An Accredited University by the HLC

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The Higher Learning Commission is an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the U.S. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states.


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

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Reaccreditation 2013–2017

In 2012, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota transitioned into year six of the 10-year process of the new Open Pathway model for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, the university’s regional accreditor. In 2013, Saint Mary’s officially began its work to seek reaccreditation.

Saint Mary’s has created a reaccreditation website to:

  • Educate the university community about the new Criteria for Accreditation and the Open Pathway model of HLC;
  • Communicate its efforts and engage the university community in the process as it seeks reaccreditation; and
  • Provide workspace for its reaccreditation leadership and committees contributing to the evaluation process. 

This process will culminate in submission of an Assurance Filing to HLC in 2016 and a visit by a review team October 31–November 1, 2016.

Specialty Accreditation

While the university as a whole is accredited by the HLC, individual programs hold specialty accreditation from industry evaluators.

American Psychological Association
Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology
The Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Accreditation information can be obtained from the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE; Washington, D.C. 20002-4242. Phone: 202-336-5979; TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123.

Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
B.S. in Nursing

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia

Global Accreditation Center of the Project Management Institute
M.S. in Project Management

International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)
Business majors at Saint Mary’s combine course work in the theory and practice of business with studies in the liberal arts. The study of business, when coupled with liberal arts, provides students with a broad educational foundation from which to enter a rapidly changing business environment. Saint Mary’s has received specialized accreditation for its business and business-related programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE); 11374 Strang Line Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66215. Telephone 913-631-3009; The degree programs accredited by the IACBE are the B.A. degree with majors in accounting, entrepreneurship, international business, management (formerly titled human resource management), marketing, and sport management.

Public Disclosure of Student Learning Form 2015-2016 (pdf)

Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
B.A. in Nuclear Medicine Technology

National Association of Schools of Music
B.A. in Music
B.A. in Music Industry
B.A. in Music Education
B.A. in Music Performance
License completion plans in Music Education and Music Performance in the M.A. in Instruction

University Council of Jamaica
M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning in Jamaica offered in collaboration with the Catholic College of Mandeville

Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has been approved and is legally authorized to do business in the state of Wisconsin as a private postsecondary school, subject to the provisions of 38.50 Wisconsin Statutes, and all administrative rules adopted pursuant to statutes.  Approval included only those programs and those locations specifically approved by the Board.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.