Organizational Leadership

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Classes start June 24, 2024

Boost Your Business Career with a Master’s in Organizational Leadership

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) degree is 100% online and is for business professionals who want to take their career to the next level. The MAOL degree has a focus on soft skills, but with a special emphasis on leadership development, change management, and conflict resolution.

No GMAT or GRE is needed to apply. Students come from a variety of backgrounds. No matter what your work experience covers, this degree helps you develop as a knowledgeable and confident manger and leader.

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Online Degree Program Highlights

  • Define and apply foundational leadership theories and practices.
  • Apply conflict analysis models, tools and processes.
  • Evaluate communication tools and strategies for instituting change, collaboration and organizational growth.
  • Examine strategies for engaging different groups and cultures within the workplace and other organizations.
  • Examine the leader’s role in driving organizational change.
  • Identify and summarize key financial data to effectively assess an organization’s financial health and to inform leadership decisions.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of various strategic human resource policies.
  • Examine the issues that shape public policy at the local, state and federal level and the ethical dilemmas leaders.
  • Assess organizational strategies to evaluate competitive advantage or potential threats to sustainability.
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing and demonstrate proficiency in the use of information technology.
  • Evaluate ethical implications and demonstrate spiritual literacy, while demonstrating respect for diverse religious, cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic experiences and perspectives.

For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies in North Carolina has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admissions requirements?

Applicants must submit the following for admissions consideration:

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken (All final transcripts must include graduation information)
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA over last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work

What jobs can you pursue with an organizational leadership degree?

Students for this market commonly pursue careers from a variety of positions including Operations Manager, Vice President, Director of Operations, General Manager, Business Manager, Area Sales Manager, Vice President of Operations, Director of Finance, Management Director, Manager, Chief Of Staff, Business Operations Manager, Assistant Vice President, Regional Director, Senior Operations Manager.


What is the job market like for people with organizational leadership degrees?

The nationwide job growth for this occupational area over the next 10 years is projected to be 13.2%. The eastern portion of the United States has the most job openings for graduates of this degree with six of the top ten states represented. Two states are in the Southeast with just under 6,000 job openings.


What is the length of the online Masters Organizational Leadership courses?

The courses for this graduate program are eight-week sessions. There are 2 sessions in a semester. To be considered a full-time graduate student, a student must take 6 credit hours per semester. The student must take 1 course (3 credit hours) the first eight-week session and 1 course (3 credit hours) the second eight-week session. Semesters in this program are Spring, Summer, and Fall.


When are the start dates for the organizational leadership degree program?

Please see the admissions page for specific enrollment and start dates.

How long does it take to complete the organizational leadership degree program?

The MAOL program requires completion of 30 credit hours or 10 classes. If students take a full-time load each term—one class at a time continuously throughout the program—they should complete the program within 20 months.

How much does the online MAOL Degree cost?

Montreat College programs are competitively priced, and we offer multiple forms of financial aid to help you achieve your educational goals.  Please see the current AGS Tuition and Fees page here.  Also, please keep in mind that there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options.


BUSN 5112 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership

This course highlights contemporary issues and perspectives on organizational leadership, multi-disciplinary perspectives, and leadership models. Students will learn the distinction between leadership and management, collaboration strategies, and how to manage organizational behaviors, with an emphasis on real-life application of their personal philosophy of leadership. (3 credits, first course of the program)

BUSN 5522 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation for Leaders

Conflict is everywhere. This course teaches a pragmatic approach to resolving conflicts that is applicable in non-profit and for-profit enterprises. Students will grow their constructive communication skills, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and will learn to reach positive outcomes through the use of collaborative processes. (3 credits)

BUSN 5809 Communication Skills for Organizational Change

This course explores the communication tools available to help organizational leaders for institute change, perception, and organizational growth. Students will examine and evaluate communication in a variety of formats, including dyadic, small group, formal and informal communication, and practice developing their personal communication skills. (3 credits)

BUSN 5813 Cross-Cultural Leadership

This course prepares students to lead amidst plural social, cultural, and historical influences throughout global society. Students will learn to analyze and assess organizations from multiple cultural perspectives and evaluate the leader’s role in developing and modeling leadership in diverse organizations. (3 credits)

BUSN 5838 Leading Organizational Change

The only constant in organizations is change. In this class, students explore the concepts and practical techniques of organizational design and change. Emphases include: change management, organizational design, and change strategies. Students will explore the leader’s role in creating and preventing change, and strategies for coping with organizational resistance. (3 credits)

BUSN 5208 Accounting and Financial Skills for Leadership

This course is an integrated approach to planning and implementing marketing strategies and tactics from a management perspective with an emphasis on the discipline of maintaining customer focus in highly diverse local and global markets. The course covers the review of marketing principles by which products and services are designed to meet customer needs and priced, promoted, and distributed to the end users. The course also examines the theory and application of internet marketing. (3 credits)

BUSN 5435 Strategic Human Resources Management

This course explores critical issues in human resources strategy, leading and developing the organization’s most important assets and developing and keeping people. Students will research organizational learning, employee motivation, employee assessment, methods for identifying and developing leaders, succession planning, and current topics in HR management. (3 credits)

BUSN 5508 Ethics, Law and the Global Business Landscape

This course is a survey of legal and ethical issues facing management in complex global business situations. Legal and ethical question are addressed in a case study method. Traditional ethical theories are studied and applied to contemporary global business issues. This includes the nature, formation, and system of law in the United States, and how it related to international business. Additionally, personal and group ethics will be explored through projects and exercises, for the purpose of character formation. (3 credits)

BUSN 5414 Developing and Implementing Strategy

This course prepares students to lead strategy development and implementation through the strategic planning process. Competition and competitive advantage will be investigated, using Porter’s 5 Forces model. Also, case studies, examples, and exercises will be used to help students understand the essence of good strategy and to be able to lead positive strategic change in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. (3 credits)

BUSN 5875 Organizational Leadership Capstone Project

The Organizational Leadership Capstone Project gives students the opportunity to synthesize the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program, and to apply those skills in a real-world project. (3 credits, final course of the program)

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Dr. Paul Gratton
Associate Professor of Business

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Dr. Stephen P. Dukas
Associate Professor of Business​

Dr. Bola Bayode
Assistant Dean of Distance Education
Program Director, Business
Assistant Professor of Business

Laurel Schneider
Department Chair, Business and Technology
Assistant Professor of Business