Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts (0467)


Program Coordinator

John P. Baker,, (270) 745-5149

The Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership is designed to meet needs of diverse students for professional training that is broadly based upon knowledge and research from business, economics, communication, organizational functioning, leadership principles, psychology, and political science. The program emphasizes application: students have the opportunity to develop and refine administrative knowledge and leadership skills applicable to a variety of modern organizations within both the public and private sector. (Electives outside pre-approved curriculum may be utilized within the degree program with prior approval of advisor.)

Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)

This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years.  Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.

Program Admission

Students seeking admission to the MA in Organizational Leadership must have:

  • an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college;
  • minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.

Students who have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university or college with an overall GPA of 2.5 to 2.74 may apply for conditional admission.  The conditional admission occurs through a holistic evaluation of the candidate’s body of academic and professional experiences. Candidates who apply for conditional admission must:

  • submit a resume and any other credentials that verify their professional experience;
  • achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first six credits of graduate courses.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30 hours)

Required Courses
LEAD 500Effective Leadership Studies3
LEAD 525Leadership Ethics3
LEAD 600Capstone in Leadership Experience3
EDFN 500Research Methods3
or SOCL 513 Quantitative Methods of Social Research
or LEAD 560 Applied Research Methods in Organizational Leadership
Select two of the following:6
Global Leadership Communication
Elements of Public Administration
Leadership Special Topics
Leading Teams
Leadership in Global Context
Select 12 hours from the following: 112
Adult Development and Learning
Resource Management
Quality Management
Survey of Accounting Principles
Special Topics in Business
Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs
Global Leadership Communication
Multinational Organizational Communication
Communication and Conflict
Communication in Intercultural Negotiation & Mediation
Research Methods
Perspectives in Aging
Policy Foundations of Aging Services
Women and Leadership
Health Care Organization and Management
Leading Teams
Leadership in Global Context
Applied Research Methods in Organizational Leadership
Leadership Special Topics
Independent Study in Organizational Leadership
Elements of Public Administration
Ethics and Bureaucracy
Public Personnel Administration
Quantitative Methods of Social Research
Total Hours30

With the approval of the instructor and based on prior academic experience, career aspirations, and/or matriculation concerns, students may select other electives.