FAQs How long does it take to complete the program? + More Students can proceed through the program at their own pace, and usually finish between 2 and 3 years. The minimum pace to qualify for federal financial aid is 3 credits per semester (this is a half-time credit load). Some students prefer to go faster, some prefer to go slower. Some students will go full-time once semester, and then take the next semester off. The pace is dependent on the needs and goals of the students, but they must finish within a 5-year time span. What are the required courses? + More There are 4 credits of required courses: HD690 The Process of Human Development (2 credits) - First class of the program. HD691 Ethics and Social Responsibility (1 credit) - Taken at any time during the program. HD698 Writing the Position Paper (1 credit) - Taken at the end of the program. Helps students write their final project for the masters. How often is the HD690 The Process of Human Development offered? + More This is the entry course for the program. It is offered on the Minneapolis campus three times a year, and offered in Rochester and Winona as needed. It is typically a compressed course in the first week or two of every semester. What is the advisor and how do I get one? + More The advisor is a faculty member who guides students through the program. They help with academic planning and help to evaluate independent study work. Students keep the same advisor throughout the program. The program director pairs advisors with students during their first course, HD690. Where do I take courses? + More The majority of the courses are offered in the Minneapolis campus of Saint Mary’s. Some courses are also offered in Winona and Rochester. A growing number of courses are offered 100% online. Do I have to live in the area to take this program? + More No. The only required course that is not online is HD690 The Process of Human Development (the first course of the program). This course is typically offered in the first week or two of each semester. The other two required courses, and several other courses, are offered online. How much does it cost? + More Tuition per credit hour is listed here. Occasionally, there is a small fee to take a course. How many credits can be transferred into the program? + More A maximum of six credits. The credits must be from a graduate program at an accredited university and must be less than five years old. How do I start? + More Complete the online application form (a fee accompanies the application), along with 2 letters of recommendation, transcripts, a short bio, and resume. There is often an interview by the program director before the admission decision. Once admitted, students choose when to register for HD690 The Process of Human Development, the first class of the program. This class is offered once each semester on the Minneapolis campus. Are there resources available from the university? + More Once you are admitted to the program, you will get access to Blackboard, our online communication system. Blackboard has a myriad of resources available for students, including a three-year calendar of Human Development courses, the program handbook, and other materials.