University of Mary Announces New Mystic-Marauder Community Commitment

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New initiative allows BSC alumni to earn online bachelor’s degrees and MBA at reduced cost from the University of Mary 

BISMARCK, N.D., (Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024) — Beginning this summer of 2024, associate-degree graduates from Bismarck State College can enroll in University of Mary online undergraduate programs, and pay the same tuition rate as currently offered at Bismarck State College as part of a new Mystic-Marauder Community Commitment initiative.

Furthermore, the University of Mary is also extending BSC’s current associate degree in nursing (ADN) tuition rates to Mary’s RN to BSN program for students who graduated from BSC with their RN degree and who are subsequently accepted into Mary’s BSN program. This agreement also allows all BSC alumni automatic eligibility for a priority-partner scholarship when they enroll in University of Mary’s MBA program. This online graduate program can be completed in as few as 12 months, allowing students to not only customize their schedule to fit their needs, but also provides them with both the experience and degree to thrive in the workplace and community.  

“The Mystic-Marauder Community Commitment comes at a very critical time for us as a community — Bismarck-Mandan and North Dakota as a whole,” stated University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea, who has spearheaded many public-private college initiatives during his nearly 15-year-tenure as Mary’s president — most recently with Williston State College and over ten years ago with Arizona State University, as examples. “We are in the business of community building and our greatest resource is our people. This innovative partnership honors the important relationship between BSC and the University of Mary, as together we serve the Bismarck-Mandan region, providing a new seamless, flexible, affordable pathway to receive higher education. Sure, we need to attract new people, but just as important — retain our young people who already call this their home so we can build a vibrant community together here in the Bismarck-Mandan area.” 

The University of Mary and Bismarck State College have a long history of collaboration.

“In recognition of the historic bond between our institutions, our student-first approach to higher education, and our shared goal of serving the Bismarck-Mandan community, this University of Mary initiative provides a seamless and affordable pathway for Bismarck State College alumni,” says BSC President Doug Jensen. 

The University of Mary online platform allows individuals to continue to work and live within their community while building upon the skills they attained at BSC. Students may enroll now in eligible online undergraduate and graduate programs beginning this summer, 2024, by contacting an admissions representative at, or by calling (701) 355-8030.

About the University of Mary

True to its motto “lumen vitae”—The Light of Life—the University of Mary offers education for the whole of life through cutting-edge professional programs and graduate programs animated by moral courage and leadership in chosen professions and service to the community. A private, co-educational Catholic institution, the University of Mary welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.

A Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers nearly 60 bachelor’s, 18 master’s, and five doctoral programs—in Business Administration, Education, Nursing Practice, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. The 20-sport Athletic Department adheres to its Greatness Through Virtue mission under the governance of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and the USA College Clay Target League. With more than 3,800 students, Mary has locations in North Dakota, Montana, Arizona, Rome, Italy, as well as vibrant online offerings.