MA in Organizational Leadership

Move your career and company forward with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) degree designed specifically for busy working adults.

Great Leaders Are Needed in Every Industry — Including Yours

Enroll in the Master of Organizational Leadership program and learn to identify issues, analyze opportunities and communicate your vision. As an online student in UMass Global’s WSCUC-accredited MAOL program, you’ll develop the skills you need to enhance promotion opportunities and gain career transition techniques to carry throughout your career.

You’ll learn to how to solve problems strategically, collaborate with diverse teams, navigate complex high-stakes relationships and lead with confidence — then take all those skills right back to your job.

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Summer II (Jun 24, 2024)

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Customizable Degrees

Choose from electives such as business administration, computer science and information systems, education, health administration, human resources and more.

Finish Faster

Full-time students can complete a leadership master's degree in just over a year.* We also offer a self-paced option for those who want to use their previous learning and work experience to accelerate.

Leverage Your Prior Experience

Most students can transfer up to nine credits toward their master’s. Service members can apply their training toward their degree, transferring up to 15 units of military coursework.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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    The MAOL program expanded my understanding of how people interact, revealed shortfalls within those interactions and allowed me to use newly developed skills to fill needed areas in communication and leadership.
    Angelo C.
    MA, Organizational Leadership,
    I personally know that the MAOL prepared me to be a better leader and manage multiple projects. The program enabled me to take what I learned and apply in the workplace right away.
    Aimee A.
    MA, Organizational Leadership

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this master's degree program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted

    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    Graduate Level Exams

    This Master’s degree program does not require applicants to take costly exams like the GRE/GMAT. Why? Because we value your professional and life experience. You should get credit for what you already know.


    Curriculum Designed for Practical Business Application

    Courses in the master’s degree in organizational leadership program are designed to equip you with skills and knowledge that you can immediately apply to your job. Work toward your MAOL in four distinct stages:

    1. Start with a strong foundation of organizational leadership theory.
    2. Put what you learned into practice.
    3. Choose elective courses that align with your professional and career goals.
    4. Complete an integrative capstone course that reinforces the application of all the concepts and theories you learned throughout the program.
      Code Course Name Credits
      Theoretical Foundation: The Vision, Mission & Values of Organizational Leadership 12
      OLCU 501 Organizational Research


      OLCU 600 Foundations of Organizational Leadership


      OLCU 601 Democracy, Ethics and Leadership


      OLCU 650 Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Leaders


      Enacting the Vision: Putting Leadership into Practice


      OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics


      OLCU 614 Leadership & Team Development


      OLCU 615 Leading Organizational Change


      Elective Courses


      Twelve graduate-level credits selected from programs in Criminal Justice, Education, Human Resources, Business Administration, Computer Science and Information Systems, Health Administration, Public Administration, Organizational Leadership and Psychology.


      Integrative Capstone


      OLCU 681 Leadership Capstone Seminar


      Total Credits


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    * Based on the average full-time civilian and military students who successfully progress through the program. 
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