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M.A. in Organizational Leadership

  • Online
  • Part-Time
  • 2 Years

Through the Chicago School’s M.A. in Organizational Leadership online degree program, graduates are prepared to excel as ethical leaders and managers, be sensitive to and understand diverse populations, and appreciate the importance of education, research, and policy-making in a variety of organizational environments. Designed for working professionals, the online Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree program prepares […]

Through the Chicago School’s M.A. in Organizational Leadership online degree program, graduates are prepared to excel as ethical leaders and managers, be sensitive to and understand diverse populations, and appreciate the importance of education, research, and policy-making in a variety of organizational environments.

Designed for working professionals, the online Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree program prepares students to effectively apply the psychological theories of leadership to a constantly evolving business climate. Ensuring that graduates are well prepared for present and future leadership roles and demands, this degree program offers the opportunity to build knowledge and skills through the completion of a comprehensive core of courses as well as having the ability to deepen an area of interest through the selection of courses from electives in general or industrial/organizational psychology. The result is a degree that produces not only managers, but leaders, ready to pursue career opportunities as mid- to senior-level leaders in a variety of corporate, governmental, or nonprofit settings.

This program prepares students for advancement into Ph.D. programs in Organizational Leadership or Business Psychology.

 

M.A. in Organizational Leadership Online Program Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and receive questions from your instructor.

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Change Management for Leaders

Because all contemporary leadership is change leadership this course will focus on the leader’s role as a change agent using the lenses of various psycho-social and business models of change and providing learners with the foundation for examining and developing their own constructive and effective change leadership style. Psychological resistance and the means to constructively transform resistance in self, others, teams and systems is a feature, with emphasis on supporting and leveraging diversity in the service of positive change.

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

This organizational leadership course examines the science of emotional intelligence and its effect on leadership. Topics include: constructive thinking, emotional competence, social emotional intelligence, and alexithymia. Objectives include: evaluating the role of constructive thinking in effective leadership, analyzing and synthesizing emotional competencies, evaluating emotional-social intelligence, evaluating and addressing Alexithymia, linking emotional intelligence with performance, and leading and developing the emotional intelligence of individuals and organizations.

The New Psychological Science of Leadership

This Master’s in Organizational Leadership course explores the psychology of 21st Century leadership models. Topics include: leadership science, behavior shaping, the psychology of participation, self-organizing systems, developing organizational creativity, and change leadership strategies. Objectives include: evaluating contemporary leadership science, applying the principles of behavior shaping, examining and applying the principles of participation to leadership, analyzing the principles of self-organizing systems, developing and protecting the creative energy of an organization, and synthesizing change leadership techniques.

The M.A. Organizational Leadership degree program culminates in a capstone project that is a critical analysis of a best-selling popular management non-fiction book selected from the list provided.  This analysis intends to identify the evidence-based theories that would support the assertions made by the author.  Based on theory and its supporting literature, the student will identify strengths and shortcomings of the author’s approach, explaining (based on theory) why the approach would succeed or fail, and under what conditions.  This project focuses on developing critical thinking, expanding awareness of diversity and ethics, applying theory to practice, and developing information literacy skills.

Additionally, this capstone project forms the summative assessment of the program, and is designed to satisfy the requirements of the competencies of the online Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree program for a culminating experience.

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Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s M.A. Organizational Leadership program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in Organizational Leadership program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae:  Students should ensure their resume properly highlights two or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience.
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization. Cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity.
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • N/A
  • Previous Coursework
    • N/A

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