Learn what defines leadership.
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Great organizations need great people at the forefront. You already understand the business fundamentals. Now learn to improve organizational efficiency and refine operations. People-oriented leaders take a human-centered approach to help influence company performance and drive growth.
Rider’s online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) degree is designed for working professionals who seek advanced credentials. Learn the latest legal and ethical solutions and prepare for leadership opportunities in your field — because when you strategize the big-picture decisions, you can bring value to any organization.
Rider University Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Curriculum
Rider’s online curriculum is designed to prepare you with real-world skills that translate to industry expertise. Develop your supervisory, leadership and administrative expertise to help you qualify for advanced positions across various organizational settings.
You can learn extensive methods for conducting research through our capstone course, Project Seminar in Leadership. When you know how to dig beyond the surface and analyze data, you can start to build solutions to complex organizational issues.
Your online courses are taught by dedicated faculty who are scholars in their fields and remain engaged in the industry. Our professors are available for you and are committed to your academic success.
Required Courses (18 Credit Hours):
|LEAD 500||The Practice of Leadership||3 Credits|
This course allows you to gain an understanding of the practice of leadership and how you can develop as a leader. You will explore leadership models, creativity in organizations, and approaches to decision making as you begin to form your own leadership philosophy.
|LEAD 510||Organizations: Design and Dynamics||3 Credits|
This course can provide you with foundational knowledge in the area of organization studies. You can gain insight into organizational structure and how it affects interdepartmental behaviors, communication and work flow. The course emphasizes how organizational environment and culture generate and reinforce the way organizational systems work and how leaders operate within these organizational contexts.
|LEAD 531||Developing The Human Side of Organizations||3 Credits|
This course examines Strategic Human Resources Management (SHRM) within today's organizations, and is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of SHRM practices from a systemic and strategic perspective. You can learn approaches leaders use to recruit, select, evaluate, and develop employees and strategies to create a positive work environment.
|LEAD 540||Strategic and Financial Decision-Making in Organizations||3 Credits|
This course explores the importance of information and financial resources within the culture of organizations, and the necessary relationship that exists between the two. The course draws on current literature and student experience to explore resource management and focuses on the effective use of information resources within the boundaries defined by financial realities. The relationship between data analyses and effective decision-making will be explored. Prerequisite(s): LEAD 500 or concurrent with LEAD 500.
|LEAD 550||Organizational Research||3 Credits|
The purpose of this course is to prepare future organizational leaders to read professional journal articles, plan research, and critique research. The course covers basic research methods, such as experimental, ex post facto, correlational, case study, time series, interviews, surveys, and basic statistics in terms of understanding and selecting statistics. These concepts are taught within the framework of organizational leadership. Prerequisite(s): LEAD 500 or concurrent with LEAD 500.
|LEAD 598||Project Seminar in Leadership||3 Credits|
This course serves as a practicum for students about to graduate with their M.A. in Organizational Leadership. Reflecting upon your own leadership philosophy developed throughout the program, you will formulate, research, and write a leadership capstone paper. The project integrates the competencies and concepts from the core courses as you use research strategies to analyze an organizational problem. Class sessions will also be used for exercises and the practice of skills. Prerequisite(s): Must be taken in last semester of study. Permission of Instructor required.
Developing People and Organizations Concentration Requirements (12 Credit Hours):
Choose four of the following courses.
|LEAD 511||Facilitating Culture and Process Change in Organizations||3 Credits|
Organizational culture and existing processes can enable productive and effective environments, or they can be barriers to carrying out the central missions of corporations, not-for-profits, governmental or educational institutions. For organizations to thrive and survive in the future they must be able to change and develop rapidly. This course provides a working knowledge of the key theories and practices necessary to be an effective change agent. You can learn to develop skills in diagnosis, design of interventions and strategies for communicating change. Prerequisite(s): LEAD 510 or concurrent with LEAD 510.
|LEAD 512||Forms of Diversity in Organizations||3 Credits|
Increasingly, leaders and employees are part of a more diverse, multiethnic and globally influenced workforce. You can become more conversant with forms of diversity, such as different cultural traditions, as well as differences in generational sensibilities, ableness, gender, and level of adult development. You can learn about the different “worldviews” which organizational members bring into the organization, and how that affects their ability to work together. The course can develop your knowledge of and skills in practicing principles for optimizing human performance in organizations, cultural intelligence, human diversity, and leading multicultural organizations.
|LEAD 532||Program Design for Training and Development in Organizations||3 Credits|
This course provides a full circle approach to workforce training and development that is applicable to professionals in human resources, organizational development, or other leaders who see themselves as trainers, mentors and coaches. The course is designed for you to explore “real world” applications for programs, services and operations in a training environment, and covers key principles such as adult learning theory, facilitation skills, curriculum development, needs assessment, training methodology and techniques, resources and constraints, as well as learning how to evaluate and improve the efficacy of training programs.
|LEAD 533||Conflict and Crisis Resolution in Organizations||3 Credits|
Leaders face conflict and crisis in their organizations. Being effective in their resolution is an important leadership attribute. Skills that support positive and integrative outcomes include mediation, negotiation and crisis resolution skills. This course will use multiple case studies and role-playing assignments to help engage you in understanding how individuals and teams handle mediation and negotiation scenarios. The course will also use multiple case studies to enhance your understanding of the components of effective and ineffective leadership for crisis.
|LEAD 534||Facilitation and Team Leadership||3 Credits|
This course examines the characteristics and behaviors of teams that produce good results and/or generate new ideas. The focus of the course is on how to lead high functioning teams and the development of facilitation capabilities, so that students can effectively lead teams and organizations.
Considering a Career Change
to the Organizational Leadership Field?
Rider welcomes students from all backgrounds into the online MAOL program. Your enrollment advisor can help set you up for success by guiding you toward any necessary prerequisites. Make a smooth transition into the program — and your new career path.
Benefits of Your Online MAOL Degree
You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership. We connect you with rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study through a flexible online platform.
Prepare to thrive professionally and become a lifelong independent learner. Our people, programs and opportunities focus on preparing you for a successful career and rewarding life where you can truly make a difference. That’s the promise of a Rider education.
The Value of Your Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
When you graduate with your Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree from Rider University, you gain the chance to prove your value as a leader. MAOL graduates can also earn a 26% higher average annual salary than their undergraduate counterparts*.
Your career as a leader is the sum of your education and experience. Now you can choose an online MAOL program that’s designed to elevate both. Your advanced management skills can prepare you for leadership positions across various organizational settings.
*According to Payscale.com