Organizational Leadership (Master of Science)
The online Master of Science (M.S.) in organizational leadership is for working professionals who wish to acquire the strategic, business development and managerial skills required to advance in their careers or organizations.
When you pursue an M.S. in organizational leadership from Creighton, you’ll gain the skills required to supervise multiple employees or organizational units and participate in strategic development for an organization. In addition, you’ll be guided by an active and engaged advisory board of leaders from higher education, business, government and nonprofit organizations.
Though classes are online, you will still experience the benefits of Creighton’s exceptional sense of community. Instructors cultivate a rich learning community for understanding the nature and role of interdisciplinary work in today’s world.
- Business Leadership
- Healthcare Leadership
- Organizational Leadership
Employment postings for individuals with graduate degrees and leadership skills increased nationwide by 23% between January 2012 and December 2013.
Growth rates for top leadership occupations that require graduate degrees are:
- Medical and health services managers (+39%)
- Financial managers (+44%)
- Educational administrators, postsecondary (+31%)
- Computer and information systems managers (+34%)
- Human resources specialists (+45%)
- To innovate, adapt and act in a changing world
- To make data-driven and strategic decisions
- To manage and evaluate projects and portfolios
- To communicate effectively across different organizations and stakeholders
- To use practical reasoning, cross functional teams and teamwork to solve complex problems
- To identify talent, mentor, network and plan for succession
- To use influence and persuasive techniques during conditions of high uncertainty and in crisis
- To lead across international borders and cultures
- To predict high-performing employees and ways to retain them
- To manage conflict and facilitate group processes
The following optional concentrations are available to MSOL students:
To support students seeking to bolster business skills and knowledge, students may select the Business Leadership Concentration. Students will be required to successfully complete 12 credit hours (4 courses) within the College of Business in order to earn this concentration designation. The program’s Academic Coach and Program Director will identify appropriate courses. Students must adhere to all guidelines set forth in order to maintain proper qualifications to enroll in these classes.
To support students seeking to bolster healthcare knowledge and expertise, students may select the Healthcare Leadership Concentration. Students will be required to successfully complete 12 credit hours (4 courses) within the various healthcare-related programs at Creighton (MPH, HCE, MMA, NUR, MPH, EMS, NCR, HWC, MHE and any other healthcare-related program offering coursework appropriate for an MOL student). The program’s Academic Coach and Program Director will identify appropriate courses. Students must adhere to all guidelines set forth in order to maintain proper qualifications to enroll in these classes.
There will also be an option for students to earn the MOL degree with an Organizational Leadership Concentration. As such, students will individually design an 18- hour elective package that is tailored to their professional and personal pursuits. Students may choose from any eligible graduate program at Creighton, including but not limited to NCR, BUS, MPH, HCE, MMA, NUR, MPH, ILD, or other appropriate programs as approved by the Program Director.
- Graduate Student Government
The Graduate Student Government (GSG) considers concerns and interests of graduate students and makes recommendations to the Graduate School administration and the University.
The GSG also provides a fair and functional rebate system that allocates student rebates to graduate students. Funds may be used for GSG-sponsored events that enhance the graduate school community, or may be dispersed to students to pursue academic endeavors.
For U.S. students
- Two years full-time work or leadership experience
- Minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0
- Two letters of recommendation, preferably from one academic and one professional source, who can attest to your leadership background and aptitude
- A personal interview or additional background information may be requested
- No test scores required
- $50 nonrefundable application fee
If you are an international applicant, living in a country where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT (557 PBT) or a minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5 (no sub score lower than 6). You are not required to submit a TOEFL score report if you received your baccalaureate or a higher degree from an accredited institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only).
For All Students
Please submit a personal statement of about 500 words that addresses the reasons you are interested in graduate study in leadership, why this particular program at Creighton is appealing, and what qualities and experiences you have that will help you to be successful at graduate study.
A program admissions committee will determine an applicant’s admission eligibility after weighing the application, background, leadership experience, interest, and promise of the prospective student.