University of St. Mary, founded in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, is a small Catholic liberal arts institution with less than 1,000 students. Now with 3 campuses, its main campus remains in Leavenworth, Kansas, with the two other campuses located at Overland Park and Kansas City. The University of Saint Mary may be small, but it has a very solid academic reputation, and in fact has been named by the Princeton Review as a “Best Midwestern College” since 2005. The university is also regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Aside from the regional accreditation, two of its programs have received programmatic accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (for it Master of Arts in Teach Program) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program).
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The University of Saint Mary offers over 30 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations, five graduate programs and one doctoral level program. Undergraduate degree programs that are currently available include Accounting, Applied Psychology, Art, Art Therapy, Graphic Design, Studio Art, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child Development, Education, Coaching Minor, Communications Concentration, Criminology, Elementary Education, English, Global Studies, Healthcare Informatics, History, Information Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Science, Music Concentration, Music Minor, Nursing (BSN, Accelerated track, RN to BSN), Pastoral Ministry, Pre-Law, Pre-Professional Health (10 programs), Pre-Professional Veterinary, Philosophy Minor, Political Science, Psychology, Secondary Education Program, Spanish Minor, Sport Management, Theatre, and Theology.
Graduate degree programs available include Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Education, and Teaching. They also offer an MBA program with concentrations in Health Care Management, Finance, Marketing & Advertising Management, Human Resource Management, and General Management. Lastly, their only Doctoral level program is the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
The University of Saint Mary offers three of its programs online: Master of Arts in Teaching, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master of Business Administration. Note that all concentrations for the MBA listed above are also available as online MBA programs.
Tuition for all Bachelor’s degree programs at the university is $390 per credit hour. Tuition rates for the graduate degree programs are as follows: MBA – $500 per credit hour, Master of Arts-Psychology – $500 per credit hour, Master of Arts-Counseling Psychology – $500 per credit hour, Master of Arts-Education – $400 per credit hour, Master of Arts-Adaptive Special Education – $300 per credit hour, and Master of Arts-Teaching – $435 per credit hour. Tuition for the Doctor of Physical Therapy is $620 per credit hour. Note that the above tuition rates do not include additional fees and charges.
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Financial aid is available at the university in the form of tuition reimbursement, student loans, and scholarships (specifically Nursing Scholarships). Payment plans are also available to help offset the cost of education. The university was also named by G.I. Jobs as a 2011 Military Friendly School for its membership in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program and the Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC), so you can expect Military Tuition Assistance and VA Benefits to be honoured here.