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The University of Mary was opened in 1959 by Mother Edane Volk with the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation for four-year women’s education. Dedicated to Matthew 28:19, Mary College became accredited in 1969 and coeducational in 1970 during Dr. Harold Miller’s eight-year tenure. By the 1980s, the University of Mary name was adopted and the first master’s was created. Given the 2004 Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, UMary then expanded beyond the 24-building Bismarck campus designed by Marcel Breuer to nine extensions and online. Budgeting $51.3 million annually, the University of Mary now engages 3,160 Marauders from 24 countries with 98 percent job placement. Linked to 9,547 LinkedIn alumni, UMary has graduated Tim Miles, Mary Wakefield, Erin Oban, Kevin Cramer, and others.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked UMary the 109th best Midwest college with the 75th best occupational therapy and 182nd top physical therapy program nationally. On Niche, Mary has America’s 131st most conservative students, 335th best teaching degrees, and 553th best value tuition. Times Higher Education placed the University of Mary just above its top 800. College Factual noticed UMary as the 131st best Catholic school for the 174th best buck and 287th top nursing degree. WalletHub honored Mary for the country’s 196th most safety and 256th best career outcomes. PayScale recorded a 20-year net ROI of $219,000 for University of Mary graduates. In Washington Monthly, UMary was also recognized for the 305th highest PhD completion and 500th most Peace Corps volunteers.

University of Mary Accreditation Details

In July 2017, the University of Mary performed satisfactorily on an assurance review from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) to continue Level V accreditation for 10 more years under its sixth president, Monsignor James P. Shea. Located 13.5 hours southeast in Chicago, this mega 19-state Heartland accreditor is authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to assess the institutional effectiveness of UMary’s 55 baccalaureate, 14 master’s, and three doctoral majors from Bismarck to Watford City and online. The University of Mary also keeps the following accreditations current:

  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Commission on Accreditation in Athletic Training Education
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board

University of Mary Application Requirements

Getting into the University of Mary is considered “minimally difficult” by Peterson’s because 95 percent of the 1,092 Fall 2016 applications were triumphant. Post-grad Marauders conquering the online master’s admission process have finished baccalaureate training at regionally accredited U.S. institutions. International equivalent degrees approved by a foreign nation’s Ministry of Education also qualify. That’s only if students achieve at least these TOEFL iBT scores: 15 Listening, 20 Reading, 22 Speaking, and 20 Writing. The School of Graduate Studies only allows non-degree seeking entrants with 90 or more semester credits. Most programs expect an overall GPA of 2.5 or 2.75 in the last two years. The Online M.Ed. needs appropriate North Dakota teacher credentialing and experience. Degrees like the MSN/MBA Healthcare Administration Online require valid RN licensure and criminal background checks too.

The University of Mary generally has rolling admission, but some master’s programs enforce deadlines. For instance, the MS in Bioethics gives priority to candidates applying prior to July 1st. The MS in Respiratory Therapy set a February 15th cutoff. MS in Speech-Language-Pathology applicants have until January 15th annually. By the degree’s unique date, submit the secure application online via the Hobson Radius portal. Mail specified items to 7500 University Drive in Bismarck, ND 58504. Extra help is available at (800) 288-6279 or Online master’s admission typically relies on the following:

  • $45 application fee by credit card
  • Official bachelor’s-level transcripts
  • Email addresses for two references
  • One-page résumé outlining background
  • Goal statement of three to five paragraphs
  • Current North Dakota teacher certification

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2017-18, the University of Mary billed average full-time graduate tuition of $14,500 yearly. General add-ons included the $25 technology fee, $100 security fee, $50 parking fee, and $125 Wellness Center fee. Living at the Bismarck campus’ apartments like Monte Cassino costs $6,970 annually too. Luckily, the School of Graduate Studies minimizes online master’s tuition to $600 per credit. Each course is assessed a $135 distance learning fee. Three exceptions are the MS in Business at $520, MSN at $450, and M.Ed. at $655 per credit.

According to the NCES College Navigator, 80 percent of full-time UMary Marauders pillage median financial aid offers of $9,049 each for $16.13 million university wide. Institutional funds include the Next Step Graduate Scholarship, Graduate Counseling Scholar Scholarship, Impact Scholarship, Chi Nursing Scholarship, Emerging Leadership Scholarship, and Sister Thomas Welder Scholarship. The Catholic Educators Partner Program gives 50 percent tuition discounts to K-12 teachers at religious schools. The Business Partnership Scholarship deducts 10 percent for ND County Social Service Office employees. Hybrid students might seek nine-month graduate assistantships for tuition waivers. The “Yellow Ribbon” school accepts 100 percent of GI Bill benefits and gifts $1,000 textbook stipends. Graduates filing FAFSA forms with code 002992 qualify for Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Nursing, and Plus loans.

Online Degrees Available

The Online & Evening Programs Division logs into Canvas to seamlessly provide University of Mary students with 10 bachelor’s and 20 master’s options entirely online. Six minors like Catholic Studies, Marketing, and Information Technology Management are also available. In five- or eight-week formats, online classes keep a 15:1 learner-faculty ratio for personalized engagement, even with the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Other online benefits include the CLEP testing, MarauderJobs database, Technology Resources portal, Welder Library access, Mission for Life program, and TutorMe 24/7 sessions. Two sample online graduate degrees are:

Master of Science in Bioethics

Partnered with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, the MS in Bioethics admits UMary cohorts each spring to examine the moral implications of 21st-century medical innovations from a theological lens. The 32-credit, non-thesis program headed by Dr. Karen Rohr requires a two-day NCBC certification seminar in San Francisco, Bismarck, Philadelphia, or New York before digital courses like The Gift of Human Life, practicum, and capstone projects.

Master of Science in Business

Chaired by Dr. Rod Hair, UMary’s MS in Business is a scientific online MBA alternative for Gary Tharaldson School post-grads to affordably advance their strategic leadership acumen in only 15 months for an average pay bump of 28 percent. The 33-credit, IACBE-accredited curriculum follows the capstone model in eight concentrations, such as Energy Management, Healthcare Executive, Project Management, and Human Resource Management.

Learn about more online offerings, including the Master of Project Management, Master of Science in Nursing Informatics, Master of Education in Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Master of Public Administration in Virtuous Leadership, at the University of Mary website.