In an unprecedented collaboration, the University of Mary - a Christian, Catholic and Benedictine university of more than 3,100 students in Bismarck, North Dakota - has teamed with Arizona State University to bring course work in theological studies and Catholic Studies to the Phoenix metro area.
The University of Mary offers programs at the All Saints Newman Center in Tempe.
You can browse the current course schedule by following this link.
You can apply for the programs by following this link to the online application form.
You can ask any questions you may have by following this link.
What is the purpose of this collaboration?
Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of Mary (U-Mary) have collaborated to provide an opportunity for ASU students to enhance their education with coursework in theological studies or Catholic studies from U-Mary as a complement to their ASU degree.
When are the U-Mary classes offered?
The class schedule has been designed so that the calendar dates and class times mesh with ASU's schedule of classes.
Do I have to take a full program from U-Mary, or can I just take classes that interest me?
Students have three options:
Students should check with their advisor about the ability to transfer individual courses into their ASU program of study.
- Take a single course or multiple courses
- Earn a minor from U-Mary or
- Earn a second bachelor's degree.
What if I decide to pursue a second bachelor's degree through U-Mary? Will my ASU coursework apply to the U-Mary degree?
ASU students who wish to complete a second bachelor's degree from U-Mary in Theological Studies or Catholic Studies may apply to U-Mary at any time while enrolled at ASU or subsequent to graduation from ASU. U-Mary will waive the application fee for students who apply to U-Mary while also enrolled at ASU. Students who have completed an ASU degree will be considered to have satisfied the U-Mary core curriculum requirements.
Will individual classes from U-Mary transfer to ASU?
U-Mary courses are accepted for general elective, and some count toward general studies core area requirements (eg. Core and Awareness areas) at ASU. ASU students will need to meet with their academic advisors to discuss how / if the courses apply to their core and academic programs.
How does this work financially?
Students will pay ASU for their ASU classes and pay the University of Mary for their U-Mary classes. Students are responsible for paying the applicable tuition and fees at each institution.
Are scholarships available?
There are a variety of scholarships available. Additionally, students who have received a 15-credit ASU scholarship can apply three of the 15 credits to a U-Mary class and maintain their scholarship. Students should contact a University of Mary-Tempe admissions counselor for assistance.
What do U-Mary classes cost?
Please refer to the University of Mary website for complete information regarding tuition and fees:
How will financial aid be handled for students enrolled at both U-Mary and ASU?
It is possible that some students may be taking U-Mary courses and ASU courses during the same semester. Students in federal financial aid programs, such as Pell Grants, can maximize their financial aid eligibility by working with ASU to certify their joint enrollment at both schools. ASU will initiate a consortium agreement on the student's behalf with U-Mary, certifying the student's co-enrollment at both schools. ASU will then process all financial aid for the student based on total credits at both schools for that semester. Students should see a financial aid counselor at ASU for this assistance.
Will I have to go to North Dakota?
Since all courses are taught locally in Tempe, there is no requirement to travel to U-Mary's campus in North Dakota (but you're always welcome!).
Where are the U-Mary classes offered?
U-Mary classes are offered on-site across the street from ASU at 215 East 7th Street, Tempe.
What is the All Saints Newman Center's role in this?
The All Saints Newman Center is a campus ministry that complements the secular education provided at ASU. The center provides a home for Catholic students and members of the university community. U-Mary's classes are offered as part of an ongoing partnership between U-Mary, ASU, and All Saints Catholic Newman Center.
Can students who are not Catholic take U-Mary classes?
Yes, U-Mary is a Catholic university that welcomes and serves persons of all faiths.
If I am a student at one of ASU's other campus locations such as the West, Downtown Phoenix, or Polytechnic campuses, can I still participate?
Yes! ASU campuses are connected by several different methods of transportation, enabling students to move between the campuses to take U-Mary's and other classes, participate in special activities and events, and be involved in clubs and organizations.
How do I apply and get accepted to U-Mary?
ASU students enroll at U-Mary as non-degree-seeking students, and then may register for U-Mary courses. Students who have been accepted to ASU and want to participate in this program will automatically gain acceptance for these programs through U-Mary.
Whom should I contact for more information or to enroll in University of Mary classes?
New and continuing students may contact the University of Mary-Tempe at (480) 290-7047 or