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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Federal Employee and Training Officer FAQs

Federal Employee and Training Officer FAQs

Is Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accredited?

Saint Mary’s University, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604; 800.621.7440).

The Master of Science in Project Management degree program is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs.

The Master of Arts in Human Resource Management program prepares graduates for this challenging role through a series of courses designed to provide essential knowledge and abilities aligned with the graduate HR curriculum validated by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

The program’s focus is on maximizing individual and team efforts, while developing and applying strategic skills within a human resources department and within the organization. Additionally, the capstone course contains review material for the PHR and SPHR exams.

Does Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Have Ranking or Honors?

Saint Mary’s, known for the quality of its education, has recently received numerous instances of recognition for its efforts.

  • America’s Top Colleges – 2015 by Forbes.com Forbes’ best colleges are determined by, among other factors, student evaluations, student post-graduate success, and the number of students who receive nationally competitive awards, Forbes.com listed Saint Mary’s among America’s Top Colleges 2015 in “the best public and private colleges and universities from the student’s point of view” category.
  • Best Midwestern Colleges – 2015 by the Princeton Review Highlighting colleges and universities that stand out for academic excellence, the Princeton Review designated Saint Mary’s as one of the “Best in the Midwest.”
  • America’s Best Colleges – 2015 by U.S. News & World Report Ranking colleges and universities based on indicators in seven key categories, U.S. News & World Report placed Saint Mary’s among its first tier of “Best National Universities.”
  • Best Colleges for Veterans – 2015 by U.S. News & World Report ranking colleges and universities who offer federal initiatives for veterans and active services members based on indicators such as graduation rate, faculty resources, and other criteria for high academic quality. For more information visit U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 12 U.S. Faculty Development Program – 2014 by Florida State College After a study of over one hundred colleges and universities, Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs were collectively named a top teaching center for dedication to faculty development and excellence in education.
  • Ranked Top 10 M.S. in Project Management – 2016 Affordable Colleges Online Evaluation is based on the count of online master’s degrees available, graduation tuition and fees, academic and career counseling services, job placement for graduates, and Affordable Colleges Online Peer-Based Value (PBV)*.

Saint Mary’s also participated in the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the results of which showed that the university, when compared with other higher education institutions nationally and even with other small, liberal arts colleges in the Midwest, provides a distinctive and superior college experience based on criteria such as student engagement, student satisfaction, and faculty quality. For more information about the NSEE, visit the NSEE website.

* The PBV score compares the cost of each program to the cost of similar programs with the same qualitative score. Affordable Colleges Online ranking of the best online programs for the 2016-2017 school year and a complete look at the methodology can be found here: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/methodology/

Do I have to be Catholic to attend Saint Mary’s University?

No. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is grounded in Lasallian Catholic heritage, but all are encouraged to apply. For more information about our heritage please view our website:

What programs are available?

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Federal Alliance covers education provided through the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. In the state of Minnesota and on campus the following are provided: Bachelor completion programs, Undergraduate certificates, Master’s programs, Graduate certificates, Professional development programs for educators, Specialist programs, and Doctoral degrees. Fully online programs provided can be found by clicking here.

How does a Bachelor Completion program differ from a Bachelor’s degree?

A degree completion program is designed for students who were well intentioned to complete a degree, but for whom, “life happened” and were not able to do so. Bachelor completion degrees offer adult learners the ability to have their previous college credit and work experience/training evaluated to determine if credit can be applied toward their degree. See website: http://www.smumn.edu/degree-completion-home/about-smu/student-services/veterans-services/transfer-of-credit

Please note that Saint Mary’s University Bachelor Completion programs are offered only at ground campus locations in Minnesota and not offered online.

How do I get started?

Visit our landing page FedGovATSaintMarys.com Fill out the request more information form or call 877-308-9954 to speak with an Enrollment Counselor today.

When can I start taking classes in the program I selected?

Before you can begin taking classes, you must apply for admission to your program of choice. Depending on when you are admitted, you may begin taking classes during the following sessions Fall (August), Spring (January), or Summer (May) Please speak with your Enrollment Counselor for more information.

Are the online programs the same as the on-campus programs?

Yes. The only difference between our online and on-campus programs is the method of delivery. The curriculum is the same, the coursework is just as rigorous and many of the faculty also teach on campus. The diploma you earn when you complete the online program is the same as on campus.

What is Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota residency requirement?

Residency requirement refers to the number of credits a student must complete at an institution before he or she can receive a degree from that specific institution. For Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota a student must complete at least 36 credits for an online master’s program and at least 62 credits for a bachelor completion degree from Saint Mary’s University. For other programs offered on-campus please refer to your Enrollment Counselor.