Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program of Study



Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program of Study

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) is a flexible, multidisciplinary curriculum — grounded in a five-course Leadership Core — that you'll individualize through a concentration, electives, and an action project or thesis:

  • 3-10 COURSES for a concentration of your choice (3-10 courses): Dispute Resolution, Ethics and Leadership, Healthcare Leadership, Information Services and Technology, Spirituality and Leadership, Strategic Management. Find out more about these six concentration options.

Most courses are offered for three credits. You'll complete a minimum of 39 credits (or 44, if you're pursuing a Dispute Resolution concentration). A 109-credit dual degree (MAOL/JD) option is also available.


Vice president of diversity and inclusion, Great Lakes region | Wells Fargo

"The MAOL program did so much for me that I want to share it with other team members at Wells Fargo. I gained leadership skills that taught me how to influence, stay true to my ethics, and manage and inspire change within my organization."

Certificate options

Some students — who may already have advanced degrees, or are not yet ready to commit to a full master's, or are simply interested in a more concentrated program — enroll as certificate students. Certificates require 5-7 courses, and are offered in each of the six concentration areas listed above. Details here.

Active​, collaborativ​e learning

Learning is hands-on and pragmatic. You will apply your learning immediately to your career and your life. And you will deepen your skills for critical analysis and communication, guided by accomplished faculty and enhanced by fellow students from many fields who share their substantial experience.

In each MAOL course, you'll take an active part in challenging dialogues, group projects and role-playing simulations that develop your critical thinking, leadership, decision-making and communication skills. You'll present your research to fellow professionals — faculty and fellow students — and, likely your own organization. You'll learn to collaborate while collaborating to learn, just as you do in your dynamic workplace.