Student Admissions Information
- Our student support staff provides the assistance and tools you deserve and need to be successful.
- Saint Joseph's breadth of experience and track record of more than 30 years of delivering distance education supports your success.
- Faculty are experienced professionals who understand the challenges (and rewards) of balancing work, family and school work.
- Complete your entire program online. No on-campus residency required.
- Year-round admission and courses that start each month put you in control of your learning.
- Generous credit transfer policy and affordable tuition payable in installments.
- Optional on-campus summer programs with innovative formats.
- Saint Joseph's College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Our online courses and accredited degrees give working adults like you a quality education.
- Choose from more than 20 academic programs leading to online bachelor's and online master's degrees, as well as associate degrees and certificate programs.
The program areas include:
"With the demanding work schedule I have, the distance education program has been a tremendous help in furthering my education. I wouldn't be able to sit in a classroom on a regular schedule, and the online option has been perfect..."
States have long had the authority to regulate institutions offering education within each state’s boundaries, regardless of the educational modality (face-to-face, distance, other) being used. Saint Joseph's College is authorized or exempted from authorization in all 50 states. Authorization in the state of North Carolina is pending and the “good faith effort” provisions at C.F.R. § 600.9(c)34 CF applies– check back often for updates. Please read state-specific disclosure language below. For national information about state authorization, visit the WCET website.
Individual State Disclosure Statements
Alabama: State authorization to provide the Masters of Science in Education program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). alsde.edu
Alaska: Saint Joseph's College Online programs and courses delivered via distance education are exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17.015 because these courses and programs are online or distance delivered and the College does not have a physical presence in the state of Alaska.
Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution or program. Such certification merely indicates that certain criteria have been met as required under the rules and regulations implementing institutional and program certification as defined in Arkansas Code Sec. 6-61-301.
Students from the State of Georgia when confronted with a grievance situation also have the right to appeal to the office of Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084, (770) 414-3300. A Georgia student who withdraws is entitled to a refund based on the College's refund policy or the refund policy established by the State of Georgia, whichever is more favorable to the student.
Indiana Applicants: This institution is authorized by The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984.
Kentucky Applicants: The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board does not approve the Master of Science in Education programs for K-12 licensure for students in their state in the following concentrations: Educator, School Leadership, and Catholic School Leadership. Students from Kentucky should not enroll in these programs if they are seeking licensure.
Louisiana Applicants: Students from Louisiana may not enroll in the Master of Science in Education programs. Saint Joseph's College does not currently possess national accreditation and thus must cease to offer the programs in Louisiana.
Saint Joseph's College (“SJC”) is accredited by the Commission of Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The most recent accreditation was earned in 2012. In addition, SJC’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNE) and the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB).
Licenses are renewed by the Louisiana State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved the Master of Science in Education program with the following conditions: (i) St. Joseph's shall work directly with students enrolled in educator concentrations to secure practica opportunities, where those practica will take place in Maryland; and (ii) St. Joseph's must explicitly articulate to students that Maryland Professional Development Schools are not obliged to accommodate practica opportunities for students enrolled in out-of-state institutions and that this may affect their ability to secure said practica.
Saint Joseph's College is registered to enroll Maryland students in the fully online distance education programs approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The Commission’s registration of the University’s fully online programs is not an authorization of the institution to operate in Maryland or an approval or endorsement of the University's programs.
For student complaints: Complaints by Maryland students are subject to investigation of complaints by the Office of the Attorney General of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21210. 410-767-3301.
Massachusetts Applicants: Massachusetts students in the MSED Program seeking initial certification should contact the Massachusetts Department of Education here or here for possible additional requirements beyond those fulfilled with the completion of the master’s degree from Saint Joseph's College.
Saint Joseph's College of Maine is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.
Mississippi students should be made aware of Mississippi Board of Nursing licensure requirements http://www.msbn.state.ms.us/ and Mississippi Department of Education educator licensure requirements http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure. New York pre-licensure and NP educational tracks Nursing Students need to be approved by the Board of Nursing. Nursing education and administration tracks do NOT need approval.
The Ohio Educator Standards Board does not approve the Master of Science in Education programs for K-12 licensure for students in their state in the following concentrations: Educator, School Leadership, and Catholic School Leadership. Students from Ohio should not enroll in these programs if they are seeking licensure.
Students from Ohio may enroll in the following Master of Science in Education programs in the following concentrations: Adult Education and Training and Health Care Educator. The focus of these two fine programs is directed at adult learners. Neither of these programs requires post-degree licensure.
Texas Applicants: In accordance with the State of Texas, the State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Rule 1.110-112, Saint Joseph's College is required to disclose to new students from Texas the following regarding Student Complaints:
A copy of the student grievance policy and appropriate forms may be obtained by contacting an Academic Advisor, or by mail at 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish, ME 04084. The link this policy can be found in the student handbook on pages 46-47: http://www.sjcme.edu/files/sjcme_files/docs/studenthandbk.pdf
Students should follow the Saint Joseph's College's complaint process before pursuing other paths.
The web address for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Student Complaints page with forms and a description of the compliant procedure can be found at:
State of Washington Applicants: Saint Joseph's College of Maine is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Saint Joseph's College of Maine to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
State Authorization for Distance Education Nursing Programs
The United States Department of Education (USDOE) published regulations in the Federal Register (Chapter 34, § 600.9(c)-October 29, 2010; page 116-117 http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-26531.pdf) that require all institutions of higher education to seek authorization in every state (and territory) in which they operate, physically or virtually, in order to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid.
Saint Joseph's College and the Department of Nursing have been and continue to make a good faith effort in pursuing state Board of Nursing authorizations. Additional information will be posted to this web site as more information becomes available. Due to the complexity of rules and regulations of some state boards of nursing, Saint Joseph's College is unable to accept new applications for admission to our distance education programs from students residing in: Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. We are actively seeking approval in New York. Some state boards of nursing require individual application and approval for clinical placements within their state, and those states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming. We regret the lack of opportunity to provide individuals with nursing education in those states and it is therefore our primary goal to meet the rules and regulation necessary to obtain approval in the future.