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Effective leadership plays a significant role in the success of an organization - at every level. Executive leaders require the skills necessary to develop an organization's strategy and then cultivate commitment to that strategy. Managers and supervisors require the skills necessary to develop the talent of their people. Individual employees require the skills necessary to inspire others around them. Effective leadership skills make the difference between leveraging strengths and settling for mediocrity.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees with a Master's degree earn $200-$300 more per week and have a lower turnover rate than those with a Bachelor's degree. Obtaining a Master's in Leadership and Organizational Development can be an important step in both advancing professional development and enhancing career satisfaction.

Learn more about the Master's in Leadership & Organizational Development.

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Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
DuBourg Hall, Suite 150
One North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: April 1 priority application deadline (July 1 as space permits) Transcript(s); Undergraduate GPA above 3.00 or higher -- if a student possesses less than a 3.00 undergraduate GPA, the student may be admitted on conditionally; Resume; Provide a personal goal statement (max of 5 pages) describing: (a) why a Master's degree in Leadership and Organizational Development is needed within the applicant's job or career area, (b) why the applicant feels the M.A. program at SLU will help meet that need, and (c) evidence to support the students assertions, utilizing appropriate citations as necessary; Three (3) years work experience, coursework prerequisites; Applicant Evaluation Forms
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: New admittance on a case-by-case basis; Nov. 1 application deadline
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 800.734.6736
Dean: Beth Winfrey Freeburg, Ph.D.
Program Director: Steve Winton, Ph.D.

Online Graduate Programs at SLU

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Applicant Criteria

  • A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of GRE scores (if applicable)

Leadership & Organizational Development Application Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed by a committee of School for Professional Studies faculty members

Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1

Rankings/Honors: The Leadership & Organizational Development graduate degree program is the first of two new master's degree programs offered by the School for Professional Studies with its first admitted students starting coursework in the Fall of 2010. | More about the School for Professional Studies

Credit Hours/Coursework: | The Leadership and Organizational Development (LOD) master's degree is a 36-hour program designed for working professionals wishing to pursue a professional master's degree while maintaining part- or full-time employment. | Master's in Leadership & Organizational Development

Program Description: With courses offered in online and blended formats in an accelerated 8-week term, this program makes advanced education more accessible for working professionals. | Online Degree Programs

Careers Possibilities: Leadership is a competency that can make a strong positive contribution at all levels of any organization. The benefits to you, your organization, and your career increase significantly with a Master's degree in Leadership & Organizational Development. | Career Opportunities | Student Career Services 

Curriculum & Program Details: The program develops competencies through project-based learning in the areas of leadership and organizational development, with specific emphases at the personal, interpersonal/group, and organizational levels. | Learning Outcomes & Modalities

About the School for Professional Studies Faculty: The School for Professional Studies provides education to its students using top-quality, industry experts coming from a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit employers and have a wide range of expertise. | SPS Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Contact the School for Professional Studies. | Student Financial Services at SLU | Affording Graduate Education at SLU

Program Highlights: Rather than simply providing knowledge and skills across a set of unrelated courses, the entire curriculum is designed to assist students in developing themselves within several competency areas. Students will complete projects in their foundation courses that will be used in later courses within the program. You will be able to see how you have developed yourself within the program. | Professional Perspectives: School of Professional Studies blog