Apply for Admission

Apply for Admission

The MAOL application priority deadlines are August 1 (Fall) and January 1 (Spring). Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

To be considered for admission ...

St. Kate's takes a holistic view of each application for admission. We're looking for the whole picture of your personal, academic and professional experiences and aspirations.

Yes, a review of your academic transcripts is an important part of our review process. But we also look closely at all of your professional, intellectual and personal experiences in the years since you've been in college. Your application for admission is an opportunity for you to tell us how you got to where you are now and, especially, where you hope the MAOL will take you in the future.

A holistic review means we look not only at your college or university transcripts. It means we pay careful attention to your resume, the recommendations of colleagues who can speak to your strengths and goals, and your personal statement.  If your GPA is below the 3.0 minimum requirement, we encourage you to apply and use all parts of the application process to demonstrate your aptitude and motivation to succeed as a graduate student. Include a statement explaining the context of your GPA.

We advise applicants to take a thoughtful approach to the personal statement. It's your opportunity to tell us things about yourself that can't be communicated in a resume or college transcript.  And, because written communication is an essential part of the MAOL learning experience, it's an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing and thinking ability. Consider it your first assignment for graduate school.

To be considered for admission, applicants to the MAOL program must have:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission);
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement should be included with the application.

Application process

Complete all sections of the online application form, or print and complete all sections of the paper application form (PDF)*.

*Coverdell Fellows applicants should use the paper application form.

Application fee

Submit a $35 non-refundable application fee. Make check or money order payable to St. Catherine University. This fee is waived for students who:

  • Previously enrolled at the University (completed at least one course at either the undergraduate or graduate level)
  • Previously attended a graduate information session within the past five years
  • Previously completed an individual appointment with graduate faculty/staff within the past five years
  • Are applying for the Coverdell Fellows Program (restricted to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers)

If one or more of the above statements applies to you:

  • If submitting a paper application: do not include payment with your application form.
  • If submitting an online application: choose the waiver option when asked for a form of payment.

Please note that your application fee will not be refunded if you submit the payment but are eligible for a fee waiver.

Personal statement

Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in organizational leadership.

Do not exceed one typed, double-spaced page for each question. Handwritten statements will not be accepted. Please address the following questions in your essay:

  1. What do you see as the critical issues with which organizational leaders should be concerned, now and in the next decade? Explain.
  2. What are your professional goals? How would the MAOL degree program help you to achieve your professional and personal goals? Be specific.
  3. What particular personal strengths do you bring to the program? What limitations do you perceive you have? How have both been demonstrated?

Personal statements should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed above. Applicants who wish to submit their statement via e-mail should send the completed attachment to with “MAOL Personal Statement” in the subject line. Please include your full name at the top of the statement.


Submit a current résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences. You should have the leadership/followership experience and commitment that would typically be demonstrated by two or more years of professional work.

Résumés may also be sent as an e-mail attachment to Please enter “MAOL Résumé” in the subject line. Handwritten resumes will not be accepted.


Two MAOL recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable. References must submit both a form and an accompanying statement in order for the recommendation to be considered complete.

These are confidential recommendations and must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed below. Original documents must be sent to our office. Applicants who wish to view a copy of the completed recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.

To access this form as an interactive pdf, please use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome:

Download the recommendation form


Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned.

Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (; electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

TOEFL / IELTS scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.

Credential evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services, as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.

International Applicants

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Supplement, in addition to the MAOL program application. There is no additional application fee.

Submit materials

Submit all application materials to:

St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission, Mail Stop #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Selection process

Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Anita Cline-Cole is the Admissions counselor for the MAOL program. Contact her for more information at