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Master of Arts in Leadership


Master of Arts in Leadership At Ottawa University

Earn your graduate degree in leadership from Ottawa University and gain the management, communication and people skills you need to pursue an upper-management position.

About Ottawa’s Master’s Degree in Leadership

Interested in taking charge, in being the leader your organization needs in times of change? Ottawa University’s Master of Arts in Leadership program can help. Dedicated to preparing graduates for lives of significance, this master’s degree in leadership was designed to prepare leaders to make a difference in their organizations 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, through the leadership master’s degree program students can develop the kills to lead organizations to new levels of performance. Coursework emphasizes areas such as contemporary issues for business leaders , developing leaders , organizational change theory, and managing a culturally diverse workforce.

Career Outlook for a Leadership Degree

What can you do with a Master of Arts in Leadership? Graduates with a leadership skill set and education can 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 executives.

Persons interested in becoming administrative services managers 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 blue-collar workers. They must be able to coordinate several activities at once, quickly analyze and resolve specific problems, and cope with deadlines.

For more information about earning your Master of Arts in Leadership at Ottawa University, contact us today.

Download a program overview for complete curriculum and course descriptions. 

This program is not yet accredited by ACBSP, as a new business program, it cannot be considered for ACBSP accreditation until the program has been in place for at least two years and has graduates.

Required Courses

Contemporary Issues in Business Leadership |  

This course provides an opportunity to explore new and emerging issues in business leadership. Students will identify and read contemporary topics in journals published in the past two years.


Developing Leaders and Leadership Capability |  

Course focuses on strategic and tactical approaches to developing comprehensive leadership, talent management, and succession planning processes for an organization. It involves defining leadership capabilities needed by a company at the individual, team, and organizational level.


Leading Business to Create Value |  

Course focuses on how leaders create value for the organization and key stakeholders.  Students will compare various whole system approaches to assessing organizations. Topics include strategy, values, norms of behavior, reward systems, decision-making and accountability, processes and systems, and the role the leader plays in managing and aligning those components to add value to the business. Dynamics within organizations, including those at a personal, interpersonal, and organizational level, will be assessed. Various approaches a leader can use to align and focus an organization, such as strategic performance management or the Balanced Scorecard, will be considered for appropriate application and expected benefits to the business.


Servant Leadership |  

Course explores the philosophy of life and leadership dedicated to the growth of others as well as values-driven institutions that contribute to just, caring, and sustainable societies. Topics include enhancement of student awareness of their values and how those values are reflected in their decisions and actions, the gap and tension between stated individual and organizational values that drive

behavior, identification of points of leverage to affect change in operational systems, leadership

philosophies, styles, and strategies, and contemporary concepts of values and system level

thinking integration.

The Creative Organization |  

Course covers methods for stimulating creativity and innovation, why context matters, and processes for making effective decisions with a focus on sustainable competitive advantage. Topics include practice in creative problem solving through in-class exercises and the creation of a plan to move the students’ own organizations to the next level of creativity.


Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace |  

Research shows emotional intelligence (EI) is more important than IQ in determining outstanding job

performance. Examines variety of instruments and writings used to build EI in workplace.  

Human Resources Planning and Administration |  

Integration of human resources with strategic business functions and planning. Examines issues of structure, staffing, effectiveness, performance and assessment and diversity within organizations.


Organizational Consultation Skills |  

Emphasis on the consulting process in organizations including the role and skills of a consultant, internal versus external consulting, contracting for services, resistance to change, diagnosis, data collection and interventions to improve organizational performance. Apply consulting skills to case simulation.


Organizational Change Theory and Strategy |  

Examines strategic interventions to change organizations from planning through implementation and assessment and theoretical models for change including organization development and total quality management.


Managing a Culturally Diverse Workforce |  

Study of how gender, ethnicity and other cultural diversity dimensions influence organizational behavior and outcomes. Includes theory and techniques for working with and leading diverse workforce in order to increase organizational effectiveness and to enable all members to reach their full potential.


Advanced Leadership Theory and Practice |  

Covers theory and practice related to organizational leadership. Topics include organizational system thinking, living systems theory, leadership capacity development, and other advanced leadership theories. Includes application of theory to a variety of workplace settings.

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