The University of Mary plans to add two doctoral programs.
The Bismarck school's board of trustees has approved a doctorate of education and a doctorate of nursing. The programs are contingent upon approval of the Higher Learning Commission in February.
Mary President James Shea says there is a strong demand for the programs because of the growing education and health care needs in the booming oil patch in western North Dakota
The doctoral programs would be the second and third for the private Catholic school. Mary began a doctor of physical therapy program in 2006.