Admissions & Aid

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Admissions Overview

We work with applicants on a pre-admission basis to help you determine if our program is the right fit for your personal and professional goals. This typically begins with a conversation with a member of our admissions team, our faculty and, if you'd like, program alumni who are working in your area of interest.

In addition, we aim to foster a diverse learning community which honors the mission and tradition of Saint Mary's College and its commitment to Inclusive Excellence. It is our intention to nurture a learning environment where faculty and learners explore leadership and related topics collaboratively in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals who are intersted in co-creating this type of learning community with us.

Any questions about the admissions process and the status of your application can be directed to our Admissions Team at (800) 621-4715 or

Cohort Calendar

View our January 2021 course schedule

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are considered for admission based on the quality of their composite applications. Successful applicants to the M.A. in Leadership program will have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; and
  • At least 3 years of experience in your profession or vocation.

How to Apply

Applications for admission are submitted online and accepted throughout the year. You are encouraged to apply early to reserve a spot in your desired learning cohort.


A complete application includes the following items:

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript showing your conferred undergraduate degree

Click here to download a copy of the application instructions, including directions for preparing your personal statement and submitting your letters of recommendation electronically.

Official transcripts should be sent to or the following address:

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
PMB 4350
Moraga, CA 94575
Attn: MA in Leadership Admissions

A $50 non-refundable fee is required to submit your application.

Admissions Process

Our admissions team will support you throughout the process and contact you with status updates as your application materials are received. Once we have received and reviewed your complete application file, you will be contacted to schedule an admissions interview. We will contact you within one to two weeks after your interview regarding the admissions decision and next steps.

International Students

International students are welcome to apply for admission to the MA in Leadership program. For more information about additional requirements for international applicants, please contact our Admissions Team at (800) 621-4715 or

Tuition & Financial Aid

To view tuition rates for the 2021-2022 academic year, click here. Financial aid is available to most students. Click here to learn more about the program costs and financial aid.

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