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University Accreditation

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, many of Saint Mary’s programs have been approved by specialized accrediting organizations, professional boards, and state agencies. Additional information regarding Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s accredited and regulatory status may be found at https://www.smumn.edu/about/accreditation.

Specialty Accreditation

Our Master of Science in Project Management degree program is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs. Learn more about this accreditation at the Global Accreditation Center’s website.

The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Professional Licensure

Saint Mary’s is committed to ensuring prospective and current students are informed of professional programmatic licensure standards. To learn more about program specific licensure please click here. Before starting a program prospective students should contact the licensing agency in their state of residence to ensure the program is compatible in their state.

Rankings and Honors

Saint Mary’s, known for the quality of its education, has recently received numerous instances of recognition for its efforts.

  • #33 in Regional Universities Midwest – 2021 by US News & World Report  Ranking colleges and universities based on indicators in seven key categories, U.S. News & World Report placed Saint Mary’s among its first tier of “Best Regional Universities Midwest.”
  • #24 Best Colleges for Veterans – 2021 by U.S. News & World Report  Ranking colleges and universities who offer federal initiatives for veterans and active services members based on indicators such as graduation rate, faculty resources, and other criteria for high academic quality.
  • #18 Best Value Schools – 2021 by U.S. News & World Report  Ranking based on academic quality and net cost of attendance for those receiving an average level of financial aid. Only schools that are considered above average academically are considered to be the best value.
  • #63 Top Performer on Social Mobility – 2021 U.S. News & World Report  Ranking based on graduation rates of Pell Grant recipients (students coming from households where the yearly family income is between $50,000-$20,000 and often less than $20,000).
  • Best Colleges: Region by Region – Midwest – 2021 by Princeton Review Highlighting colleges and universities that stand out for academic excellence, the Princeton Review designated Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as one of the “Best in the Midwest.”
  • Best Online MBA program in Minnesota – 2021 by US News & World Report. Ranking colleges and universities according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence, U.S. News & World Report placed Saint Mary’s best in the State of Minnesota and #170 overall.
  • #4 Best Online Master's in Education programs in Minnesota – 2021 by US News & World ReportRanking colleges and universities according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence, U.S. News & World Report placed Saint Mary’s #4 in the State of Minnesota and #201 overall.

A full list of university rankings and awards can be found here.

Find out more about Saint Mary’s University and our online programs. Call us at 877-308-9954 or by requesting more information today.