorance of regulations or assert that they were not informed of them by the advisor or other authority.

The student should consult the chair of the department or program director involved concerning course requirements, deficiencies, the planning of a program, and special regulations. Programs may have degree requirements that are not listed in this Bulletin.

Statement On Student Obligations Regarding JCU E-Mail Account

When students are admitted to John Carroll, a University e-mail account is created for them. University departments, faculty, and offices routinely use JCU e-mail to communicate important information regarding academic issues, campus activities, and student accounts (tuition, fees, etc.). While students are expected to access their University e-mail account on a weekly basis, daily access is recommended in order to stay abreast of important, time-sensitive information.

Information on accessing the network and e-mail is regularly distributed to new students by Information Technology Services. For more information on how to access your JCU e-mail, visit