Our six concentrations are another way to make the MAOL relevant to your unique professional, personal and intellectual interests. Concentrations allow you to develop expertise you can apply to business, healthcare, education, government, nonprofits and other fields.

You may earn more than one concentration by completing all of the coursework required for each.

Dispute resolution

Earn a certificate from the Hamline University School of Law's nationally renowned Dispute Resolution Institute while also earning the MAOL degree. Study with a cross-section of practicing lawyers and human resources, business and other professionals. Courses develop students' ability to deal effectively with differences among individuals and groups:

  • International Trade and the Global Economy
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Strategic Management

From Hamline University:

  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Theories of Conflict
  • Arbitration
  • Elective Law Courses

Ethics and Leadership

Do you appreciate the opportunity to study with people from a variety of backgrounds and organizations? Are you looking for a multidisciplinary, "big picture" orientation to leadership? Choose this general track for leadership education:

  • Research and Analytical Skills for Decision Making
  • International Trade and the Global Economy
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Strategic Management

Healthcare Leadership

Through coursework in leadership and healthcare management, students collaborate with others from various backgrounds to prepare for cross-functional, inter-organizational and inter-agency situations typically facing today's healthcare leaders:

  • Research and Analytical Skills for Decision Making
  • Healthcare Policy: Ethical, Financial and Quality Issues
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Healthcare Compliance option: Students may earn a Healthcare Compliance Certificate from Hamline's Health Law Institute.

Information Services and Technology

This track is designed for those who lead, or want to lead, an information services or systems unit within an organization. The MAOL gives students the tools to manage knowledge and information through the use of various technologies. Coursework drawn from St. Catherine University's widely recognized Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program enriches students' "information toolbox":

  • Organizations: Social and Political Structures
  • Information Policy
  • Knowledge Management
  • Reference Sources in Business and Economics (or Information Systems Analysis and Design)
  • Two additional courses (Database Management, Networks,Reference Sources, Internet Fundamentals and Design, and/or Information Systems Analysis and Design)

Spirituality and Leadership

Individuals who bring their "true selves" to the workplace are the most satisfied and creative workers. Students who identify with this vision follow this concentration to combine the professional development of leadership skills with a personal awareness of spiritual roots and faith formation. Courses are drawn from both the Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) and the MAOL programs:

  • Values-led Leadership
  • Work, Meaning and Purpose
  • History of Spirituality I or II
  • World Spiritualities
  • Two additional courses (Spirituality and the Life Stages, Jung and Spiritual Guidance, The Art of Discernment, Spirituality and Sexuality, Christian Ethics and/or Independent Study)

Strategic Management

Students who are attracted to the MAOL's ethics and leadership core, yet need a solid grounding in management, find this distinctive alternative to the traditional MBA degree ideal. Studies center on core classes in ethical leadership that students integrate with theory and practical applications from the following:

  • Marketing Strategically
  • Strategic Finance
  • International Trade and the Global Economy
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Strategic Management