Welcome to Rockhurst University! We are proud to be a part of a Jesuit network of 27 universities and colleges in the United States and hundreds more around the world. The Jesuit tradition in higher education is more than 450 years old, and Rockhurst has been part of this heritage since 1910.

At Rockhurst, we focus on learning, leadership, and service in the Jesuit tradition while welcoming students of all faiths. These concepts are experienced in the instruction of the intellect, the training of the will, and the formation of character. St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), stressed that we were created to praise, revere, and serve God. He considered the goods of the earth, including education, as a means to assist us in the pursuit for which we were created.

Our online nursing programs are delivered by the reputable Saint Luke’s™ College of Nursing and Health Sciences. We are committed to preparing the health care workforce of tomorrow by offering undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs for adult learners.

Our doctorate in education and leadership is entirely online and cohort-based. This type of learning environment helps you build your network and connect with other leaders in your field of practice so that you can champion diverse causes to make a tangible impact on educational practices in your community.

In the spirit of the Jesuit tradition, we have thoughtfully designed these programs and offer them to you in a flexible, online format to assist you in your pursuit of the purpose for which you were created.


Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J.


The Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J., began his tenure as the 14th president of Rockhurst University on June 1, 2006. Fr. Curran was ordained a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1984. In late 2011, he entered a three-year transitional period as part of the process to become a member of the "least society" – the Jesuits. In May 2015, Fr. Curran made his final vows to complete the process and was fully incorporated into the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).

Fr. Curran's wide variety of interests is apparent in his own educational background. He attended La Salle University and earned a B.A. in politics from DeSales University, an M.A. in theology from DeSales School of Theology, an M.A. in Liberal Studies, public policy and government from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, and an M.B.A. from Saint Joseph's University.