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Program Policies

While the university recognizes the diverse responsibilities of adult learners, students are expected to attend all classes. Students must consult the course syllabus for the specific attendance policy of each course. Canceled classes will be rescheduled.

Students are expected to notify instructors of a pending absence prior to the class meeting. The student must contact the instructor to receive make-up work to compensate for the learning experiences missed. The instructors may assign make-up work and evaluate its completion. Failure to contact the instructor and complete make-up assignments may impact the student’s final course grade as indicated in the course syllabus.

Students should not register for a course for which they will be absent. This includes time when the student will be late for class or time when the student will leave early. Please also note the university withdrawal policy.

Course Drop/Withdrawal Policy

Course Confirmation

Consult the GPDE Course Catalog for the most current course updates.

A welcome letter and course syllabus will be emailed to all participants about a week before the start of each class.

Library and Information Resources

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs uses a variety of information resources. A key element in the university’s educational philosophy is the facilitation of individual approaches to learning with an emphasis on addressing the needs of adult students. The research skills of critical reading, analysis, investigation, and both written and verbal communication are emphasized in all university programs. In order to develop these skills and to make available information resources, the campus offers a multifaceted approach to information retrieval.

GPDE students have access to SuperSearch through the GPDE website. Once registered for a course, students should log in with their SMU Student Portal log in information.  Students may also discuss other available resources with their course instructor.

Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) Handbook

Saint Mary’s University retains the right to change any policies at any time. Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs Student Handbook Included in the handbook are SGPP Academic Policies, Registration & Tuition Policies and University Conduct Policies


For GPDE courses, students can purchase books from any convenient location, such as Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

Instructors expect that students purchase books (when required) prior to the first day of class. Required books are listed on the GPDE website and can be found when selecting the course number and section.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for most GPDE courses is $275 per graduate credit. Some courses do include an additional fee to cover course materials beyond the resources normally provided.

Non-degree seeking learners will receive a tuition billing statement after the 1st of the month. Tuition is due on or before the 15th of the following month the course starts. Those enrolled in a degree seeking program will access their billing statement through the Student Portal. 

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees


The grade in a course represents the degree to which the student learning objectives have been demonstrated by the student. Factors other than those in the student learning objectives and/or about which instruction has not been provided as part of the course may not be considered in the calculation of the grade. Academic and professional performance issues that are not in the course objectives may be communicated to the students through means other than the course grade. Instructors assign letter grades based on student performance. The manner of grading for each course, including the means by which final grades will be determined, is documented in each course syllabus. Pluses and minuses are not part of the official grading system and are not figured into a student’s grade point average. See the Academic Policies Students receiving a NC, X or W grade may still be liable for paying tuition, and these grades may affect your GPA. Please see the Tuition Refund Policy You can now order transcripts online through the National Student Clearinghouse, a secure and confidential website. Transcripts can be sent directly to you or a third party by US mail or electronically through a secure PDF. Each transcript is $3.00, payable by credit or debit card. Additional features of online ordering include order tracking, updates, and transcript request history. On the Student Clearinghouse site, click on the “Order-Track-Verify” tab to begin. Choose Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as your school. Click Submit. Go to the bottom of this page, and click START. Follow the prompts.

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