Department of Equine Studies

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is the only equine program in Indiana to offer Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies. Additionally, SMWC is one of approximately 20 equestrian colleges in the U.S. to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in equine studies.

We, in the school of Equine Studies are committed to preparing you for entry into a rewarding career working with the animals you love.  Working with horses is a passion that we all share, and we invite you to visit us.

Examine our equine programs carefully, and consider your options. There are many ways to pursue your passion via a major or minor program of study, or as a member of our Equestrian Teams.  In every case, you'll find accessible and caring faculty that will ensure the quality of your learning experience.

Areas of Study

Equine Business Management BS
Equine Science Minor
Equine Studies BS, Minor, AS
Equine Training and Instruction BS

Equestrian Teams

We're proud to be a part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association; competing in both Western and English. Our team travels to about 20 shows per season and SMWC has often hosted regional horse shows.

Why equine at SMWC?

Small class sizes knowledgeable faculty allows SMWC to provide a wealth of quality one-on-one instruction.

We are a small college with big expectations and opportunities. Small class sizes provide a wealth of quality one-on-one instruction. Preparing you to lead and excel means maintaining high standards for the serious horsewoman. With a strong background in the liberal arts, the SMWC experience will help you prepare for profession in the equine industry.

Special Opportunities

International Study - students who are interested in studying abroad may travel to Ireland, where they will be hosted by the National Specialized Equestrian Training Center in Dublin. From there, they will be placed in a work-study situation which fits their particular interest in show jumping, breeding, eventing, racing, or fox hunting.

Equine Studies Admission Procedure

Students who wish to complete the Equine Studies program must meet the requirements of a multi-level assessment system which provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to formally assess candidates‟ capabilities as prospective equine majors and to support the candidates in becoming competent, caring professionals.

The first step in the process is completing your online application to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Read more about the admission procedures and gateways (PDF)