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Purchasing Agents

Purchasing agents buy items and services for use by their own firm or organization such as finished products, parts and raw materials for manufacturing. They make sure the company has the goods and services it requires to operate efficiently.

When making purchases, balancing quality with cost is a major consideration. They perform extensive research in order to locate the best deals for their company. Purchasing agents consider various factors such as price, quality, technical support, availability and reliability when choosing goods and suppliers. Choosing the best suppliers is one of the most important elements of a purchasing specialist's job.

Purchasing agents that are employed by small companies sometimes purchase all the goods for the company. Large companies employ numerous purchasing agents and each agent specializes in specific types of parts or raw materials.

The timing of purchases is an important part of the job. If a manufacturing company runs out of raw materials or parts the production delays can be very costly. Purchasing specialists coordinate their company's production schedule with the suppliers schedules.

Responsibilities

  • Select and order goods and services
  • Prepare purchase orders
  • Stay current with prices and market trends
  • Negotiate prices and discount terms
  • Monitor shipments to make sure goods arrive on time and resolve problems regarding undelivered goods
  • Evaluate suppliers
  • Work with expediters who take care of a lot of the paperwork, arrange for shipping and perform other tasks
  • Attend trade shows
  • Authorize payment of invoices
  • Analyze pricing proposals

Job Characteristics

Purchasing professionals sometimes attend meetings, trade shows and conferences to meet with suppliers and stay current with the latest industry trends. They also visit suppliers' plants and distribution facilities to evaluate their capabilities.

Purchasing agents should be proficient with spreadsheets and word processing. Purchasing specialists need the ability to evaluate the technical data included in suppliers' proposals. They should be skilled at performing financial analysis. They also need good planning, mathematical and communication skills.

Employment Outlook

Employment of purchasing agents has been projected to grow by 14 percent from 2008 to 2018 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2008 the median annual earnings for purchasing agents was $53,940. The highest paid 10 percent earned more than $88,790.

Experienced purchasing agents may move up to assistant purchasing manager, purchasing manager, supply manager and director of materials management positions. Typically, a graduate degree in business is helpful in acquiring a higher level position.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most companies prefer applicants that have earned a bachelor's degree. Some employers seek those with a master's degree in business administration. New purchasing agents usually are provided with extensive on-the-job training.

Many manufacturing companies emphasize formal training and seek applicants that have a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in business, engineering, economics or one of the applied sciences. A master's degree is required for many high level purchasing manager positions.

Beyond education requirements, purchasing agents need to learn about the specifics of the company's business. Purchasing agents also need to be knowledgeable about various software packages and the Internet. Purchasing specialists typically have training periods which last from one to five years.

Many purchasing specialists and purchasing managers attend seminars provided by professional societies and take college courses in supply management. There are several recognized credentials available to purchasing agents and purchasing managers. The American Purchasing Society and the Institute for Supply Management offer certification.

Resources

Major Employers

The major employers are private industry, the government, hospitals and schools.

Schools for Purchasing Agents are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Purchasing Agents

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Purchasing Agents jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 2210 $77,750
Hoover 1210 $55,620
Birmingham 1210 $55,620
Montgomery 490 $58,610
Mobile 420 $60,930
Tuscaloosa 190 $54,270
Decatur 130 $60,850
Oxford 100 $56,140
Jacksonville 100 $56,140
Anniston 100 $56,140
Dothan 90 $44,140
Opelika 90 $49,710
Auburn 90 $49,710
Muscle Shoals 80 $53,710
Florence 80 $53,710
Fairhope 70 $61,600
Foley 70 $61,600
Daphne 70 $61,600
Gadsden -2222 $46,200
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 390 $74,750
Fairbanks 60 $70,370
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 3590 $62,500
Phoenix 3590 $62,500
Scottsdale 3590 $62,500
Tucson 740 $67,480
Flagstaff 130 $56,180
Yuma 130 $65,170
Sierra Vista 120 $75,850
Douglas 120 $75,850
Kingman 70 $47,930
Lake Havasu City 70 $47,930
Prescott 60 $53,350
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 470 $51,270
North Little Rock 470 $51,270
Little Rock 470 $51,270
Jonesboro 70 $43,110
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 12790 $67,710
Anaheim 12790 $67,710
Long Beach 12790 $67,710
San Francisco 4570 $78,010
Oakland 4570 $78,010
Hayward 4570 $78,010
Santa Clara 4400 $78,130
Sunnyvale 4400 $78,130
San Jose 4400 $78,130
Carlsbad 3880 $71,230
San Diego 3880 $71,230
Riverside 2180 $56,340
San Bernardino 2180 $56,340
Ontario 2180 $56,340
Arden 1440 $73,190
Arcade 1440 $73,190
Roseville 1440 $73,190
Sacramento 1440 $73,190
Thousand Oaks 600 $60,900
Ventura 600 $60,900
Oxnard 600 $60,900
Fresno 390 $52,190
Santa Maria 380 $75,500
Santa Barbara 380 $75,500
Bakersfield 380 $77,970
Santa Rosa 340 $64,440
Lodi 280 $59,900
Stockton 280 $59,900
Modesto 250 $58,580
Vallejo 240 $70,850
Fairfield 240 $70,850
Salinas 170 $61,170
Arroyo Grande 150 $61,440
San Luis Obispo 150 $61,440
Paso Robles 150 $61,440
Watsonville 140 $54,960
Santa Cruz 140 $54,960
Porterville 120 $53,490
Visalia 120 $53,490
Merced 100 $58,530
Napa 80 $73,100
El Centro 70 $60,330
Yuba City 60 $40,730
Chico 60 $49,880
Redding 50 $64,480
Madera 40 $51,080
Hanford 40 $58,850
Corcoran 40 $58,850
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 3620 $68,350
Denver 3620 $68,350
Lakewood 3620 $68,350
Colorado Springs 920 $71,130
Boulder 480 $69,520
Fort Collins 360 $64,440
Greeley 220 $58,590
Grand Junction 90 $50,810
Pueblo 80 $53,890
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 1470 $72,940
West Hartford 1470 $72,940
Hartford 1470 $72,940
Stamford 1160 $64,850
Norwalk 1160 $64,850
Bridgeport 1160 $64,850
New Haven 510 $63,790
Danbury 240 $58,400
Waterbury 100 $58,530
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 80 $56,110
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 4960 $55,920
West Palm Beach 4960 $55,920
Fort Lauderdale 4960 $55,920
Tampa 2610 $54,760
Clearwater 2610 $54,760
St. Petersburg 2610 $54,760
Kissimmee 2490 $58,710
Orlando 2490 $58,710
Sanford 2490 $58,710
Jacksonville 1210 $60,150
Titusville 760 $62,000
Palm Bay 760 $62,000
Melbourne 760 $62,000
North Port 460 $52,960
Bradenton 460 $52,960
Sarasota 460 $52,960
Crestview 390 $76,190
Destin 390 $76,190
Fort Walton Beach 390 $76,190
Winter Haven 350 $53,320
Lakeland 350 $53,320
Fort Myers 330 $49,040
Cape Coral 330 $49,040
Tallahassee 270 $48,650
Gainesville 240 $48,980
Brent 240 $56,600
Ferry Pass 240 $56,600
Pensacola 240 $56,600
Daytona Beach 220 $50,950
Ormond Beach 220 $50,950
Deltona 220 $50,950
Ocala 180 $46,420
Port St. Lucie 180 $47,490
Panama City 170 $74,850
Marco Island 130 $55,370
Naples 130 $55,370
Immokalee 130 $55,370
Sebastian 50 $46,970
Vero Beach 50 $46,970
Homosassa Springs 40 $49,920
The Villages 40 $51,820
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 5150 $62,210
Sandy Springs 5150 $62,210
Atlanta 5150 $62,210
Warner Robins 470 $75,650
Savannah 280 $64,810
Macon 150 $48,410
Dalton 140 $46,590
Athens 130 $60,080
Clarke County 130 $60,080
Gainesville 110 $54,510
Albany 90 $70,210
Valdosta 60 $55,930
Brunswick 50 $71,110
Rome 40 $55,150
Hinesville 40 $65,170
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 910 $62,550
Lahaina 60 $54,330
Wailuku 60 $54,330
Kahului 60 $54,330
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 620 $52,400
Idaho Falls 150 $59,240
Coeur d'Alene 100 $47,350
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 600 $81,390
