Is Saint Joseph's College accredited?
Yes. Saint Joseph's College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization. Accreditation
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 that 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 Nursing program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing Augusta, Maine, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Washington, D.C.
The Long-Term Care Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators.
When are applications due?
There is no specific due date for applications because we accept them
year round. Most courses for the majority of degree programs start on
the first day of every month, so the application can be completed
anytime. In addition, for most programs, you can actually enroll in your
first course at the same time you apply for admission. Although we accept applications year-round,
certain programs only review applications quarterly. Please call admissions with any further questions.
How do I apply?
The fastest and easiest way to apply for admission is to complete our online application.
It takes only a few minutes, and all of the information is transferred
safely and securely through our secure web site. An admissions counselor
will call you when we receive your online application. If you prefer, you can also contact an admissions counselor – by telephone at 800-752-4723 (toll-free) or 207-893-7841.
Prospective students may apply and enroll at any time during the
year.* Using your previous college credits, work experience and
professional training, you may be a lot closer to your degree than you
*Students in the Nursing, MBA, MAcc, MHA, and BSIT program may enroll only certain times of the year. View the course schedule.
Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?
No. It is not necessary to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) for any online
graduate program at Saint Joseph's College.
How much is tuition?
Saint Joseph's College offers a very competitive tuition rate.
We are a nonprofit college and work hard to keep tuition affordable for
all prospective students. We also offer an optional payment plan - link
to payment plan for added flexibility. Please call our admissions staff if
any questions arise about cost, tuition, fees, or employer reimbursement
plans. Military families can call to discuss Tuition Assistance and
Can I receive financial aid?
The college offers federal financial aid for students enrolled in an
online degree program. Eligible students who have schedules that will
allow them to complete courses on time, and who also plan to remain
enrolled without breaks, may find that federal aid is a good option.
Funding is available through both the Federal Stafford Loan and the
Federal Pell Grant (for undergraduates only). For students who desire a
more flexible financing option, please contact the Office of Financial
Aid for credit-based educational loans that can be used to meet tuition
and summer residency costs.
What are the formats of your courses?
Self-directed online learning – Our independent study model is
available 12 months of the year. You can begin your course on at the beginning
of every month, and complete assignments on your own schedule, usually
in a 15-week period. A typical course involves the completion of four to
six assignments submitted by e-mail and/or our Learning Management System, Brightspace, and some courses involve a
proctored final exam. While you work independently with the faculty
member to complete the course, most courses have online discussion
boards so you can interact with other students in the same course.
Cohort online learning – The cohort, or group, typically consists of
10-15 students who follow a specific published start-and-end date as
well as various assignments due over the 10-week course. The flexibility
of this format allows you to enter the virtual classroom at any time
during the week to best meet your individual schedule. A typical course
involves the completion of three to four assignments submitted by
e-mail, typically including a longer written assignment at the end of
the course. A key component of the course is an online discussion board
where you interact with other students and your instructor on a regular
Other formats – Several other course formats exist. Intensive
classroom instruction is offered for select courses during the Summer
Program. For specific corporate partners, link to partnership
traditional semester-length classroom instruction is offered on site,
such as a BSN program running at the Central Maine Medical Center School
How many credits can I transfer?
The online division values prior formal learning and career-based
experiences. The College follows the American Council on Education
guidelines in granting transfer credit.
Transfer credits may include: courses of study from accredited colleges
or universities with a grade of “C” or better, examinations through
CLEP, ACT/PEP and DANTES DSST programs (the maximum number of
undergraduate semester-hour credits which may be challenged and
transferred is 30); ACE/PONSI approved credit; ACE-approved military
training and experience credits.
Can I transfer credits I earned a long time ago?
Yes, in most cases, we can. However, there are
some exceptions that are determined during the transcript evaluation We will go as far back as your transfer credits take you, as
long as they are from a regionally accredited program of study. There is
no time frame for transfer of credit. You must have ‘C' or better for
undergraduate courses and ‘B' or better for graduate courses to
Are there accommodations for students with disabilities?
Saint Joseph's College of Maine is committed to providing equal
education opportunity and full participation for people with
disabilities. See ADA Accommodations for further information.