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Develop as a Lasallian Educator

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Master of Arts in Lasallian Studies program is designed to enhance the effectiveness of students participating in contemporary society as Lasallian educators and instruments for social good in a global society.

The program is applicable to professionals in all forms of Lasallian ministries and combines class-based delivery with independent study, a summative paper, and presentation. The Lasallian core of the program includes participation in various Lasallian formation activities and completion of integration papers to qualify for academic credit.

Additionally, students may select from a variety of electives offered at Saint Mary's including Pastoral Ministries, Canon Law, Education, Lasallian Accompaniment, and Lasallian Studies. A required annual community-building event may include online group discussions, the Huether Lasallian Conference, or Minnesota campus gatherings.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.A. in Lasallian Studies degree in a little more than one year.
  • All coursework completed via independent study, tailored to student interests and background.  Contact us to learn more!

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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 online and via independent study.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Lasallian Studies Courses 5 cr.
Required Lasallian Foundations 18 cr.
Electives 9 cr.
Total 32 cr.

Required Lasallian Studies Courses: 5 cr.

LSS600 Graduate Writing and Research (3 cr.)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the Lasallian studies approach. The course prepares students for graduate study by providing an overview of independent learning, emphasizing academic writing and research, structuring the process of writing integration papers, and demonstrating the use of instructional technology.

LSS690 Summative Paper & Presentation (2 cr.)

In order to provide evidence of integrated learning and achievement of the program outcomes, students write a paper that applies the program of study to their Lasallian ministry. The form of this paper is varied and may include completing a research study, an application project, and/or another form of contribution to the Lasallian scholarship. This final work is presented to a group of peers and faculty, and formal dissemination is encouraged.

Required Lasallian Foundations: 18 cr.

LSSxxx Lasallian Foundations ( cr.)

Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 credits in Lasallian Foundations by earning credit for foundation courses in the M.A. in Lasallian Leadership program and/or by completing independent study courses. The independent study process involves students working with advisors to design learning activities that may include attendance at Christian Brothers Conference sponsored formation programs. The assessment of learning is accomplished through the completion of comprehensive integration papers. The Foundations credits must be from among the following areas (additional elective credits may also be earned in these areas):

Historical Foundations (minimum of 4 credits)
Pedagogy (minimum of 5 credits)
Spirituality (minimum of 5 credits)
Leadership (minimum of 4 credits)
Special Topics (no minimum)

Required Elective Courses: 9 cr.

LSSxxx Elective Choices ( cr.)

Saint Mary's University graduate courses are available in various programs such as the following:
Education, M.A. 
Counseling and Psychological Services, M.A. 

Independent study courses may be proposed to address areas of special interest for applying Lasallian foundations. Examples of these areas are Catholic social justice, child welfare, international collaborations, and human conflicts.

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Michelle Dougherty, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Assistant Director of Admission

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5122


Roxanne Eubank, Ed.D.

Institute for Lasallian Studies, Director and EdD in Leadership, Core Professor

Brother Louis Hall, BLH224

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5217

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