The University of Mary, founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, is the only Catholic university in North Dakota. The university offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, 10 master’s degrees and a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, since 1969. Also accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the University of Mary Nursing Division offers a baccalaureate degree in nursing; MSN degree in programs for administration, education and nurse practitioner; and a MSN/MBA in Healthcare Administration Dual Degree.
Since its beginning, the University of Mary has sought to respond to the needs of people in the region and nursing was one of its first undergraduate majors. The goal of the University of Mary Nursing Program is to help students develop the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to excel in a wide variety of settings. Whether a student studies online or on one of the University of Mary’s campuses, all programs focus on the application of knowledge. U-Mary graduates understand not only what service is needed, but also how it can be best provided.