Dec 02, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

  •  Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

Students having any questions about courses or admissions policies should see their assigned academic advisor. The M.A. Curriculum is designed to sharpen the leadership skills required in business and non-profit organizations, government, military and educational organizations. The program provides them with an opportunity to develop these skills in an online or traditional format. 

Completing a second Masters degree:
To complete a second masters degree  in the College of Business, a minimum of 27 additional credit hours are required. If a student has completed a MBA with a leadership emphasis, he cannot double count leadership electives for both the MBA and MA in Org. Leadership.

M.A. in Organzational Leadership Curriculum (33 hours)

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership was developed to provide leaders from all walks of life with the opportunity to grow and develop. Students will be taught various aspects of leadership including the nature of leadership, culture, alignment, organizational behavior, communication, and the change process. The program was created with the working professional in mind.  Courses can be completed online or in the evening.

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership consists of a minimum of thirty three (33) semester-hours of credit.  The thirty three hour requirement will include a Foundation (3 courses), Core (4 to 7 courses), Capstone (1 course), Electives (0 to 3 courses). To provide flexibility, students may select as an elective any graduate course in the College of Business for which they have the prerequisites. 

The curriculum breaks down into six segments:

Orientation (0 hours)

Foundation Courses (9 hours)

Core Curriculum (12 hours)

Capstone (3 hours)

Electives (9 hours)

Exit Assessment (o hours)

Orientation (0 hours)

For the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership,

  is mandatory. Students will receive general information about graduate education, an orientation to sites on campus, an opportunity to meet some of the officials of the University, and the opportunity to ask questions about the program. M.A. orientation will also provide students with an introduction to the academic rules and expectations of the program, an orientation to the type of technology they will be using, and an outline of the curriculum. The orientation program may be offered during summer if an adequate number of students register.

Foundation (9 hours)

Students should begin with foundation courses before moving into core courses. Foundation courses are designed to frame the core courses by creating a platform on which to build additional knowledge. Foundation courses include the following:

M.A. in Organzational Leadership Core (12 - 21 hours)

All M.A. students must complete 4 to 7 out the following 8 core courses, which account for twelve (12) to twenty one (21) credit hours. If you choose to take more than 4 courses, the other course(s) will count toward your MA electives.

Capstone (3 hours)

The capstone course is offered each Fall and Spring. While it does not have to be the last class, it should be taken after completion of Foundation and Core courses.

Electives (0-9 hours)

Students may choose any three graduate courses taught within the College of Business (BUSI) except those which are prerequisites for our MBA Program.  For example, BUSI 501 - BUSI 508 cannot count as electives.

The graduate courses taught by the College of Business which may be used as electives in the M.A. include:

College of Business graduate courses with prerequisites:

Students may take any Graduate courses taught by the College of Business for which they have the prerequisites.

M.A. in Organzational Leadership Exit Assessment

At the end of their program, all students are required to complete 

  in their final semester, as a graduation requirement.