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Organizational Leadership (Master of Science)

The meaning of leadership is to commit to thoughtful decision-making, handle adversity, understand and manage organizational challenges, collaborate and promote change—all for the greater good. The mission of the MS in Organizational Leadership is to develop moral and ethical leaders who use their skills to promote social justice and societal and organizational change.

This part-time, online program is built on an experiential leadership model that develops creative and innovative professional skills that help students work toward a greater and more just tomorrow. You’ll be immersed in a network of classmates and faculty with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and vantage points. Enhancing your leadership skills and preparing for success in your field.

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A survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council found that being part of a thriving business-focused alumni network can be a valuable opportunity for graduates. When asked, a staggering 95% of alumni surveyed said they would recruit an alumnus of their university for a job.

Earn your MSOL and become part of a highly respected alumni network. The program’s interdisciplinary approach allows classmates and faculty to exchange insights about their respective industries and professional experiences. These relationships last long after the program ends—you’ll expand your professional network and reap the benefits of a thriving alumni community for many years to come.

Program Details

Program Goals and Curriculum

The MS in Organizational Leadership program is ideal for individuals who wish to lead positive change in their workplace and community and who desire the flexibility of an online master’s program.

To earn this master’s degree, you must complete 36 credits:

  • Core Courses
    • Writing for Graduate Students
    • Leadership Theory, Application and Reflection
    • Strategic Orienteering and Execution Tactics
    • Communicating and Leading Across Cultures
    • Innovation and Adaptive Change
    • Approaches to Human Capital
    • Leadership Capstone
  • Electives
    • Students can choose to complete courses toward a graduate certificate in another field of study as part of the electives requirement.

View the Full Course Curriculum via Creighton's academic catalog.

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Concentrations, Certificates and Dual Degree Options

Students can earn a concentration in business leadership or healthcare leadership by completing 12 credit hours within one of these areas. Any electives can be taken to fulfill the remaining 6 credit hours.

Students can choose to complete courses toward a graduate certificate in another field of study as part of the electives requirement. These programs require just 15 credit hours to complete.

Options include:

Dual Degree Programs
Students can complete a dual degree program to earn two master’s degrees at once, saving both time and money. The following dual degree options are available in organizational leadership:

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Two years of full-time work or leadership experience
  • Personal Interview (per request of admissions committee)
  • Additional Requirements for International Applicants

International students are welcomed into this program so long as they complete it from their country of residence, as F-1 visas will not be issued.

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements

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Gretchen Oltman, JD, PhD
"I learn from the other faculty I teach with every day. I'm just astounded at their intelligence and the amount of passion they bring to the classroom."
— Gretchen Oltman, JD, PhD | Assistant Professor and Program Director
Cortney Hansen, MS
"I was able to immediately apply the concepts in my professional and personal life. It was refreshing to know that all the hard work I was investing into the coursework was worth it."
— Cortney Hansen, MS | Alumna
Tony Williams, PhD
"Helping students put leadership theory to action in their professional careers and personal lives is what excites and motivates me."
— Tony Williams, PhD | Assistant Professor

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. View the tuition and fees for this program.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731.

Dates and Deadlines

The information below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an admissions advisor for personalized assistance.

Rolling admission: Once your application is submitted it will be reviewed and we'll work with you to get into the next available class.

Start Classes In:

  • August
  • October
  • January
  • March
  • May


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