Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

How long is the program?

When and where are the classes?

When does the program start?

What are the requirements of the MA in Leadership degree?

What is the difference between a MBA and a MA in Leadership Degree?

FINANCIAL

How much does it cost?

Is there financial aid?

ADMISSIONS

What are the admissions requirements?

Do I have to take any exams before I apply?

When is the application deadline?

How do I apply?

When will I receive a decision on my application?

Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

How long is the program? [back to top]

The MA in Leadership program is 19 months long and consists of 10 courses (modules) taken sequentially (one course at a time).

When and where are the classes? [back to top]

Cohorts meet on campus at Saint Mary’s College all day (9am – 5pm) on Saturday and Sunday nine times a year (referred to as “Executive Weekends”); the remainder of the time is spent learning asynchronously via a web-based learning management system.  The program concludes with a three-day offsite Residential Executive Weekend.

A sample cohort calendar provides the program flow.

When does the program start? [back to top]

Cohorts start each year in September.

What are the requirements of the MA in Leadership degree? [back to top]

To earn the Master of Arts in Leadership degree, learners must successfully complete all 10 courses (30 units) and a Learning Portfolio. The Leadership Learning Portfolio is comprised of:

  • A Leadership Learning Development Plan

  • 8 Reflection Papers

  • A Leadership Project Paper

  • A Graduate Self-Assessment

A description of each element of the Leadership Learning Portfolio can be found on the Program of Study page.

What is the difference between a MBA and Leadership Degree?

Read this blog to learn more about the difference and which one best meets your needs.

FINANCIAL

How much does it cost? [back to top]

The current tuition cost of the 30-unit program is $1,093 per unit, rates for 2019 - 2020 academic year are forthcoming.  In addition to tuition, the following course fees and costs apply:

  • Course materials fee: $170 (approximately, for entire program)

  • Technology fee: $500 (one time, non-refundable)

  • Tuition deposit: $200 (non-refundable, credited toward tuition)

  • Cost of books per course: approximately $75-$150

  • Concluding Residential Executive Weekend: estimated at $1,600 (payable with tuition in the last trimester)

Is there financial aid? [back to top]

Yes. Student loans, the most common form of financial aid for adult learners, are available regardless of income and in most cases will cover the full cost of the program. For more information about the types of financial aid available, take a look at our Financial Aid page or contact the College’s Financial Aid Office at (925) 631-4370.

Additionally, scholarships are available for both entering and continuing learners in the MA in Leadership program. For more information about how to apply for a scholarship, contact an Admissions Counselor at (925) 631-4199.

ADMISSIONS

What are the admissions requirements? [back to top]

We consider applicants based on the quality of their composite applications. Successful applicants will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; and

  • At least 3 years of work experience (paid or unpaid)

Do I have to take any exams before I apply? [back to top]

No, we don’t require any assessments such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) for admission to our program.

When is the application deadline? [back to top]

We accept applications on a rolling basis, so it is never too early to apply. Application deadlines can be found on our Admissions & Aid page.

How do I apply? [back to top]

Applications for admission are submitted online. The complete application consists of the following items:

  • Online application

  • Resume

  • Personal Statement

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Official transcripts showing your conferred undergraduate degree

Application instructions can be found on our Admissions & Aid page.

When will I receive a decision on my application? [back to top]

Once we receive your complete application, including official transcripts and letters of recommendation, you will be contacted to schedule an admissions interview with a member of our program faculty. We will contact you within one to two weeks after your admissions interview regarding an admissions decision and next steps.

Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Our Admissions Team is available and happy to speak with you about any questions, concerns or curiosities you may have about our program. Feel free to contact us at (800) 621-4715 or leadership@stmarys-ca.edu