Founded in 1905 by the Marist Brothers as a seminary in Poughkeepsie, New York, Marist College has grown into a highly esteemed liberal arts university. Marist College is highly regarded alongside many of the nation’s top private universities, and has even been compared in to many Ivy League institutions in their quality of education. For example, Marist College was rated highly alongside Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown and others in the Peterson’s college guides as one of the top private universities. Furthermore, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Marist College as 1 of the top 40 universities for having the best education at the best value for 2011. Marist College has also received recognition by The Princeton Review, earning the coveted “Best Colleges” designation, and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Barron’s Best Buys in College Education, and Entrepreneur Magazine.
As prospective students can see, Marist College offers an Ivy League-caliber education without the Ivy League price tag. A highly respected and rigorous degree is available to students living and working outside of Poughkeepsie, New York. The mission of Marist College’s distance learning program is to “offer new and exciting opportunities for learning via the Internet to any student, be they a resident of the Hudson Valley or any nation around the world.” Advances in distance learning allow qualifying students from all over the world to apply and enroll in Marist College’s distance learning degree and certificate programs. Students are taught through modern distance learning techniques on iLearn, Marist College’s “web-based collaborative learning environment.”
Students have many options to choose from at Marist College, as distance learning degrees are available at the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate levels. Undergraduate degrees available through distance learning include either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. The BA or BS in Liberal Studies allows students to get a solid liberal arts foundation and requires them to choose from a variety of concentrations. Bachelor’s-level concentrations available through distance learning include American Studies, Communication, Economics, Project Management, Data Center Technologies, Information Systems, Informational Technology and Systems, and On‐Demand with Enterprise Systems.
Master’s degrees available through distance learning include a Master of Arts in either Communications or Professional Teaching, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Public Administration (MPA), or a Master of Science in either Information Systems or Technology Management. Advanced Certificates are also available through distance learning, and include Executive Leadership, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, and Production Management. As prospective students can see, Marist College has a renowned Computer Science program, thanks to a partnership with IBM.
As previously mentioned, Marist College offers an excellent education at a great value. Tuition for part-time students is $575 per credit hour at the undergraduate level, and $695 per credit hour at the graduate level. Full-time undergraduate tuition is approximately $27,000 per year. A 25% discount is available to qualifying military personnel and their adult dependents. Financial aid is available to those who qualify, and includes scholarships specifically for non-traditional students.