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7500 University Drive

Bismarck, ND 58504

(701) 255-7500

About University of Mary

University of Mary is a private institution that was founded in 1959. The University of Mary offers a distinctive, liberal-arts education with an emphasis on preparation for life and not merely a career. Among the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University is known for academic reputation coupled with a strong commitment to its mission.  The University is located just outside of Bismarck, North Dakota—the capital city of North Dakota—and offers nearly 60 undergraduate majors along with 13 master’s programs and three doctoral programs. 


Known for its academic excellence, University of Mary offers students an education that prepares them to be leaders in the service of Truth. It is a nationally recognized leader in delivering top quality higher education. University of Mary was ranked as one of the Best Colleges in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities in Midwest. University of Mary has been recognized as North Dakota’s only “College of Distinction.” A College of Distinction is recognized for exemplifying four “pillars” of higher education--Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, Successful Outcomes. More specifically, a College of Distinction is the following:


  • Nationally recognized by education professionals as an excellent school.

  • Strongly focused on teaching undergraduates.

  • Home to a wide variety of innovative learning experiences. 

  • An active campus with many opportunities for personal development.

  • Highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its outstanding preparation.


The International Services office is dedicated to serving the needs of Mary's international students. As a Christian, Catholic, Benedictine university,  University of Mary has more than 3,000 students and hosts over 100 students from 30 countries other than the United States.


University of Mary is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Other accreditation includes IACBE. For more information about accreditation, please visit:

Academic Program

University of Mary is interested in developing international partnerships for the following programs:

  1. Accounting -> MBA

  2. Computer Science (with an emphasis in Cyber Security) -> MBA

  3. Construction Management -> Master in Project Management

  4. Nursing -> Master of Science in Nursing

  5. Chemical Engineering -> MBA

  6. Civil Engineering -> MBA

  7. Mechanical Engineering -> MBA

  8. Electrical Engineering -> MBA

  9. Petroleum Engineering -> MBA

  10. Respiratory Therapy 

  11. Radiologic Technology

  12. Exercise Science -> Doctor of Physical Therapy

  13. Psychology -> Master of Occupational Therapy

  14. Communication Sciences and Disorders -> Master of Speech Pathology


For a full list of the academic programs, please visit 

International Admission Requirements


  • Application and application fee: $30, can be waived for partner schools as appropriate

1. Undergraduate online application

2. Graduate online application

3. Apply here

  • Transcript evaluation: University of Mary prefers that a course-by-course evaluations be completed by World Education Services (WES) or by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or from an agency that is a current member of the National Associations of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

  • GPA: 2.5

  • English proficiency. Provide one of the testing scores, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (school code 6428) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic version. 


Undergraduate​: TOEFL 71 IBT, 500 PBT, IELTS 6.0 

Graduate: TOEFL 80 IBT, 550 PBT, IELTS 6.5


University of Mary does not accept unofficial Test Report Forms from students. An institutional code is NOT required.

Submit to:
International Services
University of Mary
7500 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504

*Applicants should be aware that these score requirements represent standards for admission to University of Mary but do not necessarily represent standards for admissions to programs with the University which may impose a higher standard of English competency (i.e., Health Sciences, Education, etc.).


Tuition and International Student Scholarships

As one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, Mary offers exceptional educational value as well as outstanding scholarship and financial aid opportunities. At just over half the average tuition of American private colleges, University of Mary is one of the most affordable private universities in the nation.


The information on this page is intended to estimate overall costs. Fees and other financial information on the website are subject to change. Please visit for the official published rates and more information. 


Full-time Undergraduate per Semester $8,235.00

Enrollment confirmation deposit (tuition credit upon enrollment) $150.00

UMARY’s tuition is $17,644 and R&B is 6,482 for 2016-17 academic year. 



 All Courses - Per Credit $590.00



International students are eligible to receive a merit-based scholarship entitled the Sr. Thomas Welder Leadership Scholarship. The amount will be calculated based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT score. Amounts range from $3,000 to $7,000 every two semesters. 

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