MBA in Leadership

  • MBA business administration

Master of Business Administration, Organizational Leadership

This degree program includes a core business curriculum with a foundation in leadership, corporate responsibility, ethics and sustainability. Students will learn the role of values in ethical decision-making and develop their own personal philosophies of leadership.  

Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in organizational leadership prepares you to become an influential leader in your workplace to create positive, sustainable change. Emphasis coursework introduces you to contemporary issues and views on organizational leadership, including multi-disciplinary perspectives and classic theories. 

As a student, you will:

  • Develop strong leadership abilities.
  • Understand every aspect of business practice, including financial reporting, data analytics, marketing management, organizational leadership and process innovation.
  • Learn concepts of systems thinking, mental models, shared vision, team learning, and personal mastery.  
  • Customize your educational plan by selecting one emphasis class in either organizational leadership or the related field of human resources.
  • Develop the skills needed to succeed as a management consultant, health service manager, training and development manager, human resource manager, and top executive. 

What Jobs Can I Get with My Degree?

Earning a masters degree in organizational leadership can help boost almost any professional career, regardless of industry. Graduates may go on to become management consultants, health service managers, human resource managers, and even top executives. Some may also consider becoming training and development managers who work to plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees. This often involves creating systematic efficiencies throughout the organization by implementing solutions with overall business functions in mind all while fostering positive growth for individuals and groups within the workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the career outlook for these types of positions is projected to grow 11%, a trend that can be attributed to the new innovations in training methods and learning technologies that are expected to continue through the year 2022 [1].

For those students who have already gained significant experience and ranking within their organizations, earning their master’s degrees in business and organizational leadership can prime them for top executive positions within their companies. They represent the highest level of management at an organization, often accompanying significant salaries, and may be responsible for managing entire teams while working with other executives. The Bureau also projects that these types of careers will increase by 11% through 2022, but this figure may vary as it is largely dependent on the rate of industry growth [2]. All of these are occupations are good prospective jobs for graduate students seeking to advance their career opportunities. They are encouraged to conduct their own research and personal assessments in order to determine the right path that fits best into their personal and professional goals.

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.

The MBA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the MBA Core consisting of 24 – 36 credits depending upon course waivers. The second segment of the MBA program consists of 12 credits of electives or a designated emphasis area.


Program Requirements (36-48 credits)
Core Requirements (24 - 36 credits, depending upon waivers):

ACCU 602 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making 3
BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers 3
BUSU 630 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 3
BUSU 650 Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability 3
FINU 607 Finance Management 3
HRCU 645 Human Resource Systems 3
MKTU 605 Marketing Management 3
OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3
OLCU 632 Leadership and Innovation 3
BUSU 640 Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone 3

Prior to enrolling in the MBA (BUSU 640) capstone course, all core classes must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core class may be taken concurrently with the capstone.


MBA Emphases

Organizational Leadership Emphasis

OLCU 600 Foundations of Organizational Leadership 3
OLCU 601 Democracy, Ethics and Leadership 3
OLCU 602 Self, Systems and Leadership 3
Plus one other course from Organizational Leadership or Human Resources 3
Total Credits 12


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