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About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a private, nonprofit, accredited Lasallian Catholic university. Founded in 1912 by Bishop Patrick R. Heffron, the school traces its origins to Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Patron Saint of Teachers and a priest and educational innovator of 17th century France. Currently, Saint Mary’s is one of the six Lasallian colleges and universities in the United States and one of 61 within the world.

While the university began as a local college that provided education for young men, Saint Mary’s now meets new goals. Today, the school provides higher education to both men and women across the globe. Find education that ‘fits your lifestyle’ through one of Saint Mary’s professional and fully online programs. Look for masters, specialist and doctoral degrees in fields of business, healthcare and education.

Why consider Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota?

Mission, Vision and Values

At the heart of a Saint Mary’s education is the mission to ‘meet students where they are’. This ‘personalized education’ is done through the lens of core Lasallian principles. These include Respect, Critical Thought, Inclusion, Faith, and Concern for Others.

Enrollment, Attendance, Graduation

Based on data from Fall 2015, over 4,100 graduate students were enrolled at St Mary’s University of Minnesota.i

  • 38% Part-time, 62% Full-timei
  • 23% enrolled in distance education, 5% enrolled in some distance education, 72% not enrolled in distance educationi
  • 1100+ masters degrees, 20+ doctorate degrees, 160+ graduate certificates were awarded 2014-2015 i

Financial Aid

Graduate students who are enrolled at least half time may be eligible for financial aid, if available. Among the possibilities are federal loans and grants, as well as some scholarships, for students who qualify.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Thinking about earning an online masters degree from Saint Mary’s University? Students apply directly to their program of interest. This application form can be filled out online, although sealed envelopes should be sent by mail. To be considered for admission to Saint Mary’s online masters level programs, students may need the items listed below.

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (transcripts)
  • Overall undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • English language proficiency
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of reference
  • Participation in an in-person or virtual interview with the program director (where applicable)
  • Program-specific requisites

Start Dates

Saint Mary’s University programs have multiple start dates throughout the year. Contact your preferred programs for details.


St Mary’s University employs 99 full-time and 329 part-time dedicated practitioners and scholars as of Fall 2015.i The same faculty teaches both on campus and online programs.

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Why Consider St Mary’s University?

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota seeks to mentor, support and challenge every graduate student. While on campus in Winona, Twin Cities, or Rochester, students may feel welcomed by a sense of community. In addition to personal attention, St. Mary’s students learn through hands-on practice, not just theory. Online students benefit from the same coursework and teachers as their campus counterparts, while taking advantage of the more flexible format. And, while online programs do not entail a residency, students can still access many of the school’s on campus resources.

Rankings and Awards

  • Forbes: “2016 America’s Top Colleges” Top 100 Colleges in the Midwest
  • Money Magazine 2016 Top 400: "Best Colleges" Nationwide in educational quality, affordability, and alumni success
  • U.S. News and World Report 2017: "Best Regional Universities, Midwest" and "Best Value"
  • Princeton Review: 2017 “Best Colleges: Region by Region" report's "Best Midwestern Category"
  • Washington Monthly 2016 College Guide: "Best Bang for the Buck, Midwest" and "National Universities-Master's"

Program Model: Engage

All online coursework may be completed through an interactive website called ‘Engage’. In addition, every online student at Saint Mary’s University is issued his or her own iPad. With online programs at St Mary’s, students may enjoy the following potential benefits.


While students respect deadlines, they can access their courses around the clock, with no set log in times.


Although certain professors may use other online tools (e.g. wikis, blogs), the Engage interface is multi-purpose. Students use it to access syllabi, readings and assignments. Plus, through e-mail, virtual chats and online group boards, students may connect to faculty and classmates.


Need to research for a project? Online St Mary’s students can access the university library’s online holdings and databases anywhere and anytime. Students may also take advantage of the library’s interlibrary loan services.

Work in Teams

Students often work in teams on group projects, and thus, may be able to grow their networks.

Student Support Services

Student support is a top priority at Saint Mary’s University. First off, students are linked with a personal advisor. This advisor is someone who guides the student through enrollment and admissions. Aside from this, the Personal Support Center is available day or night for technical computer issues. Most of all, Saint Mary’s faculty seeks to be responsive. They may answer questions promptly, and are accessible for class-related online meetings and dialogs.

Services and Programs for Service Members and Veterans

Saint Mary’s welcomes members of the military and their dependents. As a result, the university offers these esteemed students several special services and forms of assistance.

  • Application fee waived for qualifying military members and dependents
  • Deferred tuition for those who qualify
  • Military-friendly leave policy for qualified students

Tuition benefits through US Department of Veteran Affairs may be available to qualifying students. Federal education benefit programs are as follows.

