Marygrove College

Degree Subject

Marygrove College is a private non-for-profit Catholic independent liberal arts institution of higher education. It is dedicated to encouraging Christian values, providing education to a diverse student population, and serving people of the surrounding community. Its purpose is to provide education each individual student and enable them to acquire academic and professional competency, active commitment and compassion and a solid foundation in liberal arts to pursue various careers

Marygrove College offers about 31 bachelor degree programs, 7 master degree programs, and 20 certification programs. All programs feature a strong liberal arts curriculum with relevant preparation for careers. Marygrove College also places emphasis on the development of leadership abilities. It is committed to providing students with valuable tools that can be immediately applied to careers. The college has designed custom-made graduate programs to meet the needs of busy professional students.

Graduate students are able to enroll in comprehensive Distance Learning and online programs. Highly qualified and experienced instructors that provide insight on the real world teach courses. The college also focuses on individualized attention to promote supportive relationships that lead to rewarding careers. Available online programs include a Master in the Art of Teaching with concentrations in reading and literacy, elementary mathematics, curriculum, assessment and instruction, and middle school mathematics. Marygrove College also offers various individual online courses. Online courses are delivered via the asynchronous Blackboard course management platform that features an easy to navigate interface with threaded discussions, email, chat, assignment drop-box, and online grade book.

Marygrove College dates its history back to 1845 when the town of Monroe was established along with the creation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary congregation. One of the women, Theresa Maxis founded St. Mary Academy in 1946. Marygrove College is a direct descendant of the original academy. By the start of the 20th century, the institution began to offer college-level courses and the Sisters formed a separate entity in 1905, St. Mary College. The college was authorized to grant degrees in 1910 and teaching certificates in 1914. In the 1920s the academy expanded and outgrew its structures and it moved to a new location in 1925 and changed its name to Marygrove College. The college continued to expand and in 1943 it was place on the approved list of the Association of American Universities. It participated in Michigan’s first grant program for a private college in 1966. The college began offering master degrees in 1980. Currently, Marygrove College enrolls over 4,000 students include more than 1,600 students in distance learning programs.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Marygrove College.

Scholarships Offered

Marygrove College offers several competitive scholarships including the Full Tuition Scholarship Award, Phi Theta Kappa Award, Marygrove Talent Award-Art, Dance or Music, Presidential, Trustee, and Merit Scholarship Awards, The Marie Louise DeMarco McLeod Scholarship, The Sister John Clement Hungerman Scholarship, The Sister Suzanne Fleming, IHM, Scholarship, The Maria Kostecke Murphy Scholarship, The Margaret DeSantis Scholarship, and The Emmet and Frances Tracy Scholarship. The college also accepts scholarships from various outside sources.

Financing Options

Marygrove College participates in several financial aid programs such as grants, loans, and work-study. The programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, Federal TEACH Grant Program, Federal Parent PLUS Loan, Federal Work Study (FWS), Veteran Educational Benefits, Michigan Children of Veterans Tuition Grant Program, Michigan Tuition Grant, Michigan Competitive Scholarship, and No Worker Left Behind. Students can also pay for their tuition and fees through private alternative loans. Marygrove also offers a Family Discount, Senior Citizen Grant, and Staff Education Assistance Benefits.

Credit Earning Options

Marygrove College awards credits for previous coursework completed at another accredited postsecondary institution. All transfer courses must have a grade of at least a C. Students are able to transfer a maximum of 64 credits from a two-year institution, up to 98 credits from a four-year school or from a combination of two-year and four-year institutions. For graduate students, a maximum of six hours can be transferred for programs that have a total of 30 to 34 credit hours and a maximum of nine hours can be transferred for programs with 35 or more credit hours. Marygrove College also grants credits for prior learning experiences such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Programs, other standardized tests, and assessment by portfolio that document non-academic experiences such as private study, work experience, and on-the-job training. Students may also apply for credit by taking departmental examinations. Students must arrange for transcripts to be sent directly from the transferring institution to Marygrove College.