Influence matters.

As an aspiring and emerging leader, you have first-hand knowledge about the demand for 21st century managerial and administrative skills. Recognizing the need for effective, sustainable and strategic leadership practices in order to achieve both short-term and long-term organizational goals is the first step toward success. Continue to advance and improve as an influencer in your organization with a graduate degree in organizational leadership.

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership provides a professionally relevant curriculum for first-line, front-line supervisors and middle managers with leadership responsibilities. Through case study exercises and intercultural competency training, expert faculty members prioritize your development as a leader and growth as a reflective practitioner. You'll graduate able to integrate knowledge from multiple fields of study within the discipline of organizational leadership; develop context-based solutions for use within diverse, multi-faceted workplace environments; and articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its embodiment through Christian virtues.

  • Overview

    • School: Adult & Graduate Studies
    • Division: Business
    • Degree Type: Master of Arts
    • Format: On campus, Online
    • Location: Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo
  • Convenient Format

    As a nonprofit, Christ-centered university, we strive to provide an accessible education that fits your needs.

    Take courses in a way that's easy for you with classes offered in a 100% online or on-campus format. On-campus courses meet once a week from 6-10 p.m.

    • Program Length: 19-20 months
    • Start Date: Coming soon!

    You may qualify to enroll at an alternate time. Call 800.947.2382 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

    Career Opportunities

    This master's program readies you for management and leadership career opportunities as a leadership consultant, human resource leader, business consultant or general manger in a variety of areas.

    • Health care
    • Higher education
    • Insurance
    • Sales
    • Manufacturing
    • Governmental agencies
    • Technology and IT
    • Retail
  • Course Topics

    You'll add value to your career through preparation to lead people in diverse organizations with knowledge of the following disciplines:

    • Leadership and employee development
    • Organizational behavior
    • Organizational decision making
    • Conflict management
    • Business law
    • Budgeting and financial resource management
    • Human resources and diversity
    • Strategic management

    Admission Requirements

    • Application ($25 fee)
    • Official college and/or military transcripts*
    • Minimum 2.7 G.P.A. if one or more years of work experience
    • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. if less than one year of work experience
    • Professional resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • International Students: TOEFL or IELTS score

    *Tip: Send us a transcript release for each college you've attended, and we'll request your transcripts!

  • Cost Breakdown

    A college degree is an investment. Expenses include tuition, a course reservation fee, educational resources and an application fee.

    • Tuition: $550 per credit
    • Educational Resources: $200 per course
    • Application and Reservation Fee: $55
    • Cost Per Three Credit Course: $1,850
    • Total Estimated Cost: $22,255

    For more information on the total program cost, review our tuition and fees.


    We are dedicated to continuously improving our programs to provide you with the skills needed to reach your professional goals.

    Signifying this, our bachelor's and master's business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

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Compare the M.B.A. and M.A. in Organizational Leadership

Both the M.B.A. and M.A. in Organizational Leadership degree programs empower you with practical skills and experience to take your next step in your career. Check out this guide to help you determine which degree path best aligns with your goals.

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