Undergraduate Catalog

Overview of the University

General Policy

Marywood University (the “University”) declares and reaffirms a policy of equal educational and employment opportunity and non-discrimination in its educational programs and all other activities that it operates both on and off University property. Marywood is committed to maintaining a comfortable, healthy and safe learning, living, and working environment for all members of the Marywood community. Marywood University does not condone and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or assault regardless of whether the action is based on race, sex (including sexual harassment, sexual violence and pregnancy), color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, creed, ancestry, religion, disability, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, whether an individual has a GED, use of a guide or support animal, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Marywood University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and in other activities operated by the University and is required by Title IX, and specifically 34 C.F.R. Part 106.9, not to discriminate in such a manner. This extends to employees of and applicants for admission to Marywood University. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the University, or to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education, Philadelphia, PA (see below for contact information).

Any individual who believes s/he has been subject to discrimination on the basis of sex is encouraged to file a grievance consistent with the University’s Sexual Misconduct and Complaint Procedures Policy.

Marywood University is committed to taking all necessary steps to comply with any obligations it may have under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and the Campus SaVE Act of 2013. These are explicit civil and legal applications of the formulation of beliefs already cherished in Marywood’s religious commitment, objectives, and practices.

Marywood University will make reasonable accommodations to known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the University. Any person who believes he or she may require such accommodation should contact the Affirmative Action Officer.

The Marywood University Anti-Discrimination Policy applies to all faculty, staff, administration, employees, students, volunteers and visitors on campus property. Additionally, the Policy applies to the conduct of all faculty, staff, administration, employees, students, volunteers and visitors at off-campus University-sponsored events, including, but not limited to, academic and educational programming, internships, study abroad programs, athletic events, and all other University programming, as well as to the conduct of all faculty, staff, administration, employees, students, volunteers and visitors occurring off-campus but having an effect on the University’s educational environment.

Inquiries should be directed to:


Dr. Yerodin Lucas

Executive Director of Equity & Inclusion 

Title IX Coordinator | 504 Coordinator



Liberal Arts Center, Room 218



Mr. Ross Novak

Dean of Students Deputy

Title IX Coordinator – for Complaints against Students



Liberal Arts Center, Room 101


Nicole Malloy
Associate Director Athletics
Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Athletic Complaints
Marywood Center for Athletics and Wellness, Room 207


Any member of the Marywood community may call the University Whistleblower Hotline at 855-278-2074 and/or use the Internet based reporting system at http://marywood.ethicspoint.com. See the University Whistleblower Policy for details.

Individuals may also direct inquiries or file complaints with:

Assistant Secretary

Office for Civil Rights

Philadelphia Office

U.S. Department of Education

The Wanamaker Building

100 Penn Square East, Suite 515

Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323

Telephone: (215) 656-8541

TDD: (800) 877-8339

Facsimile: (215) 656-8605

Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov

Students may also reference Accommodating Students with Disabilities policy in the University Student Handbook.

The statements in the catalog are for the purposes of information. This catalog is not to be intended as creating a binding contract between the student and Marywood University. The University reserves the right to change requirements or regulations, including tuition and fees, as necessary, at any time, giving such notice as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances. Students must fulfill all prevailing degree or program requirements.


The black diamond in the lower center of the seal represents the city of Scranton, which is located in the heart of the once thriving anthracite coal district of Pennsylvania. Coal was king in Scranton at the time of Marywood’s founding, and a gold field surrounding the diamond symbolizes the wealth the coal industry produced.

The diamond is charged with the open book of learning, and upon its pages the Greek letters Alpha and Omega are inscribed. These represent God as the beginning and end of all things and the foundation of true education.

An image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, garlanded with roses, pierced by a sword, marked by her crown as Queen of Heaven and tinctured in the gold eternity, is displayed on a forest green background to symbolize in canting form, the name of the University. (Canting arms indicate the name of the bearer.) On either side of the heart are fleurs-de-lis, a symbol of the Blessed Virgin, taken from the seal of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who founded Marywood University in 1915.


The University has embodied its ideals, which are identical with the goals of true humanism, in the University motto: Sanctitas, Scientia, Sanitas (Holiness, Knowledge, Health).

Accreditations and Approvals

Regional Accreditations

Marywood University is an accredited institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Suite 2 West, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Phone: 267-284-5000, www.msche.org.  

The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The Commission on Higher Education is an independent corporation maintaining a relationship with Middle States Association. 

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. Because MSCHE is an institutional accreditor, it examines institutions as a whole rather than specific programs within institutions. MSCHE provides education, quality assurance, and other services to members.

MSCHE conducts accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and any other geographic areas in which the Commission elects to conduct accrediting activities, including the evaluation of distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions. MSCHE accredits institutions across the United States as well as globally.

Professional Accreditations

Business and Managerial Science Programs granting the B.B.A. Degrees at the Undergraduate Level and the M.B.A. and M.S. in Management Information System Degrees at the Graduate Level are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213. Phone: 913-339-9356.

The Didactic Program, Internship, and Distance Internship Programs in the Nutrition and Dietetics department are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.  Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400.

The Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, 3325 Paddocks Parkway, Suite 345, Suwanee, Georgia 30024. Phone: 770-476-1224. Fax: 770-476-1738.

The Graduate Art Therapy Program of the Art Department is accredited by the American Art Therapy Association, 4875 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 240, Alexandria, VA 22304. Phone: 888-290-0878 or 703-548-5860.

The Undergraduate Music Therapy Program is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association, 8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Phone: 301-589-3300. Fax: 301-589-5175

The Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850-3289. Phone: 800-498-2071.

The baccalaureate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001. Phone: 202-887-6791. Fax:: 202- 887-8476.

Counseling Programs in Elementary Counseling, Secondary School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, 500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, Alexandria, VA 22314. Phone: 703-535-5990.

The Master and Baccalaureate of Social Work degree programs in the School of Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457. Phone: 703-683-8080.  Fax:  703-683-8099.

The Bachelor of Architecture (B.ARCH.) degree program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, 107 S. West Street, Suite 707, Alexandria, VA  22314.  Phone: 202-783-2007.

Programs in Art and Design of the Art Department are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248. Phone: 703-437-0700.  Fax:  703-437-6312.

Programs in Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248. Phone: 703-437-0700.  Fax:  703-437-6312.

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Clinical Psychology is accredited as a doctoral program in clinical psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA), Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202-336-5500 or 800-374-2721, TDD/TTY 202-336-6123, FAX: 202-336-5708.

Location and Campus

Marywood University is located on a scenic property of 115 acres in an attractive residential area of the city of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania. With a population of 77,000, Scranton is the seventh-largest city in Pennsylvania and is the county seat of Lackawanna County. Marywood provides access and self-sufficiency to its students, with the advantage of being close to major cities of the northeast. Scranton is within driving distance of the following cities:

2½ hours to New York City

2½ hours to Philadelphia
4 hours to Washington, D.C.
5 hours to Pittsburgh
5½ hours to Boston

Several airlines serve the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, which is 20 minutes from campus. The city of Scranton is located in the Pocono Mountains region, an area renowned for the beauty of its lakes and forests, as well as the access it offers for all kinds of winter and summer sports and other outdoor activities.

The region is home to two minor league sports teams, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders (minor league baseball team of the New York Yankees) and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (minor league hockey team of the Pittsburgh Penguins). Scranton provides an array of cultural opportunities–concerts, theatre, ballet, lectures, and art shows. It celebrates its distinguished history as a labor center in museums and Steamtown National Park.

At Marywood University, students enjoy a beautiful campus with a blend of classic academic architecture, modern facilities, and an array of athletic fields and spaces. Marywood’s Liberal Arts Center features the iconic Rotunda, classrooms, the University Admissions Office, and a variety of administrative offices. The Shields Center for Visual Arts, with its two outstanding galleries, the Suraci and the Contemporary, provides exhibits throughout the year. Marywood’s strong heritage in the performing arts continues at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, which features a rich repertoire of music, theatre, and dance events. The Center for Architectural Studies is a spectacular and spacious adaptation of Marywood’s former gymnasium and a state-of-the-art example of sustainable design, featuring a two-story commons that is an ideal place for group discussions, debates, displays, and project critiques. The Center for Natural and Health Sciences houses science laboratories, computer labs, the 100-seat Comerford Theatre, and classrooms.

The William G. McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, and the O’Neill Center for Healthy Families provide dynamic, professional learning environments, clinics, labs, studios, and equipment. The Center for Athletics and Wellness supports both athletic and academic programs. The building includes a 5,000 square foot fitness center, a 1,500-seat arena, an indoor jogging track, dance and aerobics studio, locker rooms, athletic training room, hydrotherapy room, student lounge, and a climbing wall. Open-air tennis courts are nearby. The Aquatics Center is an extension of the Center for Athletics and Wellness and includes an eight-lane pool, team locker rooms, and spectator seating for 190.

The Marywood University Gear Shop, main dining hall, and e-sports arena,  along with meeting, lounge, and recreation spaces, are housed in Nazareth Student Center. The Swartz Center for Spiritual Life is home to the beautiful Marian Chapel, where Masses are held regularly. With its Peragallo pipe organ and 7-foot Steinway grand piano, the Marian Chapel also offers the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department an intimate 180-seat performing space. Additionally, the Swartz Center has a Conference Center that offers multiple rooms for meetings and events.

Marywood’s newest facility, the Learning Commons, is a flexible and open physical space, which serves as the intellectual and social heart of campus. In addition to housing Library Services, this facility also serves as the home of the Center for Communication Arts, Center for Global Education, Entrepreneur Launch Pad, and the Center for Transformational Teaching and Learning. Surrounded by the Learning Commons, the Center for Architectural Studies and the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, the Calabro Delfino Amphitheatre, with its natural tiered lawn, is the ideal open-air setting for academics, staged art, outdoor exhibitions, and recreation. The beautiful Motherhouse and Seminary Morgan Memorial Garden, situated in front of the Learning Commons, celebrates the history of Marywood and the IHM Congregation.