Masters in Organizational Leadership

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

This degree is tailored to the mid-career professional looking to develop the leadership skills required to update and refine processes along with improving quality, effectiveness, efficiency and flexibility in the workplace.

The Benefits of a MA in Organizational Leadership degree at Brandman

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program prepares you for leadership positions in any type of organization. The degree is cross-disciplinary, allowing you to personalize your degree with elective courses in areas such as education, human resources, business administration, computer science and information systems, or health systems administration. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Become an innovative leader who identifies issues, analyzes opportunities, communicates a vision and leads by example.
  • Learn collaboration and team skills and how to apply them.
  • Analyze organizational leadership issues using a theory-based approach.

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications 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.

I and II required core courses

I. Theoretical Foundation: The Vision, Mission & Values of Organizational Leadership

OLCU 501 Organizational Research 3
OLCU 600 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3
OLCU 601 Democracy, Ethics and Leadership 3
OLCU 602 Self, Systems and Leadership 3
Total Credits 12


II. Enacting the Vision: Putting Leadership into Practice

OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 614 Leadership and Team Development 3
OLCU 615 Leading Organizational Change 3
Total Credits 9


III. Elective Courses

Twelve graduate-level credits selected by the student, in consultation with an academic 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 education, human resources, business administration, computer science and information systems, health administration, public administration, organizational leadership 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. Not all courses may be offered at all sites or in all sessions. 12
Total Credits 12


IV. Integrative Capstone

OLCU 681 Leadership Capstone Seminar 3
Total Credits 3


Total Credits 36
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