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Claremont Lincoln University
Online Master’s Degree
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Online Master's Degree:Organizational Leadership

Professional Studies Concentration

The MA in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Professional Studies provides the most flexibility for students.* This program allows students to concentrate on the practical study of leadership that will allow them to foster proficiencies in areas that may be helpful for career advancement. Given the emerging workforce development needs, this program supports advanced professional skill sets in various subject areas. The requisite Claremont Core® classes and Capstone Action Project that students must complete develops an additional skillset of independent research, critical thinking, problem solving, and organized communication.

*Students can transfer up to 15 graduate credit hours into the program to create a unique area of interest. Credits must meet degree requirements and be applicable to the degree program plan. Please read the Admissions section, below, for more details on credit transfers.

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$105,610
Median
Annual Wage

8% Expected
Employment
Growth*
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics,
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, Managers, All Other
(December, 2018); *From 2016-2026

Do you have credits for a graduate degree, but never earned your degree?
Claremont Lincoln now offers a way to complete your master's degree with the Professional Studies concentration.

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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

  • Critical Thinking: Apply analytical and imaginative conclusions to solve an issue or problem.
  • Strategic Planning: Demonstrate the ability to apply strategic planning in a field of study.
  • Professional Skills: Apply disciplinary competence to lead people to effectively work together for sustainable results.

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP GOALS

  • Mindfulness: Apply awareness of self and the multi-faceted perspectives of others to lead in various organizational contexts.
  • 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.
  • Action Research: Develop and implement a capstone action project to affect positive change.

CAREERS

As a graduate of the M.A. in Organizational Leadership with a Professional Studies 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

TRANSFER GUIDELINES & POLICY

Students can transfer up to 15 graduate credit hours into the program to create a unique area of interest. Credits must meet degree requirements and be applicable to the degree program plan.

  • Graduate credits must be granted from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Graduate credits must be within similar discipline and can be grouped together to create a specialization.
  • Remedial and technical/vocational courses will not be accepted.
  • The final grade posted for each potential transfer course is a B grade (or higher).
  • The course work does not duplicate, overlap, or regress previous work.
  • The course was not applied toward an undergraduate degree with the exception of dual credit coursework.
  • The program director/dean must approve the acceptance of the transfer course(s).
  • The "Transfer Credit Practices" report published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) will be the reference used for the evaluation of such credits.
  • In alignment with American Council on Education (ACE) transfer credit guidelines, Claremont Lincoln University supports the application of transfer and military credit for military and veteran students.
  • Credit from non-regionally accredited institutions may be considered for credit by petitioning for recognition of that credit.
  • Additional exceptions of transfer credit may be considered with the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

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 Professional Studies concentration is taken along with courses from The Claremont Core®. These courses teach the engagement skills necessary to implement the theories and ideas of professional studies.

Professional Studies

To complete the Professional Studies concentration, students need to take the Core® courses, then complete their program courses by either transferring credits or selecting from among Claremont Lincoln University's Masters of Organizational Leadership (MOL) courses, listed below.

 
MOL 5311
Organizational Leadership Transferred Course or MOL Course (1 of 5)
OPEN

The Organizational Leadership elective is offered in fulfillment of the Professional Studies concentration. These courses may be fulfilled via approved transfer credit or by completion of courses in the Organizational Leadership series.

Courses can be taken from any of the MOL concentrations, including Ethics, Human Resources, Healthcare, Civic Engagement, Higher Education, Tech Management. This enables students to construct an individualized program.

MOL 5312
Organizational Leadership Transferred Course or MOL Course (2 of 5)
OPEN

The Organizational Leadership elective is offered in fulfillment of the Professional Studies concentration. These courses may be fulfilled via approved transfer credit or by completion of courses in the Organizational Leadership series.

Courses can be taken from any of the MOL concentrations, including Ethics, Human Resources, Healthcare, Civic Engagement, Higher Education, Tech Management. This enables students to construct an individualized program.

MOL 5313
Organizational Leadership Transferred Course or MOL Course (3 of 5)
OPEN

The Organizational Leadership elective is offered in fulfillment of the Professional Studies concentration. These courses may be fulfilled via approved transfer credit or by completion of courses in the Organizational Leadership series.

Courses can be taken from any of the MOL concentrations, including Ethics, Human Resources, Healthcare, Civic Engagement, Higher Education, Tech Management. This enables students to construct an individualized program.

MOL 5314
Organizational Leadership Transferred Course or MOL Course (4 of 5)
OPEN

The Organizational Leadership elective is offered in fulfillment of the Professional Studies concentration. These courses may be fulfilled via approved transfer credit or by completion of courses in the Organizational Leadership series.