  • Post 9/11 Veteran's Educational Assistance Act of 2008
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
  • The Servicemember's Readjustment Act of 1944
  • Selected Reserve
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program
  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program
  • Federal Tuition Assistance Program

Saint Mary’s University Accreditation

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In addition, many individual programs at Saint Mary’s hold specialty approval from industry accreditors.

  • Global Accreditation Center of the Project Management Institute: M.S. in Project Management
  • American Psychological Association: PsyD Counseling Psychology
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy: MA in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs: MS Nurse Anesthesia

Academics and Degree Programs

Saint Mary’s University offers graduate-level courses on the ground and blended formats at numerous on- and off-campus locations. Especially relevant to today’s professional population are St Mary’s online graduate programs. These are offered through the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) to students around the world.

The SGPP is one of the largest graduate schools in Minnesota. SGPP courses are designed for adults whose require a convenient, and practitioner-based education. Find programs as diverse as an online Master of Science in Accounting or online Master of Arts in Special Education.

Program Highlights: Online Master of Arts in International Development

Are you intrigued by micro-finance and social justice? Designed by real-world practitioners, St. Mary’s online MA in International Development mixes theory with practical and applicable skills and knowledge. As a result, graduates may be prepared to impact social change locally and globally.

Program Length

The program typically takes about 2.5 years to complete, though this may vary based on enrollment and requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation St Mary’s online MA in International Development students may be equipped to do the following.

  • Grasp and work towards sustainable solutions to global issues
  • Analyze and use the flow of data from media sources
  • Approach issues with an ethical point of view
  • Engage resources, stakeholders and organizations to work towards progress

Course of Study

The online M.A. in International Development program consists of 39 credits, or 13 courses of 3 credit hours each. The program is structured as follows.

  • 12 credits of foundation courses
  • 15 credits of core courses
  • 3 credits of management courses
  • 6 credits of summative activities (field study project)
  • 3 credits of electives

Foundation courses are introductory. They provide the theories that form a basis for analysis and comparison of economics, politics, and religion. Core courses are more in-depth, and help students grasp how to apply theory to real time situations. Topics may include the following.

  • Analysis of global trends and policy
  • International finance practice
  • Management of international projects
  • Techniques for social entrepreneurs
  • Marketing and campaign design


Learn from accomplished practitioners in the field of international development. All faculty have earned either a doctorate or masters degree.

Potential Career Outlook

Graduates may be prepared to pursue a career as Social and Community Service Managers. Per the BLS, a 10% rise in employment is projected to 2024, which is faster than averageii. Other possible career paths might include Consultant, Financial Director and Nonprofit Director among others.

Program Highlights: Online Master of Science in Project Management

Do you want to learn how to manage complex projects? The online MS in Project Management degree at Saint Mary’s University is aligned with the PMI Guide’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). As a result, graduates may be prepared to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. Upon a successful pass of this exam, graduates may earn status as certified PMP.

Program Length

The online MS in Project Management degree is designed to be completed in 24 months.

Learning Outcomes

The online MS in Project Management program aims to help students achieve the below outcomes.

  • Learn to set clear goals
  • Develop leadership ability
  • Plan and manage complex projects using industry technology and tools
  • Address challenges in international projects
  • Incorporate ethical professionalism

Course of Study

The online Master of Science in Project Management program requires a total of 36 graduate-level credit hours. It is formatted as follows.

  • 24 hours in project management classes
  • 9 hours in core management coursework
  • 3 hour capstone course

Core project management classes help students grasp key vocabulary, schedules, and leadership. In addition, students work hands-on with technological tools, and explore key concepts in technical communication. Other core topics draw from the list below.

  • Team and stakeholder management
  • Financial issues such as foreign exchange rates
  • How to develop an approach to risk
  • Managerial ethics
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)


Learn from current professionals who have earned a doctorate or masters degree. Most notably, faculty strive to provide content that will engage learners and foster lively online discussion.

Potential Career Outlook

Graduates of the online MS in Project Management may be able to enhance their resume with useful skills. Project Managers are in demand in diverse fields, from education to IT. Per the PMI's Talent Gap Report, demand for project managers is set to expand by more than 12 percent through the year 2020. As a result, they predict over 6.2 million project management jobs may be added in the United States.

Choose a Program at Saint Mary’s University Minnesota

Do you seek to grow as a professional? Let one of their online Masters degree programs help 'meet your needs where they are.’ The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's University is identical to the degree offered on campus. Review sponsored programs below. Click on the icons for a brief account then take that next step. Use the on-page form to contact the school today!


School Headquarters: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights, Winona, Minnesota 55987-1399

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