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As Newfoundland and Labrador’s only university, Memorial has a special obligation to the people of this province. Established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who lost their lives on active service during the First and Second World Wars, Memorial University draws inspiration from these shattering sacrifices of the past as we help to build a better future for our province, our country and our world.

We are a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary, public, teaching/research university committed to excellence in everything we do. We strive to have national and global impact, while fulfilling our social mandate to provide access to university education for the people of the province and to contribute to the social, cultural, scientific and economic development of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.

Memorial has more than 18,500 students spread across four campuses and nearly 85,000 alumni active throughout the world. From local endeavors to research projects of national concern, Memorial’s impact is felt far and wide.

Memorial University will be one of the most distinguished public universities in Canada and beyond, and will fulfill its special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Memorial University is an inclusive community dedicated to innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, service and public engagement.

Memorial welcomes and supports students and scholars from all over the world and contributes knowledge and expertise locally, nationally and internationally.

Excellence: Encouraging and promoting excellence through innovation and creativity, rigour and pragmatism.

Integrity: Being honest and ethical in all interactions, maintaining the highest ethical standards in teaching, research, public engagement and service.

Collegiality: Engaging others with respect, openness and trust in pursuit of a common purpose, having regard for individuals, ideals and the institution as a whole.

Inclusiveness and diversity: Embracing and acting on responsibility to guarantee diversity and equity.

Responsiveness: Being receptive to individuals and communities.

Accountability: Accepting responsibility for achievement of common goals and objectives.

Freedom and Discovery: Supporting the freedom to pursue knowledge that is based on individual and collective intelligence, curiosity, ingenuity and creativity.

Recognition: Acknowledging, tangibly, all aspects of university enterprise including teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creative activity and public engagement.

Responsibility to place: Valuing and fulfilling the special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador by supporting and building capacity for excellence that:

  • addresses needs and opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • engages the university community on matters of national and international significance;
  • produces and delivers academic programs of national and international calibre; and,
  • recognizes the dynamic opportunities presented by a multi-campus institution.

Responsibility to learners: Recognizing students as a first priority and providing the environment and support to ensure their academic and personal success.

Interdisciplinary collaboration: Supporting overarching themes in all pursuits that cut across academic units and address significant opportunities and challenges for which Memorial is particularly well positioned to build nationally and internationally recognized capacity.

Sustainability: Acting in a manner that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable in administration, academic and research programs.

Memorial University has four campuses, each with its own flavor and charm. The province’s capital city, St. John’s, is home to the St. John’s campus which offers a full range of academic programs in a modern, urban setting. Also located in St. John’s is theMarine Institute, Canada’s leading centre of fisheries and marine training and one of the largest marine educational facilities in the world. Grenfell Campus, located in Corner Brook on the scenic west coast of the island, is a liberal arts and science campus specializing in environmental and fine arts programs.

Memorial’s teaching and learning opportunities extend beyond the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the United Kingdom, the Harlow Campus, nestled in the quaint town of Old Harlow, Essex, is a unique vantage point from which to study, research, and explore in the European Union.

Moreover, Memorial University’s 450 distance education courses make it possible to extend your classroom beyond borders, enabling you to undertake academic exploration anywhere in the world.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


  • Bachelor of business administration
  • Bachelor of commerce (co-op)
  • International bachelor of business administration
  • Joint bachelor or arts and bachelor of commerce (co-op)


  • Bachelor of education (primary/elementary) as a first degree
  • Bachelor of education (primary/elementary) as a second degree
  • Bachelor of education (intermediate/secondary)
  • Bachelor of education (intermediate/secondary) conjoint with diploma in technology education
  • Bachelor of music conjoint with bachelor of music education
  • Bachelor of music education (as a second degree)
  • Bachelor of special education


  • Bachelor of engineering

Human Kinetics and Recreation

  • Bachelor of kinesiology (co-op available)
  • Bachelor of recreation (co-op available)
  • Bachelor of physical education (co-op available)

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Bachelor of arts
  • Joint bachelor of arts and bachelor of commerce (co-op)
  • Certificates
  • Diplomas


  • Doctor of Medicine


  • Bachelor of music
  • Bachelor of music conjoint with bachelor of music education


  • Bachelor of nursing


  • Bachelor of science (pharmacy)


  • Bachelor of science

Social Work

  • Bachelor of social work


Memorial University of Newfoundland is a non-denominational university in St John’s, Newfoundland. Memorial University began as Memorial University College (MUC), which opened in September 1925 at a campus on Parade Street in St. John’s.

The first president was J. L. Paton. It offered the first two years of university studies. MUC’s initial enrollment was 57 students, rising to a peak of over 400 in the 1940s. In 1933 it merged with the adjacent Normal School and took responsibility for teacher training. During the College’s early years it received considerable support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The college was established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who had lost their lives on active service during the First World War. It was later rededicated to also encompass the province’s war dead of the Second World War. Alan Beddoe designed the coats of arms for the Memorial University of Newfoundland. The post-Confederation government elevated the status of Memorial University College to full university status in August 1949, renaming the institution to Memorial University of Newfoundland. Memorial University was established by the Memorial University Act.

The enrollment in MUN’s first year was 307 students. In 1961, enrollment having increased to 1400, MUN moved from Parade Street to its present location on Elizabeth Avenue (Main Campus).

On 8 March 1965, the government of Newfoundland announced free tuition for first year students enrolled at Memorial University in St. John’s. The Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland was established in 1967, and the first students were admitted in 1969. It admits approximately 80 students into the M.D. program each year, and also offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs.

MUN maintains a campus in Harlow, England which opened to students in 1969. This campus has been a popular location for internships in Education, and now offers credit courses, work terms, and internships in a number of areas. The campus accommodates approximately 50 students.

Memorial established the Institut Frecker in St. Pierre in 1973, to offer one-semester French immersion programs. It was housed in a building provided by the archdiocese of St. Pierre until 2000. Now known as the Programme Frecker, it is currently run from the FrancoForum, a language teaching facility owned by the government of St. Pierre. The program is partly supported by the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador.

In September 1975 a campus was opened in Corner Brook; it was first renamed Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 1979 and renamed again in 2010 as Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Currently 1300 students attend Grenfell, which offers full degree programs in several disciplines, including Fine Arts, and partial programs, which can be completed at the main campus, in many other subjects.

In 1977, the Memorial University of Newfoundland Educational Television Centre implemented the Telemedicine project.

In 1992, the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Technology in St. John’s became affiliated with MUN as the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today it is named the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. It offers both degree and non-degree programs.

In 2008, the university’s hiring process for incoming presidents came under scrutiny for political interference by the province’s education minister, Joan Shea.

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