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Organizational Leadership

Whether you're trying to move up, discover a new direction, or re-energize your career, the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) on our St. Paul campus is a valuable investment. The program gives you practical tools and life-changing strategies that can make the difference between sticking with the status quo and taking the next step in your career. The leadership skills you gain will prepare you to take on more responsibilities, rise to higher management positions and achieve a broader view to help your organization succeed.

Effective, ethical and enduring leadership practices are woven into every organizational leadership master's course. You will gain business competencies and ground your leadership in collaboration, interpersonal connections and a holistic view of personal and professional growth. You'll identify your strengths as a leader and enhance your ability to make courageous and wise decisions that move your career and your organization forward.

Program Details

  • Format: Evening and weekend classes
  • Location: St. Paul campus
  • Credits: 42–48
  • Completion time: 3 years

What can I do with a Master's in Organizational Leadership?

St. Kate's master's in organizational leadership graduates are leading and influencing in business, nonprofit, government and other organizations such as:

  • 3M
  • American Cancer Society
  • AT&T
  • American Red Cross
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Catholic Charities
  • Honeywell
  • State of Minnesota
  • Prudential Insurance
  • Target Corporation
  • Wells Fargo

In our organizational leadership master's program, students bring a wealth of experience in for-profit and nonprofit fields. The variety of perspectives in our small, discussion-based classes vastly enhances the education you receive. Fellow students become friends, collaborators, and members of your professional network, and the MAOL Alumni Network offers channels to support your ongoing professional networking and lifelong learning.

How will I study?

St. Catherine’s MAOL degree consists of 42-48 credits, depending on the concentration you pursue, and can be completed in three years. Courses meet on an evening/weekend schedule, and combine online and face-to-face instruction in a hybrid learning format. Classes meet on our St. Paul, MN campus.

Your plan of study includes core courses and electives, and you will complete the degree with an action research project or thesis. Learning is hands-on and pragmatic, and you will apply new knowledge immediately to your career and your life. You’ll deepen your skills for critical analysis, leadership, decision-making and communication, guided by accomplished faculty and enhanced by fellow students from many fields who share their substantial experience.

The organizational leadership master's program curriculum integrates multicultural and global perspectives in every course. You will increase your intercultural competence and learn to influence an organization to make ethical decisions that affect people from all walks of life. The MAOL program also offers custom designed study-abroad options, with specific details and this year's offerings available from the Global Studies office.

Graduate certificates in organizational leadership are also available.

For returned Peace Corps volunteers who are interested in pursuing an MAOL degree, St. Catherine offers a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.

A dual-degree option with St. Catherine's MAOL and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs is available for bachelor's-prepared nurses.

Graduate leadership certificate programming is available at specific sponsoring companies:

  • Allina Health offers a Graduate Custom Certificate in Organizational Leadership for eligible employees on-site at Allina Health locations
  • Wells Fargo Bank offers a customized Graduate Leadership Program for eligible team members on-site at a Wells Fargo location

For information about joining the Allina or Wells Fargo cohorts for Fall 2019, contact Roshna Quddusi at or 612-257-1122.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019-20 academic year, the tuition rate for the 42–48 credit MAOL degree is $942 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs include fees for student services and technology, books, etc.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Another potential source of funding is tuition benefits from current employers.

Scholarship Opportunities

St. Catherine offers scholarship support for new students entering the MAOL program. Apply to start in F’19 or Sp’20 to be considered for up to $10,000 in scholarship funding:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Alumni
  • Diversity
  • Leadership

Scholarship funding is limited – priority consideration is given to individuals who complete the application process by the Fall/Spring application deadlines.

In addition, MAOL students employed by one of our corporate partners may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%

Organizational Leadership at St. Kate's

Organizational Leadership at St. Kate's

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MAOL Degree Requirements

MAOL Degree Requirements

The MAOL degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The MAOL program has specific admission requirements.



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