Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Online

Introduction

Celebrating over 100 years of learning

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has played a vital role in the arena of higher education since its founding in 1912. Beginning as a local college for young men, Saint Mary's has grown to a university offering education to men and women across the globe.

The Founding Years

Bishop Patrick R. Heffron, the second bishop of Winona, founded Saint Mary's as a college in 1912 to provide higher education for young men in southern Minnesota's Diocese of Winona and surrounding areas.

At Mid-Century

Many Saint Mary's graduates from the 1940s through the 1970s later earned advanced degrees in law, medicine, dentistry, ministry, science, and humanities.

Leading up to 2010

During the 1980s the campus underwent vigorous growth.

Graduate & Professional Education

From 1950 to 1980, the graduate programs offered by Saint Mary’s consisted primarily of summer institute offerings.

The New Millennium

What was a local college providing education for young men in 1912 is today an international university serving women and men of every age, race, and nationality.

Mission & Vision

A dynamic and transformational learning community

Mission

Enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership.

A top-tier vision

Grounded in its Lasallian Catholic identity, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a nationally ranked transformational and innovative university with a global footprint. Saint Mary's graduates gain the advanced knowledge, skills and critical thinking abilities necessary to be lifelong learners, successful workers, good neighbors and ethical citizens that ensure Saint Mary's standing as a well-known top-tier national university preparing tomorrow's leaders.

A 21st century university

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a dynamic and transformational learning community that provides a person-centered educational experience grounded in excellent teaching and engaged interactive student learning. At the heart of a Saint Mary's education is the development of meaningful relationships that help the individual learner realize and achieve their potential in a trusting and respectful environment. In this way, we prepare graduates with the advanced knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities necessary to be lifelong learners, successful workers, good neighbors and ethical citizens.

We are a comprehensive university that offers an innovative combination of liberal education and professional preparation such that our graduates prosper in today’s knowledge economy and are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We provide relevant, engaging personal and online learning experiences, and research opportunities supported by a community of educators in order to ignite the potential of each learner. We prepare our graduates richly for the responsibilities and challenges they face as global citizens – citizens whose judgments, decisions and actions will profoundly affect the decency, integrity and sustainability of the human family and our global environment.

We are a Catholic university that prepares graduates with a distinctive identity in fidelity to the Church’s mission in service of the Good News of the Gospel and with a world vision rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition: a belief in the presence of the divine in all created reality; an appreciation of and thirst for truth and knowledge; an understanding of the unity of faith and reason; a profound reverence for the self, the other and all of creation; a respect for all human life and protection of the vulnerable; the celebration of community and sacrament; a commitment to the issues of peace, justice, solidarity and human equality; and a desire to serve the common good.

We are a Lasallian Catholic university that is a living expression of the vision of John Baptist de La Salle, inspirational 17th-century educational innovator, patron saint of teachers and founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers: excellent quality education; respect for the dignity of all individuals; inclusive and participatory community; interiority; accessibility; civility; innovation; belief in the presence of a benevolent God; an ecumenical and inter-religious openness; solidarity with the poor; and advocacy for those suffering from injustices. We do this as a proud partner with 1,000 schools, agencies and universities that constitute the worldwide Lasallian educational network.

Understanding the complex and evolving nature of higher education in the 21st century, Saint Mary’s University is committed to addressing present-day challenges by striving to remain affordable for the families of our students and through distinctiveness in structure and fluidity in operation. Consequently, we function with a number of strong, innovative and complementary units.

The residential undergraduate College unit – nestled in the extraordinarily beautiful natural environment of Winona and comprised of the schools of humanities and sciences, arts, education, business, and of a seminary for clergy formation – integrates a four-year undergraduate education rooted in the liberal arts and complemented by a dynamic residential community experience that allows learners to cultivate and refine their intellectual, spiritual and professional capacities for mature leadership. Our commitment to relevant liberal education encompasses knowledge of human cultures and the natural world; hones the skills of critical thinking, analytic reasoning, creativity, and effective written and oral communication; and prepares graduates for work, life, future scholarship, and ethical lives of service.

The undergraduate bachelor’s completion unit of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs – in the greater Twin Cities area of Minnesota – recognizes and honors prior educational and life experience, assures an engaging, affordable, and accessible learning delivery model, and opens for students successful pathways for career advancement, career transition, and graduate education.

The master’s and doctoral degrees unit of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs – an established leader in flexible and adaptable scheduling and delivery models in each of its schools of business and technology, education, and health and human services – assures accessible and affordable quality private graduate education in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, provides relevant, rigorous, and relational academic experiences for adult learners through an integration of practical, professional, and ethical education offered in dynamic and caring environments, and utilizes industry and community partnerships and a primarily part-time cadre of competent faculty practitioners to deliver programs grounded in the principles of collaborative team-building, commitment to innovation, intercultural competence, and practical applied opportunities to integrate scholarship in a real-world context.

The international academic initiatives unit makes operational – both in Kenya and in Jamaica – the university’s commitment to strategic global institutional relationships that respond to the expressed educational needs of underserved Lasallian and Catholic populations around the world.

Together and by association each unit of the university – the undergraduate residential College, the adult oriented undergraduate bachelor’s completion program, the graduate studies programs of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, and the international academic initiatives – strives to meet learners where they are and to provide them with opportunities for growth in knowledge, professional preparation, and personal transformation. In these ways, Saint Mary’s has provided students various and flexible learning options and has remained nimble enough to adjust methods as needs and desires change.

Consequently, enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota proudly awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership, strives to transform society one learner at a time, and graduates students who have over the years consistently been successful and risen to levels of leadership in the fields of business, health and human services, government, church, and education.

