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M.A. in Education

Because of you, students will be heard, seen, and inspired.

Reignite your passion as a teacher with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s  MAED program. Enroll in our fully online program to develop the skills to meet the challenges of today’s classrooms and tomorrow’s learning environments. Now is the time to advance your career and discover how to give every student the best learning opportunities. 

By combining educational theory and research, our program guides you in maximizing your current educational practices. You’ll be taught by educators and practitioners, providing real-world insights, research-based teaching techniques, and ethical principles to integrate into your classroom immediately.

With four content specialization options, you’ll learn how to improve curriculum, expand your perspective on reaching culturally diverse students, or better understand students’ social and emotional issues. Plus, as one of the four options, you can apply Educate-WI credits to our program  through our partnership with Educate-WI.

Here, our reputation for educating teachers sets us apart. At Saint Mary’s, we empower educators for life. Apply to make an investment in your future —and the future of your students.

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per credit

Aug Mar

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2 years

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per credit

Aug Mar

start dates

2 years

completion time


Program Highlights

Choose from four content specializations:

  • Curriculum and Instruction 
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching 
  • Mental Health 
  • Custom specialization for Educate-WI students only 


What You'll Learn

  • Child growth and development supporting students’ growth
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment design and differentiation
  • Instructional strategies to manage classrooms
  • Effective assessments and analyze assessment data
  • Studies and design research to improve educational practice
  • Ethics and laws to guide relationships and decision making

Virtual Information Sessions

Join us for an information session to learn more about the program, the application process, and more. We offer live information sessions where you can meet program staff, as well as an archive you can view on your own time.

The right tools for the classroom.

Learn about how the program gave Rebecca Beaufeaux add “more tools in her toolbox” to help children return to school after being virtual due to the pandemic.


Ready to apply? Learn about taking the next steps.

    • Applicants may apply for admission to a master’s degree program at any time during the year. 
    • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
    • Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing.

    Saint Mary’s accepts:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100.

  • Your application must include the following items:

    • A Completed application form
    • An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree:
      • 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 on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, 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. Note: Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted.
      • A personal statement which includes the following:
        • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
        • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
        • description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
        • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
      • Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
      • A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
      • Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

    Official Transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission

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

    Or electronically:  tcadmission@smumn.edu

    Please reach out with any questions about the application process.

    Phone: (612) 728-5100

    Toll-free: (866) 437-2788

    E-mail: tcadmission@smumn.edu

    • Fall: Aug.4, 2023
    • Spring: Feb. 2, 2024

    • Fall: Aug. 28, 2023
    • Spring: March 4, 2024

  • You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application completion date.

Tuition & Fees

We help you find ways to finance your education.Talk to your Enrollment Counselor about scholarships, loans, and other ways to make your education affordable.

Course Catalog

In addition to foundational courses, you’ll take courses such as:

  • How Children Learn
  • Educational Research
  • Applied Research Literacy
  • Critical Thinking: Inquiry to Support Learning
  • Reflection and Resiliency in My Life


The course catalog provides complete information about course requirements.

Careers & Salary

A master’s degree in education can help you tackle the challenges of today’s classroom or help advance your career as a current administrator or teacher in a non-traditional school community.

Instructional Designer

$98,450 per year*

High School Teacher

$61,820 per year*

Academic Advisor

$60,510 per year*

Frequently Asked Questions

  • At Saint Mary’s, we want you to succeed, and we help you do so, inside and outside of the classroom:

    Student Central: Your one stop for student services.

    Library: Resources and services are available 24/7 to all students.

    Writing Center: Offers virtual and face-to-face services to support students.

    Career Services: Can help you develop your career-readiness skills at any point in your education.

  • Tuition for the 2023-24 school year is $545 per credit. There will be minimal additional program fees.

    Learn more.

  • Yes, there are federal loan forgiveness programs for teachers, state programs, as well as financial aid.

    Learn more.

  • Yes, it is fully online asynchronous with synchronous opportunities throughout the program.

  • As your final culminating project you will write an action research paper. This consists of an analysis of a district (or school) initiative and designing an appropriate classroom-level lesson for your students. Upon completion of your project, you will present your findings to your cohort.

Sources and Disclaimer

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, High School Teachers at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm  (visited February 14, 2023).
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Instructional Coordinators at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, School and Carrer Counselor at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/school-and-career-counselors.htm at (visited February 14, 2023).