Organizational Leadership, M.A.

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

Candidates in the program learn about the human side of leadership in the workplace, how people function and how to help them reach their full potential.

Lewis University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program was 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 the field of organizational leadership. In this program, you will learn from respected faculty with decades of experience within both academics and the workplace, along with peers who come from a wide variety of organizational cultures and disciplines.

Curriculum Includes Foundational Leadership Theories and Organizational Intervention Practices

Upon completion of the MAOL program, you will have 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 and Flexible Coursework for the Working Professional

With evening, online and blended coursework available in an accelerated eight-week format, it’s never been more convenient to obtain your degree.
  • One night weekly class options at our Romeoville and Oak Brook campuses
  • On-site cohorts in organizational settings throughout northern Illinois
  • 100% online format
Specialize your MAOL degree to Align with your Career Goals and Professional Interests

Lewis offers six concentrations within the MAOL program: Organizational and Leadership Coaching, Organizational Management, Not-for-Profit Management, Training and Development and Higher Education – Student Services.

Organizational and Leadership Coaching – Develop the skills to become an effective internal or independent executive coach. This concentration is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and taught by qualified coaching practitioners. Students 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. 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 Organizational and Leadership Coaching Concentration FAQ.

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. Students learn how to evaluate an organization’s culture, leveraging individual’s strengths, build effective teams for the workplace, and strategically plan and manage 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 is also a valuable asset for students considering starting their own nonprofit initiatives in the future. Students learn how to manage employees and volunteers, define roles and responsibilities of board members and staff, plan events and fundraisers, write proposals, and manage demographically and culturally diverse organizations.

Training and Development – Companies are beginning to realize they’re build for a world that doesn’t exist anymore. Companies now have a growing need to train and educate their current workforce to meet the needs of the 21st century. Students learn about the practices and theories related to employee motivation, the principles of organizational communication, how to tailor presentations to different demographics for maximum impact, and how to train employees to perform their jobs 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. Students learn how to successfully administer student services, learn the practices of traditional and non-traditional students, the functional workings of student affairs departments, the best practices for staffing and budgeting, and how to develop and manage a proactive staff.

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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."