In 1913 the Irish Christian Brothers assumed responsibility for the college, directing its affairs until 1940, when they were succeeded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). In 1970 the province transferred responsibility for the university from the Archdiocese of Halifax to an independent and lay board of governors. Saint Mary's continued to strongly recognize its Catholic tradition, however.
Saint Mary's is now a coeducational institution offering undergraduate programs in arts, science and commerce; preprofessional programs in engineering, medicine, law, dentistry, architecture, theology, occupational therapy, veterinary medicine and optometry; graduate study in business administration, astronomy, history, philosophy, psychology and Atlantic Canada studies, international development studies and women's studies; and several certificate and diploma programs. In 1998 the Frank H. Sobey Faculty of Commerce opened. It is currently Atlantic Canada's leading business school. Total enrolment for St Mary's University is approximately 5100 full-time and 2200 part-time students.
Author COLIN D. HOWELL
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