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M.S. in Organizational Leadership

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Prepare to Lead

Grand View’s online Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree prepares strong leaders for successful careers. You’ll be equipped to contribute innovative strategies and new perspectives to your organization, whether it’s a for-profit company, an entrepreneurial endeavor, a government agency, a not-for-profit organization or the military.

Application Requirements

We accept applications on a rolling basis and classes start every 8 weeks. Please note that the admissions team will not review an application until it is completed with all of its supporting documents, which include:

  • Application for admission
  • A $40 application fee
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • 3.0 GPA (applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are encouraged to apply for provisional admission)
  • No GRE or GMAT is required
  • An updated resume and cover letter
  • 2 references (professional and/or academic)
  • All offical transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended by the student, which should also reflect the date of degree conferral from the bachelor's degree program

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Organizational Leader Course Offerings

Theory and Practice of Leadership (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to historical and emergent research perspectives on leadership. Students will compare and contrast various leadership theories and models and identify their strengths and weaknesses for potential application in organizational settings. An integral component of this course is students' personal reflections about their leadership abilities and style and completion of various leadership assessments.

Leadership Communication (3 credits)

This course will enhance students’ written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to effectively inform, influence, and/or inspire both internal and external stakeholders. Students will explore and expand upon their own communication processes and increase their ability to plan and adapt their communication to meet the needs of different audiences. A central focus will be on developing and practicing skills and techniques to gain commitment and influence action through written communication, persuasive presentations, negotiation, coaching conversations, and more.

Evidence Based Practice (3 credits)

This course focuses on the analysis of evidence (both quantitative and qualitative data) for application to the students’ professional practice setting. This course will provide a foundation for students to explore the strengths and limitations of various research designs and develop critical skills essential to the interpretation and application of evidence (data). Students will learn how to identify and evaluate the credibility of data and how to use data from multiple sources to make informed decisions.  

Leading Effective Teams (3 credits)

This course will focus on developing the conceptual base and skill sets that are used in building effective work teams. There will be particular focus on developing an understanding of the challenges and opportunities encountered in building impactful culturally diverse teams. Students will learn how to build and lead a team, facilitate team performance, and manage team conflict and decision making.

Innovation and Change (3 credits)

This course will focus on innovation, change, and interrelated systems and functions within the organization. The student will gain an understanding of how the impact of innovation and change in one system has on other systems within the organization. The course will provide students with the opportunity to develop organizational processes and environments that foster creativity and innovation. The student will gain various skill sets to help generate overall organizational effectiveness in regards to innovation and change.

Ethics, Employee Engagement, and Organizational Culture (3 credits)

This course examines contemporary approaches to ethical employee engagement and organizational culture. Students will learn how to analyze the culture of an organization and apply the most effective employee engagement and motivational practices based on this analysis. The course will also focus on the need to develop and apply cultural and ethical awareness when motivating employees.

Financial Management (3 credits)

This course examines the role of financial resource management as a tool to organizational success. Focus will be on budgeting, short-term and long-term planning, financial resources, allocation of resources, as well as general understanding of the role of financial statements in decision making. Students will use financial tools to plan and evaluate decisions through case analyses as well as hands-on projects.

Mentoring, Coaching, and Leadership Development (3 credits)

This course will examine the role of mentoring and coaching in leadership development. Each student will complete a leadership assessment instrument to identify strengths and weaknesses in core and adaptive leadership skills. The student will Identify desired areas of growth, collaborate with a mentor/coach, and develop skill sets for personal leadership development and for developing leadership in others.

Strategic Thinking, Global Awareness, and Social Responsibility (3 credits)

This course will examine aspects of strategic leadership from the strategic management and corporate social responsibility perspectives.  Emphasis will be placed on the role and skills of strategic leaders in the development and implementation of strategies in the local, national, and global environments.  Students will explore various aspects of strategic decision making focusing on organizational performance, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.

Leadership Capstone Seminar (3 credits)

This course is designed to synthesize students learning in the program by examination of their leadership philosophy and professional development achieved in the program. Students will develop a leadership portfolio that will compile and document students' leadership competencies and understanding of the leadership principles covered in the program.

Organizational Leader Comparisons

Graduate study in business
Which path is right for you?

When considering a graduate program in business, you have several options that may fit your career goals and personal aspirations. This chart will help you compare GV's Organizational Leader to choices in advanced business education available at other institutions.

MS in Organizational Leadership

Offered at Grand View
Masters in Business
Administration (MBA)

Offered at many other universities
Masters in Public Administration

Offered at some other universities
The MSOL  prepares graduates for mid-level managerial roles or organizational leader roles in private as well as public organizations. The MBA prepares graduates for mid-level managerial roles within a private organization. The MPA prepares graduates for mid-level managerial roles within public and non-profit organizations.
Program of study emphasizes leadership, decision-making, evidence-based management, practice of managing and changing people and organizations, and promoting positive growth in the context of dynamic organizations. Curriculum blends theory and application via casework, professional articles and team projects. Program of study includes significant quantitative components, including economics and finance, as well as exposure to multiple functions within business. Frequently case driven, MBA programs blend the various functions of business through discussion and decision-making simulations. Program of study includes management and operations within the context of governmental or nonprofit organizations. Greater emphasis on diversity, ethics, policy making and influencing societal goals.


Course Schedule

You can complete this 30-credit program in 21 months online. You may begin the program every eight weeks. Click here for a current schedule.