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Master's in Organizational Leadership Admission Requirements

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Saint Mary's Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Our Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) admission requirements give us a deeper understanding of why organizational leadership is important to you. This program is designed to develop you into the in-demand leader companies are looking for. With that in mind, as we consider applications, we want to know more than your GPA. We're looking to get to know you, your career goals, and your strengths.

Below you'll find our Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership admissions requirements. Take a look, let us know if you need more information, or apply now to take the next step toward your future career.




Saint Mary's online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program requires the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale

If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the MAOL program director.


No prerequisite coursework is required for the online MAOL program other than the general requirements listed above.

A background in leadership is not a prerequisite to joining this program. You don't need prior work experience or a related bachelor's degree to be accepted.


GRE and GMAT scores are not required.


Saint Mary's organizational leadership program requires a total of 36 graduate-level credit hours delivered in six clusters of leadership classes over 24 months. The carefully designed structure of the program means transfer credits are not accepted.

Work experience is not accepted as credit for this program.


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

Saint Mary's accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0, the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74 percent, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 51, or the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0.


Whether you apply online, via hard copy, or in person with a Saint Mary's admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

  • $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  • Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

  • A written statement: Use your written statement to highlight the things that set you apart from other candidates, including your interest in leadership, any previous experiences or personal strengths that contribute to your application, your career goals, and how a master's in organizational leadership will help you achieve them.
  • Two references: Please provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, phone number) who can 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.
  • An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.


Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary's online MAOL:

  • August 6, 2021
  • December 10, 2021
  • April 8, 2022
  • August 5, 2022


Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary's online MAOL:

  • August 30, 2021
  • January 3, 2022
  • May 2, 2022
  • August 29, 2022


Once you've submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

If you have further questions, request more information or contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954. Saint Mary's is here to support you every step of the way.