About Benedictine

Founded in 1887, Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. As an academic community committed to liberal arts and professional education distinguished and guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage, we prepare our students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and leaders in the world community.

Benedictine faculty includes an appropriate blend of seasoned full-time professors and adjunct professors who are industry experts as well as respected scholar practitioners. In today's job market a master's degree is essential. Why not get your online master's degree from a school you trust?


Benedictine University was founded in Chicago as St. Procopius College by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey in 1887. It secured a charter from the state of Illinois in 1890. The College was founded to educate men of Czech and Slovak descent, and most students were of Czech ancestry in the early years.

In 1901 the College moved to the more congenial atmosphere of Lisle, in DuPage County. The first building, Benedictine Hall, was dedicated in September 1901. The building was completed by 1921 and new buildings began to be added after 1926. The College became coeducational in 1968 and was renamed Illinois Benedictine College in 1971. In response to community needs, graduate, doctorate and adult learner programs were added. The College became Benedictine University in 1996.

The Benedictine Order

The Benedictine Order bears the name of St. Benedict, born in 480, who is acknowledged as the father of Western monasticism. In 528 he established the famed monastery of Monte Cassino. In the Middle Ages, Benedictine monasteries expanded all over Europe, preserving ancient learning and written languages.

Benedictine University belongs to the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities, an organization that promotes the Benedictine traditions of education and hospitality.

  • In 2014, The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Benedictine University as the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the country among private nonprofit research universities between 2001-2012.
  • Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014.
  • Benedictine's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.
  • TheBestColleges.org ranked Benedictine No. 1 in the nation for online master’s degrees in health administration and health care management in 2014.
  • TheBestColleges.org ranked Benedictine third in the nation among top online Catholic Colleges and Universities and for its online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program in 2014.
  • U.S. News & World Report consistently lists Benedictine among the top colleges and universities in the nation and named Benedictine to its list of "Best Online Bachelor's Programs," "Best Online Graduate Business Programs," "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" and "Best Online Graduate Education Programs."
  • Listed as a 2014 "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication focusing on post-military education and employment.
  • Named to Military Advanced Education's 2014 Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities list.
  • AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) ranked Benedictine University among the 25 most affordable Catholic colleges and universities in the country with the highest starting salaries earned by graduates, and among the most affordable colleges in Illinois for online programs for 2013.
  • Graduateprograms.com ranked Benedictine’s online MBA program 17th in the nation for the Fall of 2014.
  • PublicHealthOnline.org ranked Benedictine’s online Master of Public Health among the best online programs for 2015