Organizational Leadership, M.A.

Organizational Leadership Department
Become the go-to person every organization seeks.

As more than 80% of employers identify “leadership” as the top attribute they seek in new hires (source: Job Outlook 2016, National Association of Colleges and Employers), the MA in Organizational Leadership program will give you the skills you need to be a highly sought-after professional, wherever your career takes you.

Enhance your personal and professional impact through leadership by developing skills in:
  • Leading change
  • Building teams
  • Managing Conflict
  • Planning strategically
  • Coaching and developing others
  • Values-based decision making
Plus, you will learn about the “people side” of workplace leadership, how people function and how to help them reach their full potential.

Five Concentrations that Focus on Career-related Outcomes and Advancement
  • Professional and Executive Coaching* – Develop the skills to become an effective internal or independent executive coach. This concentration is certified by the International Coach Federation.icf logo Learn more with our Coaching Concentration FAQ.
  • Organizational Management – Obtain the management tools, leadership skills and understanding of human behavior to ensure employees work together efficiently.
  • Non-Profit Management – Named among the Top 20 Online Master’s Programs in Nonprofit Management by Top Management Degrees, develop skills to manage employees and volunteers, work as an effective board member, plan events and fundraisers and manage culturally diverse organizations.
  • Training and Development – Enhance organizational effectiveness through training design and implementation, maximizing employee potential and aligning organizational outcomes with culture.
  • Higher Education, Student Services – Learn how to successfully administer student services and the functional workings of student affairs departments.
*Currently known as the Graduate Certificate in Organizational and Leadership Coaching; Will be Professional and Executive Coaching as of Fall 2017.

What, When & Where
Program Type: Graduate, Certificate
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Campus Location: Online, Romeoville, Oak Brook

Develop your skills, talents and knowledge through courses in:
  • Leadership Theories
  • Assessing Leadership Skills
  • Leading Change
  • Conflict Management
  • Planning Strategically
Potential Career Options:
  • Non-Profit Development Coordinator
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Program Director
  • Project Business Lead
  • Network Operations Manager
  • Executive Coach
  • Leadership Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • HR Manager
  • Academic Advisor
  • Student Services Coordinator
Curriculum and Requirements
View admission requirements, program objectives, curriculum and more.

Read what industry professionals and alumni are saying about the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program.

Accelerated and Online Certificates
Not sure if you can complete a full master's program? Enroll in a certificate program and the credit you earn can be applied to your master's degree at a later date.
  • Professional and Executive Coaching Certificate
  • Organizational Leadership Certificate
  • Higher Education Leadership Certificate
Visit the Organizational Leadership Certificates page for more details.

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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."