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Masters in Organizational Leadership

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. This program is the best option for students looking to develop skills they can put to work immediately in a variety of organizational settings.


Why Grand View?

  • It's a degree you can finish while you keep your current job and a degree you can use. 
  • Online courses structured for working professionals.
  • Only 30 credits (21 month completion for most students)
  • Suitable for leaders in business, nonprofits, military and government, as well as entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Courses start every eight weeks - jump in when it's convenient for you
  • Spend three days on campus for a leadership development seminar with professional mentors (or complete the seminar online)

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Admission and Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution, evidenced by an official transcript.
  • Validated minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Students below 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance.)
  • A minimum of two years of full-time employment or approval of the Graduate Committee
  • Complete the application for admission.
  • Application fee of $40 (nonrefundable).

Submit the following:

  • Include a statement of purpose with application that addresses: 1) the student’s interest in the program, including the identification of short-term and long-term career goals; 2) the skills and experiences the student will contribute to the program; 3) expectations the student has of the program.
  • A professional resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
Course Requirements

Requirements (30 credits)

BSGR 502 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.
BSGR 513 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.
BSGR 510 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.
BSGR 560 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.
BSGR 521 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.
BSGR 550 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.
BSGR 555 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.
BSGR 570 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.
BSGR 580 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.
BSGR 595 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.

Krumm Business Center

Named after college benefactor and former Maytag CEO, Daniel J. Krumm, this academic building houses general-purpose classrooms for business students, a large lecture hall, computer lab for all students, and faculty/staff offices.The university's information technology department is also based out of the Krumm Center.

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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 (includes a $40 application fee)
  • Two references (one personal and one professional)
  • No GRE/GMAT scores required
  • Two years of full-time employment or approval of the Council of Graduate Studies
  • GPA of 3.0 (students below 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance)
  • A cover letter that addresses interest in the program, career goals and contributions to the program
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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. The information below 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 University. 
  • The MSOL prepares graduates for mid-level managerial roles or organizational leader roles in private as well as public 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.
Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
  • Not offered at Grand View, but many other universities have the program available.
  • The MBA prepares graduates for mid-level managerial roles within a private organization.
  • 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.
Masters in Public Administration (MPA)
  • Not offered at Grand View, but some other universities include it in their graduate course options.
  • The MPA prepares graduates for mid-level managerial roles within public and non-profit organizations.
  • 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.
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