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MA in Organizational Leadership (MyPath)

UMass Global's self-paced MyPath Master of Organizational Leadership online is built to help you harness your professional motivation and drive change from within an organization

Self-Paced MAOL Online Degree Overview

The UMass Global MAOL online Competency-Based program is a self-paced learning format based on competency mastery. If you are a self-starting professional who wants to use your experience to become proficient in desired skills and complete the program faster, this online organizational leadership degree is designed specifically for you.

Choose from one of three tracks that meets your educational needs; Standard Track, Military Track, or the Project Management Track.

As a MyPath master's in organizational leadership online student, you will:

  • Enhance possible promotion opportunities.
  • Gain career transition techniques.
  • Start any week you’re ready.
  • Move entirely at your own pace.
  • Apply military experience toward your degree*.

* Requirements vary. Consult your academic advisor for more information.


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$3500/6 month access

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Ways to Learn

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If I put more time in it I can get it done faster.  The best part is that you find out what you do know and what you need to know.
Venita C. | MyPath BBA, Information Systems Management
The courses are designed to allow me to apply the knowledge immediately. The assignments often support initiatives I am working on within my job such as public speaking and written communication, which allows me to demonstrate my career development improvements.
Current Student | MyPath
I actually got to be part of a team to write the policies and procedures at my work. I don't think I would have been able to be a part of that team if I hadn't finished the English curriculum and that was all because I started here at Brandman*.
Real World Experience With Immediate Value | MyPath BBA
*Brandman University is now UMass Global
Being a college graduate has been on my ‘bucket’ list for over 20 years. Finishing college will be a huge feeling of accomplishment.
Current Student | MyPath
The flexibility is 100% my favorite thing. There are no deadlines. It means that if something does get in the way I don't get stressed about that.
Colin G. | MyPath BBA, Management and Organizational Leadership
The greatest value to me is the flexibility of the program because I travel frequently. It allows me to complete my degree while working in a challenging career that does not have predictable schedules or demands.
Current Student | MyPath
On several occasions, the conversations turn to where ‘we’ went to school… I secretly cringe waiting for them to ask what my degree is in. I feel this is the one place where I lack credibility in my job... and where having a degree will make a difference.
Current Student | MyPath
The faculty is always available and responsive; they work within my schedule when making appointments even if that means after 5:00 PM or on the weekends. They are extremely supportive, knowledgeable, and encouraging.
Current Student | MyPath
From the very start of my inquiry I have been impressed by the overwhelming support I receive from the entire team. The MyPath team is organized in such a way that all of my needs are met and exceed my expectation.
Current Student | MyPath
I love that I am in control of the pace of my program yet the material is challenging and comprehensive.
Current Student | MyPath
When comparing the CBE experience to my previous traditional college experience, the CBE program is so much more fitting in allowing me to maintain a full time job and complete my degree.
Current Student | MyPath
So far, my main interaction has been with Tutorial Faculty. Having been out of school for a very long time and never having written anything of much significance at the college level, I was very intimidated by my first written final assessment. Being able to send her my work and receive feedback made me feel much more confident about the work I was producing and eventually submitted for grading.
Current Student | MyPath
Pace is up to me, which is the way I need it. There are times when I am super motivated and can sit for 3-4 hours doing school work and times when I start, get 15 minutes in, can't concentrate and have to walk away. I know that completing my degree from a timing standpoint is completely up to me.
Current Student | MyPath
In some of the early competencies (Strategies, Marketing, etc.) I sailed through a lot of the coursework because it was material that I already use in my workplace.
Current Student | MyPath

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    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this Master program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • 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

    Most of UMass Global’s Master Degree programs do not require a graduate level exam; however, there are a few that do. For detailed information about which UMass Global programs have graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog.


    Master's in Organizational Leadership Program Curriculum

    • The competency-based Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program consists of three Domains, each with four competencies, for a total of 12 competencies overall. Domain 1 focuses on the leadership foundations. Domain 2, which includes a capstone competency to reinforce the application of concepts and theories learned throughout the degree program, focuses on leadership practices.

      Students complete one of the three tracks in Domain 3; 1) Standard Track; 2) Military Track for eligible military and veterans only; and, 3) Project Management Track for students who have completed the UC, Irvine Extension Project Management Certificate.

      Domain 1: Leadership Foundations - Core

      OLCC 501: Data-Driven Decision-Making and Planning

      Analyze research and scholarly sources to make sound organizational decisions.

      OLCC 600: Foundations of Organizational Leadership

      Evaluate classical and contemporary leadership theories to refine leadership practices.

      OLCC 601: Ethical Leadership and Decision Making

      Apply ethical principles to inform decision-making.

      HRCC 603: Globalization and Diversity

      Assess inclusive leadership strategies as they relate to leadership in a global and diverse organization.

      Domain 2: Leadership Practices - Core

      OLCC 613: Organizational Theory and Behavior

      Apply motivation and behavioral theories to impact organizational performance.

      OLCC 614: Team Leadership and Collaboration

      Utilize team-building principles to promote organizational effectiveness.

      OLCC 615: Change Management

      Evaluate theories and models that leaders implement to effectively lead change.

      OLCC 681: Organizational Leadership Capstone

      Evaluate a strategic organizational issue from multiple perspectives to recommend effective leadership approaches and an action plan.

    • Domain 3: Expanding Leadership Foundations and Practices - Standard Track (Core Supporting)

      BUSC 600: Leadership and Business Operations

      Examine the impact of core business functions essential to organizational decision-making.

      BUSC 683: Strategic Project Management

      Create a strategic project management plan that aligns with the organizational mission.

      HRCC 630: Conflict and Negotiation

      Apply conflict resolution strategies within an organizational setting.

      OLCC 632: Leadership and Innovation

      Apply innovative frameworks and strategies to address organizational problems.

    • Domain 3: Expanding Leadership Foundations and Practices - Military Track (Core Supporting)

      HRCC 618: Career Management

      Create effective personal and organizational career development plans.

      HRCC 646: Training and Development

      Apply effective training and development practices to meet individual and organizational needs.

      OLCC 641: Leadership in Military Communication

      Apply appropriate communication strategies, formats and principles in military scenarios.

      OLCC 643: Military Operations Leadership

      Apply military operations principles and theories to meet established objectives.

    • Domain 3: Expanding Leadership Foundations and Practices - Project Management Track (Core Supporting)

      BUSC 685: Project Planning

      Create a comprehensive project plan.

      BUSC 686: Project Execution

      Recommend strategies that promote project management efficiency for a project in an organization.

      BUSC 687: Managing Multiple Projects

      Develop effective strategies for managing multiple projects within an organization.

    • Domain 3: Expanding Leadership Foundations and Practices - Elective Transfer Track (Core Supporting)

      Twelve credit transfer of select elective competencies in disciplines related to Leadership, Administration and/or Management may be applied to fulfill the requirements of Domain 3 for this degree program.


    UMass Global MyPath is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission and the U.S. Department of Education. The curriculum in the UMass Global MyPath program is accredited and equal to a traditional program, but is delivered in a different and innovative way.

    As you progress, select programs are awarded digital “badges” for competencies you have mastered, providing a way to show what skills and abilities you have gained. The badges will be awarded as certification of skills, and can be displayed on LinkedIn and other social networks, online resumes and professional portfolios. The number of competencies required range from 39-60 depending on the program.

    CBEN Member

    University of Massachusetts Global is a member of C-BEN. C-BEN recognizes that today, competency-based education is still an emerging field with a small number of people and institutions understanding enough to describe it or implement it. C-BEN’s efforts focus on three main priorities: growing demand, building capacity, and removing barriers.

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