Within the context of Creighton University as a Jesuit, Catholic University, the Graduate School provides value centered education that develops advanced mastery in a field of study. The Graduate School is committed to supporting excellence in graduate education through personal contact with a community of faculty scholars in an environment that fosters critical judgment, scholarly initiative and disciplined inquiry. Creighton University seeks to produce graduates who have the wisdom, judgment and faith to work for a more just society.
Creighton University will leverage its unique strengths as a small, yet comprehensive university to be a leader in graduate education by offering innovative programs that foster academic excellence and scholarly research; developing graduates with an ethical foundation who will serve society; and promoting Creighton’s mission as a Jesuit, Catholic University.
University Learning Outcomes
The University Assessment Committee has articulated six university-level outcomes that are common to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional student experience.
Creighton University embraces the Jesuit spirit of intellectual openness, tolerance, and celebration of different gifts and talents. Within the context of Creighton as a Jesuit, Catholic University, the Graduate School provides a value-centered education that develops advanced mastery of a field of study. It puts graduate students in personal contact with faculty scholars in an environment that fosters critical judgment, scholarly initiative and disciplined inquiry. From the Mission Statement emerge six goals.
Our Ignatian Identity
The Ignatian charism distinguishes Jesuit education. It is a particular spirit and gift that springs from Ignatian spirituality and the 500-year-old educational mission of the Society of Jesus and their colleagues. Hallmarks of Jesuit education, the following spiritually-inspired Ignatian values or charisms are God-given gifts our graduates bring to the world.
Finding God in All Things
This is the essence of Ignatian spirituality. Ignatius of Loyola taught others to experience life attuned to God’s activity in everyday circumstances. Finding God in all things is an invitation to encounter God’s presence in each moment, to become aware of God’s beauty in everything, and to notice God’s action in all the events of our lives through an ongoing process of personal discernment. As such, every academic discipline provides hope to encounter the divine.
Latin meaning “care for the person,” or “personal care.” Cura personalis is having concern and care for the personal development of the “whole person,” and dedication to promoting human dignity. This includes being open to and accepting of a person’s religious and spiritual development. It also describes the type of care we give as educators… we give not only of our knowledge, expertise and skill, but of ourselves. The care given, and the care received, is “personal care” not institutionalized care.”
Latin meaning the “more,” or “the greater good.” Magis embodies the idea of discerning, “What is the best choice in a given situation, of several good choices, to better glorify or serve the Lord?;” e.g., choosing between options encountered in life with a primary focus of being “God centered.” Magis goes beyond striving for excellence. It is a value central to Ignatian spirituality and encompassed by the Latin phrase “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” meaning “For the Greater Glory of God.” (Motto of the Society of Jesus).
Men and Women For and With Others
A spirit of giving, service, and solidarity with those in need in recognition that all humans have physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. In 1973, Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J. (previous Superior General of the Society of Jesus) put it this way… “Men and women who will live not for themselves, who cannot even conceive of a love of God which does not include a love for the least of their neighbors, and who are completely convinced that a love of God which does not result in justice for all is a farce.” Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., (also a former Superior General of the Society of Jesus) describes our goal to form leaders who are “men and women of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment.”
Faith That Does Justice
All individuals (faculty, staff, and students) are encouraged to seek justice for all God’s creatures, especially the poor and marginalized. According to the Gospel, our goal is to work for the betterment of society as a whole. This is what “A Faith that does Justice” actually means. We strive to prepare graduates who will be change agents in society, “contemplatives in action.”