Program Overview

Discover how an online master’s in organizational leadership can make you a leader in your field.

The most successful leaders blend innovative knowledge with interpersonal skills that move organizations forward. Point Park University’s online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership delivers the management expertise you need for the next step in your career. With four concentrations to choose from, you can specialize your organizational leadership master’s degree for your professional goals.

Our master’s in organizational leadership coursework is aligned with the International Accreditation Council for Business Education’s academic standards and is grounded in real-world application, so you gain relevant knowledge for the workplace. Learn in a flexible format and finish your degree in 18 months.

Curriculum Overview

As you complete the 100% online organizational leadership curriculum, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of modern leadership theory and organizational approaches. Our professional faculty bring current issues into projects and assignments, allowing you to apply your life experience in course discussions.

The master’s in organizational leadership degree includes a core that builds your skills in areas like decision-making, ethics, intrapreneurship, organizational behavior and more. Earning an organizational leadership master’s degree can help you advance your career in fields ranging from human resources to non-profits and higher education.

Transform Your Experience into College Credit

Point Park University is proud to introduce a new Prior Learning Assessment and Advanced Standing/Experiential Learning Credit opportunities. Students can transfer credits from qualifying experiences including other college institutions, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST exams) or UEXCEL exams, Advanced Placement (AP) credit and experiential learning assessment portfolio submissions. Experiential learning credits are not considered current coursework for financial aid and they do not fulfill any of the minimum 30 credits that must be completed at Point Park University to graduate. In addition, experiential learning credits through portfolio submissions are capped at 18 credits.

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  • Next Start Date:August 29, 2020
  • Est. Program Length:18 months
  • Credit Hours:30
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$710
  • Transfer Credits Accepted:Up to 6

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Available Concentrations

Leading Social Innovation

Designed for professionals who are interested in promoting social change, this concentration features coursework in fundraising, law, social entrepreneurship and diversity. It delivers the skills you need for roles in non-profit or community service positions.

Leading for Diversity and Inclusion

This concentration takes a global view of diversity, enabling you to create inclusive workplaces that prioritize partnership and mentorship for employees from all walks of life. You will complete career-focused coursework in community leadership, diversity, team building and more to prepare for career paths like human resources.

National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer

Designed for graduates of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program, this concentration allows you to leverage your NFA coursework toward a graduate degree. Transfer up to 12 credits to finish your program faster.

General Concepts in Organizational Leadership

Build your curriculum and customize your studies with this concentration. Depending on your career goals, you can choose courses from the other master's in organizational leadership concentrations or those offered through our online MBA.

Core Requirements (15 credits)
  • MLDR 500 Leadership Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • MLDR 528 Decision-Making Tools for Leaders (3 credits)
  • MLDR 530 Organizational Cultures and Ethical Considerations for Leaders (3 credits)
  • MLDR 556 Organizational Development and Intrapreneurship (3 credits)
  • MBA 574 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
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This course addresses leadership as a set of theories and models that serve as a basis for determining the specific environmental context within which an array of behaviors for success is identified. Students will individually build a personal leadership paradigm based upon theories, best practices, beliefs and assumptions as applied to a specific organization. An additional focus is on how leaders help followers shift paradigms. The bottom line is a composed, rational perspective of leadership.
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The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the theoretical and practical aspects of the decision‐making process. The course is designed to equip leaders with a conceptual and practical understanding of decision‐making tools and their use in making efficient and effective managerial decisions.
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The course examines human behavior in organizations at the individual, interpersonal and group levels. The interplay of human, technological and structural factors in organizations is examined. Important issues considered also involve motivation theories, communication and group decision theories for managerial applications. The course looks at how managers can design jobs and organizational structures and techniques to be used for evaluating and rewarding performance. Similarly, the course explores techniques for the development of team building, leadership and conflict resolution skills.
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Students will be introduced to the tenets of organization development (OD): history, theory and techniques. Students will be immersed in the OD view of organizational functioning and purposeful change, the impact of change and the change process when addressing social impact. Students will analyze the role and confluence of infrastructure, people, culture, power and the role of the intrapreneur within the organization.
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This course examines human behavior in organizations at both the micro and macro levels. The interaction of human, technological and structural factors in organizations will be examined. Important issues to be considered include theories of communication, motivation and decision making. Issues of organizational politics and the challenges of conflict management will be addressed. Special attention is given to designing efficient and effective organizational structures and processes, and the application of modern organization theories to real-world situations.

