About St. Mary’s of Minnesota

When you choose to pursue your education online at Saint Mary’s University, you choose an established, respected institution with nearly a century’s worth of teaching history. That history gives us—and you—an advantage, as we know from experience what is required to help working professionals like you achieve your educational and career goals.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has a tradition of programs that focus on helping underserved populations.

  • The online Master of Arts in Public Administration (MAPA) continues that tradition with a curriculum that combines perspectives and processes from both government agencies and nonprofit organizations, sectors that often rely on each other to make sure the needs of all community members are being met.
  • The online Master’s in Public Health (MPH) takes you beyond the classroom with four courses of fieldwork. You’ll select an organization in your community where you can apply the skills and knowledge you gain in this program to tackle a pressing public health issue. Your coursework culminates in an integrative final capstone in which you analyze a single public health issue and draw on your fieldwork experience to inform your analysis. This fieldwork ensures you’re practicing where you could work as a practitioner.


The Online Master of Arts in Public Administration (MAPA)

The Saint Mary’s online Master of Arts in Public Administration is an affordable and convenient program that offers broad-based training designed to help students to develop into authentic leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Three Crucial Competencies

The program curriculum develops three crucial competencies for public service and nonprofit leaders: Managerial analysis, leadership, and ethical service.

Students will learn to:

  • Handle constantly changing circumstances and complex strategic decisions –
  • Build alliances among and within organizations
  • Analyze the effects of public policies and laws
  • Lead through respectful and responsive communications
  • Act ethically and with accountability



The Online Master of Public Health (MPH)

Serving the underserved and improving well-being in our communities have been integral to our mission for more than 100 years. That comes to life in our online MPH degree.

Learn From Real-world Practitioners

As an online MPH degree student, you’ll learn from real-world practitioners and benefit from a curriculum crafted by public health experts with decades of experience. You’ll examine how to improve health worldwide; prevent the spread of disease; promote equitable access to health services; and more.

Key Reasons to Choose Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Online MPH:

  • Industry Expertise: Public health professionals contributed to this master’s curriculum to ensure it’s as impactful to new public health practitioners as possible.
  • Specialized Field Experience: The flexibility of the field experience allows students to focus on a specific area of public health such as epidemiology, biostatistics or mental health.
  • Practitioner Instructors: Program instructors are currently working in the public health sector, as opposed to other programs who employ academic, research based faculty.
  • Lasallian Mission: Saint Mary’s is a Lasallian Catholic University with more than 100 years of history and a mission based on quality education, community enrichment, and respect for all.
  • Cost & Convenience: This program is 100% online with no required campus visits or residencies. Cost per credit hour is $650, giving the 36-hour program a total estimated cost of $27,300.

Learn to help the public make long-lasting improvements in their physical, mental, and social well-being. Prepare to design, execute, and evaluate public health programs. Graduate with your MPH online ready to make your world a healthier place.