In 1922, the Maryland Legislature established a commission to determine a location for a two-year teachers college on the state’s Eastern Shore. A site at Salisbury was selected and the institution opened in September 1925.
The college’s two-year course of study was increased to three years in 1931 and to four years in 1934. Following this, and by action of the Legislature of 1935, the College was authorized to grant the Bachelor of Science.
The academic program expanded in 1947 and in 1960, offering four-year programs in arts and sciences and providing students with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. The University continues to meet the increasing demands of society for quality education and today offers a variety of undergraduate programs in liberal arts, sciences and in the professional fields of business administration, education, medical technology, nursing, respiratory therapy and social work.
In 1962, the State Board of Trustees approved the offering of graduate programs, leading to the the following master’s degree programs: Applied Biology (M.S.), Applied Health Physiology (M.S.), Business Administration (M.B.A.), Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution (M.A.), Education (M.Ed.), English (M.A.), Geographic Information Systems Management (M.S.), History (M.A.), Mathematics Education (M.S.M.E.), Nursing (M.S.), Social Work (M.S.W.) and Teaching (M.A.T.). In 2012, the University was approved to offer doctoral studies, leading to the following doctoral degree programs: Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P) and Doctor of Education in Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction - Literacy (Ed.D).
Today, Salisbury University is a nationally accredited, four-year comprehensive university offering 58 distinct undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a friendly atmosphere that encourages close relationships between faculty and students.