Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Information Session

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Program Director for the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program, Tricia Nolfi, discusses the online MAOL program offered at Rider. In this webinar, she goes over a program overview, career outcomes, admission requirements and more.

Transcript

Noel Sepulveda:
Good afternoon. My name is Noel and I’m an Enrollment Advisor with Rider University. I would like to welcome you to our Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Webinar, featuring our special guest, Dr. Tricia Nolfi, who is currently the Program Director of the Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program.

Noel Sepulveda:
I want to also take this opportunity to introduce you to your Enrollment Team. From left to right, Miss Sarah Falter, Mr. Ysaac Bello, Mr. Noel Sepulveda, Miss Monica Lam, Miss Valeria Bernard, and Mr. Paul Eames.

Noel Sepulveda:
Our very special guest today is Dr. Tricia Nolfi. Thank you again for taking some time out to talk to us about Rider University and our Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself today?

Tricia Nolfi:
Thank you. Yes, I’m happy to be here and I’m really happy that everybody’s interested in the Organizational Leadership Program. I’ve worked in higher ed, in Organizational Leadership as a practitioner and as a faculty member, and I’ve been with Rider for five years now and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the students in the program and I’m glad to be speaking to everybody today about the great things that Rider has to offer.

Noel Sepulveda:
Thanks Dr. Nolfi, can you talk to us today some about the history of Rider University and a brief program overview of the Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership?

Tricia Nolfi:
Absolutely. I’m happy to do that.

Tricia Nolfi:
Rider University is a medium size institution located in central New Jersey, and it’s situated between New York City and Philadelphia. We currently have 71 Undergraduate and 28 Graduate Degree Programs, including a Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. The student to faculty ratio at Rider is 12 to one. We have nationally ranked programs in the College of Education and Human Services, home to the Organizational Leadership Program, is also a recognized leader in the region with an engaged alumni community. Our diverse student body at Rider represents 85 countries and nearly all US states and territories. I hope that you’ll choose to become part of our community.

Tricia Nolfi:
The Organizational Leadership Program was established 15 years ago and has alumni both in the private and public sectors. As an Applied Graduate Program in the College of Education and Human Services, we focus on developing core competencies required of leaders in the workplace, so you’ll not only learn about organizational theories and practices, but how to apply them to your organizational setting. Developing People in Organizations concentration, our most popular concentration, can be completed fully online and in less than two years. Our courses are engaging and provide opportunities for students to explore their interests through concentration courses and research opportunities. An important aspect of our program is the Capstone Experience, where you will conduct an actual research project on a topic that you are passionate about. Finally, I want you to know that the faculty in the Program view students as partners in the educational process, where we all contribute to learning, and I hope that you choose to share your experiences and knowledge with the students of our Program.

Tricia Nolfi:
The Program is comprised of 30 credit hours of coursework. AP credits are your Core Curriculum that focuses on Organizational Behavior and Leadership Theories and Practice. These courses provide the foundation for your learning and are generally taken in the order listed. You will also choose 12 credits of Concentration Courses that can focus on the areas of most interest to you. At the end of your Program, you will have your Capstone Experience, The Project Seminar in Leadership, where you will engage in organizational research, such as conducting a Customer Needs Assessment and developing a plan to address those needs, or maybe developing the Program Plan and Curriculum for a new learning program. The bottom line, the choice is yours. And embedded within all the courses is a focus on ethics, creativity and change leadership. Some Programs will have specific courses on these topics, but at Rider we believe that they are woven throughout all leadership practices. Our goal at Rider is to develop creative principled leaders.

Tricia Nolfi:
I want you to know that the Organizational Leadership graduates fare very well. More than 90% of our graduates who are seeking a new job or promotion receive one within three months of graduation, many before they actually earn their degree. And our alumni are represented in a range of fields including hospitality and tourism, social services, retail, big Pharma and non-profit management. And they serve in a variety of roles including Operations Manager, Director, Team Lead, Recruiter, and Vice President, just to name a few. And unlike other degrees that box you into a specific industry or job, the Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership will open the doors to opportunity. It can help you succeed at any type of organization. It’s a degree that is relevant, portable, and timely. That’s the value of a Rider education.

