Organizational Leadership MA

Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

A Graduate Degree for Christian Leadership

Many graduate programs in leadership train students to apply management skills to a business setting. Crown’s online master’s in Organizational Leadership degree is significantly different. The curriculum educates students in leadership philosophy, skills and strategies from a Christian perspective. The online program also prepares Christian leaders to address the challenges of today’s business and nonprofit environments, and diverse workforce dynamics, from a position of strong Christian ethics.

Faculty with the highest academic degrees and real-world business experience lead the courses in the online, Christ-centered program. They are committed to nurturing and promoting the varied leadership styles that contribute to building effective organizations. The curriculum includes strategic planning, organizational communication and research, and spiritual foundations of leadership to prepare graduates for faith-based work in public, private and nonprofit companies and organizations.

The coursework also includes collaborative activities that prepare students for real-life situations. By collaboratively constructing knowledge with peers within Crown’s digital environment, students acquire life and leadership skills that are critical to professional success. In fact, many students in the online Christian Master’s in Organization Leadership are promoted to management and other leadership positions while completing their coursework.

Crown’s easy-to-use online learning environment allows you the freedom and flexibility to complete coursework at your convenience. Tuition is priced competitively lower than similar accredited institutions. In fact, 98 percent of Crown’s students receive student loans, scholarships or financial aid.

The program has 12 Emphasis tracks for individualized study:


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  • Courses

    Organizational Leadership (M.A.) Courses

    Required Courses for the Organizational Leadership M.A. Degree

    II. Electives - 12 Credits

    General electives should be selected in consultation with one's academic advisor. General electives accepted for transfer into this degree program should normally fall within the areas of study represented by the following emphasis tracks. If an emphasis track is chosen, the student will  need to complete additional elective credits to reach the required number of credits for the degree.

    Emphasis Tracks - 9-10 Credits

    Note: If required emphasis track courses have been taken as part of the degree core, an additional 3 credits of electives per course will be required in order to fulfill the emphasis requirements.

    Biblical Studies Emphasis  

    Christian Studies Emphasis  

    Church Development Emphasis  

    Community Development Emphasis  

    Disaster and Emergency Management Emphasis  

    Executive Leadership Emphasis  

    Higher Education Emphasis  

    Hmong Ministry Emphasis  

    Intercultural Ministries Emphasis  

    International Christian Education Emphasis  

    Leadership Coaching Emphasis  

    Media Ministry Emphasis  

    Non-Profit Leadership Emphasis  

    Pastoral Counseling Emphasis  

    Pastoral Leadership Emphasis  

    Social Science Research Emphasis  

    Spiritual Formation Emphasis  

    Urban Ministry Emphasis  

    Total - 36 Credits

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  • Tuition

    Graduate School (GS) Tuition

    Online Graduate 2020-2021 Costs

    Tuition Per Credit (except MBA Program) $555
    MBA Program Tuition Per Credit $575
    Application Fee $25
    Technology Fee $140 per semester

    Check Course Catalog for any additional fees related to your specific program.

  • Careers

    Crown College has designed the master’s degree in Organizational Leadership program to prepare graduates to excel in business with a concrete understanding of the fundamentals of strategic planning, ethics, research, organizational behavior, leadership and more. Many of Crown’s graduates are employed in the following sectors:

    • Public, private and nonprofit organizations
    • Sales and marketing organizations
    • Product and service organizations
    • Retail and hospitality companies
    • Insurance companies
    • Financial institutions
    • Accounting firms
  • FAQS

    The FAQs provided below address many questions you might have regarding the online master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Feel free to contact your admissions advisor at Crown College directly for any additional questions you might have.

    What areas are covered by an Organizational Leadership (MA) degree?

    The Organizational Leadership (MA) degree provides students an understanding of organizational dynamics through courses in organizational behavior, organizational development, organizational theory and organizational communication.  Undergirding these courses is a foundation in research, strategy, ethics, and the theological and spiritual foundations of leadership.

    What classes would this program include?

    Some of the specific courses included in the online master’s degree in Organizational Leadership are:

    • Theoretical and Spiritual Foundations of Leadership
    • Ethical Leadership
    • Strategic Planning
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Organizational Communication

    How long does it take to complete the degree?

    Taking just one course at a time, the program can be completed in two years.

    How often do I have to be on campus?

    The Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership is 100% online and has no requirement for you to travel to campus for any aspect of the program.  Although it is a fully online degree program, you will have a dedicated advisor throughout the program who can assist with various departments.  You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email. While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation!  We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation.  The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday.

    What jobs can I get with this degree?

    Any organization dependent upon people as one of its resources would have opportunity to apply the principles gained as part of the master in Organizational Leadership degree.  The degree is well-suited to individuals assigned to lead or manage small teams or entire organizations.  A sampling of titles might include:

    • Department Manager
    • Project Lead
    • Human Resources Manager
    • Director
    • Vice President
    • CEO
    • Chief of Staff
    • Executive Pastor
    • Nonprofit Agency Leader
    • Community Development Leader
    • Administrator

    Are there degree specializations or concentrations?

    The Organizational Leadership (MA) degree does not offer any specializations or concentrations.

    Do I need to have a management or leadership position already to qualify for this degree?

    No, this degree can benefit anyone wanting to develop leadership qualities for future endeavors.

    Can I transfer into the Organizational Leadership degree program if I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree?

    While some life experience and work history (such as current or previous work) may be considered for credit, as a master-level, professional degree, all students will be required to have a bachelor’s degree to be considered for the program and most students will be required to complete all courses included in the curriculum.

    Degree details

    The online Organizational Leadership (MA) degree from Crown College will help you understand how business and nonprofit organizations function. The success and failure of organizations is often determined by leadership so this program is structured to introduce you to the dynamics that affect organizations as well as the strategies and biblical principles that lead to success.

    What it emphasizes

    The Organizational Leadership master’s program will delineate the differences between management and leadership and within the program, students will explore organizational theory, organizational development, and organizational behavior.  Along with those emphases, students will explore the implications of theology, ethics, leadership, and communications.

    Types of opportunities where this degree might be used

    Nearly every organization comprised of multiple employees would have roles in leadership.  These positions are often at a mid-level to senior-level role and are responsible for strategy, alignment, resource allocation, performance, and production.  Positions would be found in business, government, education, churches, ministries, and most nonprofits.

    What you need to pursue this degree

    Those applying for entrance into this program will be required to have a baccalaureate degree in any subject. This degree will benefit the manager or leader of an organization who wants to implement a Christian approach to leadership.

    Interesting facts

    Individuals graduating with the MA in Organizational Leadership have gone on to receive terminal degrees from the University of Minnesota, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and many other universities throughout the country. Graduates are currently serving as vice-presidents, managers, and directors at academic institutions, government organizations and corporations.