The MA program in Organizational Leadership and Management (OLM) at Pacific Oaks College
is based upon the theory that excellence in leadership requires knowledge, skills and extensive self-awareness in order to create a successful organization with sustainable value. Through the development of core management and leadership skills that develop and direct the diverse talents of employees, graduates will be prepared to become successful leaders who will be able to effectively navigate change at various organizations while
embracing cultural, political, and national diversity. Unlike a more traditional Masters in Business program (MBA), the Pacific Oaks MA program integrates leadership knowledge and theory with the development of management
skills to provide a more dynamic understanding of how to directly impact organizational needs. A primary learning outcome of the Organizational Leadership and Management program includes the capacity for critical self-reflection
to guide future leaders in their endeavors to bring respect, diversity and individualism into organizations around the world.
Online, Pasadena, San Jose and *Off-campus locations.
*The availability of Off-campus locations depends on enrollment.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
The MA in Organizational Leadership and Management is a program based upon the theory that leadership and management requires knowledge, skill and deep self-knowledge to be authentic, and that authentic leadership is essential to creating organizations with sustainable value. Self-aware, genuine leaders who establish responsible and ethical relationships, who value and respect each individual, and who lead with passion and purpose are needed to ensure that organizations achieve goals that are aligned with the public good.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Examine and apply skills to lead responsibly, ethically, reflectively, and authentically at the individual, group, organizational and global levels.
- Demonstrate and achieve positive strategic, economic, and societal goals by empowering organizational stakeholders.
- Design, collect and analyze data and report findings utilizing appropriate tools and technology.
- Research and evaluate best practices for leading organizations
- Analyze, develop, and implement effective solutions to complex organizational problems through the systemic integration of team building, and motivating self and others.
- Develop systemic knowledge of essential management functions through oral, written, and interpersonal communication.
- Assess the value and impact of social and cultural diversity in organizations.
Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College
Number of Admit Terms per Year
Fall Session I
Spring Session I
Summer Session I
Fall Session I
Spring Session I
Summer Session I
Completed Application for Admission
Official Transcripts from the Bachelor’s Degree Granting Institution
Transfer of credit and waiver of courses
Transfer credit and waiver of courses are not accepted in the M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Management program.
It is expected that students will fulfill all degree requirements through courses offered at Pacific Oaks College.
Program Specific requirements
Prior to registering for classes each semester (fall, spring, and summer), it is recommended that students meet with their advisor to identify the appropriate classes to take and to review their progress towards degree completion.
The program requires 36 credits of core coursework in the MA OLM program.
Applied Research Project
The MA OLM Applied Research Project (ARP) consists of three 3-credit hour sequential courses, which form the Summative Assessment for the MA OLM Program. The purpose of the Applied Research Project is to promote the application of student’s learning about leadership and change in a specific leadership setting of the student’s choosing. Students will be supported by two mentors throughout the Applied Research Project courses: a Pacific Oaks Faculty Mentor and an Organization Mentor, as identified by the student.
Students will select the focus for the Applied Research Project. The combined deliverables of the three ARP courses will become a portfolio that demonstrates the research and leadership competencies of the student.
Students are required to submit the Petition for Degree Completion and fee to the Registrar’s Office the semester before they anticipate completing their degree requirements. Students must submit the application, settle all outstanding fees with the Student Finance Office, satisfy any contingencies, and be in good standing in their program for the Master’s degree to be awarded.
Note: A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. If a student receives a grade below a ‘B’ in a course, the student is not required to take it over, even though the student can choose to do so. A grade below the required average will adversely affect the student’s academic standing.
Please refer to the program course and delivery section found here: Academic Calendar