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Pacific Oaks College    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
  May 25, 2024
2021-2022 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Management

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Program Overview

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 master’s 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.

Total Credit Hours



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, from a regionally accredited institution

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine and apply skills to lead responsibly, ethically, reflectively, and authentically at the individual, group, organizational and global levels.
  2. Demonstrate and achieve positive strategic, economic, and societal goals by empowering organizational stakeholders.
  3. Research and evaluate best practices for leading organizations
  4. Analyze, develop, and implement effective solutions to complex organizational problems through the systemic integration of team building, and motivating self and others.
  5. Develop systemic knowledge of essential management functions through oral, written, and interpersonal communication.
  6. Assess the value and impact of social and cultural diversity in organizations.
  7. Design, collect and analyze data and report findings utilizing appropriate tools and technology.

Admissions Standards

Program-Specific Admissions Requirements can be found here: Admissions Policies

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees for the College and individual programs can be found here: Financial Aid and Student Accounts Policies

Number of Admit Terms per Year

Online & Ground: 6

Fall Session I and II

Spring Session I and II

Summer Session I and II

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.

Program Specific requirements

The MA OLM program requires 27 credit hours of core coursework and 9 credit hours of the Applied Research Project. This is a year-round program, including enrollment in summer.  On-ground and online attendance includes two 8-week terms in fall, spring and summer.  A student entering and successfully completing 6 credit hours per term of core courses and 3 credit hours per term for the Applied Research Project would have a time to completion equivalent of 1 1/3 years, or 16 months.

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 management in a specific leadership setting of the students 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.


The Virtual International Internship (VII699a and VII699b) is available as a course substitution for OLC 528 or OLC 542 with approval from the Faculty Chair

Graduation Requirements

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.

Course Length

Please refer to the program course and delivery section found here: Academic Calendar




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