Master's Degree


Our organizational leadership master’s degree empowers you to help organizations address 21st-century social and economic challenges.

Master of Organizational Leadership: The Oakland University Advantage

Located in the vibrant, innovative, global industrial hub of Southeast Michigan, Oakland offers an ideal setting for an organizational leadership master’s program. We provide a first-hand look at the current challenges organizations are facing, as well as the solutions they’re implementing to achieve long-range success.

Our organizational leadership degree excels for its:

Case-based curriculum. Oakland’s Organizational Leadership program translates academic theory into professional practice. You’ll wrestle with real-world organizational challenges while developing strategic polish and advanced communication skills.

Outstanding professors. You’ll learn from nationally recognized experts in Oakland’s organizational leadership master’s program. Our faculty include thought leaders in human resources, apprenticeship, diversity, equity, inclusion and other aspects of organizational leadership.

Tight-knit community. As a cohort-based program with small classes, our organizational leadership master’s degree lets you build strong relationships with peers and professors. You’ll develop a personal and professional network that supports you long after graduation.

Emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. Oakland doesn’t just advocate for these values; we practice them. Faculty and students in our Organizational Leadership program come from a broad range of cultures and communities, bringing a diversity of voices and perspectives to your education.

Convenient format. With an accelerated 12-month timeline and hybrid online/in-person format, Oakland’s master’s of organizational leadership is convenient for working adults as well as full-time students.

What Can You Do With a Master of Organizational Leadership?

The organizational leadership master’s degree prepares you to exercise leadership in your organization and to cultivate leadership skills in colleagues.

You can apply the theoretical concepts and ethical framework of the organizational leadership master’s degree in a variety of professional roles, including (but not limited to):

  • Human resources
  • Training and development
  • Strategic planning
  • Executive management
  • Change management
  • Community engagement
  • Coaching and corporate training

Master of Organizational Leadership Curriculum

The organizational leadership master’s degree is an accelerated three-semester, 32-credit, cohort-based program offered in online and hybrid courses. You can complete the leadership master’s degree in one calendar year (including summer coursework).

The program consists of the following eight four-credit courses:

  • Organizational Culture and Change
  • Developing and Leading Teams
  • Leadership Theory and Development
  • Introduction to Human Diversity Inclusion and Social Justice Perspectives
  • Leadership in a Global Context
  • Motivation and Leadership in Organizations
  • Leadership Seminar and Professional Portfolio
  • Current Trends

Master of Organizational Leadership Program Resources

Programs Related to the Master of Organizational Leadership

Not sure if the Master of Organizational Leadership is right for you? Check out these other graduate degree programs at Oakland, and contact our admissions team to discuss your options: