McMurry University

Introduction

Founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, McMurry University is a vibrant and comprehensive center of undergraduate education. McMurry has a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of its faculty, students and graduates. The University enrolls more than 1,000 students and has an average class size of 16. No graduate assistants teach courses and over 91% of our professors have achieved the highest degree in their academic discipline.

Offering a diverse academic curriculum students can choose from 45 majors in the arts, business, education and the sciences as well as our pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry, engineering, law, pharmacy, physical therapy and others. The three-week May Term gives students an opportunity to explore a subject outside their major, and the Servant Leadership Program teaches students about ethics and helps develop leadership qualities.

McMurry has over 40 clubs and organizations and 19 intercollegiate sports. Students are engaged with the community and average over 24,000 hours of annual service. Our beautiful campus is located on 52 acres in Abilene, Texas, a city of over 118,000 friendly people.

McMurry is guided by our core values: Christian Faith as the foundation of life, Personal Relationships as the catalyst for life, Learning as the journey of life, Excellence as the goal of life, and Service as the measure of life. Our students are equipped to exceed expectations and go on to make their mark in the world, through service, leadership and success.

McMurry Momentum: Grounded in History, Soaring to the Future

While the McMurry commitment to academic excellence and student engagement continues to flourish in 2014, the current national economic climate and institution specific challenges necessitate a comprehensive planning effort. Widespread buy in of the plan coupled with an across the board implementation and execution of the final Centennial Plan, will be essential to ensure that McMurry University continues to serve its students for a second century.

Characteristics of McMurry University in 2023

McMurry University will exhibit the following characteristics at its Centennial:

  • Financial stability with the capacity to withstand any cyclical and economic downturns
  • High academic standards
  • A diverse student body with a propensity to learn
  • An understanding and demonstration of Christian principles and values and a nurturing environment supportive of spiritual growth
  • A culture of responsibility and accountability
  • Cutting edge programs/experiences to help students envision the future beyond the attainment of a baccalaureate degree
  • An opportunity to engage in creative experiences
  • An engaged, highly qualified, student-centered faculty and staff
  • Supportive and engaged alumni
  • Significant local, community, and academic discipline engagement
  • A well respected scholar athlete program
  • First rate facilities, equipment, technology, and campus
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Mission

The mission of McMurry University is to provide a Christian liberal arts and professional education that prepares students for a fulfilling life of leadership and service.

The University fulfills this mission by fostering a campus culture that is distinctive in the following ways:

McMurry is shaped by the Christian faith.

As a United Methodist institution grounded in the Wesleyan traditions of intellectual achievement and vital piety, McMurry nurtures and cares for each student as a unique individual, helps students through the many challenges of higher education, and provide the resources necessary to help students grow as whole persons spiritually, emotionally, morally, intellectually, socially, and physically. Our pursuit of academic excellence is supported by our belief that truth, in a universe created by God, is nothing to fear. We honor the Creator when we use our minds for their intended purpose of learning in ways unhindered by prejudice or ignorance.

McMurry provides a liberal arts education to every student.

We believe that the liberal arts are the foundation of an examined, informed, and worthwhile life. Throughout the general education curriculum, all students engage questions of goodness, truth, and beauty as they have been interpreted by the leading lights of ancient and modern civilizations. Through the liberal arts, our students develop an abiding sense of personal integrity, an informed appreciation for the perspectives of others, and a clear vision of their moral and spiritual identity.

McMurry prepares students for a fulfilling life of leadership and service.

On the basis of our shared liberal arts background, McMurry students pursue studies that prepare them for a variety of worthwhile careers. McMurry’s extracurricular activities, programs, and organizations give students practical experience in leadership and service. Whether entering professional life upon graduation or going on to graduate study, students leave our campus with a solid basis for a fulfilling life of leadership and service in their chosen professions and their civic and religious communities.

McMurry expects and enables excellence throughout the University community.

We believe that our distinctive campus culture will flourish only if all members of the McMurry community strive for excellence. We commit ourselves to high expectations for everyone at McMurry - students, faculty, administrators, trustees, and staff - and to provide the human and financial resources necessary for meeting those exacting standards. We aim to be a community in which students expand their intellectual and cultural horizons as they develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning. We pledge to hold our students accountable to the highest possible standards of academic achievement and to provide excellent professors who will help them meet these expectations.

