Master of Arts in Leadership

Learn cutting edge leadership skills that help you foster better collaboration, contribute your best, and skillfully navigate the complex challenges our organizations are facing.

Our highly regarded and pioneering Master of Arts in Leadership degree provides you the flexibility, practical skills, and personal enrichment you seek in a graduate education program. You learn contemporary leadership theory and practice in peer networks of working professionals from public, private, and non-profit sectors. You also acquire a wide range of competencies and skills that allow you to advance and succeed in today's dynamic and complex world. 

Program Details

Program Duration

19-month program designed to build skills that are applicable beyond the workplace. This is a program designed to help you grow and succeed.

Learning Environment

Hybrid in-person and online learning format designed specifically for working professionals.

Average Class Size

15-18 learners per cohort. Cohort members in the program form a learning community. Your success starts with connections.

Why the Master of Arts in Leadership?

"The program increased my desire to work collaboratively with people ... It helped me to identify what I like to do, and pointed me in the direction where I can be most effective." - Carlo Beckman, Alumnus

We recognize that there are many different definitions, theories and perspectives of leadership and different programs are designed around this varied landscape of leadership. Our MA in Leadership program at Saint Mary's College is situated in the midst of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region known for being a hub of dynamic and creative activity in an increasingly diverse, complex, and interdependent global world. We provide an understanding and practice of leadership that is reflective and responsive to this world.

Most leadership education programs for working professionals emphasize developing competencies in role–based managerial leadership.  Our program includes developing competencies in relational and collaborative leadership. In this way, leadership is something in which every stakeholder participates, not something that only emanates from the personality traits and actions of designated leaders.

By developing a depth and breadth of capacities and skills, our graduates are more able to effectively respond to the unique challenges and opportunities of an evolving world.