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Online Master's Degree:Higher Education

Organizational Leadership

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.

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$92,360
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10% Expected
Employment
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, Postsecondary Education Administrators
(November, 2018); *From 2016-2026
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LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.

CONCENTRATION GOALS

  • Apply: Apply research and theory to promote social change in higher education leadership.
  • Develop: Develop communication strategies to meet the needs of diverse populations in higher education.
  • Forumlate: Formulate decisions based on leadership theories that support inclusive higher education practices.

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP GOALS

  • Mindfulness: Apply awareness of self and the multi-faceted perspectives of others to lead in local and global contexts to reach common goals.
  • Conflict Resolution: Assess the cause of conflict in organizational settings and apply strategies to resolve and leverage conflict in diverse environments.
  • Ethical Leadership: Lead ethically and responsibly in positions of power in a workplace, community, or organization.
  • Strategic Communication: Demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders to achieve innovative and collaborative resolution to community and organization issues.
  • Leadership Theories: Articulate and apply the major theories and principles of leadership, conduct analysis and recommend appropriate change strategies.
  • Action Research: Research, design, develop, and implement a capstone project plan to affect positive change in an organization.

CAREERS

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:

  • Admissions and Enrollment Manager

  • Academic Advisor

  • Diversity Officer

  • Student Affairs Manager

  • Financial Services Manager

  • Alumni Relations Manager

  • Human Resources Manager

  • Adult & Continuing Education

  • Arts & Culture

  • Athletic Director

  • Conference & Events Admin

  • Professional/Faculty Development

  • Development & Fundraising

  • Disability Services

  • Distance Learning

  • Curriculum Development

  • Outreach

  • Veteran Services

  • Career Placement

  • Diversity & Inclusion

  • Institutional Research Planning/Effectiveness

  • International Student Services

  • Legal Affairs

  • Multicultural Affairs

  • Affirmative Action

  • Title IX Officer

  • Campus Safety

  • Public Relations/Publications

  • IRB

  • Residential Life/Housing

  • Student Services

  • Spiritual Life

  • Missions

  • Tutoring/Student Success

  • Retention Management

  • Volunteer and Service Learning

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

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.

Required Degree Courses

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.

Higher Education Courses

MOL 5301
Leadership in Action
OPEN
Leadership in action is designed to support the exploration of leadership through self-reflection and assessment, including creating a personal mission statement and developing a leadership philosophy. Students will review a variety of leadership assessments, theories, and strategies on power dynamics, decision making, ethically addressing toxic leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and cultural awareness. Students will explore practical and experiential leadership styles and consider consequences of choices in the role of leading others. In addition, students will review and apply research strategies to develop knowledge and skills for action research preparing for the capstone action project. The course topics center around developing key leadership and action research skills to understand influencers in the social change process.
MLU 5302
Supporting Diverse Populations
OPEN

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.

MLU 5303
Cultivating Educational Change
OPEN
Visionary educational leaders are inspired by what an institution can become. Through the use of strategic planning, they guide members of the educational community through times of uncertainty, transition, and success. This class provides students with an overview of the theories of educational leadership which can translate into effective curriculum development, faculty onboarding, faculty development, classroom management, program assessment, and strategic planning. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply strategies for effective assessment to promote an inclusive educational climate and effective change management.
MLU 5304
Law and Ethics in Higher Education
OPEN

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.

MLU 5305
Higher Education Process and Practice
OPEN

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.

MCC 5301
Claremont Core — Mindfulness
OPEN
At Claremont Lincoln, mindfulness is defined as "focused awareness in the present moment and cultivation of compassion in self and others," skills which are essential for sustained human development and broader engagement. To that end, this course involves you first and foremost in practices that cultivate self-awareness, mindful reflection, concentration, empathy and compassion (for self and others). By the end of the course, you will better understand the varieties of mindfulness practice, gain personal experience with practicing mindfulness, and be able to apply mindfulness principles in your personal and professional contexts. You will also begin to explore what issue or context you will engage in your Capstone Action Project (CAP).
MCC 5302
Claremont Core — Dialogue
OPEN
Effective dialogue is mindful communication that allows shared understanding among diverse constituencies. This course provides critical perspectives and creative activities to increase your communication effectiveness. You will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue to reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, you will be able to practice interpersonal, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue in private, professional and public contexts. You also will identify potential dialogue partners around the issue you will address in your CAP.
MCC 5303
Claremont Core — Collaboration
OPEN
Collaboration is the co-creative dialogue among key stakeholders to develop strategies for positive change. In this course you will learn to develop strategies to engage diverse stakeholders effectively and create conditions for them to synthesize diverse perspectives. This includes the ability to work with people in a collaborative effort, no matter what cultural diversity or social privilege may exist. By the end of the course, you will be able to better manage interpersonal and organizational conflict and lead in a way that leverages intelligence and self-organization. You also will identify and secure commitment from collaborators for your CAP.
MCC 5304
Claremont Core — Change
OPEN
This course engages students in change-making, which is effective collaboration that generates positive and sustainable impact in society. In this course, you will integrate capacities from across the Claremont Core (mindfulness, dialogue and collaboration) to effectively design a project that positively affects a social situation. You will learn to evaluate the effectiveness of a project to improve it. You will demonstrate these abilities by designing an action plan for your CAP.
MLU 5306
Capstone Action Project
OPEN
Putting Your Ideas into Action — Your educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action Project. This self-directed project draws on your entire educational experience where you research, analyze, and determine appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact.

