Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership: Developing People and Organizations Concentration

Great Leaders Are at the Heart of Every Great Organization

Learn to make an impact with a human-centered approach. Rider University’s online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) degree with a concentration in Developing People and Organizations can teach you how to lead a team and promote organizational growth. Learn to identify and utilize leadership competencies, and understand how people work and businesses function.

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Study 100% online

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Choose from 6 start dates

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years

No GMAT or GRE for eligible students

No testing for admission

Why Choose Rider for Your Online MAOL?

Choosing the right school for you is an important decision. You want a program that will help increase your value as a strategic leader. When you choose Rider University, you gain the opportunity to learn from professors who are scholars in their fields and remain engaged in the industry.

Pursuing your MAOL with a concentration in Developing People and Organizations can prepare you for leadership roles in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Learn the industry-leading best practices to help you elevate your success with our focused graduate degree program.

What Does Our Developing People and Organizations Concentration Cover?

Learn the human side of business. The concentration of our online MAOL is designed to teach you relevant, real-world knowledge that you can apply to your career immediately. When you understand leadership principles and advanced communication principles, you can bring clear and successful strategies to organizations of all sizes.

  • Gain a working knowledge of the key theories and practices for becoming an effective change agent
  • Learn to optimize human performance, build cultural intelligence, promote company diversity and lead multicultural organizations
  • Explore how individuals and teams handle mediation and negotiation scenarios, and develop the components of effective leadership for crisis situations

Your Career Options: Expanding Your Opportunities

Earning your online master’s degree in organizational leadership can help you prepare to strategize big-picture decisions and bring a unique value to any environment.

When you pursue your online MAOL, you can learn the skills to effectively facilitate and manage organizational change at every level.

The career outlook for advanced leadership roles is strong, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting growth at 8% from 2016 to 2026. This is expected to create more than 500,000 new positions in that time frame.

Your MAOL can help you qualify for the following roles and median salaries*:

Postsecondary Education Administrator

Projected Job Growth: 10%

Medical and Health Services Manager

Projected Job Growth: 20%

Training and Development Manager

Projected Job Growth: 10%

Human Resources Manager

Projected Job Growth: 9%

*BLS job growth projected from 2016-2026.

Admissions Requirements

Our online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership gives you the opportunity to advance your expertise and enhance your career options. That’s why we do our best to make it accessible for anyone who desires to pursue it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Degrees earned abroad must be deemed equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • GPA — minimum 2.7 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Application form/online application
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation
  • An interview with the program director and a writing sample may be required

Why Earn Your Online MAOL with a Concentration in Developing People and Organizations?

Your concentration aligns with distinctive managerial and administrative courses, and can help put you on the path to organizational leadership. Through Rider’s online MAOL program, you can improve company efficiency and refine operations to help drive productivity and growth.

By pursuing your MAOL degree online, you can focus on advancing your knowledge and career potential around your busy schedule. Rider’s online degree platform is designed to make your graduate education more flexible and accessible, helping you to build the career you want.

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Gain access to dedicated faculty

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Enjoy the freedom of an online education

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Nuture your future around your schedule

Nurture your future around your schedule

Pick a Start Time That Works For You

Your program has to fit around your life. So in addition to making our MAOL degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you earn your online master’s in organizational leadership degree from Rider, you can expand your career opportunities and salary potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.

How Many Credits Are Required?

Your degree will consist of 10 courses and 30 credit hours. You can complete the entire curriculum online in fewer than two years.

  • 18 credit hours in core courses
  • 12 credit hours in concentration courses

Developing People and Organizations Concentration (12 credit hours):

LEAD 511 Facilitating Culture and Process Change in Organizations 3 Credits
LEAD 512 Forms of Diversity in Organizations 3 Credits
LEAD 532 Program Design for Training and Development in Organizations 3 Credits
LEAD 533 Conflict and Crisis Resolution in Organizations 3 Credits
LEAD 534 Facilitation and Team Leadership 3 Credits

At Rider University, we want to help you be successful in your pursuit of new career opportunities. That’s why we offer 100% online coursework so you can work toward advancing your career around your busy schedule.

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.