Online Master's Degree - Higher Education — The Higher Education online master's degree concentration for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership is designed for students looking to elevate their careers in college and university institutions.
Students will master the foundations of leadership, diversity, strategic planning, ethics, finance, legislation and governance within Higher Education faculties and populations.
Students will also be positioned to advocate for positive social change within their institutions as administrators--overseeing student services, academics and faculty research. Higher Ed administrators manage the areas of admissions, student life and registrar's office.
The M.A. in Organizational Leadership aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to produce leaders capable of respecting differences and collaborating with those of diverse viewpoints to resolve problems.
As a graduate of Higher Education, you'll be prepared to approach your vocation from a new perspective. The skills & competencies this degree offers you can apply to careers in:
A completed Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required to apply to Claremont Lincoln University. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required for enrollment.
The Admissions process has been streamlined for applicants to complete the online application in 15 minutes or less. Unofficial Transcripts and a current Resume or CV are required to be uploaded with the online application. The Enrollment Committee will then review the application and determine an acceptance status within 24 business hours. A determination letter will then be sent, and in return, an acknowledgment of its receipt will be needed. The Admissions, Financial and Student Services Team will finalize any other necessary items to complete Enrollment.
Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to request additional items as deemed necessary by the enrollment committee to determine student readiness for the graduate level workload. Claremont Lincoln University reserves the right to accept, provisionally accept, or deny students upon the evaluation of all admission documents.
The Higher Education concentration is taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas of higher education.
Educational leaders are able to affect change with strategies that support diverse student populations to meet the economic, social, developmental, and academic needs of students today and in the future.
This course will introduce learners to frameworks and theories that guide the work of student affairs, review the importance of research, assessment, and evaluation in student affairs, learn the historical and foundational concepts of the student affairs profession, summarize the leadership environments for student affairs and the various organizational structures of student services, and evaluate how to transform student service organizations to better meet the needs of a diverse student population.
By blending practical and theoretical perspectives with the goal of enhancing vision, this course will prepare students to create inclusive environments that promote collaboration and enhance the learning experience for all.
In this course students will develop strategies to engage in and navigate through legal and ethical issues by exploring topics in the diverse and changing landscape of higher education.
Course content includes the ability to identify legal versus ethical issues, articulate contemporary understandings of diversity, exclusion/ inclusion, bias, and multiple influences that exist in the higher education system.
Students will identify major themes related to governance, research, employment, faculty, and students in a way that leverages informed and effective higher education leadership.
This course will explore the structure and practices of an educational organization. Students will discuss and analyze topics from many areas of academia including human resources, students and faculty, budgetary, governance, and academic affairs.
The content includes discussing the ability to identify internal influencers, external influencers, and organizational structure to articulate contemporary understandings of the process and practices that exist in the higher education system.
In an increasingly interconnected world, leaders who want to make positive, sustainable change need to develop the critical perspectives and collaborative skills necessary to reach across traditional barriers of ideology, culture, and faith. At CLU, we put development of these capabilities at the center of our degree programs. The result is the Claremont Core®, a sequence of four innovative courses. Progress through the Core takes you through a process of self-awareness and steadily evolves towards engagement with others and society at large. Learn More.
Claremont Lincoln's master's degree programs all have the distinct advantage of being 100% online, providing the flexibility to determine how and when coursework is performed. CLU master's degree programs can be completed in 15 months at a low cost of $15,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.
Claremont Lincoln University is a non-profit, "online-by-design", graduate university providing socially conscious education and multiplying social impact through the work of its students in the world.
As a nonprofit university, Claremont Lincoln University is focused on the student's learning experience as well as their career success. Funds received from donations, endowments and tuition go directly to curriculum and to enriching our students' education.
Since CLU is both online and nonprofit, the university is able to serve students who are not well served by traditional institutions and universities— allowing the university to deliver the innovative education its founder and benefactor David C. Lincoln envisioned.
Claremont Lincoln University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001.
The Commission has confirmed that Claremont Lincoln University has satisfactorily addressed the Core Commitments to Student Learning and Success; Quality and Improvement; and Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability and is found to be in substantial compliance with the WSCUC Standards of Accreditation.
To obtain a copy of Claremont Lincoln University's WASC accreditation, please contact:
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Claremont Lincoln University has entered into a complaint agreement for private non-profit institutions with the California Bureau of Post-Secondary Education (BPPE).
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Here is what some of our current and past students are saying about Claremont Lincoln University. We are committed to being a student-centered community and are proud of how we have continued to establish dialogue and long-lasting relationships with our graduates by showcasing their action-oriented and impactful work across the globe.
"Prospective students can expect to be challenged to grow as leaders, collaborators, and change-makers in their field and sector. The knowledge provided by the Social Impact program combines high level theoretical and critical thinking with practical grassroots implementation of learning and tools. This program equips students to become transformational leaders."
"In addition to growing academically, personally, and professionally, I hope students gain a community of thought partners and allies rooted in the mission of social change, love, and justice."
"This master's program led me to be a servant leader and bring about positive change in society."
"Leaders have a responsibility to lift up others."
Many hard working professionals contribute to a Claremont Lincoln University education. Here are just a few of the great faculty and staff that you will meet at CLU:
Erin Berman has been teaching in higher education for more than 14 years and most recently completed a second Master's degree in the area of adult education and design. As a full-time instructional designer, she is focused on finding evidence-based strategies to increase learner satisfaction and promote long-term retention of information. Erin has a passion for understanding how people learn and for finding ways to incorporate that in her own courses as an instructor.
Dr. Stevenson completed her Ed.D. from Roosevelt University, M.B.A. from Kaplan University, and M.A. in Communications from Governor's State University. She also received her certification in Online Learning from the Illinois Online Network (sponsored by the University of Illinois). She has been cited for her expertise in online learning, open educational resources, and prior learning and has over 20 years teaching and administrative experience in higher education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
She served as the Former Director of Education and Special Project Lead, AWARE (Action Within a Resilient Environment) for SeaTrust Institute in a volunteer capacity. She was the first Director of Education for SeaTrust Institute and also led the U.S. and global youth programs for middle and high school students, AWARE in 2013 and 2014 and attended two UNFCC meetings in Warsaw and Lima.
Earn your master's degree online in 15 months for only $15,000 while developing the skills, behaviors & mindset required to improve the world for the benefit of all.
The M.A. in Social Impact teaches you to envision and implement programs that generate positive and sustainable impact within your community—and beyond.
If you are an emerging leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, the M.A. in Social Impact can help you develop the social justice, social entrepreneurship, and human rights perspectives you need to be the catalyst for new social endeavors in your community. [learn more]
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The core of any organization's success has always been the quality of its people. Businesses that can attract and retain the top talent start with a leg up on their competition. As a master of human resources management, your role can be pivotal and your career can be endlessly flexible. [learn more]
CLU's mission is to educate leaders capable of reaching across differences to create a more just and sustainable world.
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CLU produces graduates who are prepared to transform communities, neighborhoods, and regions by facilitating collective, innovative solutions. You can be a leader in community-based organizations, government, and elected positions. Our grads craft more purposeful, innovative, and engaged civic communities. They cultivate communities' capacity to address the complex challenges that they face. [learn more]
Students will master the foundations of leadership, diversity, strategic planning, ethics, finance, legislation and governance within Higher Education faculties and populations. [learn more]
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