Vision 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 towards 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: Onsite, Online
    • Location: Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo
  • Quick Facts

    • Program Length: 18-20 months
    • Delivery Format: Onsite and online
      • Accelerated cohort model
      • Flexible, convenient learning options
      • On-site courses meet 6 - 10 p.m.
    • Total Program Credit Hours: 36
    • Program Start Date: Cohorts begin periodically throughout the year. Speak with an enrollment counselor today to learn more.
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission


    • New Skills and Proficiencies: You'll graduate able to provide practical solutions to workplace problems and lead individuals in diverse organizational environments.
    • Career Opportunities: The M.A. in Organizational Leadership program prepares you for leadership roles at higher education institutions, for-profit business, non-profit organizations, religious institutions or family businesses.
  • 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 transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Send a completed transcript release form for each college you've attended to the PGS enrollment team, and we'll request your transcripts!
    • Minimum 2.7 G.P.A. if 1 or more years of work experience
    • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. if less than 1 year of work experience
    • Professional resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
  • English Language Proficiency

    If your primary language is not English, you must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

    For admission to Cornerstone's Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree program, you must achieve one of the following minimum scores:

    • Paper-based TOEFL test: 577
    • Computer-based TOEFL test: 233
    • Internet-based TOEFL test: 90-91
    • Minimum IELTS score: 7.9

    Tuition Costs and Financing

    To understand the total estimated cost and investment of the Master of Science in Management program, review a breakdown of expenses:

    • Application Fee: $25
    • Reservation Fee: $30
    • Tuition Cost: $460 per credit hour
    • Technology Fee: $40
    • Resource Fee: $200 per course
    • Total Estimated Cost: $19,495

    Cornerstone University's commitment to offer you a competitively priced degree means that we partner with you to ensure its affordability. Preview our step-by-step financial aid checklist.

Program Courses

A maximum of 6 master-level credit hours completed within the last seven years may be transferred from accredited colleges and/or universities. The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree requires completion of the following classes:

  • Research Methods (BUS-505) — 7 weeks, 3 credits
    An examination of research methods available for the 21st century organization and statistical concepts useful for data-driven decision making. Focus is placed on the systematic process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting research articles and data to answer a specific research question. The course will also introduce students to basic descriptive and inferential statistical tools within the context of a business related problem.
  • Organizational Leadership (MGT-532) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    A survey of current literature on the topic of leadership. A foundation of research and theory is laid to form the context for more specific topical study throughout the program. Special emphasis is placed on the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in servant leadership.
  • Organizational Behavior and Change (MGT-531) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    The study of the behavior of individuals and teams within organizations based on current management theory. Emphasis is given to understanding, predicting, motivating and changing work-related behaviors in organizations. Key topics include organizational structure, understanding culture, power, diversity, leadership and communication within the organization.
  • Organizational Decision-Making (MGT-542) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    An opportunity to explore decision-making models within organizations for the purpose of improving problem-solving and individual performance within the context of working with, supervising and leading others. A specific emphasis in this course is on biases, unconscious judgments, cognitive blind spots and other limitations that mediate, moderate or impede effective decision-making within personal and professional contexts. Research, theories and models are presented to help improve organizational decision-making.
  • Managing and Maximizing Diversity (MGT-536) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    A study of the knowledge and skills necessary to manage and maximize the potential of an increasingly diverse workforce. Emphasis is placed on the benefits of a systematic and systemic approach to assessment, measurement, design and implementation of a sustainable diversity initiative. Students identify values and beliefs about people who are different from themselves and develop specific leadership strategies for managing a diverse workforce.
  • Team Leadership and Conflict Management (MGT-543) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    A course with an emphasis on research, theories and models that help learners understand and more effectively use strategies for improved leadership within a team-based context. Because it is inextricably tied to the challenges of working in teams, interpersonal conflict is investigated as part of the necessary leadership behavior that comes from working with and for others in addition to supervising and managing people and projects. Practical strategies are emphasized for improving leadership and conflict management.
  • Business Law for Managers, Supervisors and Organizational Leaders (BUS-661) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    An examination of the legal environment and its effect on business decisions and operations. Contracts, commercial and consumer law, and ethical awareness in corporate life are studied, along with guidelines for executive actions that produce a moral organizational culture.
  • Human Resource Leadership (MGT-638) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    A focus on current issues in the field of human resource management emphasizing legal issues, career development, job definition and job qualification. Labor/management conflict from behavioral and institutional viewpoints is also examined.
  • Employee Development and Performance Management (MGT-640) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    This course focuses on supervisory responsibilities of developing employees through the entire performance management process, which includes coaching and caring for others, developing those for whom one is responsible, and the utilizing an appraisal process that includes feedback, expectations and evaluation.
  • Budgeting and Financial Resource Management (FIN-644) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    A study of the key accounting and finance principles that provide managers with a better understanding of the financial aspects of organizations. Topics include interpretation and analysis of financial statements, budgeting, time value of money and investment alternatives.
  • Strategic Leadership (MGT-639) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    An in-depth analysis and evaluation of corporate and business strategies. Students are expected to demonstrate that they have the ability to integrate the various disciplines in the program and practical management experience for the purpose of solving a management and leadership problem through case analysis and critique. Topics include crafting an executive strategy, managing diversification, global market competition and analysis of resources and competitive position.
  • Organizational Leadership Capstone (MGT-540) — 3 credit hours, 6 weeks
    An opportunity for students to synthesize information received throughout the degree program, create a leadership development plan for immediate and future use, and assess the impact of their personality and emotional intelligence (EI) on leadership performance. A distinctive feature of this class will be an assessment geared toward identifying each student's EI and a coaching session with a certified EI coach who will help the students identify leadership strengths and opportunities for growth.

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