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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 and is a member of the North Central Association.

  • Voted among’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.

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

Gain a practical, career-focused master’s 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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  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership: The online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will help you become a leader or administrator in early childhood, K-12, higher education, or a corporate training environment. With the skills and training you’ll gain in this innovative degree program, you'll be ready to pursue a leadership career that exceeds your expectations and fulfills your most important goals.
    Discover the benefits of earning an online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s:
  • Master of Arts in Health & Human Services Administration: High-level management and administrator jobs are waiting to be filled in the fast-growing health and human services industry. With the skills you'll gain in the online Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration program from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, you'll be poised to pursue a fulfilling and rewarding leadership career with the income and opportunity you deserve.Gain in-depth knowledge in specific areas of HR and leadership management principles.
    Get these essential skills in the online Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration program, with an optional specialization in human services:
  • Master of Arts in Human Resource Management: Prepare yourself for a key organizational role as a human resource expert with Saint Mary’s online MA in Human Resource Management. Aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates, this program incorporates the most up-to-date expertise and best practices for today’s workplace.
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership: The organizational leadership degree at Saint Mary's University builds your leadership abilities and crucial interpersonal relationship skills.
  • Master of Arts in Special Education: More students with special needs are learning in mainstream classrooms today. The Master of Arts in Special Education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota equips classroom educators with the tools to be an exceptional teacher and to make their students exceptional.
  • What to expect with a Saint Mary's online Master of Arts in Special Education:

    You can earn a Learning Disabled or Emotional/Behavioral Disordered teaching certificate in MN and WI.

    ** Due to state licensure requirements, we are only accepting students from the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin for this program.**
  • Master of Science in Project Management: Learn the advanced project management skills you need to successfully assess, initiate, plan, execute, monitor and close projects, as well as key organizational and behavioral concepts that support effective management, communication and leadership practices. Learn effective strategies and best practices to successfully manage projects with Saint Mary’s online MS in Project Management.
  • 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.
    The comprehensive curriculum prepares you to focus your passion by offering courses in:

    You will also jump start your area of passion through a field study project to equip you with real world application and mentoring.

  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
    Integrating technological insights and groundbreaking research, the M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology program redefines what constitutes teaching by exploring the way people learn. Educators are transformed into master teachers, ready to connect with today’s diverse learners.

    Benefit form our:

  • Master of Science in Accountancy
    Learn advanced accounting practices as well as business and managerial acumen to take your current knowledge to the next level. The M.S. in Accountancy program offers:

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