AUGSBURG MASTER OF ARTS
WE ARE CALLED auggies Liberal arts perspective on leadership Flexible curriculum with a broad choice of courses MBA/MAL dual degree option Convenient class schedules
THE AUGSBURG COLLEGE MASTER OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP PROVIDES AN INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE ON LEADERSHIP. THE PROGRAM FEATURES CLASSES TAUGHT BY ENGAGING FACULTY FROM SELECTED FIELDS OF STUDY AND A FLEXIBLE CHOICE MODEL THAT ALLOWS YOU TO SELECT COURSES THAT FOCUS ON YOUR GOALS AND INTERESTS. YOU WILL LEARN IN A COMMUNITY WITH OTHER LEADERS FROM DIVERSE CAREER FIELDS, AND THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM YOU’LL FIND SUPPORT FROM FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS WHO VALUE THE INSIGHT YOU BRING TO THE PROGRAM.
FLEXIBLE CHOICE MODEL
LIBERAL ARTS PERSPECTIVE
CONVENIENT CLASS SCHEDULES
DUAL DEGREE MBA/MA IN LEARDERSHIP
SUPPORTIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY
BUILD AND EXPAND YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS
BECOME A STRONGER LEADER AND TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR CAREER
A master’s degree created by you The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) program offers a flexible curriculum with courses based in a variety of disciplines including sociology, business, ethics, religion, economics, communication, and literature. You will take a foundation course early in your program and a capstone course as your final class. These “bookend courses” offer a framework for your leadership studies as you will choose several elective courses based on your individual interests and career goals. Eleven courses are required to complete the Master of Arts in Leadership. Of the eleven total courses, four courses are required and seven courses are elective choices. Coursework can be completed in about two years. Two courses per term is considered a full load in the leadership program. Scheduling is flexible for students who desire a somewhat quicker or slower path. Most classes meet every other weekend or on a weekday evening on the Minneapolis campus. Our convenient schedule and location make it easy to complete the degree while you continue to work full time.
Master of Arts in Leadership The purpose of the MAL program is to develop leaders for organizations, the community, and society. Organizations seek leaders who possess:
Samples of elective courses
• An ethically and morally responsible vision
Responsible Leadership for the 21st Century
• An understanding of how change occurs and how it can be managed
By examining current social issues and through immersion in Augsburg’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, this course explores qualities of responsible leadership in the context of community engagement. The five-day experiential learning format gets students out of the classroom and into the local community.
• A sensitivity to the complex problems of organizations, and an ability to find solutions consistent with their mission • Cultural competence and a sensitivity to the needs of diverse populations • The ability to inspire and motivate people to work toward a common goal
A community of learners MAL faculty and students bring a variety of perspectives to the classroom. The diversity of experiences contributes to the richness of the program and helps students find creative ways to meet the leadership challenges in their own lives.
Life after grad school Often a graduate degree leads to new career opportunities, but for many students, the MAL program is also a means for personal growth and accomplishment. For more than 25 years, the Augsburg MAL program has opened minds and led the way to new opportunities.
Creativity and the Problem-Solving Process Self-Identity, Values and Personal Growth Dynamics of Change Organization Theory and Leadership Facilitating Organizational Change Leadership in a Global Society Decision Making and Leadership Coaching and Consulting Design and Leadership Language of Leadership Cultural Competence and Effective Leadership Leading Innovation Strategic Leadership Ethics in Communication Constructive Conflict Resolution …and more!
Universal Responsibility and Leadership: A Nicaraguan Experience With pre- and post-trip sessions in Minneapolis and one week in Nicaragua, this course includes meetings with leaders and visits to multiple community sites and organizations. Topics explored include indigenous cultures, poverty, health care, literacy, the arts, business foreign investment, and relations with the U.S. government and nonprofit organizations.
Alan Tuchtenhagen, MA, DPA Director of the Center for Leadership Studies and the MAL Program “The MA in Leadership will take you to a deeper understanding of the research and theory surrounding leadership studies; the application of that theory to practice in your work and community engagement; and at the same time will enhance your capacity to identify and foster leadership in others.” A frequent presenter at regional and national forums related to education policy, workforce development, and leadership, Alan directs the Augsburg Center for Leadership Studies as well as the Master of Arts in Leadership program. He is a former aide to U.S. Senator John C. Culver and is currently a school board member. Alan has specific research interests in institutional leadership and marketing, the politics of organizations, gender differences in academic success, as well as American political history. Education • BS Westmar College—History • MA University of Nebraska—American History • DPA Hamline University—Public Administration
Meet our faculty
Thomas Morgan, PhD
More than a dozen faculty members teach in the Master of Arts in Leadership program. To find out more about MAL faculty, go to augsburg.edu/mal and click on â€œMeet our Faculty.â€?
Students in the MAL program bring varied backgrounds to class, and this makes possible the rich interchange of ideas and perspectives originally envisioned for the program. Organizations exist and need to function in a diverse and interdisciplinary world. The characteristics of the leadership required, therefore, are familiarity with different and differing perspectives, commitment to continuous learning, and the capacity to adapt to rapidly changing environments, all of which are more effectively developed and enhanced by the multidisciplinary learning environment offered by our Master of Arts in Leadership program.
Professor of Leadership Studies
Kathy Swanson, PhD Professor of English, Adviser for Augsburg Writing Lab I believe MAL faculty members really try to provide experiences that students request and are eager to receive, such as a variety of courses, study abroad opportunities, workshops, and academic support. The writing lab, for example, is busy with MAL students, and writing workshops are available to help students who are unsure of their writing skills.
