MA, Organizational Leadership

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

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. The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program prepares students to take full advantage of leadership positions within their organizations, enabling them to make powerful and positive differences in the workforce.

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the program can be customized with electives in human resources, health administration, education, psychology and criminal justice. It is particularly tailored to the mid-career professional looking to develop the conceptual skills needed to emphasize organizational excellence.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Leadership: Articulate a personal philosophy of leadership that reflects a sense of self as leader.
  • Critical Analysis: Analyze organizational leadership issues using a theory based approach.
  • Systems: Evaluate personal and organizational effectiveness using systems thinking principles.
  • Ethics: Create a personal ethical decision making model.
  • Collaboration: Apply collaboration and team skills.
  • Change: Apply change management strategies to practical situations in organizations.

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 Organization Development and Change 3
Total Credits 9


III. Elective Courses

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 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. 12
Total Credits 12


IV. Integrative Capstone

OLCU 681 Leadership Capstone Seminar 3
Total Credits 3


Total Credits 36
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