The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) is a degree program for professionals who recognize that individual and organizational success is about making a contribution.

Organizations are seeking innovative, high-performance professionals who have the skills and training to provide leadership—the kind of leadership that manages change, inspires others achieve greatness, and drives the bottom line. The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) at Northwood University is designed to help you unleash the human potential within your organization while positioning yourself for professional advancement.

The MSOL offers participants a chance to prepare for personal and professional advancement for themselves, their communities, and their organizations. The program design examines the behaviors that facilitate effective personal and organizational leadership and learning, as well as collaborative problem-solving strategies and practices. Prospective students must have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least three years of work experience prior to enrolling in the program.

The program is ideal for individuals who want to upgrade their knowledge and skill-sets in a multi-disciplinary program and earn a graduate credential. Courses are offered by outstanding faculty who are both practicing leaders in their fields and exceptional educators who bring real-world experience and opportunities into the learning environment. The program is offered using the online / virtual classroom incorporating asynchronous and synchronous learning technology to create a robust learning environment.

Students of MSOL program will achieve the following competencies:


A competent practitioner in the leadership process with demonstrable working knowledge of:

Ethical Leadership Process & Practice

Individual and organizational behavior

Planning, critical thinking and decision-making


A competent practitioner of measurement with a demonstrable working knowledge of:

Collecting, reporting, analyzing and evaluating data

Individual / organizational and financial measurement practices

Performing assessment and evaluation

Organizational Transformation & Effectiveness

A competent practitioner and facilitator of organizational effectiveness with a demonstrable working knowledge of:

Concepts and practice organizational behavior and development

Foundations of organizational history, philosophy

Organizational transformation practices and emerging trends

Effective Communication

A competent practitioner of effective communication with a demonstrable knowledge of:

Individual and organizational communication concepts and practices

Appropriate and skillful use of verbal and written communication

Active listening, effective negotiation and presentation skills

Innovation & Technology

A competent practitioner and user of technology & innovative practice with a demonstrable working knowledge of:

The relationship of innovation and technology

Application of innovation & technology for individual organizational effectiveness

Application of current resources and recognition of emerging trends

MSOL Program Facts
Total Credits 30
Program Length 24 Months*
Program Format Online
Class Size 20
Per Credit Hour Cost $757.00**
3 Credit Course $2,271.00**
*Program may be completed at the students own pace
**Costs based on 2016-2017 academic year

The MSOL focuses on people and organizational issues. Intended for those already working in a career, degree programs like the MSOL are in increasing demand by organizations seeking to maintain a competitive advantage.