Welcome to the School of Accelerated and Distance Education (SADE) at the University of Mary, America’s Leadership University. Since 1959, it has been committed to lifelong learning. It was the first college in the region to offer specialized programs (in nursing and education) designed to meet the unique needs of adult students. With the founding of The School of Accelerated and Distance Education (formerly the College for Professional Studies) in 1996, the university renewed and expanded this commitment to adult learners. Beginning with sites in Bismarck and Fargo, ND, in 10 short years we have grown to include 16 sites in five states as well as a program that is delivered completely online. We have over 3,000 graduates and currently serve 900-plus students through our site-based and online programs.
Our accelerated programs recognize that adult students have the experience, the discipline, and the capability of learning through a nontraditional approach. With accelerated programs at both the bachelor's and master's degree levels, U-Mary is the region's No. 1 choice for adult learners.