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Organizational Leadership Online Master’s and Certificate Programs

Target Your Leadership


Unlock the potential of your own leadership abilities with an online MA in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program. Focusing on the human side of leadership, the program examines organizational change, behavior and in-depth management, enabling you to empower and motivate people in your organization.

Degree Highlights:

  • Four concentration options:
    • Higher Education - Student Services
    • Organizational Management
    • Professional and Executive Coaching
    • Training and Development
  • Four graduate certificate options*:
    • Higher Education Leadership
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Professional and Executive Coaching
    • Training and Development
  • 100% online format
  • Complete a master’s degree in 2 years and a certificate in 1 year

Why choose Lewis University?

  • Personalized education that fits your professional goals, with the option to choose a targeted concentration in Professional and Executive Coaching, Higher Education - Student Services, Organizational Management or Training and Development.
  • Relatable and engaging coursework is based off real-world examples and incorporates a capstone project, ensuring that what you learn in the classroom will be immediately applicable to your career.
  • Experienced faculty who have tremendous industry experience and who share their passion for organizational leadership and the latest learning in a competitive field.

Master’s Degree Concentrations

  • Higher Education - Student Services: This concentration focuses on the skills that leaders need to be effective at the university level, helping to manage students' non-education needs, such as financial aid, residences and admissions. You will develop effective team building skills and learn strategies in planning, design and delivery of student services. This interdisciplinary program combines a keen understanding of human behavior with leadership techniques and progressive management.
  • Organizational Management: This people-centric concentration will provide you with the management tools, leadership skills and understanding of human behavior to ensure employees work together effectively and efficiently. The topics covered throughout the courses will help you target your leadership, so you can manage an organization of any size, culture or function.
  • Professional and Executive Coaching: Gain the vital skills needed to enable others to become influential leaders. This concentration utilizes a hands-on approach to develop your coaching skills and practices. Accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as an Accredited Coach Training Program, the coaching courses will provide all of the 125 training hours needed for ICF’s ACC and PCC credential exams.
  • Training and Development: Learn the skills to ensure that your employees have the proper training and knowledge in order to succeed in their roles. This concentration focuses on the most effective practices and methods for training and teaching adults from diverse backgrounds and with varying learning styles, abilities and experience.

Online Graduate Certificates

Lewis University’s online Graduate certificates* are designed to provide students with the needed skills to advance or transition into a leadership role by helping them understand foundational leadership theories. The 18-credit hour certificate programs can be completed in just 12 months and are eligible to apply towards Lewis’ advanced MAOL degree program. The certificate options include:
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Professional and Executive Coaching
  • Training and Development

Career Outlook

Equipped with a diverse skillset to lead, inspire and transform the next generation in a variety of growing industries, professionals with an MA in Organizational Leadership have a promising future in front of them. Rewarding career paths include roles in:
  • Consulting
  • Executive Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Senior Administration

Coursework - Master’s Degree

Core Courses (24 credits)

  • Leadership: Theories, Practices and Context
  • Assessing Leadership Skills
  • Leading Change
  • Ethics, Integrity and Social Responsibility
  • Conflict Management
  • Psychology of Motivation
  • Workplace Research: Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • Capstone: Leadership and the Future


Concentration Courses (12 credits)


Higher Education – Student Services

  • Principles of Higher Education: Mission and Directions
  • Systems and Services in Higher Education
  • Planning Strategically
  • Adult Development

Organizational Management

  • Building Teams
  • Planning Strategically
  • Organizational Cultures and Systems
  • Finance as Organizational Text

Professional and Executive Coaching

  • Introduction to Organizational and Leadership Coaching
  • Coaching Methodologies
  • Building A Coaching Practice
  • Coaching Research

Training and Development

  • Building Teams
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Organizational Cultures and Systems
  • Design and Delivery of Training

Rankings and Accreditation

  • Ranked 11 of the 20 Best Online Master of Organizational Leadership Degree Programs1
  • Named a Top 25 “Regional Midwest University” by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Named one of the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review
  • Named a Top 5 Best Value Private College in the Midwest by Great Value Colleges
  • Ranked 14 for Best Colleges for Adult Students by Best Colleges
  • Nationally recognized as a College of Distinction for the seventh consecutive year
  • Ranked #1 Among Private Colleges in Illinois – Best for Vets by Military Times
  • Accredited by, and a member of, the Higher Learning Commission

Discover Your Leadership Abilities

To learn more about the MA in Organizational Leadership online, complete the form to the right to request more information or contact the admissions office at (866) 967-7046.


Looking to visit the campus? Lewis University is located in Romeoville, Ill. and is only minutes away from Joliet and 35 miles southwest of Chicago.


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