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About Saint Mary's

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 and 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 and Technology, the Graduate School of Education, and the Graduate School of Health and 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.

Looking for an advanced degree?

Saint Mary's University's Schools of Graduate & Professional Programs has a variety of programs to fit your needs as an adult learner.

Choose from master, post-master, educational specialist and doctoral programs in any of our three advanced degree schools:

Graduate School of Business and Technology
Graduate School of Education
Graduate School of Health and Human Services

Why choose SMU?

Evening and weekend course options.