Comparing an MBA to a master's in organizational leadership

January 01, 2017 by Brandman Career Services

MBA students

MAOL students

Build qualitative (people) and quantitative (number) skills

Build qualitative (people) and teamwork skills

Focus on people, sustainability and profit

Focus on people, vision and ethics

Create value though innovative and strategic decision-making

Create value by aligning people with vision and mission

Strategize to achieve marketing, financial and economic goals

Empower and inspire people to achieve organizational and professional goals

Increase business value through improved systems

Collaborate to find new solutions to complex problems

Enhance business value and efficiency with your MBA

Enhance employee engagement and productivity with your MAOL

What is the difference between MBA & MAOL?

The MBA and MAOL share core values and many courses.

MBA students pursue a track focused on quantitative skills while emphasizing administration and management functions within an organization.

MA in Organizational Leadership students pursue a course of study that emphasizes building and applying effective leadership skills needed in today’s organizations

MBA Career Options*

  • Business Development
  • Business Strategy Analyst
  • Data Analytics
  • Economic Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Innovation Director
  • Logistics Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Survey Researcher
  • Operations and Supply Chain
  • Purchasing
  • Social Media Engineer
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Healthcare Executive

MAOL Career Options*

  • Account Executive
  • Business Area Manager
  • Community Outreach
  • Continuous Improvement Leader
  • Engagement Program Manager/Employee Relations
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Learning Design Specialist
  • Management Consultant
  • Organizational Change/Development Manager
  • Organizational Effectiveness Director
  • Peace Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Public Relations
  • Talent Development
  • Executive Manager

*The above lists are possible fields and occupations representative, but not exclusive or limited to, employment options for each degree. Some positions listed require additional training, education, and/or experience prior to job eligibility.

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