The application period for Class XI is closed. Please check back for future opportunities later.

The Application Form and supporting forms for MARL Class XI are available through the links below.

MARL Class XI Application Instructions

Download the Application Form, and read thoroughly. Complete all portions of application form and save a digital copy. You may provide additional pieces in a separate document. Problems with the PDF-format? Use the alternative application form in Word, available through this link.

Submit your completed and signed application by email to MARL Executive Director Your completed application form must be received by the MARL Office between January 1st and May 18, 2020. If you do not receive an email verification from the MARL Executive Director within three business days after you submit your application, please call 507-537-6430 to inquire.


Forward the recommendation form to three people of your choice. This form is also available electronically at this page. Signed and completed recommendation forms must be directly submitted by your reference, via email to on or before May 18, 2020 or by mailing to the MARL Office.


If applicable, have your employer complete the Employer Support Form, to be emailed to by May 18, 2020.


  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • Completed forms may be submitted any time between January 1, 2020 and May 18, 2020, however all materials must be received on or before May 18, 2020.

Class XI Program Schedule and Curriculum

(Sites, schedule, and seminar topics subject to change)

Year 1

Seminar #1 — Orientation and a Framework for Leadership

November 23-24, 2020 — tbd

Seminar #2 — Trait Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
December 16-18, 2020 — Marshall
Seminar #3 — Emerging Markets, Innovation and New Trends
January 19-22, 2021 — St. Paul
Seminar #4 — National Study Seminar

February 28- March 5, 2021 — Washington D.C.

Seminar #5 – Communities – Big and Small
April 7-9, 2021 — Crookston
Seminar #6 — Timber, Taconite & Tourism
June 23-25, 2021 –  Duluth

Year 2

Seminar #7 — Natural Resources and the Environment
November 10-12, 2021 — Itasca State Park
Seminar #8 — Rural America’s Future December 15-17, 2021 — SE Minn. Seminar #9 — Rural Development DiversityJanuary 19-21, 2022 — Central Minn.
Seminar #10 — International Study SeminarLate February, 2022 — Destination TBD Seminar #11 — Class XI Graduation
April 8-9, 2022 — Mankato