All organizations, whether public or private, military or civilian, profit or non-profit rely on leadership to accomplish goals. Organizations are in need of new leaders to help update and refine their processes, structures and technologies to achieve greater levels of quality, effectiveness, efficiency and flexibility.
The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program prepares you to take full advantage of leadership positions within your organization, enabling you to make a powerful and positive difference in the workforce.
Our program is focused on the development of the people and conceptual skills that are essential to success at all levels of administration. Through our student-centered, hands-on approach, you will:
Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the program can be customized to your interest through electives in human resources, health administration, education, psychology and criminal justice.
This program is suited for students with a strong interest in leadership, management or administration - mid-career professionals committed to bringing positive change to their work, community and society as a whole, as well as individuals starting or leading their own enterprises.
Students with an organizational leadership degree will be prepared for entry- and mid-level supervisory positions in a wide range of administrative careers in the public, private, non-profit and government sectors.
Admission to the program may be achieved by completing the following requirements:
Satisfactorily fulfill graduate admissions requirements for Brandman University.
If using Option Two in the graduate admissions requirements, submit passing scores from one of the following standard admissions tests:
Option Four in the graduate admissions requirements, submit a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate-level communication and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant's ability to do graduate-level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for the graduate program. If the portfolio meets substantive approval of the reviewers, the applicant may be invited for an interview.
How to Apply:
Only credit from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted for transfers.International applicants or domestic applicants with transcripts from international institutions must also submit foreign transcripts.
PLEASE DO NOT FAX TRANSCRIPTS OR TEST SCORES.
Please mail all official transcripts to the following address:
Brandman University Office of Admission
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
With the exception of transcripts or test scores, you may also fax additional required documents directly to the Office of Admission at (866) 659-1143 or e-mail the documents as attachments to email@example.com.
Specific Requirements (2012-13 catalog)
I and II required core courses (21 credits)
I. Theoretical Foundation: The Vision, Mission & Values of Organizational Leadership (12 credits):
OLCU 600 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3 OLCU 601 Democracy, Ethics & Leadership 3 OLCU 602 Self, Systems & Leadership 3 OLCU 680 Organizational Research 3
II. Enacting the Vision: Putting Leadership into Practice (9 credits):
OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3 OLCU 614 Leadership and Team Development 3 OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3
III. Elective Courses (12 credits):
Twelve graduate-level credits selected by the student, in consultation with an OL faculty advisor. These electives may be used to acquire either specific leadership related competencies or greater knowledge about the student's intended professional arena. Electives may be selected from programs in criminal justice, education, human resources, business administration, computer science and information systems, health systems administration, gerontology, organizational leadership or development, management and psychology. Successful completion of the University of California, Irvine Extension Project Management Certificate, as described in the MAOL Transfer of Coursework section, may substitute for the described MAOL electives. OLCU 625 may be repeated for elective credit, provided that the leadership competencies addressed in each course vary. Not all courses may be offered at all sites or in all sessions. Consult with the Brandman campus nearest you.
IV. Integrative Capstone (3 credits):
OLCU 681 Leadership Capstone Seminar 3
Total credits 36