Malone University has grown from the dreams and labors of an energetic Friends couple, Walter and Emma Malone. Before the turn of the century, their concern for the education of Christian young people led them to rent a house and begin the Cleveland Bible College and, in 1957, it moved to Canton and was renamed Malone College to honor its founders.
The location and the buildings were not the only things that changed. The curriculum also changed and Malone became a Christian liberal arts college. The Christian liberal arts approach, the very essence of Malone, is widely recognized today as producing exceptional graduates, not only for the marketplace, but for all aspects of life.
In 1984, Malone began offering the adult degree-completion program in management, followed in 1994 by the RN-to-BSN degree-completion program. In 1990, Malone expanded its offering to include graduate programs, awarding its first master’s degrees in 1992. In spring 2001, a new academic structure was adopted which more accurately reflected the significant changes and growth in the institution. This structure re-grouped the academic departments into six major schools along academic disciplines. On October 3, 2008, the name of the institution was changed from Malone College to Malone University - a capstone event to complement the prior academic reorganization with a name fittingly representative of the breadth and depth of the academic programs offered. Later in fall 2008, review of the six-school academic structure led to a configuration of one college and three schools effective July 1, 2010. Recent modifications to the structure are shown below.
- College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences
- Department of Bible, Theology, and Ministry
- Department of Communication, Visual, and Performing Arts
- Department of English
- Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
- Department of Music
- Department of Natural Sciences
- Department of Counseling and Psychology
—Graduate Program in Counseling and Human Development (M.A.Ed.)
- Department of Social Work
- School of Nursing and Health Sciences
- Graduate Program in Nursing (M.S.N.)
- Department of Business and Technologies
- Graduate Program in Business (M.B.A.)
- Department of Education and Human Development
Regardless of changes in location, physical plant, academic curriculum, or nomenclature, Malone continues its firm commitment to educational experience based on biblical faith. This does not imply that the Bible is used as a textbook in every class. But it also does not imply that Malone courses lack crucial scholarly ingredients that would be found in comparable courses at secular institutions. Sometimes those crucial ingredients may even include investigation of topics and opinions which conflict with biblical teaching and campus behavioral expectations. Students should anticipate that their own personal understandings of truth may be questioned and stretched, perhaps to the point of discomfort throughout the educational process. The end result of such significant tension will hopefully be the acquisition of solid belief that is genuinely “owned” rather than “inherited” or taken for granted. Personal interaction with professors and advisers is critical and strongly encouraged during such times of inquiry into the dynamics of faith and learning. Faculty members, who recognize Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and are committed to integration of a biblical world view into the curriculum, can play vital roles in helping students to forge connections between what they are learning about the world and how they are living in it.
Malone University, an institution of higher learning with an “added value,” is committed to the liberal arts approach with emphasis upon communicative, investigative, and interpretive skills in developing the whole person, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Malone students have opportunity through this type of learning to know and understand themselves and the world around them. And they are capable of articulating this knowledge and understanding to others. That is why many of our more than 20,600 alumni are individuals who excel in a wide variety of occupations and who extend their commitment to the Malone University motto, “Christ’s Kingdom First,” to local, national, and international levels.
The University enjoys a unique relationship with its affiliated denomination, the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region and the community. Faculty, staff, and students represent approximately 40 denominations. This diversity provides for a greater understanding of the breadth and depth of Christian thought.
Malone, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, invites you to join its community in discovering and understanding the mind of Christ, His world, and your place of service in it.