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Benedictine University partners with Maricopa County Community Colleges to assist transfer students

March 1, 2013

mesa225webMesa, Ariz. ~ Benedictine University at Mesa is pleased to announce a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) with the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) to simplify the transfer process.

Area students who plan to earn a bachelor’s degree after already having earned an associate degree will be able to easily transfer to Benedictine to continue their education.

“The MOU is an agreement where Benedictine University at Mesa will recognize an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree earned from any of the 10 colleges within the district,” said Wendy Finch, registrar at Benedictine University at Mesa.

In an effort to help facilitate transfer from colleges within the MCCCD, Benedictine University at Mesa has created major-specific transfer resources as well as a comprehensive course equivalency guide, which lists the majority of the courses offered at colleges within the district and the corresponding Benedictine course equivalent.

“The documents created to support this partnership provide potential transfer students with the information necessary for timely degree completion and thus, entry into the workforce,” Finch said.

Benedictine University at Mesa will offer classes beginning in fall 2013 at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa.

The classes will be lecture-free – which is different than what most students have previously experienced. Faculty will champion a curriculum that is problem/issues-based and will focus on application, decision-making and problem-solving. Professors will be using innovative techniques in the classroom to challenge students to actively learn, utilize technology and apply acquired knowledge.

All classes will follow a learning lab approach. Like a science laboratory class, students will engage, experiment, discover, apply and evaluate. Every class will have a problem, issue or project to solve and the semester will be spent learning not only solutions, but will also explore what the most effective processes are to discover solutions.

Initial degree offerings include a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.

For more information about Benedictine University at Mesa, please visit or call (602) 888-5500.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.

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