Our degrees change lives
Founded in 1937 by the Felician Sisters, Madonna University is an independent Catholic, Franciscan institution of higher learning committed to teaching, scholarship, and service. The University’s educational philosophy originates from the Franciscan spirit, which encounters God in the whole of creation, manifested by persons, events, and natural things. This view defines people as moral-ethical beings and advocates a life based on truth, goodness, and service to others, rooted in the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Drawing inspiration from the selfless love of Jesus Christ and his Mother, the Madonna, the University seeks to communicate a coherent understanding of reality, discernible through the spirit, mind, and imagination.
The Madonna mission
The mission of Madonna University is to instill in its students Christian humanistic values, intellectual inquiry, a respect for diversity, and a commitment to serving others through a liberal arts education that’s integrated with career preparation and based on the truths and principles recognized within a Felician Franciscan tradition.
Madonna’s mission receives its spirit from these Franciscan values:
• Respect for the dignity of each person
• Peace and justice
• Reverence for creation
• Education for truth and service
Community and service
Madonna University is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of traditional and nontraditional students as they pursue associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees—and lifelong learning. In realizing all aspects of its vision, the University emphasizes a service approach through an integrated student support structure and flexible delivery systems, both on and off campus, nationally and internationally, and through in-person and distance education instruction. Since its founding by the Felician Sisters of North America, Madonna University has remained committed to the spiritual, educational, and service-oriented mission of its heritage: educating of students for truth and service.
Institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Business programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs in 2017
Education programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation since 1972
Undergraduate and graduate Nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education since 2006; DNP program accredited since 2010
Undergraduate Social Work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1982; graduate program accredited in 2018
The Madonna community
Participate in core programs that challenge social issues and promote problem-solving with a sense of community.
140+ majors and minors
Choose from our many reputable academic programs that provide real-world experience in an environment that fosters respect, collaboration, and communication.
13:1 student-faculty ratio
Learn from professors who care about your success.
27,000 student service hours
Participate in civic engagement activities that address issues like literacy and access to higher education, community health, sustainability, elder services, or animal welfare.
500+ annual internships
Gain valuable work experience, strengthen your employability, and reinforce your social responsibility and commitment to serving others.
“I love that people care about you as an individual here at MU. Everyone is willing to help you succeed.”
“Getting involved was one of the best decisions I’ve made in college. Being so involved continues to help me grow out of my comfort zone and do things that positively impact others’ lives as well as mine.”
“I love the small and personable atmosphere here. I know I’ll be continually uplifted rather than getting swept up in the crowd. I have a swarm of people willing to encourage me at any moment.”
“Attending Madonna was the best decision I ever made. I was able to build important relationships with other students as well as professors. I felt like every professor took time to get to know every individual student and shared such masterful information from their educational professional lives.”