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M.A. in Education

Inspire and empower students when you earn your M.A. in Education

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 your students the best learning opportunities.

By combining educational theory and research, our program guides you toward 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 three content specialization options, you’ll learn how to improve curriculum, better understand students’ social and emotional issues, or, as an option, 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 invest in your future —and the future of your students.

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Aug Mar

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2 years

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per credit

Aug Mar

start dates

2 years

completion time


M.A. in Education Program Highlights

  • Choose from three content specializations:
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Mental Health
    • Custom specialization for Educate-WI students only
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program.

What You’ll Learn in Our M.A. in Education Program

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

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 “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.

  • 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(s) 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.
    3. A personal statement which includes:
      • 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,
      • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program and,
      • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
    4. Names of two people (including title, organization, email, phone number) who could serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you in a professional capacity, such as current or former supervisors.
    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 Ave S
    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 $560 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.

News and Information from the School of Education


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 Career Counselor at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/school-and-career-counselors.htm at (visited February 14, 2023).