Rockford 290 $56,150
Bloomington 280 $72,320
Springfield 120 $69,380
Champaign 110 $63,900
Urbana 110 $63,900
Decatur 50 $67,600
Danville 30 $45,760
Kankakee 30 $50,160
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 1870 $54,240
Anderson 1870 $54,240
Carmel 1870 $54,240
Goshen 620 $56,210
Elkhart 620 $56,210
Fort Wayne 410 $55,500
Columbus 160 $50,590
West Lafayette 140 $53,660
Lafayette 140 $53,660
Terre Haute 110 $52,240
Bloomington 100 $56,100
Muncie 80 $48,430
La Porte 80 $53,390
Michigan City 80 $53,390
Kokomo 30 $46,610
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 510 $57,840
Des Moines 510 $57,840
Cedar Rapids 440 $63,510
Iowa City 150 $59,430
Cedar Falls 110 $51,590
Waterloo 110 $51,590
Dubuque 80 $50,050
Ames 80 $57,490
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 1160 $62,640
Topeka 160 $54,170
Lawrence 80 $66,010
Manhattan 40 $60,220
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 480 $52,430
Lexington 480 $52,430
Fort Knox 150 $55,510
Elizabethtown 150 $55,510
Owensboro 60 $50,730
Bowling Green -2222 $56,110
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 760 $57,000
New Orleans 660 $53,920
Metairie 660 $53,920
Lafayette 290 $46,530
Houma 260 $49,660
Thibodaux 260 $49,660
Lake Charles 170 $52,750
Bossier City 170 $58,410
Shreveport 170 $58,410
Monroe 80 $56,330
Alexandria 60 $62,010
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 270 $57,600
Portland 270 $57,600
Auburn 60 $48,440
Lewiston 60 $48,440
Bangor -2222 $49,920
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 3120 $72,330
Towson 3120 $72,330
Columbia 3120 $72,330
Lexington Park 530 $87,830
California 530 $87,830
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 80 $62,060
Barnstable Town 70 $61,670
Pittsfield 70 $69,220
Gardner 50 $64,870
Leominster 50 $64,870
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 6690 $71,540
Detroit 6690 $71,540
Warren 6690 $71,540
Grand Rapids 1290 $56,380
Wyoming 1290 $56,380
Ann Arbor 730 $61,310
Kalamazoo 370 $52,780
Portage 370 $52,780
Lansing 350 $61,630
East Lansing 350 $61,630
Benton Harbor 260 $78,770
Niles 260 $78,770
Flint 230 $61,570
Saginaw 170 $45,410
Jackson 150 $59,980
Battle Creek 130 $72,750
Monroe 120 $77,760
Muskegon 100 $56,550
Midland 90 $50,080
Bay City 40 $50,140
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 150 $52,580
St. Cloud 150 $56,420
Mankato 70 $56,950
North Mankato 70 $56,950
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 460 $51,270
Pascagoula 380 $67,630
Biloxi 380 $67,630
Gulfport 380 $67,630
Hattiesburg 40 $50,110
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 230 $43,390
Jefferson City 190 $47,100
Columbia 80 $52,610
Joplin 70 $47,620
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 120 $51,700
Missoula 70 $46,810
Great Falls 70 $53,530
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 330 $54,880
Grand Island 30 $47,540
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1380 $50,690
Henderson 1380 $50,690
Las Vegas 1380 $50,690
Reno 280 $60,010
Carson City 40 $59,830
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 220 $62,830
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 540 $75,050
Hammonton 130 $65,500
Atlantic City 130 $65,500
Bridgeton 60 $68,500
Vineland 60 $68,500
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 930 $63,970
Santa Fe 170 $47,080
Las Cruces 110 $56,930
Farmington 80 $59,020
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 1160 $61,840
Cheektowaga 1060 $57,480
Buffalo 1060 $57,480
Niagara Falls 1060 $57,480
Schenectady 800 $60,830
Albany 800 $60,830
Troy 800 $60,830
Syracuse 570 $62,380
Utica 250 $59,970
Rome 250 $59,970
Binghamton 200 $55,490
Ithaca 100 $65,900
Kingston 80 $48,890
Elmira 70 $59,570
Glens Falls 70 $59,960
Fort Drum 60 $50,610
Watertown 60 $50,610
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1270 $66,230
Chapel Hill 870 $63,880
Durham 870 $63,880
High Point 790 $55,460
Greensboro 790 $55,460
Salem 450 $58,900
Winston 450 $58,900
Asheville 350 $49,350
Morganton 340 $48,070
Hickory 340 $48,070
Lenoir 340 $48,070
Fayetteville 220 $63,130
Wilmington 140 $61,800
Goldsboro 90 $52,200
Burlington 80 $53,330
Greenville 80 $53,670
Jacksonville 80 $56,630
New Bern 80 $60,690
Rocky Mount 70 $54,320
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 100 $75,040
