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Online Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership

Online Master's Degree:Organizational Leadership

Ethics Concentration

Inspire Positive Change Through Values-Based Leadership — The M.A. in Organizational Leadership with an Ethics concentration teaches working professionals how to guide organizations toward purposeful and responsible decisions in a diverse, globalized world. You will be led through a unique series of online courses that integrates personal mindfulness, professional awareness, and global consciousness for skillful leadership in any organizational context.

By the end of this online organizational leadership master's degree program, you will develop concrete skills in collaboration, conflict resolution, ethical decision-making, and inspiring diverse teams towards common goals. As a graduate of this program, you will have the knowledge and skills to lead more effectively and courageously influence your organization in making ethical decisions that have a positive impact.

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

The M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Ethics aligns with the mission of Claremont Lincoln University to produce leaders capable of respecting differences and collaborating with those of different viewpoints to resolve problems:

  • 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 Theories: Articulate the major theories of ethical thinking and assess their implications in a contemporary, global context.
  • Ethical Leadership: Lead ethically and responsibly in positions of power in a workplace, community, or organization.
  • Social Good: Analyze the spaces on the continuum between the corruptive nature of power and social responsibility.
  • Strategic Communication: Demonstrate the interpersonal and engagement skills necessary for effective leaders to achieve innovative and collaborative resolution to community and organization issues.
  • Global Ethics: Evaluate and resolve multiple ethical perspectives and their impact on organizational effectiveness.
  • 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 the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with an Ethics concentration, you'll be equipped to enhance your leadership performance and extend your influence in your current vocational field. This degree can apply to a broad range of occupational fields, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Non-profits
  • Social enterprises
  • Government agencies
  • Non-government organizations (NGO)
  • Faith-based organizations
  • International business and manufacturing
  • International finance organizations

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 curriculum for the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with an Ethics concentration begins with a professional assessment that guides you towards self-awareness and defining your own values. You then learn how to apply those values to leadership and decision-making in the context of various ethical, economic, philosophical, cultural, religious, humanistic and contemporary worldviews.

Organizational Leadership courses are taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas from the concentration courses. You'll also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from students in other programs.

Ethics Courses

MLE 5311
The Purposeful Leader
OPEN
In this course, students participate in self-assessment exercises and engage in readings and dialogue that will help to identify and apply their current leadership skills and strengths. The course materials offer students a foundation for the broad skills necessary to be an effective and ethical leader.
MLE 5312
Ethical Decision Making
OPEN
In this course, students review texts from classical and contemporary ethicists while examining multiple approaches to ethical reflection. The readings provide a framework to develop ethical reasoning skills to critically respond to thought-experiments and contemporary case-studies.
MLE 5313
Leadership Literacy
OPEN
In this course, students survey contemporary research and literature in the field of leadership studies. Topics include: trait, behavioral, contingency, relational, transformational, cultural, and emerging theories and models of leadership. The course also examines organizational leadership in the context of structures, human relations, political systems, and symbolic meanings in order to create positive personal and organizational change.
MLE 5314
Global Ethics & Leadership
OPEN
In this course, students focus on the role of ethical leadership in a diverse and interconnected world. Course materials present ethical perspectives of different cultural and national contexts while drawing on various philosophical and wisdom traditions. Additional consideration in the course addresses the role of ethics in various global contexts including: change, leadership, conflict, resources, and labor in order to develop the student's global awareness and become more effective and ethical leaders.
MLE 5315
Leadership: The Toxic and the Trustworthy
OPEN
This course examines toxic, ineffective, and unethical forms of leadership and the ways power may be abused in organizations. Contrarily, students are also exposed to ways power can be leveraged in organizations as a resource for positive change toward more sustainable models of business and society. Students will also be introduced to leading-edge approaches to social entrepreneurship, social business, and organizing for social change in the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors.
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.
MLE 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 Organizational Leadership SchoolsIn 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.

Online Organizational Leadership DegreeMaster's
Degree
Online Organizational Leadership Course$15k Total
Tuition
Online Master's Organizational Leadership100% Online
Program
Degree in Organizational LeadershipFlexible
Schedules
Organizational Leadership15 Month
Degree
Online Organizational Development SchoolNo GRE or
GMAT Required

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

Online Master's Program in Organizational Development

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.

Online Master's Program in Organizational Leadership
Kathy Trujillo
Master's of Organizational Leadership: Ethics '16

"In speaking to the CLU core, every student can expect an emersion 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."

Jorge Bedregal Marzluf
Master's of Organizational Leadership: Ethics '17

"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."

Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership
Phyllis Sarkaria
Master's of Organizational Leadership: Ethics '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."

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 Degree in Organizational Development
Carol Madison, M.A. (ABD), Teaching Faculty

Carol Madison served as Executive Director of the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University for eleven years, retiring in 2016. The Center studies leadership and develops programs for leaders across all sectors. She recently moderated a panel on leadership at the International Leadership Association's annual global conference and remains active in the field of leadership development.

Robert McManus, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Dr. McManus is the Chair of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Ethics concentration at Claremont Lincoln University. Dr. McManus' books include Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities a Perspective (Routledge) and Ethical Leadership: A Primer (Edward Elgar). His current scholarly project is Leadership and Communication: Theory and Practice (Routledge, forthcoming). Dr. McManus holds a PhD in Communication as well as a Master of Business Administration.

Online Masters in Organizational Development
Sadhana Warty-Hall, MPH, Teaching Faculty

Sadhana W. Hall is the Deputy Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. In this capacity, Hall designs, implements, and oversees programs for undergraduate students focusing on leadership, public policy, and civic engagement. She also oversees the overall operations of the Center and is a member of the senior management team that develops the overall vision and strategic planning initiatives for the Center.

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