School of Business

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

One Year Hybrid/Online Degree

The Master of Organizational leadership program aims to develop the next generation of critically thinking and virtuous leaders, who consider the rights and welfare of those they lead and are able to transcend and integrate traditional disciplinary boundaries. The degree focuses on an understanding of human behavior both in general and within organizations, principles of effective leadership, organizational structure and communication, ethical behavior and decision-making principles, communication processes, principles of effective administration, and developing pertinent leadership competencies to drive better business outcomes.
No GMAT/GRE Required
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This degree is designed for engaging and emerging leaders aspiring to serve in the middle to the first phase of upper management, including those in their mid-careers seeking growth, promotion, and leadership-specific guidance. It is suitable for professionals from all academic backgrounds.


Woodbury University, founded in 1884, is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury University’s School of Business, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), is committed to providing the highest level of professional education in its graduate programs.


The MOL in Organizational Leadership program consists of 10 required courses offered in 7-week sessions for the period of 1 academic year.

No GMAT/GRE required.

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence
  • Self-Leadership for Executives
  • Managing and Leading Organizations Ethically
  • Fundaments of Finance, Econ, and Statistics
  • Organizational Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Strategic Communication
  • Leading Innovation and Org Change
  • Capstone Leadership Project

LEAD 600: Organizational Leadership
This course is an exploration of traditional and contemporary theories of leadership in organizations. Topics include models of leadership styles and techniques, organizational change agents, motivating personnel, decision-making and problem solving, ethics, interpersonal relationships, conflict resolution, and power.

LEAD 601: Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence
Students will be able to engage in self-analysis of the knowledge, skills and abilities of Critical Thinking (CT) and Emotional Intelligence (EI) as they buttress effective leadership. Activities include hands-on opportunities to apply CT/EI to the competencies fundamental to organizational leadership and will be utilized throughout the entire curriculum. Focus is on student’s ability to articulate their values, decision-making, essential intellectual reasoning, and the logic of rationality as well as develop a vision of their own leadership traits and style.

LEAD 602: Self-Leadership for Executives Students will explore concepts of self, being, becoming, authenticity, virtue, values, happiness, resilience, self-discipline, self-authorship, and self-transformation in the context of leadership. Through self-exploration, self-reflection, and practical reflexivity, students will deepen their self-understanding and then create their ideal of who they wish to become as leaders. Central to your learning experience in this course will be attaining a clear understanding of the self-mastery process, with its building blocks of self-intention, awareness, authenticity, and accountability. The final project will focus on creating a personal developmental plan and a self-leadership model to facilitate in the process of becoming authentic and effective leaders.

LEAD 603: Managing and Leading Organizations Ethically
This course deals features an in-depth examination of behavioral issues in organizations. Course topics include individual and group behavior, communication issues, ethical theories, employee empowerment and motivation, and managing and leading organizations under conditions of uncertainty. The course requires students to apply advanced knowledge of management and leadership skills in the pursuit of creating effective organizations through teamwork. The central objective of this course is to learn how to create socially sensitive, high performing organizations: organizations that are financially viable and ethically responsible. Working as a team member, every student will complete one social action project in this course.

LEAD 604: Fundaments of Finance, Econ, and Statistics
This comprehensive course provides fundamental knowledge in finance (primarily time value of money), economics (basic supply and demand concepts, how the economy works, calculation of inflation, unemployment rates, etc.), and descriptive statistics.

LEAD 605: Organizational Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion
This course is designed to prepare students in navigating more effectively and comfortably through diverse settings, in order to improve their ability to create an innovative, morally and emotionally sound performance atmosphere. The course will encourage students to engage in self-exploration, while analyzing and understanding their mental models. It will sharpen their critical thinking on topics such as identity, relationships across difference and bias, and equality of opportunity in organizations around the world and how they relate to organizational issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Class sessions will be experiential and discussion-based, will draw upon economic, psychological, organizational, and cultural insights, and will entail readings, self-reflection, case studies, guest lectures, and a final team project.

LEAD 606 – Conflict Resolution
This course analyzes sources of interpersonal conflict in organizations. Topics include models of organizational conflict, strategies for identifying and resolving conflict, theories of organizational change, implementation of change, and patterns of communication between individuals and groups in the workplace.

LEAD 607 – Strategic Communication
This course focuses on communication processes and strategies of effective leaders. Topics include patterns of organizational communication, biases in perception and judgments, networking, feedback, psychological processes in decision-making, and formal and informal channels of information sharing.

LEAD 608 – Leading Innovation and Org Change
This course examines the creation and maintenance of a culture of organizational innovation and change as a function of effective leadership. Topics include models of organizational innovation and change, identifying the need for change, strategies for implementing and directing change, effective change agents, and resistance to change.

LEAD 610- Capstone Leadership Project
The Capstone Leadership Project (CLP) is designed to garner a thorough understanding, application, and synthesis of the Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program competencies. In this culminating course, the participants will select a real-life leadership challenge and synergistically apply the competencies they have learned in various MOL courses in resolving the challenge. This capstone project is designed to foster integral, action-oriented research to seek winning solutions to real-life challenges that leaders face regularly and explores how this iterative process helps them in becoming engaged action-oriented leaders within their organizations and communities.

Prerequisites: Must be taken during the last semester, having completed all the coursework.

First 7-week session (8/28 – 10/13)

Lead 600: Organization Leadership | Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (online)

Lead 604: Fundamentals of Finance, Economics & Stats | Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (in-person)


Second 7-week session (10/16 – 12/1)

Lead 603: Managing/Leading Organizations Ethically | Mondays, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (online)

Lead 601: Critical Thinking Emotional Intelligence | Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (in-person)


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How to Apply

The university will consider applicants from all students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The Admissions Committee will review those who apply with a lower GPA on a case-by-case basis. Please submit the following requirements by the application deadline of May 1st for the fall semester.

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Admission Requirements – Domestic Applicants
  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement (250-500 words)
  • Recommendation letters (2)
  • Professional resume
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