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 2830 $66,560
Elyria 2290 $61,210
Cleveland 2290 $61,210
Dayton 1960 $77,170
Akron 750 $60,640
Toledo 450 $52,710
Canton 270 $50,890
Massillon 270 $50,890
Springfield 200 $52,730
Mansfield 90 $63,350
Lima 70 $71,030
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1620 $62,370
Tulsa 1110 $56,290
Lawton 70 $55,730
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 330 $61,770
Eugene 170 $47,630
Medford 120 $51,110
Redmond 80 $57,510
Bend 80 $57,510
Corvallis 80 $82,120
Albany 60 $47,290
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 2700 $58,580
Harrisburg 770 $60,990
Carlisle 770 $60,990
York 550 $61,250
Hanover 550 $61,250
Lancaster 450 $56,790
Reading 400 $57,330
Barre 390 $52,640
Hazleton 390 $52,640
Wilkes 390 $52,640
Scranton 390 $52,640
Erie 280 $55,660
Waynesboro 180 $55,370
Chambersburg 180 $55,370
State College 150 $58,860
Berwick 110 $50,400
Bloomsburg 110 $50,400
Lebanon 100 $53,030
Williamsport 90 $50,040
Altoona 90 $53,860
East Stroudsburg 80 $62,130
Johnstown 70 $48,250
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
San Juan 1500 $31,840
Carolina 1500 $31,840
Caguas 1500 $31,840
Isabela 200 $40,410
Aguadilla 200 $40,410
Ponce 100 $28,400
Mayag�ez 50 $22,190
Arecibo 50 $37,650
Guayama 30 $47,170
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 750 $48,340
North Charleston 670 $63,210
Charleston 670 $63,210
Mauldin 640 $61,300
Anderson 640 $61,300
Greenville 640 $61,300
Spartanburg 180 $57,040
Florence 140 $52,850
Sumter 60 $56,450
Bluffton 50 $64,380
Hilton Head Island 50 $64,380
Beaufort 50 $64,380
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 250 $55,910
Rapid City 120 $58,720
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1070 $55,150
Franklin 1070 $55,150
Davidson 1070 $55,150
Nashville 1070 $55,150
Knoxville 480 $56,080
Johnson City 90 $42,810
Jackson 60 $50,430
Cleveland 60 $61,070
Morristown 40 $39,100
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 9150 $69,450
The Woodlands 9150 $69,450
Houston 9150 $69,450
Dallas 7940 $65,180
Fort Worth 7940 $65,180
Arlington 7940 $65,180
San Antonio 2590 $71,020
New Braunfels 2590 $71,020
Austin 2120 $61,150
Round Rock 2120 $61,150
Corpus Christi 470 $61,220
El Paso 410 $49,310
Port Arthur 370 $55,720
Beaumont 370 $55,720
Waco 350 $46,900
Temple 330 $63,370
Killeen 330 $63,370
Mission 220 $45,770
Edinburg 220 $45,770
McAllen 220 $45,770
Midland 190 $73,740
Bryan 180 $50,940
College Station 180 $50,940
Amarillo 180 $58,810
Longview 170 $50,730
Harlingen 160 $47,130
Brownsville 160 $47,130
Odessa 160 $63,420
Lubbock 150 $47,940
Laredo 100 $37,680
Wichita Falls 100 $46,700
Tyler 100 $48,420
San Angelo 70 $48,970
Abilene 70 $55,920
Sherman 70 $60,060
Denison 70 $60,060
Victoria 60 $62,800
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1190 $58,160
Clearfield 830 $77,230
Ogden 830 $77,230
Orem 250 $52,920
Provo 250 $52,920
St. George 70 $44,020
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 280 $59,340
Burlington 280 $59,340
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 2460 $68,930
Roanoke 300 $47,580
Lynchburg 260 $59,920
Charlottesville 230 $63,320
Blacksburg 160 $57,680
Christiansburg 160 $57,680
Radford 160 $57,680
Staunton 90 $47,430
Waynesboro 90 $47,430
Harrisonburg 90 $49,620
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 8750 $72,060
Tacoma 8750 $72,060
Seattle 8750 $72,060
Spokane Valley 700 $53,960
Spokane 700 $53,960
Kennewick 410 $76,480
Richland 410 $76,480
Bremerton 250 $72,380
Silverdale 250 $72,380
Olympia 240 $56,320
Tumwater 240 $56,320
Bellingham 150 $51,480
Yakima 140 $45,030
Wenatchee 100 $49,590
Mount Vernon 100 $56,250
Anacortes 100 $56,250
Longview 80 $63,040
Walla Walla 60 $69,120
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Vienna 100 $61,230
Parkersburg 100 $61,230
Charleston 80 $47,250
Beckley 50 $52,230
Morgantown 50 $71,020
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 2370 $55,630
Waukesha 2370 $55,630
Milwaukee 2370 $55,630
Madison 880 $56,470
Green Bay 480 $49,550
Neenah 340 $53,470
Oshkosh 340 $53,470
Appleton 270 $51,380
Eau Claire 210 $47,020
Wausau 190 $50,520
Beloit 180 $56,710
Janesville 180 $56,710
Sheboygan 180 $60,040
Racine 150 $51,470
Fond du Lac 110 $63,460
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 80 $57,400
Casper 50 $54,130

