Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Development Program Features

Students develop the skills necessary to effectively manage and influence people.

Flexibility – With flexibility in the scheduling, the program is designed to meet the needs of both the working professional and the recent college graduate.  Two courses are offered one evening per week to provide you with the flexibility needed to balance your educational and professional responsibilities.

Integration of Theory and Practical Application – The program emphasizes the application of theory to professional practice. You will learn how to apply evidence-based approaches to address organizational challenges and critical issues. Each class is a practice lab where you not only learn theory, but have the opportunity to apply new skills, observe the impact of your actions, and make modifications that can be applied in your organization.

Choose Your Focus – The program provides tailored learning experiences to meet individual career goals. Research and applied projects and elective courses can be tailored for specific career objectives. Consider the following examples:

  • A student wishing to pursue a career in Human Resources/Organization Development could take courses in Talent Management, Organization Assessment, Organization Consulting, and Organization Development.
  • A student wishing to advance into a Management and Leadership role in his or her organization could take graduate courses in Business, Management, and Strategic Communication and Leadership.
  • A student wishing to pursue a career in Health Care Leadership could take courses in Health Care Communication, Management, and Business.

Professional Networking– Joining the program connects you to a strong and supportive network of professionals, alumni, and faculty committed to your professional growth and development.  You will progress through a thoughtfully sequenced series of core courses with the same colleagues and develop multiple learning relationships. 

Adaptive Learning – We surveyed senior leaders in the region about the knowledge and skills that they believe are most critical for success. Based on their feedback and the current research, we developed a curriculum that emphasizes adaptive learning and uses a learning framework grounded in development theory. We believe the essence of leadership and organization development involves the capacity to facilitate your own growth and that of others. The best leaders and organizations create a learning context to both challenge and support the unlimited potential of individuals, teams and organizations – enabling them to adapt to challenges and succeed.


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