Leadership & Organizational Development | Master of Arts Degree
Effective leadership plays a significant role in the success of an organization - at every level. Executive leaders require the skills necessary to develop an organization's strategy and then cultivate commitment to that strategy. Managers and supervisors require the skills necessary to develop the talent of their people. Individual employees require the skills necessary to inspire others around them. Effective leadership skills make the difference between leveraging strengths and settling for mediocrity.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees with a Master's degree earn $200-$300 more per week and have a lower turnover rate than those with a Bachelor's degree. Obtaining a Master's in Leadership and Organizational Development can be an important step in both advancing professional development and enhancing career satisfaction.
Learn more about the Master's in Leadership & Organizational Development.
[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) will be required to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.
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|Fall: April 1 priority application deadline (July 1 as space permits)||Transcript(s); Two (2) Letters of Recommendation; Undergraduate GPA above 3.00 or higher -- if a student possesses less than a 3.00 undergraduate GPA, the student may be admitted on conditionally; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Three (3) years work experience & current part-time employment, coursework prerequisites; Two (2) Personal Potential Index evaluations
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|Spring: New admittance on a case-by-case basis
|Summer: New admittance on a case-by-case basis
Tel. No.: 800.734.6736
|Dean: Jennifer Kohler Giancola, Ph.D.
Admissions Coordinator: Matt Grawitch, Ph.D.
Required Additional Application Information for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS scores
Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.Applicant Criteria
- A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
- An above-average GPA
- A review of GRE scores (if applicable)
- A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)
Leadership & Organizational Development Application Review Process
- Applications are reviewed by a committee of School for Professional Studies faculty members
Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1
Rankings/Honors: The Leadership & Organizational Development graduate degree program is the first of two new master's degree programs offered by the School for Professional Studies with its first admitted students starting coursework in the Fall of 2010. | More about the School for Professional Studies
Credit Hours/Coursework: | The Leadership and Organizational Development (LOD) master's degree is a 36-hour program designed for working professionals wishing to pursue a professional master's degree while maintaining part- or full-time employment. | Master's in Leadership & Organizational Development
Program Description: With courses offered in online and blended formats in an accelerated 8-week term, this program makes advanced education more accessible for working professionals. | Online Degree Programs
Careers Possibilities: Leadership is a competency that can make a strong positive contribution at all levels of any organization. The benefits to you, your organization, and your career increase significantly with a Master's degree in Leadership & Organizational Development. | Career Opportunities | Student Career Services
Curriculum & Program Details: The program develops 12 competencies through project-based learning in the areas of leadership and organizational development, with specific emphases at the personal, interpersonal/group, and organizational levels. | The 12 Competencies and Project-based Indicators for Success
About the School for Professional Studies Faculty: The School for Professional Studies provides education to its students using top-quality, industry experts coming from a wide range of for-profit and not-for-profit employers and have a wide range of expertise. | SPS Faculty
Program Highlights: Rather than simply providing knowledge and skills across a set of unrelated courses, the entire curriculum is designed to assist students in developing themselves within several competency areas. Students will complete projects in their foundation courses that will be used in later courses within the program. You will be able to see how you have developed yourself within the program. | Professional Perspectives: School of Professional Studies blog