Graduates of the program will be able to lead and support organizational interventions and processes in team or group-based settings within an ethical framework that integrates diversity, inclusion, and social justice across a broad spectrum of industries and organizational contexts.
This program is intended to help frame students’ experiences in order to facilitate lifelong leadership growth. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in organizations as leaders committed to a lifelong practice of personal leadership development, as well as supporting organizational leaders in their process of development.
This program is an accelerated 12-month, 32-credit, three semester (including summer), cohort-based program offered in online and hybrid courses. On-campus courses are offered at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Students are admitted on a full-time basis and must complete the program in four years.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Oakland University Graduate School by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
- July 15 for fall semesterr
- International applicants
- The Master of Organizational Leadership Program does not admit students during the summer or winter semester
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- A formal statement detailing work and life experiences of preferably one year or longer that have led to the desire to pursue the Master of Organizational Leadership degree program. The statement must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words.
- Additional Recommendation for Graduate Admission form
- In addition to the two recommendations listed above, a third recommendation is required by the program.
- Recommendation requirements
- All three forms must attest to the quality and scope of the applicant’s academic and professional ability.
- A minimum of one year of professional work experience post earning a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework, showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 (B) or better.
- The formal statement is evaluated on the basis of quality of writing, organization of ideas, clarity of expression, and compatibility with program goals.
- An interview with the coordinator will be required of all prospective students.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Oakland University Graduate School, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.