Organizational Leadership, M.A.

Organizational Leadership Department
Designed for the experienced professional looking to inspire and lead change in an organization.

Lewis University's Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program focuses on the human side of leadership in the workplace, learning how people function and how you can help them reach their full potential.

Lewis University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program has been named among the Top 20 Online Master’s Programs in Nonprofit Management by online business education and career guide Top Management Degrees!

Lewis University is recognized as a research and educational leader in field of organizational leadership. In this program, you will learn from respected faculty with decades of experience within both academics and the workplace - and alongside peers who come from a wide variety of organizational cultures and disciplines. This challenging curriculum covers the great books of our field, foundational leadership theories and organizational intervention practices, helping you develop a foundation in:
  • Setting direction through vision and strategy
  • Supporting organizational culture
  • Building teams and managing human resources
  • Using power and influence to build consensus and manage conflict
  • Instituting a sense of ownership among employees at your organization
Small Class Sizes. Flexible Coursework.
With evening, online and blended coursework available in an accelerated 8-week format, it's never been more convenient to obtain your degree, with our:
  • One night weekly class options at our Romeovillle and Oak Brook campuses
  • On-site cohorts in organizational settings throughout northern Illinois
  • 100% online format

Plus, choose from our six concentrations to specialize your Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership to align with your career goals and professional interests:

Organizational and Leadership Coaching Concentration (NEW)
Develop the skills to become an effective internal or independent executive coach. In this concentration, certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and taught by qualified coaching practitioners, you will focus on executive coaching theories, tools and techniques that can help transform individuals into effective and trusted leaders. During the four coaching courses, you will acquire 50 of the 100 hours of coaching experience you need to sit for the ICF's credentialing exam.
  • Study the most up-to-date research-based coaching strategies and best practices, as well as the theories behind them
  • Use research models to determine personal coaching styles
  • Develop the ability to coach both on the phone as well as face-to-face
  • Learn how to establish a practice, whether it is inside an organization or as an independent consultant

Note: This concentration includes LIVE online learning with a set weekly online class time. These courses will be conducted via Adobe® Connect™ web conferencing, allowing for both instructor and peer coaching and review. Learn more with our helpful Organizational and Leadership Coaching Concentration FAQ.

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Organizational Management
This people-centric concentration will provide you with the management tools, leadership skills and understanding of human behavior to ensure employees work together effectively and efficiently. Our curriculum is focused on:

  • How to evaluate an organization's culture-its values, communication styles and philosophy
  • Elements of effective team-building, including leveraging individuals' strengths
  • Strategic planning and management of employees in an increasingly diverse setting
Not-for-Profit Management
Not only is a master's degree often required to move into high-level positions in the nonprofit world (including charities, churches and associations), but a valuable asset for students considering starting their own nonprofit initiatives in the future. Coursework in the Not-for-Profit Management concentration focuses on:
  • Working with and managing employees and volunteers
  • Defining roles and responsibilities of board members and staff
  • Event planning and fundraising strategies
  • Strategic planning and proposal writing
  • The challenges of managing demographically and culturally diverse organizations
Training and Development
Companies are beginning to realize they're built for a world that doesn't exist anymore. Their employees used to be experts - at 90's technology and local market needs. These companies now have a growing need to train and educate their current workforce to meet the needs of the 21st century. This Training and Development concentration examines the most effective methods and best practices for teaching and training adults including:
  • Practices and theory related to employee motivation
  • Principles of organizational communication
  • How to tailor your presentation to different demographics for maximum impact
  • Training your employees to perform their job as effectively as possible
Higher Education - Student Services
Perhaps more than other industries, the value of an advanced degree is appreciated and rewarded by higher education employers. In this Higher Education concentration, you will learn how to successfully administer student services at colleges and universities through curriculum focused on:
  • Learning practices of traditional and non-traditional students
  • The functional workings of student affairs departments
  • Planning, staffing and budgeting best practices in the higher education environment
  • Developing and managing a proactive staff
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View our admission requirements and start customizing your Master's in Organizational Leadership program curriculum today!


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Dr. Lesley Page
Chair, Organizational Leadership

"At Lewis University, our BA and MA programs in Organizational Leadership are designed to increase learning and experience related to organizational effectiveness by focusing on the people that drive our organizations. By concentrating on important aspects in today’s workplace related to teamwork, conflict resolution, communication, organizational change and employee motivation, we are creating leaders that can help their organizations to achieve greater results. Our curriculum explores the leadership potential that each student brings to the program. Together, students and faculty create a dynamic community of learning by sharing experiences, expertise and best practices."