Mission and Core Values
Saint Joseph's College is a Catholic liberal arts college that nurtures intellectual, spiritual, and social growth in students of all ages and all faiths within a values-centered environment.

Mission Statement (External Link)
Core Values
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About Saint Joseph's College of Maine

College History

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Saint Joseph's was founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy. At the heart of Saint Joseph's College is a Catholic liberal arts tradition and educational mission for men and women of all faiths and all ages. The college, which also administers a traditional four-year residential curriculum, is situated on 350 acres along the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine, a half-hour from Portland, Maine's largest city, and two hours north of Boston.

In 1976, Saint Joseph's introduced distance education to serve the needs of busy adult learners who wanted to earn a degree through off-campus study. Since then, more than 9,400 adult learners from 50 states and 22 countries have earned their degrees from Saint Joseph's.

Online Learning at Saint Joseph's

The Online Division offers you a convenient and manageable way to earn a degree. Right now, more than 2,500 students like you – with families, demanding schedules and active lives – are pursuing their online degree through Saint Joseph's College. You can start your program in any month of the year and set a pace that suits your life and family. Throughout the program, your personal academic advisor will guide you.


The Saint Joseph's Online Division offers the following degrees and courses:

  • Master's degrees
  • Bachelor's degrees
  • Associate's degrees
  • Certificate Programs
  • Continuing Education Courses


Saint Joseph's College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that the college meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

The baccalaureate and master's program at Saint Joseph's College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

The Long-Term Care Administration program is also accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators.


Staying active in industry and educational associations helps to strengthen the curriculum of our programs. The college holds memberships in:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American College of Health Care Administrators
American College of Health Care Executives
American Health Information Management Association
American Library Association
American Society for Quality
American Society of Training and Development
Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities
Association for Continuing Higher Education
Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL)
Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges
Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry
Association of Mercy Colleges
Catholic Health Association
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
Council for the Advancement of Experiential Learning
Council of College and Military Educators
Council of Independent Colleges
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Services (DANTES)
Go Army ED
Maine Development Foundation
Maine Higher Educational Council
Maine Independent Colleges Association
Manufacturer’s Association of Maine (MAMe)
Mercy Conference for Higher Education
National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities
NAB (National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards)
Navy College Distance Learning Partnership
New England Transfer Association
NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP)
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C)
University Professional & Continuing Education Association


The Online Division is characterized by our benchmarks of excellence: quality curricula, effective support services and dedication to excellence.

In extension of the Mission of Saint Joseph's College of Maine, the Online Division offers quality academic programs that are dedicated to meeting the needs of the adult learning community. The division continuously strives to maintain and strengthen its position as a leader in distance education by creating and supporting a community of learners in an environment embodying the principles of the Sisters of Mercy of Saint Joseph's College of Maine.

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