Saint Mary’s more than 60 academic programs empower you for success, whatever your path.

Best of all, we have flexible and accelerated pathways that create more options for you. Earn a bachelor’s degree while simultaneously taking graduate-level programs. And through our nearly 180-year partnership with Notre Dame, you can combine Saint Mary’s coursework with Notre Dame programs for a dual degree. Or, earn a master’s degree from Saint Mary’s or Notre Dame in five years or less. We call those a 3+1 or a 4+1, and we designed them to save you time and money.

Together, we’ll figure out where you want to go, get you there as fast as you’d like, and help you earn some truly impressive credentials.

Challenge Yourself

Try subjects you’ve never considered before. Make connections across disciplines. Our academics are about more than checking off classes on a standardized list. With small class sizes, opportunities for hands-on experiences, and a team of advisors invested in your success through our Avenue experience, Saint Mary’s empowers you to learn just how much you can do in a supportive environment where you belong.

Research Is Key

90% of graduates are employed full time, earning a graduate degree, or involved in other, full-time endeavors within a year of graduation

Be the principal investigator of your own research, working alongside your faculty mentor, with the opportunity to do the highest level of research (R1) at both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame. And through our new Office for Academic Research, Grants, and Sponsored Programs, students who want to dive deeper into research can access help identifying and applying for grants, publishing their research, and even strengthening their interviewing skills through practice sessions, all in one place.

  • Program Overview Academic Programs Select from more than 60 academic programs. And with the support of your advising team, there is plenty of time to choose your major, explore a minor, and still graduate in four years.
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  • Application requirements Accelerated Programs Explore all seven accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s degree programs offered at Saint Mary’s and through our partnership with Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
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  • Tuition and Fees Graduate Programs Master’s degrees from Saint Mary’s in the fields of healthcare, social work, and data science. Find out which one is right for you.
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Learning to Make a More Just World

We support you in developing the knowledge, skills, and values to grow as a whole person ready to lead productive dialogue and advocate for yourself and others. With the Avenue experience, we’ve made that a focus both in the classroom and out in the community. Students graduate from Saint Mary’s energized by difference and ready to respond to real-world challenges with a lens of equity and inclusion—because that is how our faculty teach and how our campus community learns through faith and service opportunities.

Mentorship for (Professional) Life

At Saint Mary’s, you'll start preparing you for life after graduation before the first day of classes. Meet with an advisor—one from a team hand-picked to support you—before stepping onto campus. These mentors, a mix of faculty and alumnae working in their chosen fields, walk alongside you as you explore your passions and career aspirations. Together, you’ll create a roadmap for your professional future. And with the support and benefits of our incredible 23,000-plus alumnae community, you will approach the start of your job search with confidence—and in good company!

Study Abroad

Dive into different cultures. Expand your thinking. Experience the global economy firsthand. A hallmark of your pathway at Saint Mary’s is the opportunity to study abroad. Our students learn math in Budapest and explore marine biology in Belize. They’re traveling to Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Whether you go for an academic semester or a full year, studying abroad will be a life-changing part of your education.

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Career Services for Life

The Career Crossing Office is a comprehensive place for you to explore your career, capitalize on the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired during your time at Saint Mary’s, and help transition you to your occupation.

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I like how confident I feel in class, having discussions with professors and classmates. – Briana Houpt '25