Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership: Higher Education Leadership Concentration

Make a Difference in Education ― at a Higher Level

Learn to make an impact in a variety of institutional roles in higher education. Unlike traditional higher education degrees, Rider University’s online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) degree with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership offers a foundation in leadership and organizational behavior in higher education ― to help you gain a broader focus.

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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 in Higher Education Leadership?

Picking 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 and active practitioners in higher education.

Pursuing your MAOL with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership can prepare you for leadership roles in the higher education sector. Learn best practices in higher education administration to help you elevate your success with our focused graduate degree program.

What Does Our Higher Education Leadership Concentration Cover?

Colleges and universities need strong leadership just like any other organization. This concentration in our online MAOL is designed to prepare you for a variety of institutional roles in higher education, with an emphasis on developing leadership skills for organizational change. Our program provides you with the leadership capacity to face organizational challenges in today’s colleges and universities, so you can help make a real difference.

  • Learn the fundamentals of American higher education law that directly and indirectly affect the environment of higher education.
  • Gain perspective on the organizational structures, functions, behaviors and cultures that exist within institutions.
  • Cultivate a strategic mindset about higher education organizations and the competitive environment that requires them to change to survive.

Career Options: Expanding Your Opportunities

Earning your online master’s degree in organizational leadership with a concentration in higher education leadership can help you prepare to make a difference in a university’s direction and strategy.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain the skills and experience you need to not only succeed in a variety of roles, but to also stand out as a unique asset in the field.

The career outlook for postsecondary education administrators is strong. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists a median salary of $94,340 per year and Burning Glass projects a growth of 10% (higher than the national average) over the next ten years.

Your MAOL with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership can help you qualify for the following roles and median salaries*.

Chief Admissions Officer

Alumni Affairs Director

Housing Director


Recreation Director

Academic Advisor


Admissions Requirements

Our online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education 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 Higher Education Leadership?

Your concentration is designed to equip you with the leadership and organizational skills needed to make your goals of higher education administrative leadership a reality. Through Rider’s online MAOL program, you can help improve efficiencies, advance strategies and create an improved student experience.

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 in fewer than two years.

  • 15 credit hours in core courses
  • 15 credit hours in concentration courses

Higher Education Leadership Concentration

EDUC 525 The Higher Education Organization 3 Credits
EDUC 535 Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education 3 Credits
EDUC 540 Leading Operations, Change, and Assessment in Higher Education 3 Credits

Higher Education Leadership Concentration

Select two of the following electives:

EDUC 530 Student Affairs & Experiences in Higher Education 3 Credits
EDUC 541 Assessing Organizational Performance in Higher Education 3 Credits
EDUC 542 Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education 3 Credits
EDUC 543 Communicating Educational Data 3 Credits
LEAD 512 Forms of Diversity in Organizations 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.