Master of Science in OLA

Organizational Leadership & Administration (OLA)



Inspiring change and cooperation in an organization requires a smart and intuitive team leader, equipped with the right tools to create and maximize the benefits of a truly motivated work environment. The result: a strong group identity built on commitment and trust.

A graduate-level degree in a top ranked program by US News and World Report – Organizational Leadership and Administration (OLA) prepares you for management roles in all areas of business. Concordia University Online’s OLA program blends Christian leadership and ethics with organizational theory and practice. It prepares a wide variety of working professionals to work with people and guide group efforts effectively with methods based in proven scientific study.

After graduation, you are prepared for the test to become a Certified Professional Manager through the ICPM. A Certified Manager (CM) certification validates your managerial competency and proves your ability to competently lead a professional team.

Add a graduate certification to your OLA!

Add a graduate certificate to your OLA in one of the 10 concentrations below, or take the opportunity to build and customize your very own educational experience.

Our OLA curriculum uses input from subject-matter experts, focus groups, and surveys of thousands of active management practitioners to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities that inspire managers to perform above-and-beyond.

Start classes anytime and proceed at your own pace, or join a group of students to share your learning experience in flexible online classes that support the needs of working professionals. Our distinguished faculty is dedicated to passing on firsthand knowledge of what employers and companies really need in today’s changing corporate world.

The Concordia University Online School of Business does not require graduate students to take the GMAT or GRE as part of their admission process. Instead, a Capstone course is required at the end of your program to prove your skill level.

Concordia University Wisconsin has been ranked as one of the best value colleges for a Organizational Leadership & Administration online degree.


Best online program 2017. Master's OLA

Area of Study Business
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Goals / Objectives

  • Ability to build teams on commitment and trust
  • Skills to communicate effectively
  • Understanding of the selection and use of information systems
  • Propensity for thinking strategically about managing people
  • Ability to apply Christian ethics in company culture
  • Knowledge of personal leadership style based on a 360-degree assessment tool
  • Experience in building a leadership development plan
  • Comprehension of corporate financial management
  • Understanding of the cross-cultural challenges and opportunities of national and international leadership

Career Outlook

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Risk Management Consultant
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Benefits and Wage Manager

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Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Administration

Core Curriculum. - 32 Credits
Add a graduate level concentration if you wish to gain specific skills in an area of expertise.

Theories, Strategy, and Visioning for Leaders (OLA 805) - Credits: 4
No course description at this time.
Organizational Communication and Negotiation (OLA 815) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Leadership Competencies Practicum focuses on theories of organizational communication and current issues in ethical, interpersonal, cross cultural and competitive communication situations.
Leadership Competencies Practicum (OLA 870) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Leadership Competencies Practicum Students complete various leadership measures to assess their leadership style, and with the assistance of an OLA professor, formulate a personalized plan to develop their practical leadership skills over several months.
Leading Change in Organizations (OLA 809) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Leading Change in Organizations equips team leaders with the tools to create and maximize participation, collaboration, and effectiveness in order to build team identity, commitment, and trust.
Certified Management Certification (OLA 812) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students analyze the management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling and apply these functions to situations managers encounter as they achieve organizational objectives. This exam preparatory course emphasizes the application of real-world, practical management skills and techniques over theories; critical-thinking and decision-making skills over rote knowledge. The course serves as preparatory for those wishing to take the Certified Professional Manager* (CM) Exam from The Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM).
Selecting & Implementing Information Systems (OLA 821) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Selecting & Implementing Information Systems explores how organizations select and use information systems to meet challenges and opportunities in various environments. Overall design features, implementation strategies, and management issues are addressed.
Research Practicum (OLA 884) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Research Practicum concentrates on defining a research problem and preparing a prospectus. Students will learn how to focus a topic and submit a prospectus including a time line. This program is Pass/Fail.
Ethical Dimensions of Leadership (OLA 842) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Ethical Dimensions of Leadership prepares students to understand and apply what is required to strengthen Christian ethics in organizational cultures.
Financial Analysis and Budgeting (OLA 855) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Financial Analysis and Budgeting introduces information and tools essential to understanding corporate financial management.
Leadership in International Organizations (OLA 863) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Leadership in International Organizations examines the cross-cultural complexities, challenges, and opportunities of leadership at the national and international levels.
Oral Defense of Capstone Project (OLA 885) - Credits: 1

Course Description

Internship - Students will serve as an intern in a place that provides leadership learning. Students and mentors will devise pragmatic application in a workplace. Students will work with an advisor and committee, if necessary. Literature Review - Students write an extended literature review on some aspect (often identified as a problem) of organizational leadership and administration. Possible areas include communication, ethics, and leadership. Students will work with an advisor. Thesis - Students write a research thesis on some aspect (often identified as a problem) of organizational leadership and administration. Possible areas include administration, communication, and leadership.

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