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.


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

DEADLINES
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.


PERSONAL STATEMENT
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 graduateadmission@stkate.edu with “MAOL Personal Statement” in the subject line. Please include your full name at the top of the statement.

RESUME
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 graduateadmission@stkate.edu. Please enter “MAOL Résumé” in the subject line. Handwritten resumes will not be accepted.

RECOMMENDATIONS
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.

TRANSCRIPTS
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 (graduateadmission@stkate.edu); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

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 evaluation from World Education Services, 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 MATERIALS
Submit all application materials to:

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

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


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Supplement, in addition to the MAOL program application. There is no additional application fee.

We welcome international applicants for graduate study at St. Catherine University. Please review the information below regarding additional application materials that may be required for international applicants.

DEADLINES
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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPLEMENT
All international applicants for graduate study must complete the International Student Supplement: Graduate Application for Admission 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. The International Student Supplement includes the required Certification of Finances form.

Applicants for the following programs must submit the International Student Supplement, but do not need to complete the Certificate of Finances section of the form:

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

EDUCATIONAL DOCUMENTATION
All applicants for graduate study must provide proof of graduation from a post-secondary institution, with records of coursework completed and grades/levels achieved. All documents must be original or certified photocopies. Any document in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official English translation completed by a certified, professional translator.

Transcripts of work completed in the United States must be mailed directly from the U.S. institution to the Office of Graduate Admission (see address below)

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the U.S. must submit an official evaluation of foreign credentials by World Education Services. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
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.

SUBMITTING MATERIALS
Please submit the International Student Supplement to the Office of Graduate Admission (review your program-specific 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
Email: graduateadmission@stkate.edu
Phone: 651.690.6933


begin online application

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.).

contact an admission counselor