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Claremont Lincoln University
M.A. in Organizational Leadership
with concentration in Management
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M.A. in Organizational Leadership
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Online M.A. in Organizational Leadershipwith Concentration in Management

Managing People and Projects — The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Management is designed to prepare professionals for managing people and projects in an ever-evolving work environment. Acceptance of continuous change shifts the curve of the traditional management mindset to a growth mindset, characterized by timely, relevant, agile, adaptive, and forward-thinking leaders.

The effectiveness of a manager relies on setting, measuring, and achieving goals. When there are disruptions to workflow, managers act to understand and address the disruption successfully whether in people, process, or resources. This degree intentionally equips students with the knowledge, skills, and tools to achieve performance excellence, adapt to changing realities, and sustain ethical practices that increase prosperity in a complex and competitive business environment.

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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.


  • Use financial planning tools and analytic systems for effective project planning.
  • Create sound marketing strategies from customer insights, data analysis, and strategic thinking.
  • Formulate data driven decisions that support inclusive management practices.


  • 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 mutually benefit from conflict in diverse environments.
  • Ethics: Demonstrate responsible leadership practices for principled problem solving.
  • Strategic Communication: Build engagement skills and strategies for innovative and collaborative communication.
  • Strategic Leadership: Analyze conditions from a leadership perspective in order to recommend change strategies based on theories and research.
  • Research: Develop and implement a capstone project to affect positive change.


Students that are ideal for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Management concentration include the following career and industry interests:

  • Administrative Service Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Construction Managers
  • Financial Managers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Sales Managers


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.

Required Degree Courses

The Management concentration is taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas of organizational management.

Management Courses

MAC 5300
Leadership in Action

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 research skills to understand influencers in the social change process.

Major Topics:

  • Leadership skills, knowledge & traits, and self-assessment
  • Cultural awareness/ power dynamics/ unconscious bias/ perception
  • Communication strategies/ nonverbal/ verbal/ presentation
  • Conflict resolution/ toxic and unethical leaders/ followership
  • Change agent
MPM 5300
Project Management

This course covers the broad range of factors that the student needs to know to design, implement and trouble shoot high quality programs or projects. It details the phases of program development from design to evaluation, and continuous quality improvement. Students will become familiar with several project management tools including GANTT charts, flowcharts, RACIS, and others. The course also provides students with various project documentation tools, both paper-based and electronic for team monitoring and communication. Case studies will augment the student's understanding of real-world application of project management tools.

Major Topics:

  • Program/project life cycle
  • Competencies of the effective, ethical project manager
  • Project management documentation
  • Technology tools for project management
  • Adaptive project resource management
  • Challenges and successes in project management at different phases
  • Customer feedback and continuous quality improvement
MSC 5300
Strategic Communication

Strategic Communication focuses on key elements of communication management. In an age when a company's every move is subject to instant, vivid, unfiltered, and global scrutiny and attack, the need for effective, proactive communication management is greater than ever. The structure of the course will reflect the management process: prevention, preparation, planning, response, and evaluation (lessons learned, corrective actions and reputation building). Emphasis will be placed on practical application of communication to real-world issues.

Major Topics:

  • Campaign Development
  • Content Implementation
  • Media Analytics
  • Leadership and Crisis
  • Crisis communication
MLM 5304
Digital Marketing and Consumer Analytics

This course studies the strategic and analytic frameworks involved in successfully and ethically marketing products and services globally in consumer and enterprise markets. Students will learn about the changing global landscape of business as well as the technological shifts and disruptions that are changing the way business is conducted in numerous marketplaces. Use of data analytics to derive customer insights and critical thinking to turn those insights into sound marketing strategies and tactics will also be addressed. Apply concepts related to artificial intelligence and strategic thinking to optimize success in business decisions.

Major Topics:

  • Marketing basics and social media messaging
  • Potentials and pitfalls of AI
  • Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills
  • Analyze of complex problems
  • Teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse virtual settings
  • The ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources
  • The ability to work with numbers and understand statistics
MFI 5300
Finance and Accounting for Managers

Financial analysis is used as a tool in management decision-making and students will learn to identify and interpret financial information as it relates to the decision-making process and to communicate this information to a variety of audiences.

