Application Instructions For

organizational leadership

Our graduate programs are open to women and men. Please review the program eligibility requirements and application instructions prior to starting the graduate application process.

eligibility and prerequisite requirements

Before beginning the application process, review the pre-application requirements for this program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Baccalaureate degree
A completed bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).

Grade point average
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. 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.

Work experience
A minimum of two years of professional work experience.

Application fee

Submit a $35 non-refundable application fee. Make check or money order payable to St. Catherine University. This fee is waived for students who:

  • Previously enrolled at the University (completed at least one course at either the undergraduate or graduate level)
  • Previously attended a graduate information session within the past five years
  • Previously completed an individual appointment with graduate faculty/staff within the past five years
  • Are applying for the Coverdell Fellows Program (restricted to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers)

If one or more of the above statements applies to you:

  • If submitting a paper application: do not include payment with your application form.
  • If submitting an online application: choose the waiver option when asked for a form of payment.

Please note that your application fee will not be refunded if you submit the payment but are eligible for a fee waiver.

Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.

For individuals eligible for custom graduate leadership certificate programming:

  • Allina Health Graduate Custom Certificate in Organizational Leadership (offered on-site at Allina Health locations)
  • Ecumen Graduate Custom Certificate in Organizational Leadership (offered on-site at an Ecumen location)
  • Wells Fargo Bank Graduate Leadership Program (offered on-site at a Wells Fargo location)

contact Val Krech at for application materials and instructions.

The MAOL application priority deadlines are August 1 (Fall) and January 1 (Spring). Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 enrollment.

Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in organizational leadership.

Do not exceed one typed, double-spaced page for each question. Handwritten statements will not be accepted. Please address the following questions in your essay:

  1. What do you see as the critical issues with which organizational leaders should be concerned, now and in the next decade? Explain.
  2. What are your professional goals? How would the MAOL degree program help you to achieve your professional and personal goals? Be specific.
  3. What particular personal strengths do you bring to the program? What limitations do you perceive you have? How have both been demonstrated?

Personal statements should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed above. Applicants who wish to submit their statement via e-mail should send the completed attachment to with “MAOL Personal Statement” in the subject line. Please include your full name at the top of the statement.

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.

Résumés may also be sent as an e-mail attachment to Please enter “MAOL Résumé” in the subject line. Handwritten resumes will not be accepted.

Two MAOL 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 submit both a form and an accompanying statement in order for the recommendation to be considered complete.

These are confidential recommendations and must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed below. Original documents must be sent to our office. Applicants who wish to view a copy of the completed recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.

To access this form as an interactive pdf, please use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome:

Download the recommendation form.

Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned.

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. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (; electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

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.

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), as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.

Submit all application materials to:

St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission, Mail Stop #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.


Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Supplement and Certification of Finances, in addition to the graduate program application. There is no additional application fee required.

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 immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.

All international applicants for graduate study must complete the International Student Supplement in addition to applying directly to the graduate program.

The U.S. government requires international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue forms necessary to obtain a visa. International applicants must submit a Certification of Finances form, with the exception of the following programs:

  • Education: For Licensed Teachers (MAED in Curriculum & Instruction, Technology Integration, STEM)
  • Health Informatics (MHI)
  • Interpreting Studies (MAISCE)
  • Montessori: AM2 (MAED)
  • Occupational Therapy: Post-professional (OTD)

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.

Please submit the International Student Supplement and Certification of Finances forms to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.

St. Catherine University
Office of Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Telephone: 651.690.6933

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questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

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