Why Choose Marylhurst for your Educational Needs

Marylhurst University campusPicking the right university for your educational goals is definitely a major decision, and there are a lot of options available. So why choose Marylhurst? We’ve compiled key points about our university that make us unique and highlight how we help men and women of all faiths and backgrounds achieve their personal, academic and career aspirations.

If you’d like to discuss your options or learn a little more about how Marylhurst can help you, please contact our admissions counselors at admissions@marylhurst.edu or 503.699.6268.

Benefits of Marylhurst – Top Points

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Regionally accredited

Marylhurst is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). In addition, many of our academic programs hold special accreditations or national approvals – like our Art Therapy Counseling program (approved by the American Art Therapy Association) or our M.B.A. (accredited by the IACBE).

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Degree completion programs

If a bachelor’s degree is your goal, we’re here to help you get it done. We’re a degree completion university meaning most of our students complete their last few years with us. They either transfer in credit from other four-year institutions or they start their degree programs at a community college and then transfer to Marylhurst.

 

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Exceptional and unique master’s degree programs

From our popular MBA programs to our unique and exceptional programs in Art Therapy Counseling, Food Systems and Society, Divinity, Teaching or Interdisciplinary Studies – our graduate programs stand apart with expert faculty, small, discussion-style classes and a strong, well-networked community.

 

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Accessible academic support and student services

We understand that it takes more to be a student than just attending a class. Sometimes you need academic advising, career services, writing and math tutoring, veteran services or accommodations for a disability. Our university services are designed to work with students who are also busy parents, working professionals or serving in the military.

 

Degree Completion – Helping Students Finish

More than 90% of Students Transfer in Credits to Marylhurst UniversityOur whole university is focused on degree completion – especially at the bachelor’s degree level. Whether you started your bachelor’s degree 10+ years ago or are at a community college now, we’re geared to help you cross that graduation finish line. Here’s how:

  A wide range of transfer credits accepted – We’re a leading institution in accepting transfer credits from other institutions. If you attended one other or 12 other institutions on your path toward a bachelor’s degree – we can work with you. To start, we can evaluate your transfer credits even before you apply to Marylhurst so you can see how your past credits will work into a Marylhurst bachelor’s degree. To get the FREE transfer credit evaluation – contact our Office of Admissions at transcriteval@marylhurst.edu or call 503.699.6268.

  Strong partnerships with community colleges – Starting your educational path at a local community college is an excellent choice.  It saves you money and time. When you’re ready to go on and complete your bachelor’s degree, Marylhurst has seamless transfer pathways from the community college to us – especially if you’re a student at Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College and Mt. Hood Community College, to name a few. We even do dual enrollment with these institutions so you can be admitted and enrolled in both the community college and Marylhurst. That means access to our courses and our services making the path to a bachelor’s degree that much more smooth. Contact our Office of Admissions to learn more about dual enrollment – admissions@marylhurst.edu or 503.699.6268.

  Clear degree pathways – We took the guess work out of which courses you need to take and when and have clear degree pathways for our  degrees. This helps you plan your time with Marylhurst and lets you see a clear path toward that diploma. Plus, we have an annual schedule of classes, which means you can see when classes are offered up to a year in advance. View our current degree pathways.

  A top-notch prior learning assessment program – Marylhurst continues to be a leader in assessing and accepting credits for learning done outside of the traditional classroom – like on-the-job training or military experience. We currently offer two options for earning credit for prior learning: credit by exam and our writing-intensive Prior Learning Assessment Program.  Learn how your past work experience or training can translate into college credit toward your degree.

Exceptional Degree Programs

From rigorous, relevant bachelor’s degrees to in-depth, exceptional master’s degree programs, Marylhurst stands apart in one key way: we’re a premier applied liberal arts and business university.

We weave liberal arts content together with career-focused, professional skills into every course. So whether you choose to be a professional artist, a writer, a business manager, entrepreneur, science teacher or psychologist, you will have the content knowledge and the people skills to thrive in a global and interconnected world.

Faculty at Marylhurst UniversityWhy applied liberal arts matter?