Core Values

  • Christian Faith as the foundation of life,
  • Personal Relationships as the catalyst for life.
  • Learning as the journey of life.
  • Excellence as the goal of life,
  • and Service as the measure of life.
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Programs

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Bachelor

Bachelor in Fine Arts

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

The Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) students concentrate on multimedia and graphic design or studio art. The B.F.A. studio art graduate who excels attends graduate school or pursues a career in graphic design, illustration, museum education, art galleries, art education or establishes his or her own teaching or production studio. [+]

The Department of Art at McMurry University develops strong conceptual and technical skills for artistic expression, creative problem solving, artistic appreciation, and historical perspectives in its students. In this hands-on program our students study numerous traditions in the creation of art. Our students are also exposed to an extensive knowledge of the art of Western Civilization and non-European cultures in relationship to pluralistic contemporary world that enhances the education of art majors and other interested students. Our successful students fully participate in: Classes Assignments Critiques Exhibitions Study Abroad Our Students graduate with comprehensive knowledge of: Design Art media Expressive Possibilities Creative Solutions Professional Practices Students study art in the classroom and then examine it firsthand through field trips to galleries and museums. Senior students develop a resume/portfolio for campus wide presentation and for post-graduation activities. About the Majors The Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) students concentrate on multimedia and graphic design or studio art. The B.F.A. studio art graduate who excels attends graduate school or pursues a career in graphic design, illustration, museum education, art galleries, art education or establishes his or her own teaching or production studio. The Bachelors of Art (B.A.) degree with a major in studio art is designed for students who wish to obtain a liberal arts degree with a major in studio art, multimedia and graphic design or all level art education; this degree requires a minor. Awards Entering freshmen art students may apply for the Perry Bentley Art Scholarship in February. Transfer students and current art majors may apply for other art scholarships in the spring. Recognition awards are presented to outstanding art students annually. The spring juried annual student art competition acknowledges artistic achievement. Students may apply in the spring for the work apprentice programs and studio space. Faculty assigns apprentices and studios based on productivity, grades, reliability, and participation in the art department. Travel Courses in Art The Department of Art tries to offer one travel course annually. Classes travel to regionally, nationally and internationally significant art exhibitions and archeological sites related to the students' course of study. Art Honor Society After completing 12 semester hours and having a 3.0 average or above in art courses, art students are eligible to be nominated by faculty to join the Epsilon Theta Chapter of the Kappa Pi International Collegiate Art Honorary Fraternity. Kappa Pi sponsors Homecoming and Christmas art sales, service projects and art related, educational and social activities. More information about the Honors Program can be found on the Honors Program webpage. Internships in Art Art internships for junior and senior art majors, which occur in ART 3390 and ART 4390, give students meaningful practical experience by working in a gallery, museum or commercial setting to see how the theoretical concepts of art are put into practice. Students have interned at: Abilene Reporter News Center of Contemporary Art Zachry Associates Grace Museum National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature Jody Klotz Gallery [-]

Bachelor in Physics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

We, Drs. Bykov, Keith, and Renfro, believe that physics is worth the effort of experiencing. We would like to help you experience the discovery, to help you try to satisfy your curiosity, and to share the enthusiasm which inevitably results from finding that curiosity grow beyond the questions you thought you were asking. [+]

Welcome to the McMurry Physics Department! We, Drs. Bykov, Keith, and Renfro, believe that physics is worth the effort of experiencing. We would like to help you experience the discovery, to help you try to satisfy your curiosity, and to share the enthusiasm which inevitably results from finding that curiosity grow beyond the questions you thought you were asking. The McMurry Physics Major As you plan out your undergraduate career, you will want to have some idea of where you are going. The intention of this webpage is to outline the courses which you will need in an order that satisfies the prerequisite courses for each. Please be aware that the courses listed are not offered every semester nor every year. As discussed on the Physics Curriculum page, the study of physics requires a strong mathematics background. Computers are also of great importance to physics and physics majors are advised to take courses in computer programming languages, especially FORTRAN and/or C. For the degree requirements of the physics major and the physics minor, please refer to the McMurry University Catalog. The General Education Requirements McMury is a liberal arts institution. This means that we believe that everybody should know something about a variety of different fields. Everybody who attends McMurry must complete certain courses to get their degree. In addition, for each degree offered, their are some General Education requirements. We recommend that you use the information above to plan out your four-year major courses, fill in the rest of your schedule with General Education requirements, and then decide if you have room to add in another major or minor. [-]

Bachelor in Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

Nationwide, psychology is one of the fastest growing, most popular majors. The same is true of psychology at McMurry University. The knowledge our majors gain is foundational to any career that deals with people and relationships. [+]

