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BSC and University of Mary enter articulated program agreement

Posted on 11/30/2011

Bismarck State College and the University of Mary today announced an agreement that will allow BSC students enrolled in 10 program areas to transfer even more easily to the University of Mary to earn bachelor's degrees in those areas.

The degree programs included in the agreement are Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Respiratory Therapy, Sport and Leisure Management, Music, Music with Emphasis in Sacred Music, Music Education, Political Philosophy, Management, and the Computer Support Specialist program, which will transfer to the University of Mary's Information Technology Management program.

While transferring from BSC to a four-year institution is a smooth process, BSC President Dr. Larry C. Skogen said the articulation agreement with University of Mary ensures that general education and specific program classes that students take at BSC are wholly integrated with University of Mary's programs.

"This agreement is in alignment with our philosophy of collaborating with four-year institutions to better serve our students and communities," Dr. Skogen said.

BSC has become a hub of higher education in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The University of North Dakota, Minot State University, and Dickinson State University are already on BSC's campus.

"The University of Mary also will be opening a transfer office on our campus to better serve transferring students," Skogen said.

Currently, nearly 35 percent of BSC's students or just over 1,500 are enrolled in liberal arts/transfer programs and another 59 are in the computer support specialist program. As of fall 2011, 324 students are attending the University of Mary from BSC.

"This extension of the collaboration between BSC and the University of Mary is an important step in providing educational support for the burgeoning Bismarck-Mandan and North Dakota economies," asserts U-Mary President Father James Shea. "Facilitating the entry of BSC students into high-demand programs at the University of Mary will help meet the educational needs of the growing area population and the professional needs of the industries and businesses associated with the area's booming economy."

About Bismarck State College
Bismarck State College, an innovative community college in Bismarck, N.D., offers high quality education, workforce training, and enrichment programs reaching local and global communities. For more information, visit

About University of Mary
The University of Mary was founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation and is the state's only private, Catholic university. Programs are offered at 18 sites in six states, through the University of Mary Centers for Accelerated and Distance Education, as well as the new campus in Rome, Italy. Mary offers undergraduate degrees in 53 majors, eight master's degrees, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, as well as 16 varsity sports to its students. For more information, visit

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