Studying and developing your liberal arts knowledge means you are growing skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, communication and ethical, cultural competency. At Marylhurst, we don’t just want you to be an exceptional graduate, we want you to be an exceptional, employed graduate.

Small, discussion-style classes

Marylhurst’s student population is just around 1,000 students and our current average class size is 10 students. In other words, we’re a small institution that offers a caring, supportive learning environment to each and every student. Our renowned faculty give you personalized attention and develop courses that encourage collaboration, networking and engaging discussions.

#3 in Oregon

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#4 in the Nation

#1 in Oregon

#2 in Oregon

#9 in Oregon

#11 in the Nation
(English Degree Program)

#26 in the Nation
(English Degree Program)

#2 in Oregon
(MBA)

#6 in the Nation
(MBA – Online Program)

#10 in the Nation
(MBA in Sustainable Business)

#33 in the Nation
(MBA in Healthcare Management)

#43 in the Nation
(MBA)

#14 in the Nation
(College for Working Adults)

Art Therapy Counseling ranked #4 in the Nation
(BestCounselingDegrees.net)

Military Friendly® Schools 2017
(eighth consecutive year)

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Adam Ross
Why he picked Marylhurst for his M.A. in Teaching

Adam Ross made a significant career change. He decided to stop being a correctional officer and instead become a teacher, and he picked Marylhurst University to earn his teaching credential.  Learn what motivated Adam to take a step into K-12 education and why Marylhurst was the right choice for him.

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Audrey Fisher
Overcoming obstacles to degree completion

Audrey Fisher’s road to a degree was not easy. She overcame a number of obstacles, but stayed strong,  and through the supportive community at Marylhurst, completed her degree in English Literature and Writing. Learn why Audrey picked Marylhurst University to complete her bachelor’s degree.

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Travis Douville
Why pursuing his Marylhurst M.B.A. fully online was the right fit for him

Career shifts, life changes, busy schedules all added up to Travis Douville needing a master’s program that could handle his hectic world. He picked Marylhurst’s M.B.A. in Sustainable Business because it was a quality program but also because it was 100% online.

Online, Evenings and Weekends – Classes That Fit Your Busy Schedule

Student at Marylhurst UniversityWe understand that for most people, taking a class between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. is challenging – especially if you have a full-time job or parenting responsibilities. We’ve designed our course schedule with this in mind. Most of our classes are offered in the evenings, on the weekends or online. In addition, most of our courses include a combination of on-campus meetings with online coursework so our students average about one campus meeting per week per class.

Fully online programs

Marylhurst offers several degree programs that can be completed 100% online or with minimal visits to campus.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

  • Business Management (100% online or at our off-campus sites at Portland Community College or Clackamas Community College)
  • English Literature & Writing (100% online if choosing the literature concentration)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (option to custom design your program and can focus on choices that include online courses in multiple Marylhurst disciplines – like Psychology, English, Communication)

Master’s Degree Programs

Scholarships and Financial Aid – Funding Your Education

Scholarship Donations - Marylhurst UniversityOne of the biggest benefits of Marylhurst University is our community of supportive alumni and donors. For more than 123 years, Marylhurst graduates have been making an impact on the northwest community and beyond. They don’t forget their Marylhurst experience and often give back to support the next generation of MU.

Academic Scholarships

These generous donations turn into scholarships for our students. We offer one of the most extensive scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa members (community college honors society) recognizing their academic success. Many of our graduate programs – like the M.B.A. – offer scholarships to help our graduate students fund their education. In addition, we offer a military scholarship for active and veteran military members. Every student who applies to Marylhurst is automatically considered for scholarship opportunities. Learn more about our scholarships.

Financial Aid and Financial Management

Beyond scholarships, our students are encouraged to pursue federal financial aid to help manage the funding of their education. Our Office of Financial Aid is always available to help answer questions, provide guidance and access to resources. Marylhurst also partners with a program called SALT, which offers free financial management resources, like how to manage loan debt or search for additional scholarships. Learn more about our financial management resources.

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