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Online Master’s Program in Organizational Leadership & Change

Students in the online M.A. Organizational Leadership and Change program will lean on their own emotional intelligence to help build leadership skills for jobs in business and management that can affect social change in the world.

20 months part-time or 14 months full-time

30 units required for completion

4 unique specializations

Online M.A. Organizational Leadership & Change

The Pacific Oaks online M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Change program is based upon the theory that leadership requires deep self-reflection and emotional intelligence to be authentic. Authentic leadership can promote engagement among subordinates, peers, and shareholders—bringing about positive outcomes for organizations that align with the public good.

Going beyond a traditional MBA, this program integrates the core competencies of traditional business administration programs with social and moral considerations regarding the impact of their work on society. The Organizational Leadership and Change program prepares leaders who are knowledgeable about the essential business functions, technologies, and systems, and who are competent in analysis and problem solving, change management, decision making, global strategies, and effective communication.

Sample Courses

Leading Organizational Change and Development

This course introduces students to the 2020 workforce in regards to understanding how to lead today’s organizations, manage organizational changes, and develop both an organization and its human assets. Organizational change is not easy, it takes strong leadership, vision, strategy, communication, and the ability to work with a diverse group of employees both in-house and virtual. This course will provide insights into the current and future workforce. It will also help leaders break down possible barriers by identifying their current state and ensuring employees work within their strengths.

Project and Operational Management

Critical to the successful execution of an organization’s strategic plan and goals is an understanding of the operational models by which an organization is based. Project planning models will be identified for leaders to enhance their skills and direction to promote efficient and effective goal achievement.

Human Diversity and Ethics

This course focuses on the influences, challenges and values related to diversity and ethics in the global workplace and the multiple influences on strategic planning, decision making and problem solving. Today’s leaders must skillfully navigate relationships with multiple stakeholders, internal and external, while leading with a moral compass based on social equity, justice, fairness, and respect while ensuring the sustainability of the organization. Conflict management strategies will be identified and applied through relevant case studies.


  • Business Organizational Leadership
  • Education Organizational Leadership
  • Non-Profit Organizational Leadership
  • Professional Practice Leadership

Admissions Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Completed application for admission
  • Application fee
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Personal statement