Course Scheduling and Program Timeline

Course Scheduling and Program Timeline

Designed for busy professionals, the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership offers you a flexible way to balance your graduate education with work, family, and other commitments.  You'll:

  • Start in fall or spring,
  • Attend classes evenings and/or weekends in St. Paul,
  • Choose how many courses to take in each term,
  • Take a lighter or heavier course load, as you choose, and
  • Proceed through the program at a pace that makes sense for you

Course scheduling

The MAOL program offers courses during two semesters (fall and spring), a four-week January term, and a 10-week summer term. During fall and spring semesters, a course will meet eight times during the 15-week semester: either Thursday or Friday evenings or Saturday morning or afternoon.

The schedule for each course combines interactive, three-hour, face-to-face sessions with online contact between meetings — posting assignments, engaging in discussions with other students and connecting with faculty during online "office" hours.


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When Melanie Shirley enrolled in the MAOL she had a full-time job and two-year-old son Wyatt. "The material is rigorous, but you can structure projects and classes to work with your schedule," she says. When she had her second child, Willa, she was able to take a semester off and seamlessly reintegrate into the program.


How long will it take you?

It's possible to finish the program in two years, but many students take the time to go deeper into leadership concepts. Our MAOL students generally complete the degree in three years.

Class location

Courses for the MAOL program are offered on St. Catherine University's beautiful and historic St. Paul campus, located in a safe residential area at the center of the Twin Cities region. On-site parking is available.

When to get started

You may apply to start the program in fall semester (classes start in early September) or spring semester (classes start in in early February).