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 nursing programs at Saint Joseph’s College are 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 Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).

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).

The Master's in Health Administration program is accredited by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB), and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

What is the application deadline?

We offer a rolling admissions cycle, so you can apply anytime year-round. You can submit a free application via our application portal at Applications are reviewed once we receive all required application materials.

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. Have more questions you need answered before moving forward? You can always reach out to our Online Admissions team at 800-752-4723 or You can also schedule an appointment to talk with a counselor through our online scheduling service:

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 eligible students enrolled in an online degree program. Contact an admissions counselor today to learn more.

How do the online courses work?

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.

Will my degree say "Online" on it?

No, your degree will list out the degree that you earned from Saint Joseph's College of Maine. There is no distinction noted stating that the degree was completed online.