Major Topics:

  • Time value of money
  • Balanced scorecards
  • The fundamental relationship between risk and return
  • Choosing investment projects that support firm strategy
  • Alternative financing decisions
MCC 5301
Claremont Core — Mindfulness

TThis course offers students understanding and application of mindful strategies for leaders. The curriculum provides knowledge of how the brain works, how emotions and conflict can disrupt critical thinking, and frameworks for successful collaboration. Students learn about self-reflection, self-regulation, and how mindful leadership can be applied in a variety of professional and global contexts. Mindful practices serve as a foundation for dialogue, collaboration, and change.

MCC 5302
Claremont Core — Dialogue

Effective dialogue is a form of mindful communication that advances shared understanding among diverse participants. Students will learn about contemporary theories and practices of dialogue and develop tools to suspend their assumptions, explore diverse perspectives and learn how to co-create shared meaning and understanding. By the end of the course, students will apply dialogue in interpersonal, professional, and global contexts. Prerequisite: MCC5311

MCC 5304
Claremont Core — Change

This course engages students in change making, which is effective collaboration that generates positive and sustainable impact in society. Students will be able to integrate capacities from the Claremont Core to effectively implement a project that positively affects a social situation. Students will also learn to evaluate the effectiveness of a project and integrate evaluation into program improvement. Prerequisite: MCC5313

MCC 5321
Activating the Core: Research Methods

This course introduces students to the formal study of research methods, including literature search, hypothesis generation and testing, sampling theory, research design, data analysis, ethics in research and report writing. Application of these methods will be made to research on content specific topics. The student will have an opportunity to practice applying those skills to a current issue in the discipline specific field.

Major Topics:

  • Converting an idea into a testable hypothesis
  • A study in the context of theory and empirical knowledge
  • Quantitative versus qualitative research
  • Sampling methods and measurement
  • APA format and guidelines
MCC 5322
Applying the Core: CLU Capstone

The educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Project. This self-directed project draws on the student's entire educational experience to research, analyze, determine appropriate methods and contemporary strategies for designing and implementing initiatives that generate positive social impact.

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The Claremont Core®

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

Master's in ManagementIn 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 12 months at a low cost of $18,000. In addition, the Admissions process has been streamlined for convenience. Neither a GRE or GMAT score is required to apply or be admitted.

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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.


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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:

Lynn Priddy
Accreditation Liaison Officer
Student Achievement & Accreditation

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).

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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.

Kathy Trujillo
Master's in Ethical Leadership '16

"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an immersion in developing skills that will enhance personal leadership and self awareness. I hope that CLU meets every students' expectations with a bit of surprise and magic mixed in."

"I am a lifelong learner and am convinced that our reward is commensurate with our effort. Some students will just want to be able to place an M.A. after their name while others are seeking ways to change the world. With the mix of world class professors and an exemplary cohort, I believe students will not finish the program in the same mindset that they started. Everything fit together so perfectly and the scaffolding made the entire program manageable."

"I am most proud of heeding the prompt to "reinvent" myself during the 18-month program and to put my energy in an environment where I can make a difference."

David Reid
Master's in Interfaith Action '17

"I have had an association with seafaring for fifty years, having served in the British Merchant Navy at the beginning of my working career. In later years, I served as a board trustee with the Seamen's Church Institute in Philadelphia, and more recently I began volunteering as a chaplain. I realized that I could use my Capstone project to bring value to the needs of the seafarer mission."

"When I chose my Capstone project I selected a project that would create value, there are many research questions that a student may choose. In my view, it is better to find an issue that will enable a benefit that translates to value in use. This then ensures that the time and effort spent on the research will endure and be meaningful."

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."

Lolofi Soakai
CLU Alum '17

"CLU has been such a blessing to my life. CLU helps strengthen my leadership skills through mindfulness, meaningful dialogue and collaborations that allow us to suspend assumption, approach non judgmentally and create strong foundations of shared vision in order to not forget the human part of our world, as we seek our purpose and deeply feel and understand our "why" in our journey towards change."

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:

Master's Degrees Offered at Claremont Lincoln University

Earn your master's degree online in 12 months for only $18,000 while developing the skills, behaviors & mindset required to improve the world for the benefit of all.

Master's Degrees
M.A. in Sustainability
M.A. in Human Resources
M.A. in
Healthcare Administration
M.A. in
Social Impact
M.A. in Peace and
Social Justice
M.A. in Organizational
Organizational Leadership
Ethics Concentration
Healthcare Concentration
Civic Engagement Concentration
Higher Education Concentration
Human Resources Concentration
Management Concentration
Professional Studies Concentration
Tech Management Concentration
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