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Leadership and Organizational Development, M.A.

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 and improve organizational dynamics through sound leadership and organizational development practices.

You will strengthen your leadership through assessment, reflections and project-based learning as you explore leadership on personal, interpersonal/group and organizational levels through the lens of organizational development. 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.

Using the latest video capture and discussion board technology, you meet and collaborate with instructors and classmates in both synchronous and asynchronous online formats — meaning you can access course content 24/7 without having a specific mandatory class meeting time. To ensure individual attention and mentoring by our distinguished faculty, your courses will never have more than 20 students.

A unique aspect of the M.A. in leadership and organizational development program is the ability to earn a graduate certificate that complements your master’s degree, often without taking additional credit hours. This allows you to tailor the program to your specific interests.

As a student in our program, you will join a community of academics and practitioners from around the world, giving you the opportunity to learn from and network with your peers. Our students represent a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds.

 

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.

SLU was recently ranked the best online master's in organizational leadership degree program by thebestschools.org and one of the most affordable online master's in organizational leadership by  bestmastersdegrees.com.

The M.A. in leadership and organizational development program offers graduate certificate options that enable you to focus your studies and gain an additional academic credential upon graduation. If you are accepted into the master's program, then you may simultaneously enroll in either of the following 12-hour graduate certificates:

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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.

Graduate core courses (three credit hours each):

  • Contemporary Organizational Leadership
  • Ethical, Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Research Methods Requirement
  • Stats/Analytics Requirement

Leadership development courses (three credit hours each):

  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Leading Organizational Change

2 of the following:

  • Professional Leadership Development
  • Talent Management and Development
  • Team Leadership

Any 3 of the following:

  • Consulting and Facilitation Skills
  • Future-Focused Leadership
  • Leading a Healthy Organization
  • Electives of student’s choice (up to 2 outside program core)

Capstone course (three credit hours):

  • Master’s Research Project
Faculty
  • Steven L. Winton, Ph.D. - LOD Program Director
  • Judith Collins, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Giancola, Ph.D.
  • Matthew J. Grawitch, Ph.D.
  • Richard D. Harvey, Ph.D.
  • Marita Malone, Ph.D.
  • Theodore Malmstrom, Ph.D.

  • Allison Maurer, Ph. D.

  • Srikanth Mudigonda, Ph.D.
  • Anne Offner, Ph.D.
  • Ann Rohrer, Ph.D.
  • Ed Sabin, Ph.D.
Careers
Organizations are searching for professionals capable of facilitating strategic change and who are fluent in designing cross-cultural interventions. 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. Ultimately, through the leadership courses of SLU's online leadership and organizational development master's degree, you will develop a portable set of knowledge and skills that aren't about how to perform your job, but are about how to be a leader in your current job, your future job and all areas of your life.
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Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply organizational development theory in intervention design.
  2. Assess evidence to draw reasoned, ethical conclusions.
  3. Apply leadership competencies appropriate for a given situation or context.
  4. Utilize effective discipline-specific argumentation skills.

 

Graduate Certificates in Leadership and Organizational Development

If you have already obtained a master's degree or higher, or if you meet the program prerequisites, SLU offers stand-alone certificates in applied analytics, evidence-based decision making, organizational leadership and organizational development that can be completed entirely online.

Evidence-Based Decision Making

In an era in which fake news, pseudoscience and alternative facts govern headlines (and large-scale decisions), SLU's graduate certificate in evidence-based decision making will benefit you by focusing on identifying quality evidence that can be infused into decision making, critically evaluating arguments for and against a particular decision, and applying sound, systematic processes for making ethical decisions.Designed for working professionals, this program is offered in eight-week terms withonline classes. It can be completed in two semesters (four eight-week terms) if you take one course at a time.

Certificate core courses:

  • ORLD 5050: Ethical, Evidence-Based Decision Making (three credit hours)
  • A minimum of six hours of analytical/statistical and/or research methods coursework at the graduate level
  • ORLD 5700: Advanced Evidence-Based Decision Making (three credit hours)
Organizational Leadership

SLU’s graduate certificate in organizational leadership teaches you to work effectively as a self-aware, reflective change leader. You will strengthen your leadership through assessment, reflections and project-based learning as you 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 semesters (four 8-week terms) if you take one course at a time.

Certificate core courses:

  • ORLD 5010: Contemporary Organizational Leadership (3 hours)
  • Two of the following three courses: ORLD 5150: Talent Management and Development, ORLD 5100: Professional Leadership Development, ORLD 5350: Team Leadership (six credit hours)
  • ORLD 5650: Future-Focused Leadership OR ORLD 5250: Leading a Healthy Organization (three credit hours)
Organizational Development

In SLU’s graduate certificate in organizational development, you will learn organizational development principles and practices to facilitate systemic change and enhance organizational effectiveness. You will strengthen your consulting skills by utilizing an organizational development approach, through project-based learning. Designed for working professionals, this program is offered in eight-week terms with online classes. It can be completed in two semesters (four eight-week terms) if you take one course at a time.

Certificate core courses:

  • ORLD 5000: Organizational Dynamics (three credit hours)
  • ORLD 5450: Leading Organizational Change (three credit hours)
  • ORLD 5550: Consulting and Facilitation Skills (three credit hours)
  • ORLD 5650: Future-Focused Leadership OR ORLD 5250: Leading a Healthy Organization (three credit hours)

Applicant Criteria

Most admitted students meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
    Note: Applicants who have a GPA that is less than 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis, by considering the strength of the remaining components of their application.
  • Work experience — which includes full-time and part-time employment, internships, co-ops and similar experiences — of at least three years is strongly recommended.
  • 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 recommendations submitted using the Applicant Evaluation Form. The form can be submitted through an online system during your application process, by email to graduate@slu.edu, or mailed to:
 
Saint Louis University
Graduate Admission
DuBourg Hall, Suite 150
One North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Résumé
A 500-word personal statement articulating why a master's degree in leadership and organizational development is needed within your present or expected future career and how SLU's program will help you meet that need.

Requirements for International Students

We welcome international students to apply for our completely online graduate program. Saint Louis university operates a campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and a European campus in Madrid, Spain, with alumni originating from over 41 countries. A Saint Louis University education is respected worldwide, as our online programs span the globe.

As the language of online instruction is English, students should have a demonstrated TOEFL or PTE academic score in order to be successful. According to the requirements set by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the entirely online nature of this degree precludes international students from obtaining an F1 (student) visa.

International applicants must have a postsecondary degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. Online international students must meet all program/university requirements.

Tuition and fee payments from students living outside the United States must be in US dollars.

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.