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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Development


Program Focus

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Development is a unique interdisciplinary program that prepares graduates for leadership and organization development positions in corporate, not-for-profit, health care and community organizations. Relative to an MBA program, the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Development focuses on human processes in organizations as opposed to business processes and systems. The program prepares graduates to be exceptional leaders and consultants who can make their organizations and communities better places through an understanding of human behavior and psychology applied to organizations. Graduates develop competencies in strategic planning, change leadership, conflict management, team effectiveness and evidence-based decision making.

For Whom Is the Program Intended?

Graduates will be uniquely prepared for entry or advancement in one of the many fast-growing areas of:

  • Organization Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Health Care Leadership

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Organizational Leadership & Development master’s degree, you should be able to:

  • Think critically and reflectively
  • Be an effective change agent who can impact real, sustainable positive change
  • Develop the capacity to see things from multiple perspectives through co-inquiry
  • Make informed decisions using evidence-based methods
  • Apply ethical principles for socially responsible leadership

What is Organizational Leadership and Development?

Organizational Leadership and Development emphasizes the system-wide application of psychological science knowledge and practices to make planned changes that increase an organization’s effectiveness and employees’ well-being. We focus on the human side of change as opposed to business systems or technological change including:

  • Human process (conflict management, decision making, team processes and development)
  • Structural (employee involvement)
  • Human resource management (employee engagement, talent management, multicultural education)
  • Strategic (strategic planning and change, change leadership)

What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development?

Career opportunities include occupations in fast-growing fields such as:

  • Organization Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Health Care Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Talent Management
  • General & Operations Managers
  • Community Service Managers

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