Program Requirements

Hours: 39

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program requires successful completion of 39 hours - 12 three-hour courses and an integrative project. There are 24 hours in required courses. The remaining 15 hours may be chosen from offerings in any area of the MSOL curriculum, subject to distributional requirements as indicated below. MSOL courses and requirements are distributed among the following four areas:


Leadership Core - 9 hours

MOL 600Exploring Leadership (3)

MOL 690Integrative Project (3)

RPS 514Spirituality of Leadership (3)

Organizational Decision Making - 9 hours

BUS 600Finance and Accounting for Leaders (3)

MOL 605Methods of Organizational Research (3)

PHI 660Ethical Issues in Organizations (3)

People & Organizations - 9 hours

MGT 610People in Organizations (3)

Choose two courses from the following:

ECO 600Global Economic Issues (3)

MGT 640The Changing Workplace (3)

MGT 675Leadership: Communication and Influence (3)

HUM 670Reading and Writing: The Culture of Work (3)

PSY 635Social Influence (3)

Technology - 6 hours distributional requirement

(CIS 610 is a pre-requisite for MGT 620)

MGT 620Managing Information, Technology and Projects (3)

Choose one course from the following:

CIS 610Understanding Technology (3)

SOC 680Culture & Technology (3)

Organizational Leadership Electives - 6 hours

Choose from the following courses, or any MSOL suggested courses not taken to meet major requirements

LGS 625Legal Issues in Organizations (3)

MGT 630Organization Development (3)

MGT 645Organization Theory & Design (3)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university; however it does not have to be a business-related degree. The MSOL program encourages applicants in any career from any kind of organization. Other admission requirements include:

  • an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (“B”).
  • at least three years of significant workplace experience showing career growth, increasing responsibility and leadership potential.
  • a commitment to values and ethical conduct.
  • a completed graduate application form.
  • a letter indicating your reasons for applying for admission to the MSOL program.
  • a current résumé describing your work history.
  • three letters of reference from employers or teachers speaking to your character as well as to your abilities. References should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admission, Mount St. Joseph University, 5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233-1672 or submitted along with your application in envelopes sealed by the reference writers.
  • Official transcripts with a baccalaureate degree noted, sent directly from the undergraduate institution(s) attended directly to Mount St. Joseph University, Graduate Admission Office, 5701 Delhi Rd. Cincinnati, Oh 45233. Mount graduates need not submit transcripts.
  • An essay (300-500 words) about a difficult ethical or moral decision or dilemma experienced or observed at work or in another situation. Applicants should describe their thoughts and feelings about this situation and what was learned.
  • An interview with the MSOL Program Director.

Admission with conditional standing is possible at the discretion of the program director if the student does not meet the requirements above but can provide evidence of promise for success in graduate study.

NOTE: Applications will be acted upon in the order in which they are completed (all required material has been received). Applications must be completed at least one month before the next term begins in order to enroll for that term, if space is available.

***Effective July 1, 2014, the College of Mount St. Joseph became Mount St. Joseph University. Any reference within the catalog to the College will be understood to be a reference to Mount St. Joseph University after July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.***