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.
The program typically takes about 2.5 years to complete, though this may vary based on enrollment and requirements.
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.
The online MS in Project Management degree is designed to be completed in 24 months.
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.