Jul 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

About Marylhurst


University Mission Statement

Marylhurst University is a private institution of higher learning open to men and women of any race or religion. It is dedicated to making innovative post-secondary education accessible to self-directed students of any age. Marylhurst offers coursework leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and to other goals such as career transition, professional development and personal enrichment.

Animated by its Catholic and liberal arts heritage, Marylhurst emphasizes the uniqueness and dignity of each person, and is committed to the examination of values, as well as to quality academic and professional training. Marylhurst University seeks to aid students in advancing their goals for responsible participation in a rapidly changing world by pursuing, and encouraging its students to pursue, the ideals of competence, leadership and service.

Core Themes

Advance Academic Quality

As a teaching university, academic excellence is at the core of Marylhurst’s identity. We attain academic excellence by providing a high quality curriculum and excellent instruction for students. We model reflective practices in our teaching and our professional development through a cycle of continuous improvement demonstrated at the classroom level, the department level and in the institution as a whole.

Promote Student Success

Marylhurst engages multi-generational students in a reflective and transformational experience that helps them successfully identify and meet their individual professional, career, spiritual and life goals. Because we are a learner-centered institution, we are dedicated to identifying and removing barriers in order to support student success. We believe success includes the development of the whole person in order to achieve lifelong learning, safety and growth.

A Rich Heritage

Marylhurst was founded in 1893 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary as the first liberal arts college for women in the Pacific Northwest. Reorganized in 1974, Marylhurst took a bold step in pioneering educational programs for students of all ages.

Marylhurst is now a co-educational university serving a diverse student body - some students come to us right out of high school, but most are returning to college in their 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond, fortified with a range of life and career experiences, to complete undergraduate or graduate studies. A wide variety of learning options enables students to study, research and reflect on the important issues facing an increasingly complex world. Building on its long tradition of educational excellence, Marylhurst is well known regionally for its rigorous, personalized learning environment, and nationally recognized for innovation in serving adult learners.

As an accredited liberal arts university, Marylhurst offers both degree and non-degree programs designed to meet the learning needs of students motivated toward professional and personal excellence. Many of our academic programs offer flexible scheduling, with evening, weekend, daytime and online classes making a college education more readily available to working adults.

Marylhurst provides a learning environment in which education includes theory and its application to experience. Marylhurst students bring experiential knowledge and expertise to the classroom. As a result, students are empowered to extrapolate from existing experience toward general and abstract learning and increased professional proficiency. Students and faculty learn with and from each other. Marylhurst’s beautiful campus is 10 miles south of downtown Portland, Oregon, and our learning experience is also available via the web through Marylhurst’s delivery of courses online.

Charter and Governance

Marylhurst University was established by the Oregon Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (the Congregation) to more fully “cooperate in the Church’s mission of education. This mission aims at the full development of the human person…”

Marylhurst University is incorporated by the State of Oregon. Certain properties have been deeded to it by the Congregation, and its governance has been entrusted to a board of trustees. Degree-granting authority was bestowed on the Congregation by the State of Oregon in 1893.

Accreditation and Approvals

Marylhurst University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. (Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981).

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. (National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190- 5248). The university holds an institutional membership in that organization and in the American Music Therapy Association.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. (Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4014).

The School of Business graduate and undergraduate programs are designed to meet the accreditation standards of the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, 11257 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, KS 66215). Marylhurst’s MBA, B.S. in Business Management, B.S. in Business & Leadership and B.S. in Real Estate Studies are accredited by the IACBE.

Marylhurst University is approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission - Office of Degree Authorization (1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401).

The Master of Arts in Teaching is approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (250 Division St. NE, Salem, OR 97301-1012).

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association (4875 Eisenhower Ave., Suite 240, Alexandria VA 22304). The program is also approved to offer continuing education credit for counselors by the National Board of Certified Counselors.


The university is a member of the following organizations: Council of Independent Colleges, Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Modern Language Association, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Association of Theological Schools, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, National Association for College Admission Counseling, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and Association of International Educators.

Marylhurst University is a member of the following library consortia: Orbis Cascade Alliance and Northwest Association of Private Colleges and University Libraries.


Marylhurst University is committed to equal opportunity and equal treatment for all qualified individuals. The university will not discriminate against any person because of age, gender, color, race, national origin, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other class status protected by law.