Tricia Nolfi:
Why Rider University? Yes, I know there are many online graduate programs out there, but at Rider you’ll have a unique experience. Our goals at the University and in The College of Education and Human Services, is to see our students succeed. You won’t be a number here. You are a Bronc, just like the rest of us. And our Program Faculty are just like you too, professionals that work in organizations that understand the challenges and opportunities associated with leadership.

Tricia Nolfi:
Through this asynchronous course format, you can complete assignments in a flexible manner, and if you have questions or need help, our faculty are accessible and are eager to help you pursue your academic and career goals.

Tricia Nolfi:
At Rider, we understand the challenges students face when juggling work, family responsibilities and coursework. That’s why you’ll enjoy dedicated advising and coaching, and the opportunity to pursue your graduate program at your pace. That’s why we offer you the option to start six times a year, whether it’s in the fall, spring or summer.

Noel Sepulveda:
Thank you for all the great information you share with us Dr. Nolfi. At this time I’m going to be sharing some admissions requirements for the Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program.

Noel Sepulveda:
For this Program, you need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and degrees that are earned abroad must be deemed equivalent to a US bachelors degree. The GPA minimum is 2.7 on a 4.0 GPA scale. The application form is required to be completed, in this case, an online application. Official transcripts from all colleges and school attended during your undergraduate degree pursuit. A professional resume. Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation. And an interview may be required with the Program Director, and a writing sample may be required also.

Noel Sepulveda:
That said, let’s talk about the tuition and financial aid. The tuition for this program is $950 per credit hour, for both in state and out of state students. There is a technology fee of $50 per course, and a distance learning fee of $35 per course. The curriculum itself consists of 30 credit hours. And financial aid is available to students that apply and qualify for it. We also accept employer tuition reimbursement and monthly payment plans are available for students that decide to self-pay. Military tuition assistance and VA benefits are also accepted, and tuition is subject to change on an annual basis.

Noel Sepulveda:
At this time, Dr. Nolfi will answer some questions frequently asked by students.

Noel Sepulveda:
Dr. Nolfi, how many classes are taken at once in this program?

Tricia Nolfi:
Generally, with the accelerated classes, students will take one class at a time and complete two courses in the semester. This allows for a manageable pace. However, a student may choose to take more courses if they feel that their schedule permits it.

Noel Sepulveda:
Excellent. That’s great.

Noel Sepulveda:
Are there different professors teaching the online courses versus the professors at the campus program?

Tricia Nolfi:
No. The Organizational Leadership Program Faculty teach both in the online and on-campus programs. This ensures that all students, regardless of their chosen format, receive the same educational experience. Also, our faculty participate in ongoing training and development opportunities so that they can stay abreast of trends and topics in online education.

Noel Sepulveda:
Excellent.

Noel Sepulveda:
What type of professional backgrounds do your students have, that enroll in this program?

Tricia Nolfi:
Our students, they come from all types of backgrounds, and they come from all types of organizations, whether it’s in the for profit or non-profit organization. That’s what really makes the Program so valuable. Students are going to connect with and learn from others in different industries and work backgrounds, and this is really helpful in terms of understanding that leadership practices apply to a range of different settings. Most of the students that do come into our Program do have several years of professional experience, and many of them are in managerial positions.

Noel Sepulveda:
What do you look for in a potential applicant?

Tricia Nolfi:
That’s a great question.

Tricia Nolfi:
We are looking for candidates that really know what their career goals are and how the Masters in Organizational Leadership can help them get there. In addition to the Program, like I said, it’s an Applied Program, and it requires students to conduct some research, write proposals, do presentations, so we look for students that not only have those competencies but really enjoy public speaking and writing and enjoy communication, overall.

Noel Sepulveda:
Oh, great.

Noel Sepulveda:
Thank you again, Dr. Nolfi for all your help with this presentation and taking the time out of your schedule to share this information about the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program.

Noel Sepulveda:
At this time, I’m going to conclude this Webinar. And to the guests listening to this Webinar, I want to let you know that we’re currently accepting applications for our upcoming semester, so please contact us today at (866) 310-2840, or email us at admissions@online.rider.edu, or schedule an appointment today on our live vcita calendar page.

Noel Sepulveda:
Thank you for your participation. Have a great day.