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.
This school offers programs in:
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Programs

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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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

Contact

McMurry University

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