Academic Catalog


The 2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

This Catalog includes official announcements of academic programs and major academic policies. Although it was prepared on the basis of the best information available at the time of publication, students are encouraged to seek the most current information from the appropriate offices.  All students are responsible for knowing the policies of the University.

For educational and financial reasons, the University reserves the right to change, at any time, any of the provisions, statements, policies, curricula, procedures, fees, or dates found in this Catalog. Statements in the Catalog do not constitute an actual or implied contract between the student and the University. The definitive version of the Catalog shall be the electronic HTML version published on the University website.

The University of Mary Washington is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. The University of Mary Washington also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Mary Washington may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

The address and contact numbers for SACSCOC are published so that interested constituents can learn about the accreditation status of UMW; file a third-party comment at the time of UMW’s decennial review; or file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about UMW, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the appropriate office at UMW and not to SACSCOC.