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Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Practical Skills for New World Leaders

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is one of the most sought-after degrees for candidates who aspire to reach an executive or a top-level position in an organization. While traditional MBA programs emphasize business-driven outcomes, the MA in Organizational Leadership draws from a more human-centered approach, prioritizing meaning, values and vision to unlock the fullest potential of human capital.

Program Advantages

In this program, you will learn how to analyze and apply organizational leadership theories to respond to real leadership challenges such as organizational inefficiencies, corporate culture issues, dormant productivity and more. You will gain a deeper understanding of how to instill effective leadership practices, policies and systems to enable 21st-century organizations to grow, evolve and adapt to the realities of an ever-changing, globalized world.

This degree will help you develop your leadership style and learn to build highly effective teams and a culture of collaboration within an organization. All along the way, you will have an opportunity to learn from a diverse group of experienced and accomplished faculty with backgrounds and specialty areas ranging from Fortune 500 companies, military, adult learning, strategic foresight, and behavioral sciences.

150 Years of Academic Excellence

Admission Requirements
Completed application + Official bachelor's degree transcripts showing a minimum 2.5 GPA from an accredited university or college.

100% Online
Convenient 5-week courses help balance education with work/life obligations

30 Credit Hours
30 credit-hour degree is comprised of 10 courses

Schedules designed for working professionals

Tuition Promise
No increase in tuition while continuously enrolled

Capstone Requirements
During their final term, students will be working on their leadership capstone, which is an action based leadership project. As leadership consultants, students will develop a set of initiatives to solve leadership issues faced by a real-life organization or community. Through this course, students will demonstrate mastery of concepts covered in this program. Each course in the program consists of a number of action learning assignments through which students will learn complex problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and other important leadership skills.

The MA in Organizational Leadership program is really close to my heart. Future oriented leadership, strategic foresight, innovation, managing human capital, and all that is needed to lead successfully in the new world of 21st Century industry."
Dr. Miriam O'Callaghan,
Dean, School of Business and Technology

Course List

This 30 credit-hour degree is comprised of 10 courses.

ORL 505 Fundamentals of Organizational Leadership
Students will examine various concepts related to the leadership vision, leadership competencies, relationship between leaders and followers, and leadership as an integrated organizational process.

ORL 520 21st Century Organizations
Discover new ways of inventing and creating effective work systems, and examine what is changing, reasons for change, results and implications of change for the future of the organizations.

MGT 525 Human Behavior and Learning
Develop various people management skills throughout the course by understanding the ways in which humans respond as individuals and interact within organizations. Students will also examine relevant readings, case studies, and research on theories of human behavior.

ORL 530 Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
This course emphasizes the importance of ethics and moral values including integrity, honesty, fairness, and trust. Students will learn to solve problems and make decisions ethically.

ORL 540 Organizational Communication
Students will learn effective ways to communicate with different types of parties – clients, employees, leaders, and other stakeholders, as well as learn about interpersonal and professional skills to improve their communication.

ORL 549 Organizational Change and Transformation
Students will examine their own leadership styles and learn skills that will help translate ideas into organizational results, find ways to overcome organizational stagnancy, and examine strategies for overcoming barriers to change.

ORL 570 Leadership Development
Students will compare different leadership styles and expand their own self-concept as a leader, and examine various theories of leadership development and typical challenges leaders face in the context of modern-day workplaces.

MGT 577 Strategy Development and Implementation
The strategy development and implementation process helps leaders see the big picture and find new ways for teams to contribute maximum value while operating from a more-strategic point of reference.

ORL 580 Research for Decision Making
Students will develop skills to conduct research for effective decision making in the organizational context while exploring various data and information sources to find credible information.

ORL 590 Organizational Leadership Capstone
Students will generate reflection and critical thought on various leadership theories and practices while engaging in research, and completing an approved research work or service project. They will apply integrated knowledge of organizational leadership and skills that they have developed throughout this program.

Careers in Organizational Leadership

  • Directors of Diversity
  • Directors of Human Resources
  • Executive Directors
  • Healthcare Manager
  • Learning and Development Managers
  • Organizational Consultant
  • Program Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Sales Manager
  • Training and Development Managers

The M.A. in Organizational Leadership Flex Program

Students may complete the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership consisting of 30 credit hours or develop a concentration area through the MBA Flex program.

Through the Flex program, students complete the core Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership courses (30-credit hours) and an additional 9-credit hour concentration developed in partnership with a content specialist faculty member or the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program Manager. This path allows students to develop a more personalized concentration in an area of interest.


Admissions Information

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