History of Educational Innovation

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a private, Lasallian Catholic university that provides relevant and innovative educational programs designed to awaken, nurture, and empower its students to lead ethical lives of service and leadership. As a global and diverse learning community delivering courses online and at locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the university offers many opportunities for learning and growth. Building on its Catholic intellectual, moral, and cultural traditions, Saint Mary’s is committed to serving the individual needs of its students and providing all the support necessary for them to succeed.

Quick Facts

School Name

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota


Twin Cities



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Religious affiliation:

De La Salle Christian Brothers, Roman Catholic Church

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Online classes run on 8 week sessions with 6 starts per year


Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. www.hlcommission.org 

  • Voted among Forbes.com’s America’s Best Colleges in “the best public and private colleges and universities from the student’s point of view” category.
  • Designated as one of the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, which highlights colleges and universities that stand out for academic excellence.
  • Ranked among US News & World Report's first tier of "Best National Universities"
A Top-Tier School at an Affordable Price

Saint Mary’s University is regularly ranked among the nation’s top higher education institutions by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes. Aligned with the Lasallian values, each program is affordably priced without any hidden fees.

Take the Classroom With You

Discover a revolutionary learningmanagement platform that puts classes at your fingertips. As a student in our online programs, you will receive an iPad loaded with our learning platform to use during the duration of the program.

Gain a practical, career-focused undergraduate or graduate education in a supportive, student-oriented online environment. Find out more about Saint Mary's University and its history of educational innovation.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Tailored Learning for Every Nursing Career Path
The online CCNE-accredited RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saint Mary’s is affordable and accelerated, requiring just one year to complete. It offers a continually evolving curriculum taught by practitioner instructors. Students will build knowledge in progressive nursing approaches, gain real-world training in their specialty of choice, and graduate prepared for professional nursing practice and graduate study. The Saint Mary’s University program offers:
Essential Nursing Skills
This program covers all CCNE essentials of baccalaureate nursing education, including organizational and systems leadership, patient care technology, policy and regulatory environments, generalist nursing practice, and much more.
Practical Real-World Experience
Most RN to BSN programs offer a practicum opportunity in one of two practice areas. Saint Mary’s lets students match their capstone project to their career goals to shadow a practicing nurse in their desired care setting.
An Integrated Approach
Unlike most RN to BSN programs, Saint Mary’s also offers the option to learn interventional, nontraditional nursing therapies such as acupressure and therapeutic massage to support each student’s unique learning goals.

Accelerated MBA

Accelerated, Affordable MBA

This online accelerated MBA program is affordable and can be completed in 18 months or less. The curriculum focuses on real-world issues and provides a learning experience that is immediately applicable.

The program offers three areas of emphasis on the most relevant subjects in business today, along with a more general option to choose from in order to tailor this online MBA to your interests and career goals. This curriculum punctuates effective communication, integrity, evidence-based decision-making, applied economics, and leadership.

The three unique emphases, which are designed to reflect today’s most important business topics, include:

Social Media Management and Marketing
Hone your digital storytelling skills while you learn to manage brands and build engaged connections in the digital age. You will also explore the importance and growing impact of social marketing ethics.

Data Analytics
This emphasis covers data visualization, analytics strategy, and ethics to help you master the critical role data interpretation will play in shaping business strategy and decision making throughout your career.

Sustainability and Environmental Management
In this emphasis you will delve into corporate social responsibility, sustainable marketing and law, and ethics in environment management to know all you need about conducting eco-friendly business.

If students prefer a more general approach they can choose the General MBA option, providing an acute understanding of what it takes to get ahead in business. 

This accelerated MBA offers 25 special topics lectures as well as an experiential Capstone program that can be taken domestically or internationally. The result is the delivery of a project to a client and a possible corporate contribution.

No other program gives students this much flexibility to customize an online MBA to fit their professional interests and career aspirations.

MS in Project Management
Master of Science in Project Management

Learn the Tools of the Project Management Trade
Become a thoughtful leader in project management with an online Master of Science in Project Management degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The skills you’ll learn can be applied immediately to your career, allowing you to quickly make a greater impact. Immerse yourself in innovative learning and a supportive community through face-to-face online engagement and a revolutionary iPad® learning app. Sharpen your skills, prepare for the PMP exam, and earn your master’s degree all at the same time.

MA in Human Resource Management
Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Lead the Business of Human Capital
Create positive change across your organization as a human resource leader with an online Master of Arts in Human Resource Management degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The SHRM-aligned program offers students an in-depth education in human resources along with the management skills to take on a critical role within an organization. With Saint Mary’s innovative curriculum, you’ll learn the skills you need – on your time. The iPad platform also allows for ease of networking and social community with other HR professionals. 

MA in Educational Leadership
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
Lead Beyond the Classroom
Become a visionary who affects positive change in the education world with an online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. You’ll build the leadership, management, and training skills to develop others around you and learn how to foster creative solutions that transform your institution for the better.
Immerse yourself in innovative learning and a supportive community through face-to-face online engagement and a revolutionary iPad® learning app. Develop deeper perspective beyond education. This program equips you to become a visionary change agent and takes your career to the next level.

MA in International Development
Master of Arts in International Development
Put your passion to work. Learn from real-world practitioners who share the same drive for social and human change as you. Blend theory with practical knowledge to focus your skills on greater humanitarian results. 
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MS in Accountancy
Master of Science in Accountancy

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