Learn more about available support, coursework, our faculty, and other issues related to studying at USM online.
When can I start the program I have selected?
The University of Saint Mary offers several start dates per year for its online programs. To find out the most convenient start date for your needs, call us at 877.307.4915.to speak to an admissions advisor.
How much time do classes take?
On average, students spend about 15 to 20 hours a week per class on coursework. Some individuals may complete coursework more quickly, others may require more time. It can vary depending on your own study habits.
My schedule is pretty full and often changes week to week. Can I still successfully complete the programs?
You can complete your coursework when it’s convenient for you, whether that’s late at night, early in the morning, or in the middle of the day. As long as you meet the deadlines for assignments, you can work whenever and wherever you want.
Do the online programs require a campus residency?
No. These programs are 100% online.
Will my online diploma be different from the one campus students receive?
No. Your diploma from the University of Saint Mary will be the same one that our campus students receive. Instructors are from the USM faculty and the curriculum is as challenging as the one in our campus programs.
What kind of support do you offer?
Supporting our students is a top priority. In addition to an admissions advisor who will guide you through the admissions and enrollment process, you will have access to a Personal Support Center (PSC) that is open 24/7 to answer your questions and provide technical support to help solve computer issues you may experience. Throughout the program, you will also have a dedicated student services counselor who will regularly reach out to you to provide support and guidance. We pride ourselves on the responsiveness of our faculty members, who can make themselves available for questions and discussion.
What computer hardware and software will I need to access the online courses?
See the Online Learning Details page for details on technical requirements.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, aid is available for those who qualify. Go to our Financial Aid page for details on the process.
Is the University of Saint Mary accredited?
Yes. We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), located at 30 North La Salle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL. 60802-2504.
Are the individual programs accredited?
Yes. The RN-BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).* The Master of Arts in Teaching is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).**
If you have more questions, call us at 877.307.4915 to speak to an admissions advisor or request more information today.
** The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Saint Mary is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
**University of Saint Mary is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.