Apr 18, 2019  
2018-2019 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2018-2019 SGPP Catalog and Handbook

Lasallian Leadership, M.A.

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The Lasallian heritage is rich with opportunities for personal growth including practical strategies to positively influence organizational culture within the context of mission.  This 32-credit master’s degree is a step on the Lasallian journey and includes coursework in Lasallian formation, leadership communication, focused electives. and a 2-credit capstone project.  There are several options available to complete this degree. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Create and maintain a productive learning environment for all students and staff.
  2. Communicate effectively in a variety of modes.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and ethical practice.
  4. Integrate Lasallian foundations in all aspects of leadership.
  5. Create approaches that address critical issues in the future development of their ministries.
  6. Engage in lifelong study for personal and professional development.

Program Structure and Delivery

Courses in the program are delivered fully online.

Degree Requirements

Option One: Buttimer Institute 32 cr.

Option One is a combination of credit for participation in the Buttimer Institute and online or independent study.  Students are required to submit reflection papers to earn credit for Buttimer.

Option Two: John Johnston Institute for Contemporary Lasallian Practice 32 cr.

Option Two is a combination of credit for participation in the John Johnston Institute and online or independent study.  Students are required to submit reflection papers to earn credit for the Johnston Institute.

Choose electives from one of the 4 thematic areas

Focused Elective Area: Theology and Spirituality or Pedagogy and Childcare

Focused Elective Area: Accompaniment for Mission


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Students can apply for admission to master degree programs at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. Applicants must also have access to high speed internet technology. All applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator

Application Process

Applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application and the non-refundable application fee
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted.
  3. A one/two page reflective essay which includes the following:
    1. brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience
    2. the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program
    3. description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities
    4. personal information the applicant wishes to share
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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