Educational Objectives

Education Philosophy

St. Mary’s University embraces an educational philosophy rooted in liberal arts and sciences. The institution provides a well-rounded education that extends beyond knowledge acquisition. StMU fosters critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and ethical awareness. It emphasizes strong communication skills, ethical reasoning and a global perspective. Through personalized attention, engaging classroom experiences and experiential learning, StMU nurtures your intellectual, personal and professional growth. The university values the integration of faith, reason, and community engagement, preparing graduates to be ethical leaders and lifelong learners who contribute meaningfully to society.

The University welcomes students of diverse traditions and cultures; it recognizes that the intellectual interchange essential to a vibrant university-level education requires and is enriched by the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students in a community of critical thinkers. StMU proceeds on the assumption that individuals are not merely consumers or producers; we are spiritual beings, and, as such, there are ethical and moral dimensions to all we do. The examination of these dimensions is an integral part of the entire educative process.

St. Mary’s University provides an environment for the development of the whole person intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and physically in their social context, and presents a learning ethos that attempts to ensure advances in scholarship and technology are attuned to the authentic good of individuals and society as a whole. It is an institution that inspires students to undertake responsible intellectual inquiry and accept the challenge of providing leadership for the creation of a socially just world based on sound moral principles.

St. Mary’s University promotes understanding of and respect for the uniqueness and inherent dignity that defines each one of us, made as we are in the image and likeness of God. It is an academic community that, in a rigorous and critical fashion, assists in the protection and advancement of human dignity and of cultural heritage through research, teaching, and various services offered to the local, national, and international communities. A Catholic institution recognizes that human culture is open to revelation and transcendence; StMU is a primary place for a fruitful dialogue between the Gospel and culture.

St. Mary’s University’s educational objectives include:

In addition, StMU provides each graduate with insights, knowledge and skills including:

The St. Mary’s University Difference

By emphasizing a well-rounded education, StMU equips students with essential skills and knowledge beyond their chosen fields. The emphasis on critical thinking and intellectual curiosity encourages creativity and adaptability. Strong communication skills enable effective expression and meaningful dialogue. Integrating ethics and global perspectives cultivates social responsibility and cultural awareness for a diverse world. Personalized attention and experiential learning foster individual growth, empowering students to discover passions and strengths. Ultimately, StMU’s educational philosophy prepares students for successful careers and responsible societal contributions.


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