Capstone Case Study Examples

The Claremont Core®

The Claremont Core Curriculum helps you develop
engagement skills for creating a sustainable impact.

Online Degree in Higher EducationIn 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.

CLU's Online Programs Advantages

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.

Higher Education Grad SchoolMaster's
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Online Education Grad School$15k Total
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Online Master's Education100% Online
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Online Master's in Education LeadershipFlexible
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Online Master's in Education Management15 Month
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Best Online Master's in Higher EducationNo GRE or
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CLU is a Nonprofit University

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.

Accreditation

Top Online Master's in Higher Education

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:

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes
Accreditation Liaison Officer
alo@ClaremontLincoln.edu

State Licensures

Claremont Lincoln University has entered into a complaint agreement for private non-profit institutions with the California Bureau of Post-Secondary Education (BPPE).

Department of Consumer Affairs
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA. 95833

Chief Complaint Unit
Phone: 916-431-6959
Email: bppe@dca.ca.gov
Fax: 916-263-1897

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What Students Are Saying About CLU

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.

Ely Flores
Master's in Social Impact '15

"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."

Jorge Bedregal Marzluf
Master's in Ethical Leadership '17

"This master's program led me to be a servant leader and bring about positive change in society."

Phyllis Sarkaria
Master's in Ethical Leadership '15

"Leaders have a responsibility to lift up others."

Meet Our Faculty

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, Teaching Faculty

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.

Carolyn Stevenson, Ed.D., Teaching Faculty

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.

Master's Degrees Offered at Claremont Lincoln University

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.

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M.A. in Human Resources Management

The M.A. in Human Resources Management degree is designed for HR professionals as well as managers that lead people in a professional setting. The content will expose students to all aspects of people management including understanding the human resources functions, enhancing their ability to apply key HR legislation, learning the key elements of a total compensation system, developing important skills for attracting and selecting employees, discovering the purpose and process of talent management, and applying HR analytics to decision-making. [learn more]

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Social Impact
Affordable Master's Program
M.A. in Social Impact

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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Organizational Leadership
Easiest Online Master's Degree
Ethics Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

Learn the science of making organizations effective. Our changing world forces organizations of all kinds – from companies to non-profits to governments to adapt and evolve. Change is constant, and winners in the 21st century must focus on building collaboration among leadership and stakeholders.  [learn more]

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Interfaith Action
Affordable Master's Program
Interfaith Action Concentration,
Peace and Social Justice M.A.

CLU's mission is to educate leaders capable of reaching across differences to create a more just and sustainable world.

Your impact on this world can become transformative as you develop the social, religious and political perspectives, collaborative engagement, and self-reflection skills you need to become an interfaith ambassador.  [learn more]

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Healthcare Administration
Short Master's Degree
Healthcare Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

You can aspire to a high-level healthcare management career in hospitals and healthcare businesses. In this accelerated healthcare master's degree you will develop a mastery of the financial, social, medical, and market issues that are transforming healthcare businesses today.  [learn more]

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Civic Engagement
Cheap Online Master's Degree
Civic Engagement Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

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]

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Higher Education
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Higher Education
Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

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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Human Resources Concentration
Quick Master's Degree
Human Resources Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

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]

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Professional Studies
Online Master's Program
Professional Studies
Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

This program provides the most flexibility for students. The program supports advanced professional skill sets in various subject areas and students can transfer up to 15 graduate credit hours into the program to create a unique area of interest.  [learn more]

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Tech Management
Online Master's Program
Tech Management
Concentration,
Organizational Leadership M.A.

This program is designed to enhance student expertise in leading technical teams, integrating and managing technological advancements, balancing technology, culture, ethics, and innovation for strategic planning, policy development, and directing digital transformation efforts.  [learn more]

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