The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership is intended for individuals in a variety of organizations that require executives with well-developed leadership skills. Its curriculum reflects the emerging view that effective leadership depends on personal abilities and knowledge, value-based vision, and modeling socially responsible behavior.

The MSOL program mirrors the Mount’s commitment to interdisciplinary education with a focus on career preparation, and emphasis on values, integrity and social responsibility. In the realm of organizational leadership, this involves preparing students to be effective and moral leaders within organizations of all kinds. While its approach is grounded in the spiritual values and vision of the Mount’s founders, the Sisters of Charity, the curriculum and approach is nondenominational.

The MSOL program was designed after extensive market research involving both employers and potential students indicating a need for a leadership program that focuses on the development of the skills necessary to be effective leaders. The result is a program that focuses on people in organizations and the development of leaders and leadership behavior. The MSOL program is multidisciplinary with courses and faculty from business, the humanities, religious and pastoral studies, behavioral sciences, economics and management.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to MSOL are as follows:

  1. A degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Send an official transcript verifying the degree directly from the institution attended to the Office of Graduate Admission, Mount St. Joseph University, 5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher, computed on the undergraduate degree courses and additional prerequisite courses taken beyond the undergraduate degree
  3. At least three years of significant workplace experience showing career growth, increasing responsibility and leadership potential
  4. Names and contact information for two references including phone and email address, or two letters of reference
  5. Submission of a one-page, typed personal statement
  6. Successful interview with the MSOL program director or designee.

NOTE: Applications will be acted upon in the order in which they are completed (all required material has been received).  All students will begin in the Fall term.  Two courses are offered per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) so that the degree can be completed in two years.  Students can elect to take courses at a slower pace, however students must be aware that some courses may not be offered in the desired semester, should they proceed at a different pace than the cohort.  Applications must be completed at least one month before the fall term begins in order to enroll for that term, if space is available.

MSOL Academic Policies

  • MSOL students must maintain a 3.0 GPA as described in the section on general academic policies for Mount graduate programs. 
  • A maximum of nine semester hours of graduate-level courses taken previously may transfer to the MSOL program. The transferability of courses is determined by the program director.

Program Requirements

Hours: 36

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program requires successful completion of 36 hours - 12 three-hour courses.

Major Courses - 36 hours

BUS 600 Finance and Accounting for Leaders (3)
ECO 655 Global Economic Awareness (3)
LGS 625 Legal Issues in Organizations (3)
MGT 610 People in Organizations (3)
MGT 620 Managing Information, Technology and Projects (3)
MGT 640 The Changing Workplace (3)
MGT 680 Organizational Research and Change (3)
MGT 690 Organizational Research and Change II (3)
MOL 600 Exploring Leadership (3)
PHI 660 Ethical Issues in Organizations (3)
PSY 635 Social Influence (3)
RPS 514 Spirituality of Leadership (3)

Program Outcomes

  • evaluate organizational issues from a business perspective to include financial, accounting, economic, legal, and ethical frameworks.
  • apply leadership theories, concepts, and practices to lead and influence others effectively, ethically, and in a socially responsible manner across a variety of situations to include teams, groups, organizations, and virtual environments.
  • lead and manage change processes, projects, and new technologies to increase organizational performance and effectiveness to include problem identification and action research