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Earn your Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership in only 1 year!

The M.A. in Organizational Leadership is the business degree you’ve been waiting for!

In an increasingly complex and dynamic global landscape, the need for effective leaders in organizations has become more critical than ever. The Centenary University Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) equips professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of leadership, enabling them to navigate the challenges and complexities of the modern workplace. The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is an online program designed to help you excel at leading individuals, teams, organizations, and yourself!

The M.A. in Organizational Leadership is a 30-credit, online program providing you with the knowledge and skills to excel as a leader in any field. The MAOL program offers you an opportunity to customize projects to focus on business, healthcare, non-profits, or public administration to help you advance your career or change fields. You’ll cultivate and improve your leadership style as you develop the competencies needed to guide individuals and organizations through the challenges evident in the workplace today and in the future.

A significant advantage, unique to the Centenary University MAOL program, is that after completion of a specific course in this program, students will be prepared to take the test (administered by and paid directly to the AMA) for the American Management Association’s (AMA) (2023) Certified Professional in Management® designation. This is a new credential that “gives individuals a set of recognized criteria to validate their qualifications and advance their careers.” No other four-year institutions in New Jersey are affiliated with this AMA program, and our faculty have been trained and certified by the AMA.

M.A. in Organizational Leadership Program Highlights

  • 30 Credits
  • Online: synchronous or asynchronous learning; or a combination of both
  • Rolling admissions
  • Complete your Master’s Degree in as little as 1 year
  • Direct interaction with Centenary University faculty
  • NEW: Now includes opportunity to earn AMA Certified Professional in Management®
    • Centenary courses provide the training for the AMA certification exam
    • Certification exam is taken directly through the AMA (American Management Association)
  • Ask about our Centenary University Alumni discounts!

This degree program is grounded in leadership studies and presents participants with modern theories, practical tools, and proven methods to address workplace issues such as change management, productivity, and profits, and to ensure organizational success in an ever-changing world. You’ll learn important skills needed to be effective in organizations and in life, including cultural sensitivity, ethical awareness, negotiation, decision-making, and change management. Focusing on key aspects such as culture, innovation, transparency, diversity, engagement, motivation, teamwork, and cohesive goals, learn about the transformative impact of such a degree on individuals, organizations, and the wider social fabric.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree including official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Personal Statement outlining reasons for applying and how the student plans to use the degree.
  • No GRE requirement.

Program Objectives

The program focuses on three areas of leadership: leading organizations, leading people, and self-leadership. At the completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • Address the challenges facing leaders in public, private, and non-profit organizations in accomplishing strategic objectives.
  • Design a robust vision and support innovative programs aligned with organizational objectives.
  • Analyze organizational behavior, implementing theories and models to improve performance.
  • Function as an operative change agent and decision-maker.
  • Guide and influence others in developing their own capabilities and achieving goals, increasing employee engagement and productivity.
  • Construct effective teams and motivate them to accomplish established targets.
  • Develop self-awareness skills and personal leadership competencies.
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The online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Administrative Services and Facilities Manager, Director, Vice President
  • Business Operations Specialist and Research Analyst
  • Human Resources Manager, Director, Vice President
  • Marketing, Public Relations, Fundraising Manager, Director, Vice President
  • Medical and Health Services Manager, Director, Vice President
  • Personal Service Manager, Director, Vice President
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator
  • Project Manager
  • Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Manager, Director, Vice President
  • Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Manager, Director, Vice President

How much can you earn with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership?

The salary you can earn with an organizational leadership degree is highly dependent on the type of job you pursue and the experience and skills you have. For example, citing the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of a Human Resources Manager can range from $76K to $225K. The median annual wage for Administrative Services Managers was $100,170. Higher salaries are possible with professional experience in the field, additional certifications, or relevant licenses that demonstrate expertise in a particular area. According to the US Bureau of Labor, on average, people with a Master’s degree enjoy higher salaries and lower unemployment than people with only a Bachelor’s degree.

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Learn more about the M.A. in Organizational Leadership at Centenary University by calling (908) 852-1400 ext. 5035.

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Cultivating a Culture of Excellence
Organizational culture plays a pivotal role in shaping the behavior, attitudes, and values of individuals within an organization. The Centenary University Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership emphasizes the importance of fostering a positive and inclusive culture that promotes collaboration, creativity, and continuous improvement. By studying leadership theories and practices, students learn to cultivate a culture of excellence that inspires individuals to strive for higher performance levels, fuels innovation, and encourages personal and professional growth.

Driving Innovation and Adaptability
Innovation is the lifeblood of organizations in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape. The Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership equips individuals with the skills to foster innovation within teams and organizations. By understanding the dynamics of organizational change, leaders can create an environment that encourages experimentation, risk-taking, and creative problem-solving. Furthermore, these leaders are adept at promoting a growth mindset and embracing technological advancements, enabling organizations to stay ahead of the competition and adapt to disruptive forces in the marketplace.

Nurturing Transparency and Trust
Transparency is essential for building trust within organizations. Leaders with a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership understand the significance of open communication, honesty, and accountability. They learn strategies to foster transparency by promoting clear channels of communication, sharing relevant information, and involving employees in decision-making processes. By creating an environment of trust, leaders foster stronger relationships, enhance employee satisfaction, and improve overall organizational performance.

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion have become key priorities for organizations worldwide. A Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership equips leaders with the knowledge and skills to cultivate diverse and inclusive workplaces. By understanding the value of different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences, leaders can foster a culture that celebrates diversity and ensures that all employees feel valued and empowered. This not only leads to enhanced creativity and innovation but also helps organizations attract and retain top talent from diverse backgrounds.

Driving Employee Engagement and Motivation
Engaged and motivated employees are the cornerstone of organizational success. A Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership equips leaders with the tools to inspire and empower their teams. Through the study of motivational theories and leadership techniques, individuals learn to create a supportive and empowering work environment that fosters high levels of engagement and motivation. By understanding the unique needs and aspirations of employees, leaders can tailor their approach to maximize individual and collective performance.

Fostering Effective Team Dynamics
Successful organizations rely on cohesive and high-performing teams. A Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership provides leaders with insights into team dynamics, collaboration strategies, and conflict-resolution techniques. Leaders learn to create teams that are diverse in skills and perspectives, yet united in their pursuit of shared goals. By fostering effective team dynamics, leaders can optimize the collective intelligence and capabilities of their teams, resulting in improved decision-making, innovation, and productivity.

Aligning Toward Cohesive Goals

Organizational success hinges upon aligning individuals and teams toward common goals. A Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership enables leaders to develop and communicate a compelling vision, set strategic objectives, and align the efforts of all stakeholders toward cohesive goals. By ensuring that everyone understands the organization’s purpose and direction, leaders create a sense of unity and purpose that drives performance, collaboration, and organizational success.

A Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership gives you the skills that can provide numerous benefits to individuals, organizations, and society at large. By developing expertise in areas such as culture, innovation, transparency, diversity, engagement, motivation, teams, and cohesive goals, leaders can make a transformative impact. Through your knowledge and skills, you can shape organizational cultures that drive excellence, foster innovation, and embrace diversity.

The MAOL develops leaders who nurture transparency, trust, and employee engagement, thereby enabling organizations to adapt, thrive, and positively impact society. A Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Centenary University equips you with the tools to lead and navigate the complexities of the modern workplace and contribute to the creation of sustainable and successful organizations that make meaningful differences in the world.


Course Descriptions

The program is offered in an accelerated online format, where two courses are taken simultaneously during five consecutive 8-week terms, and the program is completed within one year. Review the courses (PDF).

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