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General FAQs

Are the online programs the same as the campus programs?
Yes. The only difference between our online and campus programs is the method of delivery. The curriculum is the same, the coursework is just as rigorous, and the faculty also teaches on campus. The diploma you earn when you complete the program is the same as well.

When can I start taking classes in the program I selected?
Before you can begin taking classes, you must apply for admission to your program of choice. Depending on when you are admitted, you may begin taking classes during the Spring, Summer, or Fall semesters.

Do online classes take a lot of time?
With the exception of the time it takes to travel to class, online classes take just as much effort as on-campus classes. Although how much time you spend on your studies and assignments will be up to you, the general guidance is to plan to spend 15 hours on coursework each week for each 3-credit class.

Do your online programs have a campus residency requirement?
No. Our online programs are entirely online. You will not need to attend Saint Mary’s ground campuses.

Are classes held on certain days or at certain times online?
No, all online courses for all programs are entirely asynchronous; there are no requirements to meet with classmates or professors virtually during any set days or times. As long as you submit your assignments by their assigned due dates, you can work on them whenever you want, at your convenience.

What learning management system does Saint Mary's use?
The learning management system is called Canvas and can be accessed here.

What if I need help or support during the program?
Supporting our online students is a top priority, which is why Saint Mary’s University has implemented several ways for you to get the help you need, when you need it. Your personal advisor will guide you step-by-step through the admissions and enrollment process, helping you chart your course and select your classes. During the program, you may contact your Technical Support anytime day or night for technical support for computer issues. Your dedicated student services counselor will also be on hand to provide guidance; he or she will regularly reach out to you to make sure you’re getting the help and support you need. We at Saint Mary’s also pride ourselves on the responsiveness of our faculty members, who answer questions promptly and can make themselves available for class-related online meetings and discussions.

Will I need to purchase another computer to pursue an online degree at Saint Mary’s, or is my current system good enough?
See the Online Learning Details page to find out what types of hardware and software you need.

Can I get financial aid?
Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Does Saint Mary's offer support for students with disabilities?
Yes. Saint Mary’s University is committed to making its programs accessible to all qualified students. We can assist you in providing effective academic accommodations that address your individual learning needs. Visit the Access Services page for more information.

Is Saint Mary’s University accredited?
Yes. Saint Mary’s University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend Saint Mary’s University?
No. Although Catholic LaSallian principles underlie all aspects of our online degree programs, everyone is welcome to apply to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

How do I get started?
Getting started is easy—just call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor, or request more information today.