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Take the next step in your career

Many organizations view leadership skills as crucial to their success. Earn a Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) at Augsburg University and take the next step in your career. The study of leadership applies to a wide variety of career paths. Our leadership program is taught by knowledgeable, engaging faculty and provides a liberal arts perspective using multiple disciplines. Augsburg University is celebrating its sesquicentennial in 2019 and has earned a variety of awards and honors.

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The MAL consists of 33 graduate semester credits that can be completed in 2 years and the tuition rate for the 2018-19 academic year is $759 per credit. The degree does not require a thesis but offers it as part of the elective options.

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.

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 incorporates just 3 face-to-face sessions with mostly 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.

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.

Transfer credit: With the approval of the program director, if you have taken related graduate courses at another accredited institution, you may be able to transfer up to six graduate level semester credits into the program. 

Why Augsburg?

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

Take the next step.

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

Interested in a MA in Leadership alumna’s perspective? Email Joann Richards at