Develop a career in education leadership.

Unlock Your Career Potential

Creative, strategic leaders are valued team members in all organizations—colleges and universities, K–12 schools, public and private companies, and more.

The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program provides the educational foundation you need to build:

  • Educational strategies for learners of all ages
  • Management and leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of workplace settings to support and develop those around you
  • Communication, creativity, and personal coaching skills
  • Data analysis and research skills to improve organizations

Learning from industry practitioners and classroom peers, you’ll feel supported in your educational journey. When you graduate, you’ll be well-prepared to make a difference in the lives of others and have a direct impact on organizational objectives.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the M.A. in Educational Leadership program are expected to be able to do the following:

  • Innovative Leadership—Provide educational leadership through the use of leadership principles and technology applicable to educational organizations.
  • Communication and Collaboration—Communicate effectively to facilitate professional learning communities.
  • Curriculum and Instruction—Evaluate and design curriculum and instruction to ensure and enhance the growth of all learners, especially adults.
  • Today’s Diversity—Foster cultural competency by leveraging diversity to ensure growth of the educational organization.
  • Management—Manage a safe and effective learning environment utilizing creative supervisory principles and research-based management styles.
  • The Ethical Leader and the Law—Embrace ethical values to act with responsibility and accountability.
  • Assessment—Assess educational effectiveness by utilizing data-driven practices and technological strategies.
  • Educational Research—Examine ways to improve education through quality data collection and analysis.
  • Developing Self and Others—Empower and nurture employees through effective staff development principles and adult learning theories.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.A. in Educational Leadership degree in less than two years.
  • Classes start every eight weeks.


On-Campus or Blended Programs

Fully Online Programs

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404


This program is offered at our Twin Cities location and online.

Connect With Us

Michelle Dougherty, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Enrollment Counselor Graduate School of Education

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5122


Craig Sundberg, M.A.

M A in Educational Leadership - Program Director, Master of Arts in Instruction - Adjunct Program Instructor

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP110

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5143

Craig Sundberg M.A.
Julie Kirsch

Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Education

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5181

Michelle Wallin

Graduate School of Education - Coordinator

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5107

Michelle Wallin
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