Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) has been a pioneer in “outreach education” since 1984. SGPP offers graduate programs, graduate continuing education courses, Bachelor of Science completion programs, certificate and licensure programs, and other special programs designed specifically to meet the needs of adult learners.
The SGPP creates communities of learning when and where they are needed, as part of a commitment to serving adult learners and the educational needs of society. To that end, programs are delivered at the Twin Cities campus, the Winona campus, the Apple Valley center, the Rochester center, the Oakdale Center, and other sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The school offers innovative programs, flexible scheduling, convenient locations, and the supportive environment which adult students need to successfully continue their education.
Twin Cities Campus
The Twin Cities campus, established in 1984, is located at 2500 Park Avenue in Minneapolis. The campus administers two undergraduate certificate programs, a bachelor completion program with majors, twelve graduate certificate programs, 26 master degree programs, one specialist degree program, three doctoral degree programs, and several professional programs, including graduate continuing education. Classes are held primarily on evenings and weekends, and flexible class scheduling allows students to attend school full- and part-time.
Facilities include classrooms, interactive teleconferencing studio classrooms, the library, writing center, computer facilities, bookstore, and meeting space. Administrative offices include those of university administration, program staff, admission, the campus registrar, student services, and staff.
The 2500 and 2450 Park Avenue buildings of the campus are named for Roman Catholic saints who represent Saint Mary’s University. The original facility at 2500 Park is named LaSalle Hall after Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and the patron saint of teachers. The 2450 Park building is named Martin de Porres Hall after the Dominican Brother who is known as the patron saint of interracial harmony. Mother Teresa Hall at 2440 Park is named after Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, now known to the world as Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa founded hundreds of clinics, schools, orphanages, homeless shelters and other projects around the world and is a 1979 Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The 2304 Park Avenue building, named Park Avenue North, was purchased by the university in the fall of 2006 from the Memorial Blood Center. The university renovated the building to accommodate the growing need for space.
Saint Mary’s latest expansion is the University Center purchase, which includes a historic mansion, carriage house, modern events center, and 100 parking spaces.
The Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs offers master’s degrees, a doctoral program, certificate programs, and continuing education on the Winona campus.
The Saint Mary’s University Rochester center was established in 1985 and offers an array of programs, based on need and interest, to students in and around Rochester, Minn. Located in the Heintz Center of the University Center, it is home to state-of-the-art classrooms, computer facilities and meeting space.
Partners in Higher Education, Apple Valley Center
Partners in Higher Education began in 2003 at the Apple Valley Center, in response to the growing higher education needs in the Twin Cities South Metro area. Housed in the former Apple Valley City Hall building, the partnership is the result of a public-private agreement among Dakota County Technical College, Saint Mary’s University, and Inver Hills Community College. The partnership is dedicated to being a significant educational resource for residents, businesses and industries in the area.
The Oakdale Center was opened in July 2010 to expand Saint Mary’s presence in the Twin Cities East Metro. The center is located at 7200 Hudson Boulevard N, Suite 200 at the intersection of I-94 and I-694.
Greater Minnesota and Wisconsin
Saint Mary’s University Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs creates learning communities when and where they are needed.
For the latest information on course delivery sites throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, please contact the Twin Cities campus toll-free at (866) 437-2788.
Saint Mary’s University in collaboration with The Catholic College of Mandeville, offers a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program in Mandeville, Jamaica. This program is also offered in the U.S. The program is designed for practicing classroom teachers who want to earn a master’s degree as part of a professional learning community. Approximately 75 students are served annually in Jamaica-based learning communities.
The university operates two institutes in Nairobi, Kenya: Christ the Teacher Institute for Education of Saint Mary’s University and the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies of Saint Mary’s University.
- Christ the Teacher Institute for Education (CTIE) provides coursework in teacher education leading to a Three-year Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Education Degree, and the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration. CTIE offers courses during a three-semester academic year that runs year-round. Approximately 175 students attend CTIE annually. For more information, see Christ the Teacher Institute for Education .
- The Maryknoll Institute of African Studies (MIAS) offers intensive, participatory experiences for those wishing to systematically understand and articulate African cultural knowledge. The Institute offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in African Studies, and a Master of African Studies (M.A.S.). Courses are offered both on a 12-week semester basis, and on a three-week immersion basis of two blocks from the last week of May through mid-July. Concurrent with their classroom work, students do an hour of supervised field research for every hour of class. The research is facilitated by trained assistants who work with students on a one-to-one basis in the field. The research is correlated with the material of the courses being taught. Approximately 100 students are served by MIAS annually. For more information, see Maryknoll Institute of African Studies in this catalog or see the SGPP catalog for more information.
Schools of Graduate and Professional Program Offerings
Graduate Continuing Education
Best Practices Academy
Graduate Professional Development for Educators
Professional Development Initiatives for Educators
Bachelor of Science Degree Completion
B.S. Allied Healthcare Management
B.S. Business Administration
B.S. Business Management
B.S. Human Resource Management
B.S. Human Services
B.S. Industrial Technology
B.S. Information Technology
B.S. Police Science
B.S. Sales and Marketing
M.A. African Studies
M.A. Arts and Cultural Management
M.A. Counseling and Psychological Services
M.A. Educational Leadership
M.A. Health and Human Services Administration
M.A. Human Development
M.A. Human Resource Management
M.A. International Business
M.A. International Development
M.A. Lasallian Leadership
M.A. Lasallian Studies
M.A. Literacy Education
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
M.A. Organizational Leadership
M.A. Philanthropy and Development
M.A. Public Safety Administration
M.A. Special Education
M.A.S. Master of African Studies
M.B.A. Master of Business Administration
M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Administration
M.Ed. Teaching and Learning
M.S. Geographic Information Science
M.S. Information Technology Management
M.S. Nurse Anesthesia
M.S. Project Management
Graduate Certificate programs
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Educational Administration - Director of Special Education
Educational Administration - K-12 Principal
Educational Administration - Superintendent
English as a Second Language
Geographic Information Science
Gifted and Talented Instruction
K-12 Reading Teacher
Marriage and Family Therapy
Ed.S. Educational Administration
D.B.A. Business Administration
Psy.D. Counseling Psychology