Nationwide, psychology is one of the fastest growing, most popular majors. The same is true of psychology at McMurry University. The knowledge our majors gain is foundational to any career that deals with people and relationships. However, at McMurry we don’t simply teach psychology; we model and encourage a commitment to people in the following ways: Student-centered teaching — Students’ learning and well-being are our top priority. We make time for students, whether in the classroom or in one-on-one conversations. We take great pleasure and pride in helping our students grow intellectually as well as personally. Interactive learning — We encourage our students to be active participants in their own learning through classroom discussions and computer technology. Our students can participate in hands-on internships where they learn about the use of psychology in the real world. Our faculty members invite students to collaborate in ongoing psychology research projects, and they promote student interaction through Psychology Club activities and get-togethers at faculty members’ homes. Integration of academics and faith — We believe the human psyche and human spirit are inseparable, and the hand of God is evident throughout the study and practice of psychology. In classes such as Psychology & Christianity, and in more traditional psychology classes, we encourage students to explore and deepen their own faith as they learn about the human mind. The ideal McMurry psychology student has a strong curiosity about human behavior and emotions, is not afraid of difficult questions, and has a high motivation to learn and work hard. In the psychology department, students are not a number. We surround our students with a faithful Christian environment while guiding them toward successful professional lives. Senior Seminar in Psychology. This is a course is designed to stimulate critical thinking and initiate debate on a number of diverse controversial issues in psychology. The emphasis is on explaining different theoretical approaches to psychological issues and how they can be integrated into a conceptual whole. It is team-taught by two full-time faculty members and is intended as a capstone course for the psychology major at McMurry University. Research Opportunities. Faculty are involved with ongoing research in their specialty areas. Interested students may work with faculty on these research projects or plan and implement research of their own under the supervision of a faculty member. Internship in Psychology. Senior-level psychology majors are encouraged to consider participation in the internship program, PSYC 4388. It is intended as an upper level elective for psychology majors and is a pre-approved and supervised work experience designed to supplement academic training. Students will work 150 hours at a local agency and attend weekly supervisory meetings. Interested students should discuss this course with the psychology faculty October 1 for spring semester placement and by March 1 for summer or fall semester placement. In the program, students receive meaningful practical experience by working in a mental health setting to see how the theoretical concepts of psychology are put in practice. [-]

BSc

Bachelor in Computer Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

BS in Computer Science and the required discipline-specific courses for a teaching degree in Computer Science. This degree focuses on the traditional foundations of Computer Science which include heavy concentrations of programming and mathematics along with computer organization and architecture, operating systems, algorithms and data structures, and networking. [+]

Mission: Prepare students for professional careers and graduate study in computer science through the teaching of theory, concepts, and problem solving skills. Provide practical experience with current languages, tools, and trends that prepares students to be immediately effective in their careers. Provide theory and practical experience with appropriate software for students who plan to teach. BS in Computer Science and the required discipline-specific courses for a teaching degree in Computer Science. This degree focuses on the traditional foundations of Computer Science which include heavy concentrations of programming and mathematics along with computer organization and architecture, operating systems, algorithms and data structures, and networking. The program includes a capstone experience with a two-semester Software Engineering project to design and implement a software system. This program prepares students for careers in general software development and computer support for a wide range of real-world activities or for graduate school. [-]

BBA

Bachelor in Business

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Abilene

Welcome to the McMurry School of Business were as a student studying in the school, you’ll be exposed to unique opportunities designed around the forward-thinking concept of hands-on, experiential learning. Variable credit internship opportunities are available in all concentration programs. [+]

