Invigorate organizations  
through innovative,  
socially responsible leadership 

Invigorate organizations
through innovative,
socially responsible leadership 

Organizational Leadership Required Courses

 This 36-credit program is offered entirely online and can be completed in 24 months, making it an attractive option for students who may be currently employed. Our asynchronous learning model allows for convenience and flexibility. Successful completion of this program includes the courses listed below.

Core Required Courses

  • Leadership and Management Philosophies (3 credits)
  • Organizational Culture and Design (3 credits)
  • Leading High Impact Teams (3 credits)
  • Innovation Process (3 credits)
  • Leadership Assessment & Feedback Coaching (3 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Adlerian Theory in Socially Responsible Practice (1 credit)
  • Social Justice Practicum I-IV (2 credits)
  • MA Thesis (3 credits), or
  • MA Capstone (3 credits)


  • Organizational Development and Change (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Systems Thinking (3 credits)
  • Workplace Measurement and Performance Management (3 credits)
  • Training Theory (3 credits)

Thesis or Capstone

The M.A. Thesis is a student-directed study conducted in consultation with an assigned Chair and Reader in an area of organizational leadership with relevance to the curriculum. The research culminates in the completion of a scholarly paper of publishable quality in accordance with Adler University guidelines and standards outlined by the American Psychological Association.

The Capstone course provides students with a unique opportunity to complete a project that will reflect their learning and training experiences throughout the program. This project will require students to communicate with a “client” organization during which they will develop the ability to determine and communicate socially responsible recommendations based on their learnings in organizational leadership. Students will identify with their client a current or emerging business, policy or organizational challenge, and complete an applied research project that demonstrates their mastery of culturally competent engagement as a socially responsible practitioner.

Social Justice Practicum 

The Social Justice Practicum (SJP) is a first-year, non-clinical and non-discipline specific experiential practicum that begins in the second course period of the student’s program. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to utilize collective power and social justice strategies to build a more equitable society. The SJP is designed to help students learn how to work alongside different communities as agents of social change; and serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity. The SJP unites our academic institution and larger communities, which is an anchor of student learning at Adler University. This experiential learning process includes attending monthly workshops to explore civics, intersectionality, and community organizing and completing a practicum at community-based organizations to work on projects that will strengthen the social justice missions of our community partner members. Click here to learn more about the Social Justice Practicum.