Become a Leader in Your Field

Advance your career and prepare for success

Bethel University’s online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership combines practical knowledge with a Christian foundation, preparing to succeed in management and leadership. You’ll practice making ethical, strategic decisions and creating a competitive advantage for your company.

Coursework in the online organizational leadership master’s program emphasizes problem solving and qualitative learning. Upon program completion, you will be qualified to apply what you’ve learned directly in the workplace as a leader and innovator.

Program Features

  • Courses are 100% online in an asynchronous format, allowing you to attend class at a time that works around your schedule.
  • Gain valuable management expertise along with the knowledge, skills and tools to lead teams and improve outcomes in organizational leadership careers.
  • Curriculum topics in leadership theory, global business, business policy and ethics.
  • All courses are taught by quality licensed instructors dedicated to your academic and personal success.
  • With six start dates to choose from, complete in just 12 months of full-time study. A part-time study option is available.
  • Learn in a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership.

Career Outcomes

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment in management occupations is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030. Due to the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, more management jobs will be required to manage these operations.

  • Graduates are prepared for organizational leadership careers including roles in human resources, non-profit management, entrepreneurship and more.
  • Specific careers include chief executive officer, human resources manager and non-profit director./li>

Accreditation & Rankings

Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.

Bethel is one of 10 Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction. This honor is given to colleges and universities that excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Bethel University is one of 63 schools in the nation to be named a 2020 Christian College of Distinction. Our program is ideal for those seeking leadership positions in spiritual careers.

*Transfer of graduate-level credit must be petitioned with department for approval.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 06/30/2024
Credit Hours: 36
Cost/Credit: 530
Transfer Credits: Up to 9
Est. Completion Time: 1-2 Years
Accreditation: HLC

Course Requirements

Bethel’s organizational leadership curriculum includes 27 hours of required coursework, nine elective credits and additional elective options with an emphasis on qualitative learning for a total of 36 credit hours.

  • Online Leadership Courses (27 Credits)

    • MLED 506: Organizational Behavior (3)
    • MLED 527: Strategic Planning Organizational Change (3)
    • MLED 530: Organizational Communication (3)
    • MBAD 503: Management in Action (3)
    • MBAD 504: Leadership Theory & Applications (3)
    • MBAD 506: Global Business Environment (3)
    • MBAD 511: Human Resource Management (3)
    • MBAD 523: Values and Ethics in Leadership (3)
    • MBAD 524: Business Policy and Ethical Decision-Making (3)
  • Electives (Choose 3 courses for 9 credit hours total)

    • MBAD 512: Topics in Not-for-Profit Management (3)
    • MBAD 513: Marketing Strategy & Policy (3)
    • MBAD 527: Legal Environment of Business (3)
    • MBAD 529: Contemporary Issues in Business Administration (3)
    • MBAD 531: Entrepreneurship (3)
    • MLED 540: Economic Perspectives (3)
  • Additional electives with emphasis on qualitative learning*

    • MBAD 509: Statistical Methods for Business Decisions (3)
    • MBAD 510: Investments (3)
    • MBAD 516: Accounting & Managerial Decision-Making (3)
    • MBAD 526: Financial Analysis & Capital Budgeting (3)
    • MLED 550: Fundraising & Board Development (3)
    • MLED 553: Managing and Supporting Innovation (3)

    *Students can take quantitative courses as electives as part of the organizational leadership curriculum but may need to complete prerequisites or speak with faculty to ensure the courses are a good fit.

Program consists of:


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Admission Requirements

  • Online graduate application.
  • Request transcripts from bachelor granting institution and any graduate work completed.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a 2.50 or higher GPA.
  • Students whose native language is not English must score 540 or higher on the paper version, 207 or higher on the computer version, or 76 or higher on the internet version of the TOEFL. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning are not required to take the TOEFL.

Applicants with a degree from a non-accredited institution will be considered individually and validating additional undergraduate course work or examinations may be required. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 may be considered for conditional admission at the discretion of the program director. GMAT scores are not required for admission to the online organizational leadership master’s program at Bethel University.

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

*Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. Depending on transfer credits, the number of semesters required for completion will affect total cost.

*Transferring any graduate-level credits must be petitioned with the department for approval.

Payment Plan

Bethel University has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

Total cost with max. transfer credits:


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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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Career Outcomes

Earning the online organizational leadership master’s degree prepares you for success in careers as an executive officer, human resources manager or non-profit director. You’ll be especially suited for leadership in organizations with a spiritual or Christian focus.

Career information is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and

  • Chief Executive Officer

    CEOs and other top executives develop and implement strategies to ensure that organizations meet their goals. They direct operational activities from multiple departments and collaborate with other business leaders and board members. The median salary for top executives is $104,980.

  • Human Resources Manager

    Human resources managers are responsible for coordinating the administrative operations of organizations. They oversee recruiting, hiring, and employee training, connecting a business’s employees with its managers. The median salary for this role is $113,300.

  • Non-Profit Director

    These professionals lead team members and oversee the daily activities of their organization. They are responsible for directing fundraising efforts, attending board meetings, representing the organization at events and more. The median salary for this role is $62,270.

Benefits of Learning Online

An online degree can open doors to your career while allowing you to study in a convenient, affordable format.
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