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Leadership and Organizational Development

Saint Louis University’s online leadership and organizational development master’s program, offered through the School for Professional Studies, helps working professionals develop leadership skills to advance their careers.


About the Program

SLU’s Master of Arts in leadership and organizational development teaches you to work effectively as a self-aware, reflective change leader. You will learn to understand the dynamics of organizations, improve effectiveness and use sound leadership and organizational development practices.

Coursework develops 12 competencies through project-based learning in the areas of leadership and organizational development, and allows you to explore leadership on personal, interpersonal/group and organizational levels. Designed for working professionals, this program is offered in eight-week terms with online classes. It can be completed in two-and-a-half years if students take one course at a time.

Learning Outcomes of the Program

A master’s degree in leadership and organizational development teaches you to:

  • Coach and mentor to assist in employee development
  • Create strategic visions, with an emphasis on future-focused leadership
  • Make evidence-based decisions
  • Leverage current leadership competencies and manage future leadership development
  • Integrate project management logistical needs with interpersonal leadership needs
  • Lead change initiative efforts in an organization
Program Highlights

SLU’s master’s in leadership and organizational development takes an organizational development approach to leadership that relies on systems thinking, behavioral science and applied analytics. Upon graduating from the program, you will be ready to navigate complex organizational systems and apply research to develop yourself, your employees, and your organizations.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s 36-credit-hour leadership and organizational development program offers courses online in an accelerated eight-week term, making advanced education more accessible for working professionals. Required courses are listed below.

Foundational courses (three credit hours each):

  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Contemporary Organizational Leadership
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Applied Analytics

Leadership development courses (three credit hours each):

  • Professional Leadership Development, or Talent Management and Development
  • Leading a Healthy Workplace
  • Team Leadership
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Future-Focused Leadership
  • Contemporary Issues in Leadership

Capstone courses (three credit hours):

  • Action Research I
  • Action Research II
Faculty
  • Judith Collins, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Giancola, Ph.D.
  • Matthew J. Grawitch, Ph.D.
  • Richard D. Harvey, Ph.D.
  • Marita Malone, Ph.D.
  • Srikanth Mudigonda, Ph.D.
  • Anne Offner, Ph.D.
  • Ann Rohrer, Ph.D.
  • Ed Sabin, Ph.D.
  • Steven L. Winton, Ph.D.
Careers
Organizations are searching for professionals capable of facilitating strategic change and who are fluent in designing cross-cultural interventions. SLU’s master’s degree in leadership and organizational development teaches you how to be a leader in your current job, your future job and all areas of your life.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Learn about scholarships and financial aid at Student Financial Services. 

Applicant Criteria

Most admitted students meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Applicant must be employed on at least a part-time basis (20 hours or more per week) and have at least three years of work experience
  • Completed coursework in the following areas: 
      • At least one undergraduate leadership or organizational theory course
      • At least one basic statistics or research methods course
      • At least one psychology course (“General Psychology” accepted)
      • At least one business-related course
  • Basic, working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Students missing any of the prerequisites will be permitted to fulfill them through SLU’s School for Professional Studies prior to acceptance into the leadership and organizational development program.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation, submitted using the Applicant Evaluation Form.  The form can be sumbitted through an online system during your application process, by  email to gradadmission@slu.edu, or mailed to:
 
Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
DuBourg Hall, Suite 150
One North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
GRE scores
Résumé
Interview
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

The priority deadline for fall admission is April 1. Students may be admitted until July 1, as space permits. For spring admission, applications are considered on a case-by-case basis until Nov. 1.

Students seeking assistantships should apply by Feb. 1.

Review Process

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