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Master of Public Health: FAQ

Questions? We Have Answers.

We've compiled the questions we get the most about Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's online Master of Public Health program. If you have more questions, reach out to an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954 or request more information.

We're here to help make this important step in your career and education as smooth as possible.

Is work experience required?

No. Work experience is not required for the online Master of Public Health. However, if you don't have employment experience, you might need to complete two required undergraduate courses covering foundational knowledge by the end of your first semester.

Is the GRE required for this program?

No. You are not required to take the GRE for this program.

Is there an on-campus residency requirement?

There is no on-campus residency requirement. However, you will need to complete fieldwork in your geographic area.

Can I get financial aid?

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Are the online programs the same as the campus programs?

Yes. The only difference between our online and on-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.

What is the difference between research-based and practice-based MPH programs?

Our MPH program is taught by those who have experienced the same thing you will in the field, with many of our instructors still working as public health professionals. Even though there are some elements of research in this MPH program, that is not its main focus. This curriculum is designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills to go beyond entry level and into leadership and program management roles.

What learning management system does Saint Mary's use?

We use the Engage learning management system.

Does Saint Mary's offer support for students with disabilities?

Yes. Saint Mary's 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.

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.

Is Saint Mary's University accredited?

Yes. Saint Mary's is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Will I need to purchase another computer to pursue the online MPH at Saint Mary's, or is my current system good enough?

See the Online Learning Details to find out what types of hardware and software you need.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend Saint Mary's University of Minnesota?

No. Although Lasallian Catholic principles underpin all aspects of our online degree programs, we welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds.

What if I need help or support during the program?

Supporting our online students is a top priority at Saint Mary's, and we've implemented several ways for you to get the help you need, when you need it:

  • Enrollment Counselor: Guides you step-by-step through the admissions and enrollment process, helping you chart your course and select your classes.
  • Personal Support Center: Gives technical support and help with computer issues during the program.
  • Dedicated Student Services Specialist: Reaches out to offer guidance, ensuring you're getting the support you need to graduate.
  • Responsive Faculty: Answers your questions promptly and provides class-related online meetings and discussions.

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.

What are the admissions requirements for the MPH?

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  • The language proficiency to succeed in graduate-level classes.

If your GPA is below 2.75, you may be admitted by provisional status upon approval by your respective program's director.

*Upon evaluation of your transcript, you may be required to complete a Statistics and/or Biology course, which are also offered online.

How long does it take to complete the online Master of Public Health?

On average, our MPH takes eight semesters, or two and a half years, to complete. With that said, you can graduate in as few as two years (six semesters) or take up to five years to complete this degree.

What is the MPH learning format?

Saint Mary's Master of Public Health program is perfect for adults who lead a busy life. Because this is a part-time, online, asynchronous program, you can schedule school life around your work and personal life. With no required log-in times, you can work toward your MPH without disrupting your usual commitments.

More questions?

If you have further questions about Saint Mary's online Master of Public Health, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.