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Marymount University, located just outside Washington, D.C., has a longstanding reputation for delivering highly respected academic programs in a student-centered learning environment.

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Marymount University is a comprehensive Catholic university of 3,441 undergraduate and graduate students.

Campus location: Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

Most popular programs: Business Administration, Forensic and Legal Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Physical Therapy, and Elementary Education

Faculty: 158 full-time faculty; 84% hold the highest degree in their field.

Annual costs 2015–2016: Tuition and fees: $910 per credit hour; select programs have program specific tuition.

Scholarships and financial assistance: 73% of full-time, degree-seeking graduate students receive financial aid. Marymount offers a variety of ways to finance your graduate education: scholarships and grants, loans, gradu-ate assistantships, and other aid.

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“My first choice”
For Paul Smith (’12), once he realized the best way he could make an impact in counseling was in a school setting, he knew Marymount University was the place to earn his M.A. in School Counseling. “Marymount’s counseling program prepares you for all the expected—and unexpected—responsibilities. You’re coached to consider the holistic student and to be an influential leader in student success.”

Like many Marymount graduate students across various programs, Paul was also able to earn his professional certification (National Certified Counselor) by taking the national exam his last semester of graduate study, which then prepared him to move into his career immediately upon graduation with his master’s.

Paul just finished his third year as a school counselor in a Northern Virginia middle school where half the students qualify for food assistance. He directly attributes his abilities “to effectively advocate for his students with such difficult barriers to success (low socioeconomic status, family conflict, language, and culture issues)” to his graduate experience at Marymount.

Close-knit community
Along with its CACREP-accreditation and its reputation for rigorous, comprehensive course work and teaching best practices, Paul chose Marymount for the “welcoming and collegial atmosphere the faculty nurtures.”

Paul shares what many students at Marymount experience at this private comprehensive college where the student-faculty ratio is 12:1. “Classes felt more like an exchange of ideas and less like a lecture because the faculty supports engagement and critical thinking. The personal connection  I felt on day one continues long after graduation. I keep in touch with many of my professors and classmates.”

Hands-on experience
Graduate students also benefit from the close relationships Marymount faculty across all disciplines cultivate with their respective professional associations, government agencies, and national and international nonprofits and industry organizations, many headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The school’s proximity to D.C, just a few metro stops away, enhances a wealth of hands-on and career opportunities for Marymount students when it comes to internships, study abroad, research, paper presentations, and professional networking at national conferences. Highlights of Paul’s Marymount experience included getting involved with professional organizations and giving research presentations at the local and national level.  

“These were not only incredible professional opportunities but a great way to bond with other counseling students and professors. In all honesty, I did not think going to a professional conference would be that much fun!”

Data speaks in education, as it does in so many disciplines, and his Marymount graduate work, Paul confirms, gave him both the skills to not only “counsel students and collaborate with parents and school staff, but to accurately gather, track, and share the effects on students’ success.” Paul is realizing his career passion for the art of counseling as he applies early interventions to promote healthy life skills for his students.

“The bottom line is each class will give you every opportunity to equip yourself with all the tools you need to be a successful school counselor,” he adds.

Check out the exciting possibilities available to you at Marymount!
Whether you’re interested in school counseling, like Paul Smith, or one of our many other graduate options, Marymount has a long-standing reputation for delivering highly respected academic programs in a student-centered learning environment. Your quality learning experience begins with individual attention from knowledgeable, professionally connected faculty who are sincerely interested in student success and satisfaction.

Consider the graduate options we offer in our School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Services, and the Malek School of Health Professions.

School of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts degrees are offered in Interior Design and English and Humanities.

School of Business Administration
Graduate degree programs are offered in Business Administration (M.B.A.), Cybersecurity (M.S.), Health Care Management (M.S.), Human Resource Management (M.A.), Information Technology (M.S.), and Management (M.S.).
Graduate dual-degree programs include Business Administration/Human Resource Management (M.B.A./M.A.), Business Administration/Information Technology (M.B.A./M.S.), Health Care Management/Business Administration (M.S./M.B.A.), Health Care Management/Information Technology (M.S./M.S.), and Information Technology/Cybersecurity (M.S./M.S.).
Graduate certificates are also offered in several areas.

School of Education and Human Services
Graduate degree programs are offered in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.), Counselor Education and Supervision (Ed.D.), Forensic and Legal Psychology (M.A.), Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.), Pastoral and Spiritual Care (M.A.), and School Counseling (M.A.).
Graduate programs in education include Administration and Supervision (M.Ed. with PK-12 licensure), Elementary Education (M.Ed. with teaching licensure, PK-6), English as a Second Language (M.Ed. with teaching licensure, PK-12), Professional Studies (M.Ed., nonlicensure), Secondary Education (M.Ed. with teaching licensure, 6-12), and Special Education: General Curriculum (M.Ed. with teaching licensure, K-12).
Graduate certificate programs are offered in Administration and Supervision (post-master’s) and Catholic School Leadership.

Malek School of Health Professions
Graduate degree programs are offered in Health Education and Promotion (M.S.), Nursing—Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.), Nursing (D.N.P.), and Physical Therapy (D.PT.).

Graduate Programs Available at MU’s Reston Center
Located in Reston, Virginia, this convenient location offers the following:
• Business Administration (M.B.A.)
• Education (M.Ed.) with licensure—Elementary (PK-6) and Secondary (6-12)
• Education (M.Ed.)—Professional Studies
• Human Resource Management (M.A.)
• Nonprofit Management (graduate certificate)

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29 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Business-Management, MS/MA              
Community Counseling              
Computer Security                
Educational Administration                
Elementary Education                
Evening MBA Programs              
Forensic Psychology                
General MBA              
Health Education                
Human Resource Management              
Human Services                
Information Technology              
Interior Design                
MBA - Information Systems              
Physical Therapy                
School Counseling                
Secondary Education                
Special Education                
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