Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Chairperson: Joseph Albert
Professor: M. McFarland, J. Caputo
Associate Professor: L. Brown, M. Carey, D. Conners
Assistant Professor: J. Albert, J. Armstrong, H. Crandall, M. Hazel, A. Popa, A. Simha, L. Topuzova
Lecturer: J. Horsman

The M.A. degree in Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary program that integrates knowledge and research from the social sciences, communication arts, and the humanities. The central objective of the program is to provide an advanced degree which synthesizes knowledge from diverse fields into a focused yet flexible plan of study that is useful to leaders in all forms of social organization. The program is designed for the student whose professional goal is a generalist leadership position in a corporate, government, non-profit, or community organization.

The Organizational Leadership master’s degree is intended to meet the needs and schedules of working adults. Required courses in the degree program are offered exclusively on an evening or weekend basis. The program consists of 36 semester credits. A required sequence of 24 credits is supplemented by electives totaling 12 credits, which are chosen by each student from a list of selected graduate courses. Students are permitted to take up to six credits of individualized readings, research projects or an internship as part of the elective component. The curriculum is dynamic and changes may occur on a yearly basis.

Graduates of the M.A. in Organizational Leadership program are able to: understand the relationship of liberal arts study to leadership; develop effective strategies to be social change agents; develop and enact a leadership approach that acknowledges values and incorporates differences; create and utilize an integrated vision as a leader; understand and analyze organizations from multiple frameworks and, become an agent for productive change; be a knowledgeable consumer and effective practitioner of organizational research; and understand how to form and apply ethical systems within organizational settings.

Admissions

Each applicant must submit a complete packet containing the following materials to the Department of Organizational Leadership:

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    1. A completed application form (see appendix for inquiry form) and a non-refundable fee.
    2. A written statement from the applicant which:
      a) describes the applicant’s own interest in the Organizational Leadership degree.
      b) assesses the applicant’s strengths as a leader and describes what the applicant hopes to gain from a graduate degree.
    3. Provides a resume of professional experience.
    4. Two letters of recommendation from an employer, professional colleague, or faculty in the students undergraduate major which evaluate the applicant’s leadership ability and capacity to complete a graduate degree.
    5. Two official transcripts from each college and university attended (international applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy).  Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
    6. The official score from the GRE general aptitude test or the Miller Analogies Test (must be less than five years old), a requirement which may be waived if the applicant has an advanced degree.
    7. Submission of an official TOEFL score of at least 550 by each international applicant who has graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.
    8. Submission of a financial declaration and supporting documentation by each international applicant.

  • Prerequisite

    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

    Program Outline: 36 credits
Required Courses: 24 credits
ORGL 500
Organizational Leadership 3 credits
ORGL 501
Methods of Organizational Research 3 credits
ORGL 502 Leadership and Imagination 3 credits
ORGL 503
Organizational Ethics 3 credits
ORGL 504
Organizational Communication 3 credits
ORGL 505 Organizational Theory 3 credits
ORGL 506
Leadership and Diversity 3 credits
ORGL 680 Leadership Seminar 3 credits
ORGL Electives 12 credits

Graduate electives complete the Organizational Leadership degree program. Students may choose graduate-level courses from a list of electives provided in this catalogue offered by the Department of Organizational Leadership or by other graduate divisions of Gonzaga University. (MTSL 509, Academic Writing for International Graduate Students, cannot count towards the ORGL elective requirements).  Up to six credits may be selected within the elective component from the independent professional study options (ORGL 660-ORGL 671).