Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Dec 09, 2022  
Spring 2021 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

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The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is offered in a distance education format and specifically designed to align with the PLNU mission to equip, empower, and transform individuals for servant leadership in a dynamically changing world. The program provides academic preparation that can be immediately applied to the life situations in which the students live and it is a direct response to the strategic priorities of the university.

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is an approved program under PLNU’s WASC Regional Accreditation.  Though this is not an ACBSP approved program, for those interested in that type of program, PLNU offers an MBA through its Fermanian School of Business.

Note: Those who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from PLNU with a 3.750 GPA will be given advanced standing in this program. 

Program Learning Outcomes

The Point Loma Nazarene University Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership graduate is prepared for expanded roles within his or her organization through enhanced abilities to:

  1. Evaluate how Christian virtues support the practices of leadership within an organizational system.
  2. Interpret how organizational knowledge relates to management, the practices of planning, leadership of change and conflict, and oversight of human resources, and illustrate how that integrates with Christian, legal, and regulatory roles.
  3. Analyze the evidence of personal leadership style, strengths, and skills, and how that supports their various functions within an organization.
  4. Adapt leadership concepts to real-life organizational situations.

Graduation Requirements

In order to earn and receive a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree, a student must satisfy all of the following:

  1. Successful completion of the required Organizational Leadership curriculum with a minimum of 36 semester units of coursework.  Students receiving advanced standing will be required to complete a minimum of 30 semester units.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or higher. No more than two “C” grades are permitted to fulfill required courses in the program. A third “C” requires one of the three courses to be repeated. Any course receiving a grade lower than a “C” must be repeated and the units will not be added to earned units.
  3. Successful completion of LDR 6020  and LDR 6021  with a minimum of “B-” grade.
  4. Successful completion of a personal interview (in person or using video conferencing technology) at the end of the program to review the things that have been learned and how the student felt that the program equipped him/her for servant leadership. The interviews are designed to ensure that the student has a clear understanding of the material covered and to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. To comply with U.S. Department of Education and accreditation requirements, students are required to show a government issued photo I.D.
  5. Payment in full of all tuition, fees, and other financial obligations owed to the university, including a degree processing fee.

Course Requirements

This program can be completed in less than two years (approximately 15 months). Classes are designed as collaborative learning experiences where students and instructors are engaged in asynchronous dialog throughout the week. It is comprised of 8 four-unit courses and 4 one-unit courses (36 units total). Students learn in community as they participate in a cohort experience that not only provides for a great learning experience, but develops a network of friends who share common goals. 

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