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Online Master’s Program in Organizational Leadership & Management

Location: Pasadena, Online

Students in the online M.A. Organizational Leadership and Management program will lean on their own emotional intelligence to help build leadership skills for jobs in business and management that can affect social change in the world.

20 months part-time or 14 months full-time
36 credits required for completion
2 available locations & online

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Online M.A. Organizational Leadership & Management

The online organizational leadership program at Pacific Oaks is based upon the theory that leadership requires skill and self-knowledge to be authentic and that authentic leadership is essential to creating organizations with sustainable value.

The M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Management degree program is a flexible online program designed to meet the needs of busy students who may be unable to stop their lives to pursue an education. Each student will also have the chance to deepen their understanding of a field that she/he is passionate about by applying their previous work experience into an Applied Research Project.

This Master’s in Organizational Leadership program offers working professionals an opportunity to advance their careers or embark on a new career path. Developing foundational management and leadership competencies, graduates of the M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Change program will be well-equipped for leadership positions in a variety of areas, including nonprofit, for profit, consultation, education, or local government.

For more information on the course environment of Pacific Oaks’ online programs, please visit our Online Learning page to learn more about technology requirements, preview an online course, and explore our other online programs.

Click here to view an Organizational Leadership and Management Virtual Information Session Video

During this recording of an information session, you’ll see how an M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Management from Pacific Oaks College will help propel your career and provide you with real-world experience. During your degree you’ll develop a portfolio of work, which can be used to demonstrate to current and future employers your ability to make a difference in the culture and productivity of organizations.  During this event with Dr. Carol Rinkoff, Affiliate Faculty, you will hear examples of projects students have completed and hear answers to student questions from the faculty who instruct students in this degree program.

Sample M.A. in Organizational Leadership & Management Courses

Leadership and Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on leadership from the inside-out, the power of habits, and using questions to affect or change an organization’s behavior. To be a successful authentic leader, one must understand oneself as an individual or leader, but to also understand one’s behaviors and habits, thus enabling an individual to understand the organization’s behaviors and habits. This course will take the learner on an inward journey to bring about outward success as a leader making organizational behavior changes.

Business Principles for Leaders

This course provides a practical overview of accounting, finance and economics within organizations operations.  It provides an introductory level of understanding to relevant terminology, concepts and applicable principles for leaders’ oversight and responsibilities for leading today’s organizations.

Marketing Strategies and Competitive Intelligence

This course examines basic principles and applications of marketing practices. Students will examine present-day marketing systems and will explore major theories and research findings in the area of consumer behavior. Students will analyze consumer needs and wants to provide customer satisfaction and to maintain positive customer relationships. This course examines the basic concepts and principles in consumer behavior with the goal of understanding how these ideas can drive marketing decision-making.

Admissions Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement

The program gave me the opportunity to immediately apply the lessons I was learning to the work I was doing. It seemed that every class had important information that directly impacted the decisions I needed to make, in real time. I have adapted much of what I learned into my day-to-day operations and together, they have radically changed the way I problem solve and lead my organization.

Suzanne Farley, Executive Director, Wellspring (alumna 2018)
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