Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

At a Glance

De Universidad Francisco Marroquín
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Mission statement
The mission of Universidad Francisco Marroquín is to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons.

Founded in 1971. Private, secular, coeducational, nonresidential, nonprofit.

Degrees awarded
Associate, profesorado (for secondary school teachers), licenciatura (licentiate), magister (artium and scienciae), M.D., D.D.S, doctorate.

Academic disciplines
Architecture, business administration, clinical nutrition, dentistry, economics, education, international relations, law, medicine, political studies, public accounting, psychology, social sciences.

Academic calendar
The academic year in Guatemala begins in January and ends in mid-December. Undergraduate programs operate on a semester system; graduate on a quarter system. Most undergraduate programs have a six-week semester break, from the beginning of June to end-July. Commencements are in May and November.

Admissions policy
UFM targets the brightest students for admission and it has the most rigorous entrance requirements in the country. The University is emphatic that selection of students be based solely on academic criteria. No information on ability to pay, ethnic, religious, or other affiliations is requested at any point in the admissions process. Students of all religions are represented, as are members of Guatemala's Maya ethnic community. Women generally comprise between 47% and 50% of the student body.

Enrollment 2013
Total degree programs 2,041
Undergraduate 1,530
Graduate 103
Medical/Dental 511

Language of instruction
Spanish. Knowledge of English is required of all students at the licenciatura level (acceptable TOEFL score is a degree requirement). Students at this level are expected to be able to handle reading assignments and lectures in English. Many key texts used at the University are available only in English and this is often the language of instruction in seminars, courses and lectures given by visiting professors.

Governing boards
Board of trustees (fifty members) and board of directors (nine members).

Periodic publications

Internet access
UFM is an Internet service provider. It offers on-campus and dial-up service at lower-than-market rates to students, teachers and administrators, as well as to other academic institutions. All students have on-campus access through computer labs and the library. All buildings on the campus are connected by a fiber optic intranet and wireless network.

In Latin America, university tradition does not include on-campus residence. UFM, like all Guatemalan universities, has no dormitories either on- or off-campus. Foreign students on their own in Guatemala usually take room and board in a guest house or, if finances allow, rent a small apartment.

Handicapped access
UFM campus is purposefully designed to fully accommodate the physical needs of the handicapped.

Degree Programs
In Guatemala, as in most of Latin America, the educational system concentrates students in their academic or professional discipline from the time of admission. Following secondary school, students are admitted to a particular school or department and, beginning the first year, follow a prescribed program leading to a degree.


Licenciatura degree (Licentiate)
In most of Latin America, the degree that is most commonly awarded to undergraduate students is called licenciatura. Traditionally, it includes several more academic credits than a B.A. or B.S.

Architecture; business administration; clinical nutrition; economics; education; international relations; law; political studies; public accounting and auditing; psychology (clinical and industrial.)

M.D. / D.D.S.
Students are admitted directly into medical and dental schools as high school graduates. They follow a three-year program of basic science studies, upon completion of which they receive a B.S. degree. This is followed by four years of medical or three of dental studies, and one year of internship for medical students (none for dental students). Upon completion, graduates receive an M.D. or D.D.S. degree.

Associate degree
Disciplines Art history; personnel administration.

Profesorado degree
The profesorado is a specialized degree for secondary school teachers. In many cases, it is required for employment.

Art history; computer studies; social sciences and language.

Master degree

Business administration (MBA); entrepreneurial economics; international political economy; international relations; finance and taxation; management of human resources; social sciences.

The MBA program offers the possibility of online and/or traditional classroom instruction. The entrepreneurial economics and the international political economy programs are available only through online instruction. The former also requires two weeks of traditional classroom instruction at the School of Management in Boston University.

Master degree in the following medical specialties: internal medicine; ophthalmology; pediatrics; radiology.

Doctoral degree
Economics; law; social sciences.

The Department of Psychology offers specialization programs that work as a platform for a master's degree abroad.

Psychobiology; learning skills.

Board of Trustees
President José Raúl González Merlo
Board of Directors
Executive President Gabriel Calzada
Vice President Javier Fernández-Lasquetty Blanch
Secretary General Ricardo Castillo
Treasurer Ramón Parellada C.
Manuel Ayau Jr.
Diana Canella de Luna
Pedro Molina Arathoon
Alfredo Rodríguez Mahuad
Luis Fernando Samayoa
Deans and Academic Directors
School of Dentistry Ramiro Alfaro, D.D.M.
School of Law Milton Argueta, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology Yetilú de Baessa, Ph.D.
School of Business Helmuth Chávez, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Social Sciences Armando de la Torre, Ph.D.
School of Economics Sciences Mónica Rio Nevado de Zelaya, Ph.D.
School of Medicine Federico Alfaro, M.D.
Department of Political Studies and International Relations Pedro Trujillo, M.A.
School of Architecture Roberto Quevedo, Arch
Department of Nutrition Jorge Tulio Rodríguez, director
Department of Education Siang de Seidner, B.A.
Acton MBA Hugo Díaz, director