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Online Master’s Program in Organizational Leadership & Change

Students in the online M.A. Organizational Leadership and Change program will lean on their own emotional intelligence to help build leadership skills for jobs in business and management that can affect social change in the world.

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20 months part-time or 14 months full-time

30 units required for completion

2 available locations & online

Online M.A. Organizational Leadership & Change

The organizational leadership program at Pacific Oaks is based upon the theory that leadership requires skill and self-knowledge to be authentic, and that authentic leadership is essential to creating organizations with sustainable value.

The M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Change program is a flexible program designed to meet the needs of busy students who may be unable to stop their lives to pursue an education. Each student will also have the chance to deepen their understanding of a field that she/he is passionate about by applying their previous work experience into an Applied Research Project.

This master’s in organizational leadership program offers working professionals an opportunity to advance their careers or to embark on a new career path. Developing foundational management and leadership competencies, graduates of the M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Change program will be well-equipped for leadership positions in a variety of areas, including nonprofit, for profit, consultation, education, or local government.

Sample Courses

Leadership and Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on three areas: leadership from the inside out, the power of habits, and using questions to affect or even change an organization’s behavior. To know one’s self is to be authentic. Moreover, to be a successful leader, one must be authentic. However, it is not enough to understand oneself as an individual or a leader, but to also understand one’s behaviors and habits, thus enabling an individual to understand the organization’s behaviors and habits. This course will take the learner on an inward journey to bring about outward success as a leader making organizational behavior changes.

Strategic Planning and Decision Making

Through an understanding of systems theory and learning organizations, this course will focus on strategic thinking, innovation, and creativity. Critical for organizations to ensure a viable and robust future, leaders of today and tomorrow must maximize the skills, talents, and knowledge of its people, while wisely managing it resources.

Managing External Relationships

This course provides perspectives and skill building for leaders to identify and assess the needs of external stakeholders, necessary to promote the mission and sustainability of the organization. An understanding of the similarities and differences of for-profit and nonprofit organizations enhances a leader’s ability to build authentic relationships. Collaborative relationship building will be understood through communication strategies spanning interpersonal and intrapersonal perspectives. In addition, the influence of social media and its multiple platforms will be examined.


Admissions Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement