Frequently Asked Questions for Online Admissions

Is Saint Joseph’s College accredited?

Yes. Saint Joseph’s College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization. Accreditation by the New England Commission indicates that the college meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Saint Joseph’s College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The Nursing program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing Augusta, Maine.

The Long-Term Care Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

What is the application deadline?

We offer a rolling admissions cycle, so you can apply anytime year-round. With the exception of the MSN programs, applications are reviewed once we receive all required application materials. MSN applications are reviewed quarterly in advance of each term. Please check with an admissions counselor for program-specific deadlines.

How do I apply?

You can apply for free by submitting our online application. An admissions counselor will follow up with you on any required application materials once you apply. You can always reach out to Online Admissions at 800-752-4723 or

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?

No, we do not require any admissions testing for our graduate programs.

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. We also offer a payment plan option for added flexibility.

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?

Our courses are delivered via a learning portal, Brightspace. They operate in an asynchronous format, meaning you will have set due dates for assignments in your courses, but are not required to be logged on at a particular time.* You can complete the coursework at times that are convenient for your schedule. Online students engage with their instructor and classmates through discussion boards and individual feedback from the instructor.

*Courses in the Master of Health Administration program include one live REEL session per week. A day and time that works for students is determined by the instructor each term.

How many credits can I transfer?

SJC values prior formal learning and career-based experiences. Bachelor’s degree students may transfer up to 90 credits for courses completed at an accredited college/university with a grade of “C” or better. We also accept transfer credit by examination through CLEP, ACE, and DANTES DSST programs. Master’s degree students may transfer up to 6 credits for courses completed at an accredited college/university with a grade of “B” or better.

Can I transfer credits I earned a long time ago?

Yes, in most cases. During the transfer credit evaluation process, we will review as far back as your credits take you, with few exceptions.

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.