Leading Social Innovation Concentration (15 credits)
  • MLDR 546 Leading in Diverse Communities (3 credits)
  • MLDR 550 Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • MLDR 552 Fundraising (3 credits)
  • MLDR 554 Legal Aspects of Social Innovation (3 credits)
  • MLDR/MBA Elective (3 credits)
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This course examines the interactive impact of leaders on diverse communities. This course will ask students to analyze the leadership needed in communities (local, regional, national and international) and explore the institutional influences of family, religion, education, government and commerce for communities and leaders.
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Social entrepreneurship (SE) describes a set of behaviors focused on a social mission. SE fosters a business‐like discipline, and a vision of/for innovation, to ensure social value and social impact. Students will analyze how SE can be used to adopt a value‐driven mission, recognize and pursue opportunities to support and serve the mission, continuously innovate, adapt and learn and do so with accountability as a key value.
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This course provides an overview of American philanthropy and examines the roles and responsibilities of executive directors and fundraisers. Students will investigate the fundamental theories behind designing and implementing a robust fundraising plan, including the development of a case statement, effective data management and leading and building a fundraising team. Students will explore the motivations of individual donors, ascertain the sources of contributed funds, discern the internal and external forces affecting fundraising and survey new and emerging fundraising techniques. Students will also gain practical experience in writing an annual fund appeal, researching foundations and composing a grant proposal.
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This course explicates the regulatory environment guiding social innovation. The social enterprise, the spectrum of nonprofit organizations, is subject to a complex set of organizational and operational tests and doctrines—a web of state and federal laws. The information covered throughout this course ensures social entrepreneurs, board members and donors are well‐prepared to make ethical decisions about their organizations’ actions and future endeavors.
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Leading for Diversity and Inclusion (15 credits)
  • MLDR 533 Women and Leadership (3 credits)
  • MLDR 534 Leaders as Partners and Mentors (3 credits)
  • MLDR 541 Team Building for Leaders (3 credits)
  • MLDR 546 Leading in Diverse Communities (3 credits)
  • MLDR 575 Community Leadership: Cultivating Networks (3 credits)
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The purpose of this course is to analyze the roles and responsibilities of women in leadership positions. Current issues and trends are examined from historical, sociological, psychological, political, economic and ethical perspectives. Analysis and synthesis are used to apply information from a variety of resources to issues facing women who hold or seek leadership roles. Strategies for developing leadership skills are integrated throughout the course.
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This course examines different aspects of the leadership theme in history, literature and film, with special attention to such topics as ethical dilemmas confronting leaders, different styles and models of leadership, the intersection of the leader’s private and public life and the competing loyalties and pressures felt by leaders. In addition, students will discover that literature often raises provocative questions about the very nature and even desirability of leadership.
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This course examines the concepts of team dynamics and team building within a variety of organizational frameworks. This course will focus on creating teams, understanding the team life cycle, the dynamics of teamwork, building trust within teams, reducing communication barriers, strategies to encourage leadership development and intervention strategies to enhance the team process. Students will participate in and evaluate a variety of team building and leading activities.
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This course examines the interactive impact of leaders on diverse communities. This course will ask students to analyze the leadership needed in communities (local, regional, national and international) and explore the institutional influences of family, religion, education, government and commerce for communities and leaders.
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Community organizations, both nonprofit and governmental, provide a breadth of social and health services dependent on support from a variety of public and private sources. The key to successful organizations is the synergy they create in solving issues affecting groups of all scales. This course explores the networking and interdependencies of community organizations and how leaders can maximize their impact in resource‐limited environments.

National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Concentration (15 credits)
  • Successful completion of the NFA EFO program (9 credits)
  • MLDR or MBA directed elective (3 credits)
  • MLDR or MBA directed elective (3 credits)
General Concepts in Organizational Leadership (15 credits)

Students taking this concentration may customize their program by choosing any combination of five courses from MLDR or MBA course selections.

Students May Substitute One Course in a Concentration with One of the Following:
  • MLDR 515 Professional & Research Writing (3 credits)
  • MLDR 590 Graduate Internship (3 credits)
  • MLDR 595 Independent Study in Leadership (3 credits)
  • MLDR 597 Capstone in Leadership & Strategy (3 credits)
  • MLDR 598 Special Topics in Leadership (3 credits)
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This course provides students with advanced research and writing skills and techniques culminating in the production of a significant research paper. Students will be required to respond in writing to issues in leadership for social innovation and leadership in strategy framework. Additionally, the course will focus on the basics of delineating issues, formulating propositions, constructing an argument and researching a topic. Adherence to skills presented in the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual for preparing manuscripts is required.
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In this course, students complete an internship in an organization under the supervision of the MLDR graduate program director or graduate faculty member.
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The capstone courses are dedicated to leadership in social innovation and strategy and the application of project-based community research, case study and/or autoethnographic approach. Students will be required to make presentations in the class on specifically assigned readings, followed by questions and discussions.
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Students applying for entry into the organizational leadership master’s degree program should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit official transcripts. To submit your transcripts, print and complete the official transcript request form and fax it to 1-800-473-2512.
  3. Submit a 500-word statement of purpose, which addresses how your professional experience and career goals relate to graduate study.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation. Your references should be in a position to assess your potential for successful graduate study.
  5. Submit current resume.

Career Outcomes

Earning an online master's in organizational leadership can qualify you for management roles across industries and fields. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, management occupations are expected to grow 7% through 2028, faster than the national average for job outlook. The median salary for managers is $105,660 – the highest of all major occupational groups. The following are just some of the organizational leadership jobs available to program graduates. Career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale.com.
Organizational Manager

Organizational managers are responsible for helping companies improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their internal organizational systems. These professionals may examine current policies and practices, identify problem areas, create strategies to improve employee work performance, train upper management to implement new methods of work and other related duties.

Human Resources Manager

Human resources managers are responsible for overseeing all administrative processes within organizations. They direct recruitment efforts, work closely with stakeholders to develop staffing strategies and coordinate communication between company leadership and employees.

Training and Development Manager

Training and development managers design and implement employee training programs. They identify personnel development needs, ensure programs align with organizational goals and develop budgets for chosen initiatives.

Social and Community Services Manager

Social and community services managers lead teams and organizations that help others. They oversee volunteers, coordinate public service efforts and develop outreach programs to raise awareness. These professionals often specialize in one area, such as aid for veterans, children or the elderly.

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