About OU’s Master of Arts in Leadership
Ottawa University's accelerated, online Masters degree in Leadership is designed for anyone interested in gaining the management, communication, and people skills needed to pursue a top-tier position in a variety of career fields. If you are interested in leading your organization and staff in times of change, then completing OU’s leadership graduate degree is a step in the right direction.
Dedicated to preparing graduates for lives of significance, the Master of Arts in Leadership Degree (MAL) degree was designed to help you make a difference in your organization immediately following graduation. Through examination of contemporary and classic leadership theories, investigation of successful leadership behaviors across a wide range of environments, and discovery of the strengths and development needs of their personal leadership style, students will develop the skills to lead their organizations to new levels of performance.
Education and Qualifications
Persons interested in pursuing influential roles should have good leadership and communication skills and be able to establish effective working relationships with many different people, ranging from managers, supervisors and professionals, to clerks, and other workers. They must be able to coordinate several activities at once, quickly analyze and resolve specific problems, and cope with deadlines.
Curriculum for the accelerated, online Master of Arts in Leadership degree delves into the human elements of business, such as communication techniques, leadership theory, multicultural workplace dynamics, and team development. By emphasizing more personal and creative approaches to management, a leadership graduate degree enables students to work with the emotional intelligence of individual subordinates and inspire them to reach their full potential.
As a student in Ottawa University’s masters in leadership program, you will create comprehensive business strategies and envision potential futures that integrate organizational functions in achieving sustainable competitive advantage. You will acquire knowledge of laws, ethics, and values and apply this knowledge to make decisions appropriate to one’s professional practice. Additionally, you will gain hands-on skills through designing, planning, executing, and evaluating communication methodologies at the organizational, team, and individual levels. Courses may include:
- Contemporary Issues in Business Leadership
- Developing Leaders and Leadership Capability
- Leading Business to Create Value
- Servant Leadership Course
- The Creative Organization
- Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
- Human Resources Planning and Administration
- Organizational Consultation
- Organizational Change Theory and Strategy
- Managing a Culturally Diverse Workforce
- Advanced Leadership Theory and Practice
For complete curriculum and course descriptions, download a program overview.
Two MAL Concentrations
The sky is the limit with your leadership graduate degree combined with one of its innovative areas of concentration. Coupling a desire to lead with OU’s value-added education will position graduates to pursue roles in many areas, including office and administrative support supervisors and managers; cost estimators; property, real estate, and community association managers; purchasing managers, buyers and agents; education administrators and top sales and business executives. Those who earn the MAL will be equipped to coordinate several activities at once, quickly analyze and resolve specific problems, and cope with deadlines. Students in the Master of Arts in Leadership program will have the option to personalize their education by selecting one of two areas of concentration:
Occupations with similar functions include office and administrative support supervisors and managers; cost estimators; property, real estate, and community association managers; purchasing managers, buyers and agents; education administrators and top executives.
Career Outlook for the MAL
Companies who invest in leaders do better financially. A study conducted by Development Dimensions International (DDI) found that organizations who have managers with strong business and leadership skills show greater net profit and ROA (Return on Assets). A high ROA is a tell-tale sign of solid financial and operational performance. A master’s degree in leadership from Ottawa University distinctively positions graduates to help businesses achieve their most aspiring growth goals and, as a result, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations are willing to pay employees more for this skill set.
Overall employment of top executives is projected to grow 6% through 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage for chief executives was $184,460 in May 2019. The lowest 10% earned less than $62,290, and the highest 10% earned more than $208,000.
- HLC Accredited University
Ottawa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
- ACBSP Accredited University
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Ottawa University, accreditation of selected business programs.
Why Choose Ottawa?
Ottawa University's offers fully online courses for our Master of Arts in Leadership program. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also conveniently offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms to get you to the finish line faster. When you study online with Ottawa University, your campus is wherever you need it to be! No matter where you want to study, you will benefit from the support and expertise of our faculty members who are dedicated to your success.
Career advancement awaits with the Master of Arts in Leadership degree. Why not take the first step now? To learn more about Ottawa’s online MAL degree, contact us today!
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