This is who we are – a transformational and innovative national university with a global footprint. Our one-hundred-year story of success is an extraordinary one, and we remain committed to providing the transformative education needed for our day and time as a modern American university in the Lasallian Catholic tradition.

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Master

Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

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. [+]

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 from our: Innovative Curriculum: Designed by leaders in education in partnership with representatives from leading companies in the technology industry. Applied Learning Experience: Goes beyond theory to help you discover new ways to educate and inspire your students. [-]

MSc

Master of Science in Accountancy

Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

Learn advanced accounting practices as well as business and managerial acumen to take your current knowledge to the next level. [+]

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: Courses in Management: Classes include not only accounting, but also leadership and communications, preparing you for managerial positions in accounting. Practical Learning Experience: Learn the principles in each course that could be applied immediately. CPA and CMA Advantage: Earn your master’s while receiving credits toward the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and/or Certified Management Account (CMA) certification. Program Designed for Your Needs: The curriculum was created by top accounting practitioners, who know what professionals want and need to excel in today’s marketplace. [-]

Master of Science in Project Management

Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

Learn effective strategies and best practices to successfully manage projects with Saint Mary’s online MS in Project Management. Accredited by Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center, one of only 38 other schools in the world are accredited by this body. [+]

Keeping teams on track to finish complex projects on time and under budget is more challenging than ever in today’s global and often virtual workplace. Learn effective strategies and best practices to successfully manage projects with Saint Mary’s online MS in Project Management. Accredited by Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center, one of only 38 other schools in the world are accredited by this body. The 36-credit-hour curriculum also incorporates leadership and management training to build skills in decision making, critical thinking, conflict management, communication, negotiation and more. Learning outcomes can be applied to any industry, giving you more choices and flexibility throughout your career. [-]

MA

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

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 will grow as a leader who develops other leaders and learn how to help others reach their full potential. [+]

Get Ready to Lead. 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 will grow as a leader who develops other leaders and learn how to help others reach their full potential. Discover the benefits of earning an online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s: Learn to harness the power of diversity in schools and in the workplace. Master strategies of positive change to create a legacy of efficiency and effectiveness. Enhance your research, management, and training skills and learn to foster the creative solutions that transform your institution for the better. [-]

Master of Arts in Human Resource Management

Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

Prepare yourself for a key organizational role as a human resource expert with Saint Mary’s online MA 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. Curriculum aligned with the Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM), this program incorporates the most up-to-date expertise and best practices for today’s fast-moving, strategically oriented workplace. In addition, it’s delivered through an iPad learning platform that keeps you engaged with your coursework, professors and classmates on the go. Gain in-depth knowledge in specific areas of Human Resources as well as leadership management principles. Develop a comprehensive organizational perspective to help to guide an organization through times of change and to identify short- and long-term goals. Learn from faculty members with practical career experience who integrate strong examples from the field into the classroom. The program also includes general management electives, making it a more people-focused alternative to an MBA with an HR concentration. Tuition is just $580 per credit hour—a competitive rate for a respected institution regularly ranked among the nation’s top universities and colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and Forbes. [-]

Master of Arts in International Development

Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

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. [+]

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. Make an impact with: Comprehensive Curriculum: Gain the skills to make a direct impact in your area of passion by addressing human and social conditions on a global scale. Practical Application: Get a jump start on your passion through the program’s unique field study project. Networking Opportunities: Make connections with other like-minded professionals to build your business associations and develop your knowledge resources. [-]

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

When you earn your Master’s in Organizational Leadership at Saint Mary’s University online, you become a leader with the knowledge, organizational perspective, and critical thinking and leadership skills you need to lead people and organizations to peak performance. [+]

Saint Mary’s organizational leadership training program prepares you to be an adaptive leader, ready to proactively identify and seize opportunities to help yourself, your teams, and your organization grow. When you earn your online Master’s in Organizational Leadership at Saint Mary's, you become a leader with the knowledge, organizational perspective, and critical thinking and leadership skills you need to lead people and organizations to peak performance. Saint Mary’s online organizational leadership master’s degree program is organized in five distinct clusters, each building on the previous cluster and leading to the next for a full leadership development program. You will study leadership theories and styles, critical thinking, personal and professional ethics, collaboration, team building, cultural perspectives, legal and social responsibilities, talent management, organizational change and development, strategic thinking, creativity, and much more. [-]

Master of Arts in Special Education

Online Full time Open Enrollment USA Winona

More students with exceptionalities are learning in mainstream classrooms today than ever before. That is why the online Master of Arts in Special Education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a flexible and affordable degree that can help classroom educators enhance their own careers and improve the lives of all learners. [+]

More students with exceptionalities are learning in mainstream classrooms today than ever before. That is why the online Master of Arts in Special Education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a flexible and affordable degree that can help classroom educators enhance their own careers and improve the lives of all learners. What to expect with a Saint Mary's online Master of Arts in Special Education: Create a more inclusive classroom environment for learners of all ability levels. Get an accredited master’s degree from a top-rated university at an affordable price. Understand the unique needs for specific learning disabilities, children on the autism spectrum, and/or those with emotional or behavioral disorders. Gain greater career flexibility and potentially more pay with a master’s degree. Learn anytime, anywhere on the Web or with Saint Mary's innovative iPad. The iPad is included with the tuition and it is given to all online students. Learn with the latest mobile technology that is revolutionizing the special education profession. Through the online Master of Arts in Special Education at Saint Mary's, you will study the latest research and use the most advanced assistive technology to uncover ways to help learners across ability levels reach their full potential. [-]

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700 Terrace Heights
Winona, Minnesota, 55987-1399 US
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