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Purchasing Agents

To find out more about building a career as Purchasing Agents, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Purchasing Agents

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 44,090 15% $64,730
Professional And Technical Services 24,300 8% $59,450
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 19,810 6% $59,010
Electronics And Computer 19,100 6% $57,350
Business Management 16,730 5% $58,420
Machinery 14,020 4% $49,650
Durable Goods Wholesale 12,710 4% $49,350
Metal Products 11,320 3% $48,960
Hospital 8,290 2% $44,650
Construction Trades 7,670 2% $47,630
Office Services And Staffing 7,630 2% $49,640
Education 6,480 2% $49,240
Chemicals 6,370 2% $55,220
Construction 6,340 2% $51,540
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 4,930 1% $51,150
Electrical Appliance 4,490 1% $50,930
Telecommunications 4,480 1% $64,390
Plastics And Rubber 3,990 1% $47,590
Utilities 3,450 1% $61,700
Food 3,220 1% $50,910
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  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
Programs
  • MBA Enterprise Risk Management Concentration
  • MBA Marketing and Advertising Concentration
  • MBA Human Resources Management Concentration

Grow Your Career with the University of Saint Mary

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic institution in Leavenworth, Kansas, that has been educating students since 1923. Guided by the vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, USM seeks to inspire students and to prepare them for value-centered lives and careers that will benefit our global society.

Programs
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Logistics Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Associate of Arts in Business - Agribusiness
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
  • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
  • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Accelerated MBA

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

Saint Mary's University's long history of innovation in education continues with the launch of our new iPad® application, allowing for learning on the go. Our commitment to our Lasallian Catholic tradition of continuous learning, ethics and advancing the common good also endures.

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