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Program Benefits

  • #4 Best Online Master's in Education programs in Minnesota – 2021 by US News & World Report 
  • Gain Education and Corporate Leadership Training
  • Distinguished Administrator Faculty

Lead the Way to Better Learning Outcomes

With a new set of educational leadership skills, you'll be in demand for your ability to enhance student learning and teacher success. Research shows the effectiveness of school leadership is the most influential factor in reducing teacher turnover.1 Beyond working conditions, the impact school leaders can have on student success is second only to classroom instruction.2

But with your M.A. in Educational Leadership, your impact doesn't have to be limited to the classroom: In 2017, U.S. companies spent $90.6 billion on training their employees—a 32 percent leap from 2016—improving the educational leadership career outlook.3

“The networking opportunities that developed through collaboration with other students online [exceeded my expectations].”

– Kaela Gallup, Saint Mary’s MAEL online student

Leadership Equals Opportunity

Within educational, non-profit, and private sector organizations, few skills are more in demand than leadership, making the educational leadership career outlook broad and bright. With a master's degree, you'll be eligible for opportunities to transition into the next stage of an educational career, in roles like program director, administrator, or school leader*.

Jobs, Income, and Projected Employment Growth for 2018–2028

In many industries, opportunities for careers in educational leadership are robust, and salaries are well above the national standard. Explore the educational leadership careers below, including a variety of positions well-suited for graduates of our online master's in educational leadership program, as well as salaries and projected growth:


Median Salary

Projected Job Growth,

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal
Master's degree typically required for entry. This profession requires professional licensure. Check with your state for administrative licensure requirements.



Instructional Coordinator
Master's degree typically required for entry.



Post-Secondary Education Administrator
Master's degree typically required for entry.



Social and Community Service Manager
Some jobs require a master's degree.



Training and Development Manager
Some jobs require a master's degree.



Where Saint Mary's M.A. in Educational Leadership Grads Work

You can put an M.A. in Educational Leadership degree to work in roles beyond schools. From business development to human resources, healthcare to information technology, graduates of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's master's in educational leadership program currently work in a variety of industries, with titles like senior manager of education and training, career counselor, program manager, associate program director, and more:


Companies and Organizations


  • Capella University
  • Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Dunwoody College of Technology
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Mounds View Public Schools
  • Saint Paul Public Schools
  • University of Minnesota


  • Edmentum
  • Lockheed Martin


  • Allina Health
  • HealthPartners
  • Mayo Clinic
  • UnitedHealth Group


  • Be The Match
  • CareProfiler
  • Education Minnesota
  • Minnesota Opera


  • Minnesota Department of Corrections

This information is based on self-reported student/alumni data from LinkedIn as of April 2018.

*This is not a licensure preparation program for K-12 administrative licensure. If you are looking to become a Principal, Director of Special Education, or Superintendent in Minnesota, the completion of an education-related master's program allows you to enter the Saint Mary's Ed.S. in Educational Administration to complete coursework and field experience in preparation for licensure. If you are looking to become a K-12 public school administrator in another state, it is your responsibility to check with the administrative licensing body in your state for specific licensure preparation requirements. Learn more about professional licensure here.

Request a free brochure or call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor to learn more about the online Master's in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's University.


1Fuller, Edward J., Pendola, Andrew, and Young, Michelle D. (2018, January). University Council for Educational Administration, Policy Brief 2018-2: The Role of Principals in Reducing Teacher Turnover and the Shortage of Teachers. Retrieved from

2Wahlstrom, Kyla, Anderson, Stephen, Seashore Louis, Karen, and Leithwood, Kenneth (2004). Review of research How leadership influences student learning. Retrieved from

3(2017) 2017 Training Industry Report. Retrieved from

4Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals. Retrieved from

5Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Instructional Coordinators. Retrieved from

6Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Education Administrators. Retrieved from

7Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social and Community Service Managers. Retrieved from

8Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Training and Development Managers. Retrieved from