About Our Unique MA in Organizational Leadership Program

Are you a manager who desires to solve problems and help others? Does your organization lack direction and focus?

MA in Organizational Leadership (or MAOL) students are part of a cohort that works through the program together, providing mutual support and encouragement. Students focus on their personal development while EMU worries about details like hassle-free parking and personal academic advising. MAOL classes include a combination of one evening per week (Thursdays) for several hours on-campus, and online collaborative creative exchange.

Reading, writing, guided reflection on your current and past practices, and group and individual projects are key components of the program. A one-on-one mentoring relationship with an established business leader is integral to the second year’s study.

Admission criteria include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, two years work experience with supervision or significant collaborative responsibility, two letters of reference, and an interview with the program director which includes an on-site writing assessment. Learn more about applying to the MA in Organizational Leadership program!

Which degree? MA in Organizational Leadership or MBA?

What’s the difference between a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership? The MBA and MA in Organizational Leadership share core values and many courses. MBA students pursue a track focused on quantitative skills where the MA in Organizational Leadership develops more of a focus on inter-personal skills. EMU offers an excellent master of business administration.

Employer assistance

Cost for the entire program is well under $20,000. Many area employers recognize the value of an EMU education for their employees, particularly in the field of leadership development. Contact EMU’s MA in Organizational Leadership program administrators for their help in exploring an employee assistance package with your employer, if your HR department doesn’t already have one.