Advance Your Career

Is it time to advance your current career? Or transition into a new one? Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has the graduate programs, the experienced and supportive faculty, and the convenient schedules and location options that will help you reach your career goals in a faster, more cost-effective way.

Saint Mary’s offers 60 programs in our Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. We save you time with blended online and classroom learning for the busy adult. And the classes themselves? They are taught by leaders in the field—learners see real-world examples and get a chance to network.

The investment pays off. Median earnings for employees with advanced degrees are nearly 30 percent higher.

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Programs That Fit Your Life

Saint Mary’s offers a wide array of master’s, doctoral, and specialist degrees in the fields of business, healthcare, and education.

  • Multiple start dates throughout the year
  • Flexible course scheduling, including evenings and weekends
  • Convenient locations—Twin Cities, Rochester, Winona, greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, and online
  • Supportive academic and student services for busy adult learners

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At Student Central, you’ll find a wealth of information and a host of people ready to connect you with the resources you need to make your student life easier.

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Libraries and writing centers are available on both the Twin Cities and Winona campuses, offering resources and support for students on their academic journeys.

Using GIS to solve global issues

Adam Pfister C’06, M’10 can’t deny that speaking to the U.N. in early December was a career highlight. But Pfister’s career is full of highlights. As a solutions engineer on the nonprofit and global organizations team for Esri, he works closely with organizations who are solving global problems like the World Health Organization and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is successfully eradicating Polio. A graduate of Saint Mary’s University's M.S. in Geographic Information Science program, Pfister works for a company which is an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software and technology. Read more ›

Saint Mary’s ranks in top 5 largest M.B.A. programs in the state

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota recently earned a top spot on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal list of largest Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) programs in Minnesota. Saint Mary’s is fifth on the list with a total of 281 M.B.A. students enrolled in fall 2017, which is up 54.4 percent from the […] Read more ›

Fighting sexual harassment

The list of high-profile men — in media, in sports, in entertainment, and in politics — who are being fired due to inappropriate sexual behavior continues to grow longer. Susan Strauss D’07, for one, isn’t surprised. “I guess what surprises me is that finally it’s all erupting; there are women coming forward to proclaim what they’ve experienced for years, but they had never felt safe in coming forward before,” she said. “But does it surprise me that these men are guilty of it? No, not in the least.” Although the “#Me Too” movement is empowering women to come forward, Dr. Strauss — a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant, investigator, and an expert witness for harassment and bullying lawsuits — said the focus needs to be on how we create a culture where women are respected and no longer subjected to this harassment. And she believes it begins with the education system. Read more ›

Alumna Dr. Deb Henton named Superintendent of the Year

There’s no question what inspires Deb Henton M’95, C’96, D’99, superintendent of North Branch Area Public Schools. Actually, there are approximately 3,000 inspirations. Her students. “Whenever I can raise student achievement, that’s No. 1,” Dr. Henton said. “That’s why I come to work every day. I want to create an environment where kids have the best opportunities possible to achieve their dreams." It’s because of this commitment, passion, and “outstanding leadership and innovative spirit” that the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) recently named Dr. Henton as the 2018 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Read more ›

National fellowship awarded to graduate student in MFT program

Graduate student Casey Skeide has been named a 2017-2018 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Minority Fellow. This national award is highly competitive and from the AAMFT Research and Education Foundation with grant support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Skeide is among a select group of individuals chosen […] Read more ›

New online master’s in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics announced

MINNEAPOLIS – Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is launching a new online master’s degree in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. Offered fully online and starting this January, the program is designed to provide the business intelligence, big-data analytics, and presentation skills needed in various industries now, and into the future. Created with full-time working adults […] Read more ›

New online master’s in Public Administration announced

MINNEAPOLIS – Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is launching a new online master’s degree in Public Administration. Offered fully online and starting this January, the program is designed to prepare effective and ethical leaders who can manage for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental agencies. Through Interaction and collaboration, the coursework provides three crucial competencies for public service and nonprofit leaders: managerial […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s University and Mayo Clinic to collaborate for physician assistant program

Collaboration includes expansion of Saint Mary’s University Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Mayo Clinic board of governors recently approved a proposal to initiate development of a new physician assistant master’s degree program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; the proposal is a collaborative effort between Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Mayo’s School […] Read more ›
M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia students use Olympus equipment in lab at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Forming partnerships to enhance student experience and opportunities

Students in the M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota had the unique opportunity to work with state-of-the-art fiber-optic bronchoscopy equipment. The workshop was organized by St. Cloud Anesthesia Associates who coordinated with Olympus Corporation to provide the equipment, worth over $1 million. St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud Anesthesia Associates, and […] Read more ›
Carla Winder '16

Transforming passion into profession

Carla Winder is among the more than 300 adult learners who are transitioning from student to graduate during commencement ceremonies Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. For Winder, earning a bachelor’s degree is about more than earning a diploma, it’s an opportunity to turn a longtime passion into […] Read more ›

Alumni On Saint Mary's

The people are all so friendly and willing to go out of their way to help students be very successful.

– Carolyn Gardner, Accounts Receivable Supervisor at SLUCARE

Source: LinkedIn

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Saint Mary’s is more affordable than you think. Degree-seeking students who are enrolled at least half-time may be eligible for financial aid.

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Median earnings are 30% higher for employees with advanced degrees.

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Where do Saint Mary’s students go from here? Hear from our alums.

Pablo Gaito

A business leader and global entrepreneur, Pablo Gaito serves as the vice president for global talent management and organization effectiveness at Gap Inc. A native of Argentina, Gaito received his Master of Arts in Human Development from Saint Mary’s, which years ago helped him launch his career as an executive.

Kathy Wilde

Kathy Wilde, R.N., who received her M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration from Saint Mary’s, exemplifies leadership excellence in the healthcare field. As chief nursing officer and vice president for professional and support services for Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), Kathy brings vision, passion, and broad experience in operational leadership, performance improvement, patient- and family-centered care, and nursing professional practice to her work each and every day.

Tim Butler

As fire chief of the Saint Paul Fire Department, Tim Butler is in charge of the operations and administration of the 475-person fire department. He has been recognized for his commitment to safety programs and training—he helped design a tuition-free program for low-income and minority residents that helps them attain CPR and first-responder certification and become eligible for EMT certification and college credit. A graduate of Saint Mary’s, he received his M.A. in Public Safety Administration and now serves as an adjunct professor.