Courses can be taken from any of the MOL concentrations, including Ethics, Human Resources, Healthcare, Civic Engagement, Higher Education, Tech Management. This enables students to construct an individualized program.

MOL 5315
Organizational Leadership Transferred Course or MOL Course (5 of 5)
OPEN

The Organizational Leadership elective is offered in fulfillment of the Professional Studies concentration. These courses may be fulfilled via approved transfer credit or by completion of courses in the Organizational Leadership series.

Courses can be taken from any of the MOL concentrations, including Ethics, Human Resources, Healthcare, Civic Engagement, Higher Education, Tech Management. This enables students to construct an individualized program.

MCC 5311
Claremont Core — Mindfulness
OPEN

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).

MCC 5312
Claremont Core — Dialogue
OPEN

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

MCC 5313
Claremont Core — Collaboration
OPEN

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

MCC 5314
Claremont Core — Change
OPEN

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

MLP 5316
Capstone Action Project
OPEN

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.

Capstone Case Study Examples

The Claremont Core®

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

Masters in Professional Studies ProgramIn 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.

Professional Studies Masters DegreeMaster's
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Online Master's in Professional Studies$18k Total
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Online Masters in Professional Studies12 Month
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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

Professional Studies School

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).

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.

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:

Joanna Bauer, Dean of Organizational Leadership

Audrey Jordan, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Dr Jordan's consulting areas of expertise are in capacity building for resident-centered, place-based community change; cultivating community, organizational and collaborative partnership capacities for results accountability; and teaching about and facilitating conversations to promote racial equity and social justice. Audrey is also a certified executive life coach, focused on "accompanying social justice leaders and teams to unchain power for transformation."

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.

Greg Bock, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Gregory L. Bock, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of philosophy and religion at The University of Texas at Tyler and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. His research includes medical ethics and the ethics of forgiveness. He has published articles on various topics, including Jehovah's Witnesses and blood transfusions, surrogate decision-making, and miracles.

Kim Brown-Jackson, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Kim L. Brown-Jackson has over 20 years of experience as practitioner, academician, quality healthcare leader and performance and learning strategist guiding business process improvement through biomedical services, public health, advanced drug development, telemedicine/ telehealth initiatives. Specializes in regulatory compliant industries (biologics, medical device, pharmaceutical, financial, and aviation safety).

Brown-Jackson is known for utilizing best practices to identify opportunities for expanding services, increasing better health outcomes, articulating how streamlined processes add value to the patient and client outcomes, reducing the days to go live, delivering positive outcomes and revenue for the government, organizations, companies, and clients.

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.

Sharon Burton, D.B.A., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Sharon L. Burton is a consultant (i.e., change management, business process improvement, diversity & inclusion, program management, and customer service), as well as an adjunct professor. She earned a DBA in quality systems management, two MBAs – Human Resource Management, and Management, in addition to seven certifications.

Sidney Morse, D.B.A., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Morse is an established academic with scholarly journal publications, presentations, and community involvement that focus on change, leadership, and empowerment. He has been inspiring students academically for over four decades. Dr. Morse began his own consulting firm 26 years ago and is still a managing director providing strategic and leadership development.

Phyllis Sarkaria, M.A., Teaching Faculty

Phyllis H. Sarkaria is a human capital executive, coach, and adviser and serves on the teaching faculty at Claremont Lincoln University. Before starting her consulting practice, Phyllis was Vice President, Human Resources for Quidel Corporation, a leading manufacturer of medical diagnostic tests, where she oversaw the company's global HR strategy and programs for over 12 years.

Heather Staples, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Heather is a strategic‐thinking human resources professional with almost 20 years of extensive experience across diverse industries and is highly skilled at managing and streamlining processes with an authentic and hands-on leadership approach. She also brings a wealth of knowledge in online teaching and administration. Her research interests include positive organizational scholarship, generations in the workforce, and diversity.

Sunil Ramlall, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Sunil Ramlall bring several years of teaching management courses, including human resources management. He has Ph.D. and M.Ed. in HRD from the University of Minnesota and an MBA and BA in HRM from the University of St. Thomas. He has been a FT faculty at Cardinal Stritch University, University of St. Thomas and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to academia, Dr. Ramlall worked in various professional HR roles at Target Corporation, Carlson Companies, Northwest Airlines, and University of Minnesota.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this list of faculty for the current and upcoming terms. However, teacher departures, changes, and substitutions may be made without notice.

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