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M.A. Organizational Leadership


About the Program

The Master of Arts degree with a major in Organizational Leadership will provide graduates with the fundamental knowledge of leadership theory and skills to practice leadership in organizations. The program targets students from all organizations, including business, nonprofit organizations, government, military, and ministries. Upon completion of the program students should be able to:

  • Synthesize historical and contemporary leadership theories to guide the effective practice of organizational leadership.
  • Synthesize the foundational concepts of authenticity, wisdom, followership, stewardship, and faith integration as part of a character-based and ethical practice of organizational leadership.
  • Analyze the sources and consequences of organizational problems, as well as appropriate interventions, to help the organization achieve its goals.
  • Evaluate the change and learning needs of an organization to implement a strategic plan and redirect an organization toward its goals.
  • Evaluate the competencies required of leaders to lead effectively in the contemporary multicultural and global contexts.

Participants will integrate and deliberate on the concepts critical to understanding each of these areas. Competency will be demonstrated in each area as evidenced through projects implemented in either the workplace or a community-based organization, including thoughtful discussions and course papers. Graduates will be prepared to analyze and report on organizational and leadership issues and evaluate organizational performance.

Students who wish to proceed beyond this degree may apply for the IWU Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Organizational Leadership program.

Relevant and Convenient

  • Complete your degree in approximately 20 months
  • Cohort groups provide mutual support
  • Doctorally-prepared instructors combine academic credentials with professional expertise

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Tuition
30 Total $490 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.


The Master of Arts with a major in Organizational Leadership program is a 30-credit-hour program.

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Preview Your Classes

Foundations of Leadership


Transformational Leadership


Organizational Foundations


Practical Leadership


Leadership Thesis



Below are the lists of requirements for the MA in Organizational Leadership program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or from an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, verified on official transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University.
  2. An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 .

Graduation Requirements

  1. All 30 credits required in the curriculum sequence with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of "C" in each course. A grade of "C-" or below will require the course to be repeated.
  2. Overall GPA of 3.0 in all IWU graduate work.
  3. Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Complete the Online Application

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Additional Steps to Apply

1. Transcripts

High School: Applicants who have fewer than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit a copy of a high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.

College: Official transcripts are required from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped "student copy," "issued to student," or "unofficial" cannot be accepted as official.

College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a "Course-by-Course Report" from Educational Credential Evaluators ( ECE). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to us at the address below. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades.

Materials should be mailed to:
Indiana Wesleyan University
Adult Enrollment Services
1900 W. 50th St.
Marion, IN 46953

Please contact your enrollment representative if you have any questions.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Master of Arts with a major in Organizational Leadership program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.