Andrew Aoki, PhD Professor of Political Science The Augsburg MAL program is deeply rooted in the things that define the college: extensive interaction with professors, a diverse setting and student body, and close connections to the community and larger world. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to learn ideas relevant to leadership in a wide range of settings, from small business to large corporation to volunteer group.
John Schmit, PhD Professor of English MAL students consistently demonstrate their fascination with the liberal arts and their ability to apply a wide variety of ideas to their own leadership practice. They prove the value of the liberal arts in their daily professional activities. Nothing is quite as satisfying to me as that knowledge.
Norma Noonan, PhD Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Diane Pike, PhD Professor of Sociology I would recommend the MAL program because it offers an opportunity for growth that can be tailored to interests and challenging at the same time; it can provide a terrific opportunity to think and reflect with better information. After all, we are what we know!
I believe that the MAL program opens new vistas for all of us who engage in the learning process, whether as students or instructors. As a result of studying leadership, students report that they see issues in a broader perspective and have new insights into the world around them. We often hear that the program is a lifechanging experience and one that offers you both direction and choice. It is an absolute delight to teach in the MAL program.
Meet our students ANNE RODENBERG, MAL STUDENT Studying leadership at the graduate level builds upon my professional experience gained in 17 years of working in communications and marketing. I’ve had the opportunity to lead many projects and teams, and augmenting that experience with formal leadership training will help me become a stronger, more “conscious” leader in the future. The MAL program focuses on the human side of business such as conflict resolution, problem solving, engagement, and motivation. And, as a full-time working mom of young twins, I appreciate the flexibility of the MAL program.
DAVID LIMBERG ’09 MAL Leadership as an academic pursuit was something I found not only interesting but also applicable in all facets of life. I discovered the program was a format that fit with my work and life schedule. I felt like I belonged at Augsburg because of the curriculum, but more importantly because of the people who were attending and facilitating the session. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t use something I learned in the MAL program. As a leader of a work team at a Fortune 50 company, I consistently employ qualities of the Augsburg leadership model.
EDWARD MATCHETT ’08, ’13 MAL Whether it’s been working as an educator or working out on the campaign trail, I’ve found myself becoming more effective at my job as I progressed in the MAL program. As one begins to develop awareness for the seminal theories of leadership and how they might be applied in a given setting, one starts to see that effective leadership has a common theme—selfless service to a cause greater than oneself. The portability and applicability of the MAL skillset is unmatched. I’ve seen enormous improvement in my ability to work creatively in professional collaborative settings.
SHAWNTAN HOWELL, MAL STUDENT I got my BA in Computer Science and Statistics, but after 13 years and two companies, I found myself frustrated with where I was in my career. I realized that in order to better understand where I wanted my career to go, I needed to better understand me. I knew I had leadership qualities, but I wanted to find my niche and be able to communicate that clearly and with confidence. Therefore, I chose to go back to school to start on my personal improvement journey. I feel comfortable using the skills I’ve learned to stay true to myself, and my belief system in the process.
TOM LARSON ’96 MAL The MAL is a great program for individuals who feel called and aspire to be leaders in the workplace or community. I loved the breadth and “outside the box thoughtfulness” of the curriculum. It ended up being a perfect fit for me, allowing me to blend my interests in management, education, psychology, and business. I believe the skills I developed were the “qualitative” and “interpersonal” skills that really differentiate leadership from management. They are certainly interrelated and go hand in hand, but true leadership goes beyond management. Leadership goes beyond [management] to inspire people and organizations to a vision that is enduring and ultimately transcends quantitative or measurable goals.
JOCELYN BROYLES, MAL STUDENT The desire to attain an advanced degree was strong for me at the time I applied because most individuals in the organization I worked for held master’s degrees. I felt like I would not be able to move forward or have any bargaining leverage if I didn’t pursue it. Each class has added a tool or concept to my leadership toolbox. I think my leadership studies that forced me to look authentically within myself have been the most helpful and impactful. Each class has stuck with me and helped increase my leadership capacity… and helped me to create a visual representation of my current life purpose.
MBA/MAL DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM The dual degree program takes advantage of the benefits of studying business administration and leadership in a coordinated program. It leverages Augsburg’s long tradition of graduate leadership training via the MAL with the demand for business education through our successful MBA program. The dual degree provides students with a unique credential and a full set of skills to lead and manage an organization. This comprehensive degree program prepares managers to thrive in today’s interconnected world.
VINCENT SHORT, pursuing an MBA/MAL After finishing my leadership degree and learning the “why” of leaders, I came to the conclusion that I needed to know the “how.” I needed the strategy and tactics to accomplish my goal to be of service to others. The MBA/MAL dual degree gave me a complete package. And as my company continues to grow globally, the dual degree gives me the skills and confidence to interact and collaborate productively with coworkers from different backgrounds and cultures. The program has helped me to build skills so that I can creatively put the call to service paradigm together for my community and workplace, and view my life with an international perspective.
Established in 1869 Graduate programs since 1987
Minneapolis—All graduate programs are offered on Augsburg’s main campus on Riverside Avenue near downtown Minneapolis.
Graduate programs Doctor of Nursing Practice Master of Arts in Education Master of Arts in Leadership Master of Arts in Nursing Master of Business Administration (MBA) Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Master of Music Therapy Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Master of Social Work
Downtown Rochester—The Nursing, Education, and MBA programs are also offered in downtown Rochester.
Tuition and financial aid Financial aid is available for graduate students enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
Learn more Go to augsburg.edu/mal for more information including application process and requirements.
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