You can complete the MAOL program’s 33-hour requirement in as little as two years. The program includes four phases. First, you will begin your coursework with an introduction to interdisciplinary education. These studies will help you develop a broad understanding of the world, as well as enhance your critical thinking and communication skills. Next, you will complete the program’s core leadership curriculum. These courses develop students’ skills and abilities to lead, as well as provide knowledge about how to build the leadership skills of others. After completing the first two phases of the program, you may select one of three available leadership track options to help you build knowledge and skills related to your desired career path. Finally, you will complete your degree with six hours of credit earned from one of two completion options.
By selecting a leadership track, you can focus your learning in areas that most interest you and that lead you towards your career aspirations. Each track provides specific knowledge and skill-building that will help prepare you for career success.
Organizational Leadership Track
Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Track
Government and Military Leadership
After completing your coursework in Phases One, Two, and Three, you will finalize your program by selecting a degree completion option. You can choose to either complete a thesis, take six additional course hours with a comprehensive examination, or enroll in the Experiential Leadership Completion Program.
The MAOL program offers one of the most innovative completion options available in higher education. We call this completion option the Experiential Leadership Completion Program (ELCP). Many ELCP participants will find that this program provides the most significant leadership development experience of their careers. Please download the ELCP brochure and view the video to learn more.
Graduate certificates provide an opportunity for a focused program of graduate study in a specified topic. You may complete the certificate program while enrolled in a graduate degree program, or you may be admitted directly to the certificate program. Hours taken in completion of the graduate certificate may be applicable to a graduate degree program. Certificate admission, retention, and completion GPA requirements are the same as for graduate degree programs. Learn more