Online M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Certificate Programs

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Realize Your Leadership Potential

Increase your influence and expand your career with an online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) from Saint Mary’s. This rigorous curriculum and unique online learning structure will build your creative problem-solving skills while empowering you to lead—enabling any team to reach its full potential.

This degree is designed to help you become an adaptable, ethical, and tech-savvy leader who can affect real and lasting change in your organization. You will learn how to overcome organizational challenges, manage conflict, and develop those around you.

In addition to this career-elevating degree, Saint Mary’s offers nine graduate certificates to help professionals accelerate their careers with an affordable credential.

The esteemed faculty of Saint Mary’s University is forward-thinking in developing curricula that give you the skills to compete in today’s workforce and excel in tomorrow’s professional environment.

Fine Tune Your Expertise with Certificates

Saint Mary’s offers graduate certificate options for professionals interested in furthering their organizational leadership careers. These 12-credit certificates can be taken alone or applied toward the online M.A. in Organizational Leadership degree.

As part of our commitment to your success, Saint Mary’s is offering an opportunity for you to be awarded digital credentials or digital badges. The badges are a graphic representation of your achievement after completing a specific course or graduate certificate program. For each successful course completion in the Finance, Human Resource Management, Individual and Team Leadership, Non-Profit Management, Organizational and Change Leadership or Project Management graduate certificate programs a digital badge will be awarded. Once the graduate certificate has been completed your achievement will be recognized with a certificate completion badge.

Choose the online certificate that aligns with your goals and gain specialized skills for continued success.

Schools of graduate and professional programs: Graduate certificate badge for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

12 credits; 2 semesters

Access a hands-on curriculum that provides specialized knowledge and training in essential finance skill sets, including financial markets, security analysis, and portfolio management. Courses are taught by experienced faculty who are industry experts.

12 credits; 2 semesters

Get the focused training you need to lead in a variety of healthcare settings and finish your program in just one year. Learn the fundamentals of modern health and human services delivery and study topics like health policy, finance, and administration to advance your career.

12 credits; 2 semesters

Study a specialized curriculum that provides a foundational study of the human resources skills and approaches you need to be successful, including HR management, compensation and benefits, consulting, and employment law.

12 credits; 2 semesters

The career-focused program introduces nonprofit management, including coursework in management, community engagement and collaboration, grant writing and financial management, and human resource management.

12 credits; 2 semesters

Gain the foundational skills you need to excel in project management, including topics like project planning, resource management, stakeholder analysis, quality control, risk management, and more in this PMI-GAC accredited certificate program.

12 credits; 2 semesters

Upskill your management credentials to gain the invaluable leadership qualities that can motivate and inspire a team of employees. The certificate program features four courses covering leadership and ethics, communication strategies, collaboration, and team building. You will earn a digital badge for each class within the certificate program, along with a badge for completing the entire four-course certificate.

12 credits; 2 semesters

Learn how to develop ethical and innovative strategies to solve complex business problems while positively impacting change for an entire organization and its workforce. Credits earned through the certificate program can be counted towards the larger M.A. in Organizational Leadership degree program if desired or can be stacked for credit towards several other Saint Mary’s University master’s programs.

Enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. The Saint Mary’s community, together and by association, is dedicated to quality, diversity, accessibility, social justice, and sound stewardship in all its endeavors.

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Online Convenience, On Point Outcomes

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to providing excellence in education beyond the borders of the campus. You want to excel in your profession and to maximize your career, all while maintaining family and work responsibilities. Saint Mary’s online programs are offered in an easy-to-use format that allows for flexible scheduling and provides you with leading-edge knowledge and valuable credentials.

Learn a Variety of Leadership Roles

Just as there are different types of people in an organization, there are different types of leaders. With an online M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University, you’ll explore each of six identified types of leadership through coursework and learn how to integrate them to best serve your organization. These clusters include:

  1. The Learning Leader
  2. The Connected Leader
  3. The Global Leader
  4. The Organizational Leader
  5. The Change Leader
  6. The Adaptive Leader

Preview just a few of the courses in the online M.A. in Organizational Leadership program:

OL 614 Leadership and Ethics

This course focuses on theories and styles of leadership and the ways in which outcomes are influenced through increased awareness of personal style and skills. Personal and professional ethics are analyzed, and ethical issues in organizations are explored.

OL 634 Economic and Political Contexts

This course focuses on global, economic, and political issues influencing today’s organizations. Contextual factors and trends in world economics and politics are examined.

OL 654 Strategy and Innovation

This course focuses on strategic thinking and creativity in organizational leadership. Innovation is examined as a process to develop the strengths of a system or organization, and to deliver positive results. Evaluation, analysis, and integration based on previous course learning is expected.

OL 646 Organization Development

This course focuses on an overview of the fundamental components of organization development. It is designed to provide students with different perspectives on organization development at the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis. Students learn theoretical models to evaluate organizational performance, as well as techniques that develop the organization’s ability to manage change.

Good Leaders are Always in Demand

Organizational leadership is a role relevant to a wide range of sectors. Providing positive, effective motivation to a workforce while also achieving your organization’s goals can be a balancing act that requires a specialized set of skills. The online M.A. in Organizational Leadership provides you with those skills so you can achieve success for yourself while helping those around you succeed as well.

2021 Average Mean Salaries

  • Top Executive $107,6802
  • Training and Development Manager $115,6403
  • Social and Community Service Manager $69.9004
  • Human Resources Manager $121,2205
  • Administrative Services Manager $98,8906
  • Medical and Health Services Manager $104,2807

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