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Organizational Leadership MA

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Become a strategic, ethical leader in just 15 months

By earning Judson’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, you will enhance your leadership toolkit, excel in your current role, and maximize your career potential.

You can graduate in as soon as 15 months, at which time you will be prepared to:

  • Build effective, efficient teams and organizations
  • Encourage others to buy in to your strategic vision and initiatives
  • Manage diverse team members from different cultures, ages, and locations

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What classes will I take?

You must complete 30 credit hours in this program, which includes a wide variety of specialized leadership courses, capped off by an applied research project.

Course List
  • ORL 501 Leadership Theories and Practice
  • ORL 505 Analysis and Research Strategies
  • ORL 515 Leading High-Performance Teams
  • ORL 520 Organizational Culture and Politics
  • ORL 525 Global Leadership
  • ORL 610 Leadership, Change, and Innovation
  • ORL 615 Strategic Leadership and Data Management
  • ORL 616 Strategic Writing and Communication
  • ORL 620 Applied Leadership and Decision Making
  • ORL 625 Applied Research Project in Leadership

How long will it take to get my master's degree?

You only have to attend class one night a week or online. Plan on about 15 hours a week working on coursework outside of class. Most students complete this degree 15 months by following this schedule.

Can I transfer my other college credits to Judson?

Yes, you should be able to transfer existing credits to Judson. We’ll apply our generous transfer policy, with help from our enrollment coaches, as we work to get you the most credit possible.

What jobs can I get with an organizational leadership degree?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

Management occupations are projected to grow by 9% nationwide through 2030. In Illinois specifically, management job openings are projected to grow by 9.23% through 2030. Both growth rates are faster than national and state averages, respectively.

Graduates of this program go on to careers and salaries like the following:

  • Chief executive

    National Annual Mean Salary: $213,020

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $244,390

  • Medical and health services manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $119,840

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $125,720

  • Financial manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $153,460

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $143,300

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois Department of Employment Security

How much will it cost?


per credit hour
(30 credit hours required)


Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid


Where will I take my classes?

  • Online


    Take classes from the comfort and safety of your own home.

  • Rockford Campus


    Choose from two convenient campus locations in Elgin, IL or Rockford, IL.

What help can I get?

Enjoy personalized coaching, 24/7 tech help, and other valuable resources that offer you the support you need to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

  • 24/7 Tech Help
    24/7 Tech Help
  • Student Success Center
    Student Success Center
  • Financial Aid Services
    Financial Aid Services
  • Free Daycare at Rockford Campus
    Free Daycare at Rockford Campus
  • Designated Success Coach
    Designated Success Coach
  • Career Services
    Career Services

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students

What makes this program stand out?

  • Top 20

    Best Colleges for Parents Returning to School according to

  • WSJ

    Featured in college rankings by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

  • 10

    Average class size in MA in Organizational Leadership program

How will an organizational leadership degree benefit me?

How is the master’s in organizational leadership different from the master’s in business administration?

Both the MAOL and MBA prepare you for leadership positions, but the outcomes of each program differ.

Organizational leadership

Learn the theories and practices needed to lead, motivate, persuade, and organize within a business. Your coursework will be focused on people-centric topics like change management, organizational behavior, and ethical leadership.

Business administration

Learn to manage the business side of organizations through skills like data analytics, economics, and marketing.

Learn more about Judson’s Master of Business Administration