Master of Arts in Leadership

Become a more effective leader. Develop your skills in the Master of Arts in Leadership program.

Located in the Twin Cities area, Augsburg College offers a Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) degree. This degree applies to a variety of career paths and is similar to degrees called “Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership” and “Master of Management.” Our leadership studies program is taught by knowledgeable, engaging faculty and provides a liberal arts perspective using multiple disciplines. Many organizations view leadership skills as crucial to their success.

Our alumni find that earning their MA in Leadership has enhanced their professional development and leadership capacity for doing good in all areas of their lives. In a recent survey (N = 120), alumni reported:

  • The majority of alumni received a higher level of responsibility after earning their MAL degree.
  • Of those who received a higher level of responsibility, the median time to achieve their new level was 1 – 1.5 years. This group had a median salary increase of between $10,00 and $12,000.
  • MAL alumni thought they had gained more confidence, become better leaders, and become more effective employees.

Formats and schedules. MAL offers several mix-and-match formats to accommodate a variety of schedules. Our classic classroom, hybrid, and intensive formats offer a combination of face-to-face and online learning in varying proportions. Classic classroom is perfect for those who prefer mostly face-to-face instruction on our Minneapolis campus. Our hybrid learning format is approximately half classroom and half online learning. Intensive learning includes a travel seminar, a forum, and a five-day immersion. A limited number of electives are also offered 100% online.

Designed for working adults, classes are held on weekday evenings and weekends. Whichever format you choose, you will learn in a community with other leaders from diverse career fields.  Throughout the program you’ll find leadership development support from faculty, staff, and students who value the insight you bring.

Financing your degree. Many students finance their master’s in leadership through a combination of low-interest Stafford loans and other applicable tuition reimbursement programs and grants. Read more on the Tuition and Financial Aid page. The tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year is $776 per credit and $779 per credit for the 2015-16 academic year. The MAL consists of 33 graduate semester credits that can be completed in 2 years. The degree does not require a thesis but offers it as part of the elective options.

Why Augsburg?

Augsburg’s MAL program supports Augsburg’s mission, with its emphasis on critical thinking as it relates to responsible leadership.

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Contact us today at 612-330-1101 or for more information or to schedule an appointment.