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About SMU

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is dedicated to advancing the educational and career goals of today’s students. Its mission is to "awaken, nurture and empower learners to ethical lives of service and leadership."

Founded in 1912, Saint Mary’s is a private, Lasallian Catholic, comprehensive institution, guided by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. A first-tier U.S. News and World Report "national" university, Saint Mary's is also listed in the "Colleges of Distinction" guidebook for excelling in key areas of educational quality.

Saint Mary’s offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs at locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and select programs in Jamaica and Kenya.

Campuses & Programs

At the coeducational, residential Winona campus, the undergraduate College combines traditional liberal arts and sciences with career preparation in a student-centered environment. The Winona campus comprises 400 acres and 48 buildings, with excellent facilities for living, learning and recreation. The bachelor of arts program offers 60 majors.

The Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) is one of the largest graduate schools in Minnesota. The SGPP is comprised of the Graduate School of Business & Technology, the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of Health & Human Services. A pioneer in outreach education since 1984, SGPP offers certificate, bachelor completion, master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs at the university’s Twin Cities and Winona campuses, and centers in Rochester, Apple Valley and Oakdale. Courses are also offered in greater Minnesota and Wisconsin, and online.

At the Nairobi campus, Christ the Teacher Institute for Education offers two undergraduate education programs, and the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies offers two graduate programs in African studies. Saint Mary's offers a graduate program in education in collaboration with the Catholic College of Mandeville in Jamaica.

Saint Mary's is the place for you.

Browse the list of bachelor completion programs and select the one that fits your life and your interests best.

Choose from undergraduate certificates and degree completion programs with concentrations in twelve different areas. Courses are relevant, rigorous and catered to adult learners.

Reasons to choose Saint Mary's University:

  • Affordable
  • Evening and weekend course options
  • Convenient
  • Diverse
  • Personable
  • Practictioner-based