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Bethel University’s online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership prepares you to succeed in management and leadership, making strategic decisions and creating a competitive advantage for your company.

Coursework in the online organizational leadership master’s program emphasizes problem solving and qualitative learning. You will gain valuable management expertise along with the knowledge, skills and tools to lead teams and improve outcomes in organizational leadership careers.

Featuring expert faculty and an organizational leadership curriculum made up of essential topics like leadership theory, global business, business policy and ethics, this 100% online degree can be completed in just 12 months of full-time study. The format emphasizes flexibility and is designed for working adults. Accelerated courses mean you can finish your online organizational leadership master’s degree faster while maintaining your professional commitments.

Upon program completion, you will be qualified to apply what you’ve learned directly in the workplace as a leader and innovator. Graduates are prepared for organizational leadership careers including roles in human resources, non-profit management, entrepreneurship and more.


Bethel is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The HLC is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.

*Transfer of graduate-level credit must be petitioned with department for approval.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 01/10/2021
Credit Hours: 36
Cost/Credit: $475
Transfer Credits: Up to 9*
Est. Completion Time: 1-2 years
Accreditation: HLC

Course Requirements

Bethel’s organizational leadership curriculum includes 27 hours of required coursework, 9 elective credits and additional elective options with an emphasis on qualitative learning for a total of 36 credit hours.

  • MLED 506: Organizational Behavior (3)
  • MLED 527: Strategic Planning Organizational Change (3)
  • MLED 530: Organizational Communication (3)
  • MBAD 503: Management in Action (3)
  • MBAD 504: Leadership Theory & Applications (3)
  • MBAD 506: Global Business Environment (3)
  • MBAD 511: Human Resource Management (3)
  • MBAD 523: Values and Ethics in Leadership (3)
  • MBAD 524: Business Policy and Ethical Decision-Making (3)
  • MBAD 512: Topics in Not-for-Profit Management (3)
  • MBAD 513: Marketing Strategy & Policy (3)
  • MBAD 527: Legal Environment of Business (3)
  • MBAD 529: Contemporary Issues in Business Administration (3)
  • MBAD 531: Entrepreneurship (3)
  • MLED 540: Economic Perspectives (3)
  • MBAD 509: Statistical Methods for Business Decisions (3)
  • MBAD 510: Investments (3)
  • MBAD 516: Accounting & Managerial Decision-Making (3)
  • MBAD 526: Financial Analysis & Capital Budgeting (3)
  • MLED 550: Fundraising & Board Development (3)
  • MLED 553: Managing and Supporting Innovation (3)

*Students can take quantitative courses as electives as part of the organizational leadership curriculum but may need to complete prerequisites or speak with faculty to ensure the courses are a good fit.

Admission Requirements

  • Online graduate application.
  • Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from high school/GED classes or undergraduate work, from all previous schools, if you have completed 30+ hours.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a 2.50 or higher GPA.
  • Students whose native language is not English must score 540 or higher on the paper version, 207 or higher on the computer version, or 76 or higher on the internet version of the TOEFL. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning are not required to take the TOEFL.

Applicants with a degree from a non-accredited institution will be considered individually and validating additional undergraduate course work or examinations may be required. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 may be considered for conditional admission at the discretion of the program director. GMAT scores are not required for admission to the online organizational leadership master’s program at Bethel University.

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 19 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck – Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian colleges and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities – Midwest” list for 16 consecutive years.

*Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes four to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

**Transfer of graduate-level credit must be petitioned with department for approval.

Bethel’s Payment Plan:

The college has a monthly installment plan available through Tuition Management Systems. The fee to use this plan is $40. The payment plan is available through the college’s business office. Enrollment and budget adjustments can be completed online by accessing or by calling 800.722.4867.

Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education. We are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.

We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.

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Career Outcomes

Earning the online organizational leadership master’s degree prepares graduates for success in organizational leadership careers such as the following. Career information is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and

CEOs and other top executives develop and implement strategies to ensure that organizations meet their goals. They direct operational activities from multiple departments and collaborate with other business leaders and board members. The median salary for top executives is $104,980.

Human resources managers are responsible for coordinating the administrative operations of organizations. They oversee recruiting, hiring, and employee training, connecting a business’s employees with its managers. The median salary for this role is $113,300.

These professionals lead team members and oversee the daily activities of their organization. They are responsible for directing fundraising efforts, attending board meetings, representing the organization at events and more. The median salary for this role is $62,270.

Benefits of Learning Online

An online M.A. in Organizational Leadership degree can open doors to your career while allowing you to study in a convenient, affordable format.

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