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Named for the 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce University began more than a century after Pierce sat in the Oval Office. It was founded by Frank S. DiPietro in 1962 with the vision of educating leaders. Initially, classes shared the town of Rindge’s library and study facilities. The same year the school was founded, DiPietro purchased a hilltop estate that overlooked Pearly Pond. Today, the school’s undergraduate campus is located on this property. In 2007, the school gained university status.

AccreditSchoolsOnline.org ranks Franklin Pierce University as the best online four-year school in New Hampshire and Forbes ranks the school in the top five listing of America’s Top Colleges. GoGrad.org also ranks the online MBA program at Franklin Pierce as one of the best in the country.

Franklin Pierce University Accreditation Details

Franklin Pierce University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation indicates that the school meets or exceeds criteria used to assess institutional quality through a periodic review process. The status indicates that Franklin Pierce University has the resources to achieve its goals and objectives. In addition, the school demonstrates that they will continue to meet those goals and objects for the foreseeable future.

In addition to regional accreditation, the following organizations accredit programs throughout the university:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education

Franklin Pierce University Application Requirements

Students who have not earned college credit after high school graduation should complete an application and provide official high school transcripts as well as official ACT or SAT scores. Students must provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. Additional letters may be provided although they are not required and should speak to the student’s character. Students must also provide an essay of at least 250 words that evaluates an experience that had special meaning, discusses an issue of personal, local or national importance or indicates a person who has had an influence on the student. Applicants may also choose their own topic for the essay.

Students who wish to attend undergraduate online programs must complete an application and provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Students who have not earned college credit after high school graduation must submit official high school transcripts.

Graduate students must complete an online application and provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. One transcript must indicate that the student has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Students must provide a current resume as well. Some programs require portfolios or other information as part of the application process, so students should contact an admission counselor to determine what is required.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition is $33,900 per year for full-time study. Part-time undergraduate tuition is $1,130 per credit hour. Online undergraduate tuition is $400 per credit hour. Graduate tuition for on campus and online courses is $665 per credit hour.

Financial aid is available and students must complete the FAFSA in order to qualify. Each year, $28 million is awarded in institutional grants and scholarships each year with 100 percent of students at Franklin Pierce University receiving some type of financial assistance. The average scholarship is $22,900 and the average financial aid package is $39,490.

Online Degrees Available

Master of Business in Administration In Energy and Sustainability

The Master of Business in Administration with a concentration in energy and sustainability provides students with the leadership, business management as well as energy and resource management. Students review worldwide energy markets while also learning about renewable energy sources. Students develop an understanding of energy efficiency along with additional sustainable products like food, water and raw materials. The program combines online learning with on-campus studies that provide the flexibility working adults need to achieve their higher education goals. Courses required for the program include:

  • Building a Sustainable Enterprise
  • Economics for Managers
  • Energy Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Organizations
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management for Leaders
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Quantitative and Research Techniques for Leaders
  • The Future of Energy, Business and Society

Students must also complete a Seminar in Leadership as well as a Strategic Management Seminar.

Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting prepares students to sit for the Certified Public Accounting, Certified Management Accountant or the Certified Internal Auditor examination. Students work directly with professors to gain expertise in areas like management, communications and finance. Students may choose the 100 percent online program or a hybrid online-classroom version. Students must have completed Advanced Accounting, Auditing, Cost Accounting as well as Intermediate Accounting I & II in order to apply for the program. Courses required include:

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
  • Audit-Risk Management and Assurance Services
  • Business Taxation
  • Contemporary and Emerging Accounting Issues
  • Ethics and the Accounting Professional
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Communications
  • Non-Profit and Governmental Accounting

Master of Business in Administration in Health Administration

The Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Administration provides students with skills in decision making as well as leadership that allow them to contribute to an ever-changing healthcare environment. Students gain an understanding of qualitative analysis with courses that concentrate in health policy, healthcare payment systems and methods for improving healthcare. The program combines online with classroom learning that allows working adults to achieve their higher education goals. Courses required include:

  • Economics for Managers
  • Financial Management
  • Health Policy
  • Healthcare Payment Systems
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Organizations
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management for Leaders
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Quality Improvement Models in Healthcare
  • Quantitative and Research Techniques for Leaders

Students must also complete a Strategic Management Seminar as well as a Seminar in Leadership.

Franklin Pierce University began with the mission to offer flexible programs that would allow working adults to earn higher education degrees. Through online programs at Franklin Pierce University, those with work, family or social obligations are able to move into a new career or advance in a current career.