About St. Mary’s University

St. Mary’s University, founded in 1852 by Marianist brothers and priests, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in Texas and the Southwest. Personal attention and powerful academic programs have made St. Mary’s a nationally recognized liberal arts institution. With a diverse student population of about 4,000 of all faiths and backgrounds, St. Mary’s is home to five schools: Humanities and Social Sciences, Bill Greehey School of Business, Science, Engineering and Technology, Graduate, and the School of Law.

The University provides a Catholic education experience that evokes academic excellence while integrating liberal studies, professional preparation and ethical commitment. St. Mary’s full-time faculty members, 94 percent of whom hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields, are committed to student success in and out of the classroom. St. Mary’s has approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate majors and offers over 120 degree programs, which include two doctoral and two law programs. The student/faculty ratio of 13-to-1 permits small classes and promotes active learning.

The Marianists who came to San Antonio in 1852 responded to the call of their superiors to establish an educational institution to regenerate the people of the city. Through their work and the work of those who followed them, St. Mary’s University has maintained its reputation as “a noble institution destined to be a great education center of the Southwest.”

Mission Statement

St. Mary's University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence.

Accreditation

Academic Accreditation

Accreditation is a status awarded to an educational institution or a program that has been found to meet or exceed stated standards of excellence and quality in educational practices. St. Mary’s University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the B.A., B.A.M., B.A.T., B.A.T.I., B.A.S.S.H., B.B.A., B.S., M.A., M.Acc., M.B.A., M.J.A., M.P.A., M.S., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees.

Specialized Accreditation

Business Administration

Bill Greehey School of Business: Accredited by AACSB International – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.): AACSB – International Association of Management Education

Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.): CACREP – Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.): COAMFTE – Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education

Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.): CACREP – Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Marriage and Family Therapy (Ph.D.): COAMFTE – Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education

Education

Catholic School Leadership (M.A.): Approved by The Texas State Board for Educator Certification

Education (M.A.): Approved by The Texas State Board for Educator Certification

Educational Leadership (M.A.): Approved by The Texas State Board for Educator Certification

Reading (M.A.): Approved by The Texas State Board for Educator Certification

Teacher Education Program: Approved by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification

B.A. Degree Program: Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music

Engineering

Computer Engineering (B.S.): Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Electrical Engineering (B.S.): Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Industrial Engineering (B.S.) : Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Law

Juris Doctorate (J.D.): Approved by The American Bar Association

Institutional Memberships

The American Association of Higher Education
The American Association of University Women
The American Council on Education
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
The American Bar Association
The American Schools of Oriental Research
The National Association of Schools of Music
The Association of American Colleges and Universities
The Association of American Law Schools
The Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities
The Association of Texas Colleges and Universities
The Association of Texas Graduate Schools
The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
The Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
The International Association of Counseling Services
The Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
The National Catholic Educational Association
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
The National Collegiate Honors Council
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
The Texas Humanities Alliance
Council of Undergraduate Research