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Organizational Leadership, M.A. (Online)

The online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree program exposes students to theories and application of effective leadership in a variety of organizational contexts. 

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Program Intro

In CBU's online M.A. in Organizational Leadership program, students learn how to manage and motivate individuals and teams and discover how to use strategies and models to effect change within a variety of leadership and organizational structures.

30 Units

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12 Months to Completion

*with a full-time course load

$675 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your M.A. in Organizational Leadership (Online) at CBU?

Become an Equipped Leader

The organizational leadership program provides specific training,
 growth and development in decision making, communication, conflict and change management,
strategic management, human resource management and approaches to leadership across

Put Theory into Practice

The program studies complex and current issues in leadership as well
 as the social dynamics of organizations, problem solving, strategic planning, research
 methodology and policy formation.

Develop as a Professional

Graduates are leaders with sharpened aptitude, management
 techniques and best practices with increased opportunity for career advancement and reaching
 their full professional potential.

Learn Flexibly Online, On Your Schedule

Program Details

Consistent with the university student outcomes, upon completion of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate both orally and in writing and demonstrate proficiency in the use of information technology.
  2. Identify, describe and apply foundational leadership theories and practices.
  3. Identify, describe and apply conflict analysis models, tools and processes.
  4. Examine and evaluate communication tools and strategies for instituting change, collaboration and organizational growth.
  5. Examine the social, cultural, and historical influences on leadership in a global society.
  6. Investigate and explore the leader's role in creating and preventing organizational design and change.
  7. Develop a practical understanding of how to use financial data to inform leaders in making effective decisions to carry out the mission and goals of an organization.
  8. Describe and evaluate the strategic role of human resources in performing contemporary processes and regulatory procedures.
  9. Examine the issues that shape public policy at the local, state and federal level and the ethical dilemmas policy makers face.
  10. Develop an understanding of how to create strategic options by analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing various strategies.
  11. Synthesize the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program, and to develop an innovative, comprehensive project.
  12. Demonstrate spiritual literacy, and respect diverse religious, cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic experiences and perspectives.

ORG 534: Leadership Across Cultures

Examines the social, cultural, and historical influences on leadership in a global society. Aspects of social forces, dynamics, and historical contexts that influence human experience will be explored.

ORG 545: Leading Organizational Change

Investigates concepts and practical techniques of organizational design and change. Emphasizes change management includes factors in transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations to a desired future state.

ORG 567: Managing Human Capital

Investigates concepts and practical techniques of organizational design and change. Emphasizes change management includes factors in transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations to a desired future state.

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Dirk Davis, Ed.D.

Professor of Organizational Leadership
Associate Vice President of Academics (Online)

Office Phone: 951-343-3905
Office Location: Tyler Plaza

S. Jeannette Guignard, Ed.D.

Professor of Organizational Leadership
Director, M.A. in Leadership and M.A. in Organizational Leadership online programs

Office Phone: 951-343-2458
Office Location: Tyler Plaza

Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.

Application Deadlines Fall Spring Summer
Priority May 15 November 1 March 1
Standard August 1 December 1 April 1

Application Requirements

Career Possibilities

  • Business Executive
  • Manager
  • Administrator

*Some career options may require further education.

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Next Steps

Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!