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Take the next step in your career

Located in the Twin Cities area, Augsburg University 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 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.

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 MAL consists of 33 graduate semester credits that can be completed in 2 years and the tuition rate for the 2017-18 academic year is $750 per credit. The degree does not require a thesis but offers it as part of the elective options.

Transfer credit: One way to reduce the costs of the MAL degree is to transfer credit from related graduate courses taken at another institution. With the approval of the program director, students may 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