Graduate Studies

Take your career to the next level with a graduate degree from Saint Mary’s College. Whether you’re providing care to those in need or harnessing the power of data to make a difference in the world, a Saint Mary’s graduate program will refine your skills, deepen your knowledge, and prepare you to serve others. Our accredited graduate degrees provide sought-after experience to advance your current career or pursue new opportunities in the areas of health sciences and data. Our doctoral and master’s programs are distinguished in their respective fields, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

Graduate Studies Programs

Our graduate programs provide unique and valuable opportunities for academic and professional growth. This includes our Master of Social Work, which equips graduates for clinical roles in healthcare settings; our Doctor of Nursing Practice, which offers an optional emphasis in geriatric neuropsychiatry; and Indiana’s first and only direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing, which enables bachelor’s degree graduates to become RNs while earning a master’s degree.

Explore our graduate studies programs below to learn more.

  • Faculty Profiles Master of Science
    in Data Science
    In the Master of Science in Data Science program, students develop into professional practitioners with deep analytical skills, knowledge of data analytics, and the ability to communicate effectively and manage projects. Learn more
  • Tuition and Fees Master of Speech
    Language Pathology
    Our Master of Speech Language Pathology graduate program prepares you to be the practitioner who says “yes” to the difficult cases and is highly sought-after by employers. Learn more
  • Tuition and Fees Doctor of
    Nursing Practice
    The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares students to create better systems of care. With just 2–3 classes per term, you’ll emerge ready to devise solutions to contemporary healthcare needs. Learn more
  • Tuition and Fees Master of Science
    in Nursing
    The direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing allows students to enter a career in nursing in two years with a master’s-level education and get on the path to working in patient-centered care at an advanced level. Learn more
  • Tuition and Fees Master of
    Social Work
    Through our Clinical Master of Social Work graduate program, students have topical research opportunities, along with the full course and fieldwork necessary to obtain an MSW. You will graduate fully prepared for a professional career. Learn more
  • Master of Autism Studies Accelerated
    Earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years or less. Take graduate-level courses as an undergraduate and then complete your master’s coursework at either Saint Mary’s or Notre Dame, depending on your program. Learn more
  • Master of Autism Studies Geriatric
    Learn more about this certificate for Advance Practice Nurses.
    Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Certificate

Career Services for Life

At Saint Mary’s, you’ll receive personalized support from department directors, clinic coordinators, and field placement supervisors — but it doesn’t end there. Career Crossings, our career services office, offers lifetime services to students and alumni. We’ll help you leverage the skills and knowledge gained during your graduate studies program, guide your career transition, and support you throughout your entire career.

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At Saint Mary’s, a graduate degree is more than just a diploma or credentials. Your graduate studies experience combines top-level academics and a focus on innovative thinking and practices. Whether you’re pursuing a master’s degree or our DNP, you’ll have access to an intellectually stimulating community who will become peers for life.

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Student Experience Your Student Experience

Whether online or on campus, our graduate programs provide a well-rounded academic experience. You’ll learn from dedicated faculty and real-world practitioners, with small class sizes that foster meaningful interactions. In addition, on-campus students can build valuable research skills with the help of graduate program-specific librarians and library resources. And most programs are flexible, allowing you to balance coursework with other commitments — all in a collegial and friendly community.

Your Life in South Bend

Experience the best of all worlds — in a college town like no other. Downtown South Bend is just a quick bike ride away and offers a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. You’ll fall in love with our corner of northern Indiana and its proximity to anything you need. Great shopping, miles of beaches on Lake Michigan, arts, and entertainment. You can even hop on a nearby train for an easy day trip to Chicago.

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