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.
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:
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:
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 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 world views.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course offers students critical understanding of mindfulness practices and ways to develop the capacities of mindful attention necessary for effective change leadership. To that end, the course focuses first and foremost on practice: you will be regularly engaging in practices of self-awareness, mindful reflection, open-presence awareness, concentration, and compassion (for self and others).
Effective dialogue in the 21st century is mindful communication that constructs shared understanding among diverse constituencies. Students will be able to articulate contemporary theories and practices of dialogue. Students will develop the ability to manage contrasting perspectives among diverse constituencies and reframe conflict for shared understanding. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate personal commitment to fostering productive dialogue in interpersonal, professional and public contexts. They also will identify potential dialogue partners for progress toward the Capstone Action Project. Prerequisite: MCC5311
Collaboration is co-creative dialogue among key stakeholders to develop strategies for positive change. Students will be able to develop strategies to engage diverse stakeholders effectively and to create conditions for stakeholders to synthesize diverse perspectives. This includes the ability to articulate contemporary understandings of cultural diversity and social privilege that exist in any collaborative effort. By the end of the course, students will be able to manage interpersonal and organizational conflict and lead in a way that leverages intelligence and self-organization. They also will identify and secure commitment from collaborators for their Capstone Action Project. Prerequisite: MCC5302
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 (Mindfulness, Dialogue and Collaboration) 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.
Students will demonstrate these abilities by designing an action plan for their Capstone Action Project. Prerequisite: MCC5313
Putting Ideas into Action — The educational experience at Claremont Lincoln University culminates in the Capstone Action 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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
"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."
"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:
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.
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.
Anthony Mansueto is a scholar, teacher, organizer and academic leader with roots in social theory, philosophy, and theology. He has published nine books including, most recently, The Ways of Wisdom: Towards a Global Convivencia Theology (Pickwick 2016). In addition to teaching for Claremont Lincoln he currently serves as Executive Dean for Liberal Arts at El Centro College in Dallas.
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.