2013-01-10 / Top News

Mary moves toward two new doctorates

The University of Mary has announced plans to add two new doctoral programs to its offerings.

On Dec. 7, 2012, the University of Mary received authorization from its board of trustees to offer the Doctorate of Education and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice contingent upon approval of the Higher Learning Commission during their site visit in February 2013.

These will be the second and third doctoral programs offered at the University of Mary. Mary began its Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2006.

“We’re here to serve the needs of the region and beyond,” President Father James Shea said. “The University of Mary and its founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, listen and discuss the needs of the region with professionals and industry leaders. And with the massive growth in education and health care needs in western North Dakota, they are telling us there is a strong demand for these programs. We’re pleased to be able to offer these programs that will help provide the highest quality and valuesbased workforce.”

More details will be forthcoming once final approval has been granted.

The University of Mary is recognized nationally as one of the most affordable private universities in the country. It was founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery and is North Dakota’s only Catholic university. With the new, recently announced partnership with DSU, Mary will offer programs at 20 sites in seven states, through the University of Mary Centers for Accelerated and Distance Education, as well as its campus in Rome, Italy.

U-Mary offers more than 50 undergraduate degrees, 10 master’s degrees, a Doctor of Physical Therapy and these two, newly added doctoral degrees, as well as 16 NCAA Division II varsity sports to its students.

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