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Online | Master of Arts

Master’s (M.A.) in Organizational Leadership

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program trains students to influence and revitalize domestic and international organizations as a scholar, practitioner, and entrepreneur with a socially responsible focus.

Students will learn how to appraise, understand, and lead an organization – including how to build effective teams and how to motivate people to meet an organization’s goals. Graduates are prepared to advance in their existing careers, or take on new leadership roles.

Our program is designed with working professionals in mind and can be completed from anywhere in the world, without having to sacrifice the academic rigor and personalized attention that has characterized Adler University for more than 65 years.



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.

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog here.

Core Required Courses
  • Coaching and Consulting (3 credits)
  • 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 following 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

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real-world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given several civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After this, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Additionally, the program emphasizes innovation in leadership and how it can help develop employees, policies, and systems that foster more agile, ethical, and resilient organizations.


Adler’s online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree prepares students to advance in their existing careers, or take on new leadership roles, including:

  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Human Resource Manager
  • International Relations Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Operations Manager
  • Performance Management Consultant
  • Strategic Planner of Innovation
  • Talent Manager
Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission Status

Applicants admitted on a conditional basis must achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their first two courses in order to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university. Applicants admitted on a conditional basis are not eligible to repeat coursework until they achieve a full admission status.

Provisional Admission Status

Applicants admitted on a provisional basis must submit all outstanding collateral, as defined in their acceptance letter, prior to the end of their first course to achieve full admission status and continue in the program. Applicants not meeting this standard may be dismissed from the university.

**Letters of recommendation may be waived based on cumulative grade point average from your degree-granting institution.  Letters of recommendation should be submitted by professional references on letterhead.

Online Learning Format

Online Learning Format

Adler University approaches online learning with the same commitment to academic excellence and student support that has been the hallmark of our 65-year history. Our innovative online graduate courses deliver an engaging, interactive learning experience designed to accommodate your busy schedule.

Online learning offers a great deal of independence and flexibility, but that doesn’t mean that you’re alone. Our online student body is supported by the same administrative and academic staff who serve our on-campus students. Your instructors are also available to answer your questions, provide more information, and connect you with additional resources to help you succeed. In addition, your cohort classmates will be a source of ongoing support and collaboration as you progress through your degree program, and well after graduation.

Change the World From
Anywhere in the World

You may have a fulltime job, family obligations or other things that command your attention. We get it. That said, you have a passion to make the world a better place. We have online programs that are crafted and curated to give you skills to make it happen.

No matter where in the world or in life you are.

Adler is a tight knit community of radical thinkers and doers. Know, that as an online student, you are not alone. You are one of us. The work you will be asked to do, will be the same as every other Adler student. The skills you will learn will be just as powerful. And the degree you will receive, will speak just as loudly.

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