Welcome to the McMurry School of Business were as a student studying in the school, you’ll be exposed to unique opportunities designed around the forward-thinking concept of hands-on, experiential learning. Variable credit internship opportunities are available in all concentration programs. Employers are looking for employees and managers who know how to think. They are looking for people who are technically savvy, recognize issues and solve problems, all of which are also important abilities for business leaders to have in this changing economic climate. You will consider global, social, legal and ethical issues, and acquire a skillset that is highly sought after. Your curiosity will help you make the connection between classroom discussions and practical application in real business situations. About the Majors The school offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree and the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree. The candidate for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree may concentrate his/her work in one or more of the following seven areas: Accounting Computer Information Systems Finance, General Business Heritage and Cultural Tourism Management Marketing Students may choose to complete a dual concentration in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Courses completed for credit in one concentration may not be used for credit in a second concentration. With the exception of the Heritage and Cultural Tourism concentration, a minor is not required of the candidate for the Bachelor of Business Administration degree or the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree. The Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies degree with teaching field in Business Education is also offered, in cooperation with the School of Education. Departmental Honors and Internships In addition to the BBA the student may choose an honors curriculum. Admission requires completion of 60 hours of college credit and of a GPA of at least 3.5 in ACCT 2310; ECON 2310, 2320; and BA 1310, with a GPA of 3.25 in all other college work. Students must complete seven hours of honors courses in Business, including BA 4X96* (Honors Tutorial) and BA 4X97* (Honors Thesis). Departmental honors will be obtained in the student’s area of business concentration. To enroll in the Internship Program the student must be in good academic standing with the university and have completed 60 hours toward their require completion of certain courses. It should be noted that individual employers may have their own explicit requirements such as minimum GPA which is above what is required by the university, specific course workcompleted, and/or a classification of senior Student Managed Investment Fund At McMurry University, the power is placed in the hands of our students. This concept is showcased in our unique Student Managed Investment Fund program. This distinguished curriculum consist of an elite number of students who manage a fund valued at $1,000,000. The McMurry Board of Trustees allocated $1,000,000 from the university's endowment to fund portfolio of domestic equities, entirely assembled and managed by McMurry Business students. Once accepted into this two-semester sequence of senior-level finance classes, students will research stocks for purchase, make decisions for purchasing or selling stocks, and present their findings to their classmates. There is no substitute for this type of valuable, "real-world" experience for students interested in portfolio and investment management and the financial services industry. McMurry Students in London For a number of years, the School of Business, in conjunction with the School of Social Sciences and Religion, has offered classes between semesters for McMurry students in London, England. A group of students and faculty, accompanied by various community members, travel to London for an immersive educational experience. They return prior to the start of the spring semester. McMurry students can take two classes for a maximum of six hours credit. The Business courses offered are International Management and International Marketing. A Religion course, Wesley in London, is offered, along with a History course, Roman London. Business faculty arrange site visits to companies in the London area, and students conduct research on those companies prior to the trip. During the site visits, students and faculty meet with company representatives, who make presentations and answer questions from the students and faculty. Facility tours are often included in the site visits. Those site visits are the result of considerable planning and scheduling between Business faculty and company representatives. McMurry Business students and faculty have made site visits to the following companies: Whole Foods Market, British Airways, Acorne, PLC, and Lloyd’s. During their tour of the Whole Foods Market in Kensington, Business students and faculty met with the Marketing director for the store, along with another member of the Marketing team. Students heard about the challenges presented by a domestic company expanding into an international market, and how Whole Foods has confronted issues such as price sensitivity and brand loyalty. British Airways Headquarters at Heathrow Airport was the location of another business site visit. Students met with a BA representative who provided general insights to the airline industry, as well as to specific topics related to British Airways. A portion of the discussion was related to the airline’s recent extension of direct service between London and Austin, Texas, and the factors that entered into that decision. With the assistance of Dr. Mark Fish, former McMurry Marketing faculty member who currently resides in the UK, students and faculty visited the offices of Acorne, PLC, a company located outside London that specializes in experience marketing. With their license to use the Virgin name in the United Kingdom, they have developed business to business and consumer markets for gift cards and vouchers that are redeemable for experiences, such as hot-air ballooning, cooking classes with celebrity chefs, and driving exotic cars. Principals in the company described their business model for students. For many years, McMurry students have been able to visit Lloyd’s, the largest insurance market in the world. It is an outstanding opportunity for students to experience a 325 year old business that operates as a syndicate to provide insurance coverage, often for the types of risks that no one else will insure. Business students also visit significant retail operations in London, in order to draw comparisons between those outlets and similar businesses in the United States. Students in Religion and History courses have separate course requirements to meet, such as exploring areas where the original Roman wall is still visible. In addition to fulfilling required course activities, students have time to experience the historic and cultural opportunities presented by London. Students typically visit the Imperial War Museum (also the site of the British Holocaust Museum), the British Museum, the Museum of the City of London, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. Many students will attend services at Wesley’s Chapel in London and will see performances at London theaters. The entire travel group made a day trip to Paris, France, on the Eurostar Chunnel train. During their brief time in Paris, the travelers enjoyed a guided motor coach tour of the city, with stops at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum, where they saw the Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and other treasures of the Louvre collection. The travel group also experienced a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster, which included the Houses of Parliament. This trip provides students with an opportunity to see the application of their classroom lessons in an international context. Even though it is a brief experience, the impact of such a trip on our students should not be diminished. For many of our students, it is a life-changing opportunity. Business Student Advocates One of McMurry’s missions are to enable excellence throughout the University community. In the School of Business, excellence can be seen in our team of Business Student Advocates. This group of business students are nominated by the business faculty on criteria such as: classroom performance, campus and community involvement, individual initiative, and the ability to function as a team member. They are presented with extra opportunities to network with the School of Business Advisory Board, respected alumni, and prospective students. Business Shareholders The Business Shareholders is a club that was created by students in the School of Business. They host business events, like Business Luncheon Talk (BLT), bring guest speakers to campus, and provide information for future business careers. This organization is a great way for business students to network with alumni and have fun. Beyond McMurry McMurry University School of Business graduates work in Accounting Advertising Banking Business Corporate Finance Entrepreneurs Financial Planner Education Government Graduate School Investment Banking Law Marketing Media Buyers Market Research Analysts Network Administrator Programmer Analyst Service Industries Store Managers Systems Analyst Systems Management Tourism [-]

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McMurry University

Address Sayles Boulevard 1400
Abilene 79605, United States
Website http://www.mcm.edu/
Phone +1 325-793-3800