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Online Student Experience

Your classroom is wherever you are.

Life gets busy. Whether you're raising a family, pursuing your career, or playing an active role in your community, we know you want to keep up with what you love while you earn your degree and take the next step in your career.

That's why Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's online programs are flexible and designed to fit your demanding life.

Study when and where you want in order to meet your coursework deadlines; learn from traditional textbooks, e-textbooks, audiobooks, and a variety of other resources; and enjoy recorded lectures on your schedule, not ours.

Our student support team ensures a seamless online learning experience; you can connect with fellow students, work side by side with professors, and tap into your new network for career opportunities. You'll earn a high-quality education that advances your life, on your terms.

Explore Programs

Our 30+ online programs offer career-oriented curricula in a convenient and flexible format.

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Virtual Open House

Explore our library of virtual open houses to get a preview of the online learning lifestyle.

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How Do Online Classes Work?

You can use Saint Mary's online interface to access readings, assignments, and syllabi. Log in and communicate with your professors and classmates, submit work, and explore our extensive online library at any time, day or night.

To help you master online learning, we offer 24/7 technical support and tutorials on our online learning management system.

Review the software and hardware requirements for online learning.

According to National Surveys


of students say online learning is equal to or better than learning on campus1


of online graduate students are also employed full-time2


of online students say online learning works best for their current work/life responsibilities2

Comparing Online to On Campus

Whether you're considering an online education to accelerate your career or to save on commuting, you'll receive the same high-quality Saint Mary's education as your on-campus peers.

On Campus

Prestige of an Institution With 100+ Years of History

On Campus

Career-Advancing, Skill-Building Coursework

On Campus

Accomplished Faculty Devoted to Your Success

On Campus

Collaboration With a Diverse Academic Community

On Campus

Flexibility to Learn When and Where You Want

On Campus

As you can see, Saint Mary's is devoted to giving you an experience that's just as incredible as on-campus, but with enhanced flexibility and convenience to fit your life.

Still not sure about online learning's features and benefits? Let's bust six myths about learning online and get to the facts.

What Students Say

In 2017, the number of exclusively online students in the United States grew from 14.7 to 15.4 percent, while 33.1 percent of all students are taking at least one course online.3 Online learning is growing fast, and students just like you are making the leap.

See what a few Saint Mary's graduates have to say about our online student experience.

Questions about how online learning works and how it will benefit you? Contact an admissions specialist at 877-308-9954, or email us here: 

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1Best Colleges (2019). 2019 Online Education Trends Report. Retrieved from
2Aslanian, C., Clinefelter, D., Magda, A. (June 2019). Online College Students: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences. Retrieved from
3Lederman, D. (November 2018). Online Education Ascends. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from