All organizations, whether public or private, military or civilian, for-profit or nonprofit 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. By studying organizational leadership at a graduate-level you can bring about positive change in the workplace, community and society.
The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program prepares you to take full advantage of leadership positions within your organization, enabling you to make powerful and positive differences in the workforce. The degree is cross-disciplinary in nature and allows you to align learning outcomes with your professional goals through a selection of elective courses such as education, human resources, business administration, computer science and information systems, or health systems administration. The OL program particularly tailored to the mid-career professional looking to develop the conceptual skills needed to become an innovative leader who identifies issues, analyzes opportunities, communicates a vision and leads by example.
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
Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT
Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio
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|
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|
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|
IV. Integrative Capstone
|OLCU 681||Leadership Capstone Seminar||3|