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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

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Online Degree

Your degree on your terms and your timetable.

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3-Day Intensive

Your degree on your terms and your timetable.

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Graduate in 2 Years

Convenient 7-week courses let you finish your MAOL quickly with one- or two-year options.

The Scaffolding of Leadership

Organizations flourish when their leaders possess knowledge, skills, AND character! You can become an equipped leader with the right tools to think strategically and act with integrity. Help your organization win by understanding critical elements to organizations health; process elements like vision and core values; strategic operations; and relationships, including teams and organizational culture. Know yourself too! Become the leader you want to work for!

To become a high performing leader, your #1 tool for success will always be you.

When leaders are at their best — professionally and personally — organizations flourish. Huntington University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership will not only provide you with solid theoretical and practical knowledge and skill, but also with a path to personal growth through unique emphasis on character-development, community of practice, and reflexivity emerging from a Christian worldview. Our optional three-day intensive leadership training experience allows you to engage your fellow students, interact with highly-trained faculty, and launch your personal growth. You will receive both lecture content and experience within the context of a process group to facilitate your understanding of an organizations best resource: its people.

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program empowers you to apply theories and practices to your immediate area of influence. Interacting with your peers as a community of practice gives you the opportunity try new skills, discuss leadership challenges, and shore-up ideas in tangible ways. Huntington University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership will teach you to:    

  • Align the strategy with the mission
  • Develop systems and operations that work
  • Drive teams that are positive and effective
  • Create clarity
  • Construct a healthy culture
  • Inspire others
  • Engage in problem-solving conversations that are productive

Students will create a personal development plan during their time in the program. The faculty will review the plan, and make suggestions on ways to accelerate the growth process.

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Courses

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GR 011 Graduate Student Orientation
( 0 credits )

New students will be enrolled in an online orientation module when accepted into a graduate program (excluding OTD students). Online learning provides a very flexible learning environment that requires students to take ownership for learning. This course is designed to be self-paced and will introduce students to the online learning management system, University policies and ensure students know how and where to seek assistance and support.

OL 506 Performance Optimizing Organizations
( 3 credits )

Sustainable organizations are often identified by their high performance in several strategic areas. Such optimizing organizations are committed to consistency, efficiencies and quality across the company. Primary topics in performance optimizing are examined, including performance measurement, motivation and human worth, quality control, quality improvement, analysis tools and implementing optimizing initiatives. Experiential learning opportunities emphasize the importance of the four phases of process management: assess, plan, prepare and execute.

OL 511 Effective Organizational Assessments
( 3 credits )

Organizational assessments provide the foundation for reviewing present performance and setting strategic initiatives. Key benefits of such assessments are to achieve greater results and help ensure sustainability. Organizational assessments identify areas of strength and vulnerability in the organization related to effectiveness: ownership, governance, management, resources, culture, processes, products, brand and results. This course includes the study of best practices used in assessing organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Course experiences include the completion of assessments of leaders and existing organizations.

OL 600 Personal Development Skills Process Group
( 3 credits )

Students will participate in a process group training experience led by a trained faculty facilitator. They will grow in the critical relational skills that are necessary to lead well, have stimulating interactive times and receive targeted feedback. Students will have a confidential place for personal character development.

OL 601 Organizational Leadership and Character Development
( 3 credits )

Students will identify and distinguish major leadership theories and styles. Through application and assessment, students will gauge personal leadership and develop an action plan by which to strengthen leadership character and competencies through a Christian lens. Students will continue to invest in a Christian community of practice to evaluate character.

OL 602 Building Healthy Culture and Performance
( 3 credits )

The various aspects of organizational structure will be explored. Students will learn how leaders create a healthy culture that drives individual, team and organizational performance. Various drivers and obstacles to performance will be discussed along with strategies to enhance performance.

OL 603 Leadership Styles, Neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence
( 3 credits )

Students will gain an overview of the different styles of leading a team or organization. The latest research from neuroscience will be explored and applied to leadership. Students will understand the concept of emotional intelligence and its different relational and self-management skills.

OL 604 Leading Change and Motivation
( 3 credits )

The major drivers or inhibitors of motivation and organizational change will be explored. Students will learn the leadership competencies to provide rapid, profound and sustainable change. This course will also focus on how to assess and make structural changes in the organization's culture that make change easier.

OL 605 Team Building and Conflict Management
( 3 credits )

Students will investigate theories and best practices of team leadership, including virtual team. Exploration of concepts such as multiple intelligences, self-managing teams and conflict competence will serve as the foundation for practical application of planning and implementing team leadership.

OL 606 Leadership and Transformation
( 3 credits )

Students will learn the different affective, cognitive and behavioral strategies that lead to transformational change in a coaching relationship. Emphasis will be placed on creating affective experiences that lead to character growth. Students will also learn to design leadership programs for organizations.

OL 607 Decision Making, Creativity and Problem Solving
( 3 credits )

Students will learn various decision-making strategies and the common pitfalls to good decisions. The critical role that creativity plays in leadership will be explored. Using a variety of methods, students will gain experience in creativity and problem-solving.

OL 608 Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership
( 3 credits )

Students will investigate an organizational issue in-depth through original research. As scholars and practitioners, students will generate a professional paper, justifying the relevance, exhibiting theoretical knowledge and demonstrating practical application.
Prerequisite: Students must complete 21 hours prior to enrollment in OL 608.

OL 610 Leadership and Organizational Assessment
( 3 credits )

This course will review the various assessment instruments for individual leaders, team and entire organizations such as: Emotional Competency Inventory; Kolb Learning Style Inventory; Inventory of Leadership Styles; Organizational Climate Survey. Students will learn how to communicate findings to leaders to empower them.

OL 611 Systems and Project Management
( 3 credits )

Leadership requires the capacity to get things done on a scalable level, from large projects to designing systems that integrate resources in the proper channels. This involves thinking strategically, accumulating resources, bringing the right talent into the right teams and driving the process.

OL 612 Developing the Executive Coaching Relationship
( 3 credits )

Students will learn the skills to create a coaching relationship that establishes trust, understanding, acceptance and active exploration of the underlying issues driving performance. These interpersonal skills include attunement, immediacy, confrontation, powerful questioning and observation of themes. The course includes assessing the client's character structure and strengths, designing actions, planning and goal setting and managing progress and accountability.

OL 613 Advanced Executive Coaching
( 3 credits )

Students will develop advanced skills to deal with resistance and obstacles to performance. Students will learn process group skills to lead their own groups. Students will become proficient in coaching clients in the following areas: financial, marital and parenting. Students will learn how to build, market and manage their coaching practice.

OL 614 Executive Coaching and Character Development
( 3 credits )

The study of the history, professional roles, ethics and responsibilities of the coaching profession. This course includes how to establish the professional coaching agreement, the distinction from consulting and psychotherapy and making referrals to other support professionals.