M.A. in Organizational Leadership

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program is designed for the non-traditional adult student currently working in a setting where they can apply and practice their developing leadership skills. The 36-semester credit program can be completed in just 16 months by taking nine credits for each of four semesters, with a short break between semesters. Courses are offered in a combination of online and face-to-face formats.


The program has identified the following objectives as critical to the development of highly skilled and ethical leaders for the 21st century:

  • Develop professionals in the field of organizational leadership who are capable of assuming responsible roles within the modern organization.
  • Instill the values of justice, responsible stewardship, and respect for human difference, fairness, integrity, honesty, and service.
  • Create an environment in which students can freely and respectfully collaborate, experience, question, grow and develop.
  • Instill the expectation that all human beings are responsible to influence the world for good and noble purposes.
  • Prepare leaders for a life of service.

Practitioner-Teacher-Scholar Faculty

Our faculty are skilled practitioners in their fields who integrate the best of real-world leadership experience, scholarship and faith into their teaching. They know what it takes to navigate the complex challenges of the modern organization. They make it their business to stay current on trends, research and information, and best practices. They are professional role models and mentors who hold high standards for their students and who work hard to help students achieve their best.


Graduates from the program are prepared with highly developed ethical reasoning, critical-thinking, decision-making, and relational skills. They will be equipped to manage high-conflict situations, implement and lead through organizational change processes, and help others achieve their maximum potential for effectiveness and productivity. The program prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings, including public, private and non-profit organizations.

Leadership and Spirituality

The program views spirituality and the development of values consistent with the Christian worldview as central to effective leadership. While applicants are not required to sign a statement of faith, students are expected to develop a philosophy of leadership that reflects the principles and values of justice, fairness, integrity, honesty, service, and humility. The program emphasizes the acquisition and demonstration of moral and ethical principles that are exemplified in the Judeo-Christian traditions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Schedule

Course Descriptions

Students can choose an emphasis in Leadership or Non-Profit Management, allowing them to develop the specific skills and knowledge that will best fit their career goals.

In addition to the required 24 core credits, students who choose the Leadership emphasis will take the following four courses:

  • OL6065 – Women as Leaders
  • OL6075 – Leading Change
  • OL6085 – Team Building & Leadership
  • OL6095 – Servanthood, Faith & Leadership

In addition to the required 24 core credits, students who choose the Non-Profit Management emphasis will take:

  • OL6115 – Resource Development & Fundraising
  • OL6125 – Non-Profit Finance
  • OL6135 – Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations
  • OL6145 – Non-Profit Governance

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