How Online Learning Works

Here's how Saint Joseph's online programs work.


When you contact us, our team of admissions counselors will help you choose the appropriate online program based on your individual goals.

  • You can easily apply online or over the phone with an admissions representative. The GRE or GMAT is not required for most graduate programs, although many online programs do have other specific admission requirements.
  • After your application is accepted, you can usually begin your course right away. Most courses begin every month. Shortly after you enroll in your course, you will receive a personal login so you can access your course materials through the Brightspace learning portal.
  • You will be assigned a dedicated academic advisor that will provide sound guidance on course content, administrative policies and procedures, and individual program requirements. He or she will be your personal advocate and will provide an important link to the faculty, administration and other college resources.
  • A typical course requires completion of a number of assignments submitted online, and interaction with your instructor and/or other students through the online learning portal. You will receive feedback and a grade from your instructor after each assignment is completed. 
  • Shortly before you complete your course), your advisor will assist you in selecting your next course so you can complete your entire program in a timely manner. Your advisor will help you determine a pace that is comfortable and realistic for your individual needs.
  • You will have online access to registration, the library (including numerous online databases for research), career services, the registrar's office, and the business office. You can also make tuition payments online. You have the same services that are available to students at our Maine campus - you simply have the flexibility and convenience of online access.
  • Once you complete your program of study online, we encourage you to visit us in Maine and participate in the annual commencement ceremony. Of course, you are welcome to visit at any time! Saint Joseph's online programs are flexible, affordable and are taught by experienced and qualified faculty. Contact us today to see how we can help you reach your goals.