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Academic Programs


For over 30 years, the Rivier University Division of Nursing has prepared students to meet the rapidly changing demands of the healthcare environment. Rivier continually builds on its strengths, offering programs that provide students with individual attention, quality education, and numerous opportunities for practical experience.

Rivier offers two- and four-year nursing degrees that prepare you to enter this exciting and challenging profession. The hallmark of all of Rivier's nursing programs is the faculty-supervised clinical experience in hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the greater Boston and central New England regions. Our undergraduate and graduate nursing programs prepare students to become licensed registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse educators throughout the United States.

Read program requirements and course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog:
A.S. NursingLPNs are invited to apply for advanced placement in the associate degree program following admission to the University in the Undeclared major. Once accepted, students who have completed the pre-requisite coursework begin the nursing course sequence with NSG200, Transitions, in the spring semester. Students then complete three semesters of A.S. clinical courses and graduate the following spring.

B.S. Nursing, RN-BS  (online) *View our special Q&A page

Read program requirements and course descriptions in the graduate catalog:
M.S. Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner [FNP] Track) 

M.S. Nursing (Nursing Education [NE] Track) 

M.S. Nursing (Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner [PMHNP] Track) 

M.S. Nursing (Advanced Practice RN Degree Completion Program)

Post-master's certificates available in family nursing, adult psychiatric/mental health nursing and nursing education.

Visit the Nursing Department online.


The Business Administration Department is committed to excellence in teaching and offering high quality, innovative competency-based courses to meet the changing needs of business as well as the needs of business professionals. The Department of Business Administration prepares students for leadership positions in small businesses, corporations, and other organizations through the development of broad business knowledge, critical thinking, and decision-making skills, as well as social and ethical values.

Rivier University is known for academic excellence. Graduate courses are taught by professors with solid academic credentials in their field. They are also recognized business practitioners. Courses are designed for professional adult learners and use a case-study approach so that learning is not just theory, but is readily applicable to business situations. Small class sizes allow faculty members to know each student and mentor them in meeting their educational and career advancement goals.
Course selection allows for an individualized educational experience built on core courses giving solid business fundamentals and individual electives. Core courses provide students with general competencies in a broad range of business disciplines including management, finance, marketing, ethics, and strategic planning. The scheduling of courses on evenings and on weekends offers flexibility for working people who have to balance school with job responsibilities and other personal/family obligations. Courses are formatted in online, 8 week hybrid, accelerated, and weekend modes. About 80% of the Rivier MBA students are employed full-time and doing their studies part-time.

Business graduates are currently employed by major corporations such as Fidelity Investments, Hewlett-Packard, BAE Systems, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise, State Street Bank, and industries such as health care, insurance, banking, and technology, as well as entrepreneurial ventures.

B.S. Business Administration 

M.B.A. (Business Administration)M.B.A. (Marketing Concentration)M.B.A. Healthcare Administration (online) NEW!
M.B.A. Information Technology Management (online) NEW!

Visit the Business Department online.

Computer Information Systems and Computer Science

The integration of business and computing fields is the key to the effective management of information in today’s organizations. As more organizations process information to support decision-making, the need for highly qualified professionals in computer information systems increases. Business, government, and organizations in the nonprofit sector have increasing demands for systems analysts, data administrators, and information technology specialists. The Department of Business Administration and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offer jointly the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems program. The program prepares individuals in developing business expertise and skills, as well as computing knowledge and practices. The program has state-of-the-art technological support: a large local area network of PCs interconnected via high-speed cabling. The campus general-purpose computing labs have workstations that run Windows and Linux operating systems and a wide variety of specialty software tools used in the program courses.

The graduate programs in Computer Science educate highly qualified students for successful careers in the field of computing. Our graduates assume active roles in the research, development, production, and management of computing environments. The Computer Science graduate programs equip students with a solid understanding of the theoretical underpinning of the computing discipline, and with significant practical experience of computer technology.

To ensure that our graduates are properly prepared for the demands of the workplace, the graduate programs involve meaningful industry participation through faculty members who are professionals working in computing research laboratories and high-tech industries within Greater Nashua, or are actively engaged in industry-sponsored research.

The graduate programs have state-of-the-art computing support. By partnering with Dell Computer Corporation and Microsoft, the campus provides up-to-date technology in the Academic Computing Center laboratories and electronic classrooms. Students have access to Windows, Linux, and Unix operating systems. Lab and classroom computers provide programming development environments for C++, Java, Perl, Scheme, and Prolog, among other languages. Software systems are also available to enhance the academic experience with the best professional practices in specialty areas such as computer graphics, architecture simulation, software engineering, networking technologies, and intelligent systems.

M.S. Computer Science 

M.S. Computer Information Systems 

Visit the Computer Science Department online.

Policy for Non-Nursing Courses

LGH employees interested in enrolling in non-nursing degree programs are eligible to receive the same discount as for nursing programs. The program must be approved by LGH-HR to be eligible for tuition reimbursement. Courses not covered by the LGH Tuition Reimbursement plan will still receive a discount but students must follow Rivier’s standard payment policy. This policy states that students are required to pay for the course in-full prior to the start of class or have made arrangements for a deferred payment plan with Rivier’s Business Office.

For more information, go to the Tuition and Billing page.