This online organizational leadership master’s degree will help you function in an agile, innovative way for diverse roles. Enhance your career or secure a managerial role with this advanced study of organizational leadership.
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Courses are offered 100% online
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What is organizational leadership?

Organizational leadership is an emerging field of study. It focuses on the multi-faceted challenges of managing public, private and non-profit organizations. Organizational leaders set strategic goals for employees and the organization as a whole. These goals help the team carry out day-to-day operations and future-focused business objectives. Effective organizational leadership includes managing current operations, implementing change, tackling problems, identifying future innovations and spreading the organization’s mission and vision.

What is a master’s in organizational leadership?

The online organizational leadership master’s degree has a rigorous curriculum of theory and method. You’ll take courses in conflict mediation, workplace dynamics, institutional evolution and strategic decision-making. You’ll learn how to lead diverse teams, solve critical problems and partake in collaborative governance.

The organizational leadership program’s curriculum gives graduate students the ability to analyze, assess, critique and apply scholarship and theories of organizational leadership. This sets the stage for a solid understanding of best practices and applied aspects of leading organizations. Then, students will create use-inspired research to impact the field of organizational leadership. The program culminates in a master’s thesis or an applied project.

What can I do with a degree in organizational leadership?

If you’re interested in being a leader with adaptable skills, the organizational leadership master’s program may be ideal for you. The master’s degree will enable you to build upon your current skills and advance your career. You'll investigate organizational leadership problems and develop evidence-based solutions. As a solution-focused change agent, you’ll make an impact in your work, the community and the world.

Leadership continues to be a growing field of study in the United States. A graduate degree in organizational leadership will give you a range of adaptable skills. From conflict mediation and problem-solving to decision-making and teambuilding, you can pursue many careers. These include positions in management, education, human resources, finance and more.

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Achievements from Arizona State University

  • A prestigious global university.
  • A top producer of world’s elite scholars.
  • No. 1 public university chosen by international students.
  • No. 1 in the U.S. for innovation.
  • No. 2 in the U.S. for online undergraduate degree programs.


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Faculty accolades

The faculty members in Arizona State University’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of the college’s faculty and staff are recognized nationally and internationally for their achievements, including the following national honors and awards:

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Arizona Psychological Association, Faculty of the Year Award.
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators, Best Book Award.
  • Distinguished Leader for Women in Psychology Leadership Award.
  • Ellen Nold Award for best article in the field of computers and composition studies.
  • Fulbright Scholars.
  • Leona Tyler Award for Lifetime Distinguished Contribution to Counseling Psychology.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for the Promotion of Psychotherapeutic Science Section.

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Organizational leadership jobs

Graduates of the Master of Science in organizational leadership program can pursue a wide variety of organizational leadership jobs in sectors of management, education, human resources, finance, information technology, the public sector and health care. Career examples include but are not limited to:


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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in any area or a related field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee.
  2. Official transcripts.
  3. Letter of intent.
  4. Professional resume.
  5. Two letters of recommendation.
  6. Proof of English proficiency.

Additional application information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. An applicant whose native language is not English will be expected to have one of the following TOEFL scores: 600 traditional paper-based or 100 Internet-based, or applicant must have a passing score in the English for Graduate Admissions online course through ASU Global Launch.

GRE or GMAT scores are recommended but not required. All applicants must submit a written letter of intent that includes a detailed statement of purpose addressing how the program goals coincide with the student’s personal and professional objectives. The essay will be evaluated on the basis of content, presentation and evidence of graduate-level writing ability (500 words maximum).

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