We welcome your application for the St. Catherine University MAOL. St. Kate’s has a streamlined admission process – no application fee, no GRE test – to accelerate your MAOL onboarding. If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact your admission counselor. They’re here to help!
Timelines and deadlines
Apply anytime to start in Fall (September) or Spring (late January/February) semester. Priority application deadlines are August 1 (fall) and December 15 (spring), but applications will be reviewed after priority deadlines as long as spaces are available. For best consideration for scholarships, we recommend applying before the priority deadline.
We are now accepting applications to start in Fall 2023.
To be considered for admission to the MAOL or Organizational Leadership certificate programs, applicants must meet the following requirements:
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
A minimum of two years of professional work experience.
St. Kate's admits MAOL students based on a holistic review of their admission file, taking into consideration all aspects of applicants' past accomplishments and future goals to assess the ability to succeed in the program. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale is preferred, but not required. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement should be submitted that addresses any factors that influenced previous academic performance, and how the applicant plans to ensure future academic success. If you are unsure of your cumulative GPA, please use these instructions guide to help you determine if an explanatory statement is necessary.
Please review all application instructions.
Step 1: Submit your online application form
Submit your free, online application as soon as possible. There is no need to submit your personal essay or other items required for your admission file at the same time.
When you submit your online application, you will get access to a secure Application Status portal to check the progress of your admission file, upload any supporting documents (instructions for accessing the status page were emailed at the time you submitted the application). If you are unable to upload electronic documents to your Application Status page, you may send items as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can access the portal at any time to check on the progress of your application file and see what required items have been received.
Step 2: Order transcripts
To review your admission file, we'll need transcripts from the college or university from which you earned your bachelor's degree and, if applicable, graduate degree. St. Kate's will review your admission file and make offers of acceptance using unofficial transcripts uploaded by you to your St. Kate's admission portal. However, official transcripts sent directly from your bachelor's and graduate (if applicable) degree-granting institutions are required, and must be received before registration for courses is allowed.
All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to email@example.com.
To be considered official, electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing college or university to St. Kate's (at firstname.lastname@example.org). Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University (see address below).
Step 3: Request recommendations
Two recommendations are required for Organizational Leadership degree-seeking applicants (one recommendation required for certificate applicants, preferably from their current supervisor).
Recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable. References must complete both the checklist and the accompanying statement sections of the form.
A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.
Step 4: Submit a résumé
Degree-seeking applicants only: Submit a current résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences. You should have the leadership/followership experience and commitment that would typically be demonstrated by two or more years of professional work.
If you have already submitted the application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).
If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to email@example.com with “MAOL Résumé” in the subject line.
Step 5: Submit an admissions essay
Prepare an admissions essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a graduate program in organizational leadership. Do not exceed one typed, double spaced page when addressing the following:
What are your professional goals? How would the MAOL degree/Custom Certificate program help you to achieve your professional and personal goals? Be specific.
If you have already submitted the application form, you may upload your admissions essay via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the statement.
If you wish to submit the admissions essay prior to the application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MAOL Admissions Essay” in the subject line.
Step 6 (if needed): Submit an explanatory statement
Explanatory Statement: If you are an applicant who does not meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement, please include an explanation of factors that affected previous academic performance, as well as your plan to ensure academic success in a graduate program. This statement should be limited to 400 words and may be included in your admissions essay document as a separate section/page.
Additional steps for some applicants:
TOEFL/IELTS Scores: Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System(IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.
Credential Evaluation: Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES) or SpanTran. Original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English must also be included. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.
Interview: Applicants may be contacted for a personal interview with a member of the Admission Committee.
Once you’ve submitted the online application, you will have access to your Application Status page to upload any supporting documents (instructions for accessing the status page were emailed at the time you submitted the application). If you are unable to upload electronic documents to your Application Status page, you may send items as an attachment via email to email@example.com. Paper documents may be mailed to:
St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.
The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
PLEASE NOTE: Our MAOL program is fully online. Therefore, we are not able to issue a student visa or federal financial aid to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International applicants who are able to fully fund their education with outside funds and do not need a student visa are welcome to apply.
Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.
Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.
International Student Forms
International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the application form.
Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.
Questions about the application process?
Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. –5 p.m.).