Founded as a local college for men by Bishop Patrick R. Heffron in 1912, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is today a global and diverse educational learning community for women and men.
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If you listen closely, you can almost hear it. Like the running waters of the mighty Mississippi River, the Spirit of St Mary's University is ever constant. It's a spirit of community, a community secure in the knowledge that educational excellence is the way forward—the path to equality and progress.
There is a belief here, and it courses through our entire community, the belief that everyone has the chance to make a difference in the world. This passion energizes each of us to achieve beyond expectations, to know and be known, to help every student grow their potential, through ethics, service, and leadership, to meet the world's needs. It's in this give and take setting, not bound by time or place, that faculty, staff, and students discover together just how much we may grow.
An education at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota offers a transformative experience. Traversing countryside and urban campuses, through metropolitan centers, international sites, and online, locally, nationally, and around the world, this is who we are. For more than 100 years, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is chosen for its value and values. Enriched by our Lasalleian Catholic heritage, we are committed to a shared vision that unites rather than divides.
At Saint Mary's University, we believe that when people work together, the world gets better. We think those who create knowledge have a responsibility to share it. And the purpose of education is to empower each and every day. We live our mission by dedicating ourselves to awaken, nurture, and empower others through education.
The river's flow is never still. The course is undeterred, widening and deepening, sculpting passage into a future full of promise, a future that is ours together—Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Fulfilling its commitment to accessibility and innovation, Saint Mary’s provides a well-rounded academic experience by integrating practical, professional, and ethical education in a dynamic and caring online environment.
The Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, one of the largest graduate schools in Minnesota, offers online graduate-level programs designed for working adults seeking an affordable, convenient, and practitioner-based education.
Saint Mary’s Mission and Vision
There is a belief at Saint Mary’s, and it courses through our entire community: Everyone has the chance to make a difference in the world.
In the Lasallian spirit of zeal and faith, Saint Mary’s University keeps its mission alive by serving the needs of individual students, promoting lifelong learning, and providing relevant, innovative educational programs designed to challenge you. We are committed to your quest for career advancement, along with your spiritual and personal growth.
Although Saint Mary’s University is a Lasallian Catholic institution, we warmly welcome students of all faiths. If you are not Catholic, you may be wondering what a Catholic education is all about. Learn more about how it influences faculty, courses, and programs overall.
Accreditation and Rankings
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission1.
See more recognitions and rankings earned by our Saint Mary’s programs.
Providing Support for Success
We are committed to providing all the support you need to succeed: technical support, academic support, and more. By encouraging cooperation and connection with your classmates, coworkers, and community, we promote your growth as a person and as a professional.
Our caring instructors and understanding staff are committed to working with you to help you succeed and achieve your educational and professional goals.
Discover Saint Mary’s University Online Programs
Take the next step in your career with an online degree from Saint Mary’s. Request more information or call 877-308-9954 to speak to an admissions advisor about our programs, admission requirements, faculty, or accreditations.