Master's in Organizational Leadership and Learning
Master Your Leadership Potential, Inspire Organizational Growth, and Cultivate Lifelong Learning
In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, effective leadership goes beyond traditional management; it requires the ability to adapt, inspire, and foster continuous learning within your team and organization. Through the Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning program, you’ll prepare to direct individuals, teams, and organizations to maximize their development and performance, while inspiring their success.
Organizational learning focuses on the interrelationships among people, organizations, and learning, while utilizing systematic change processes. With a curriculum that blends leadership theory, rigorous research skills, and cutting-edge strategies, you’ll be well-equipped to inform effective decision-making that impacts leadership innovation.
As you gain hands-on practice in diverse aspects of leadership—often through a multi-level lens that explores a myriad of individual, group, organizational, societal, and global issues—you’ll cultivate the practical expertise to better understand organizational problems, develop effective solutions that will result in effective change, and lead their implementation.
Learn from faculty members who are active and experienced working professionals with real-world insights into leading organizations. All faculty members have a doctoral degree and are members of reputable industry associations.
Diverse Student Body
Engage in a collective learning environment shared by classmates with a broad range of professional backgrounds. Gain exposure to unique viewpoints and refine your critical analysis and communication skills with discussion forums and small group projects.
Accessible + Flexible
With courses available fully online or on the Foggy Bottom campus, you have access to all of the resources of our tier 1 research institution, wherever you are in the world.
Take advantage of our unique location in the heart of our nation’s capital, with access to research, internship, and employment opportunities with prestigious private and government organizations. The program offers hands-on practice in diverse aspects of leadership, expanding your understanding of how to lead in the midst of change and complexity.
GSEHD offers a multidisciplinary approach to learning. We challenge you to expand your understanding of leadership by examining it from the vantage point of several disciplines. This approach often facilitates creative, results-oriented breakthroughs.
Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Organizational Leadership and Learning
Human and Organizational Learning
-Spring, Summer, Fall (Online)
-Fall (Main Campus)
- Our Mission
The goal of the program is to develop ethical, responsible, and humanistic leaders with strong ‘learning’ orientation, capability to effectively lead change, and capacity to continuously develop themselves and others in their organizations and environments.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 21 credits in required courses and 9 credits in elective courses.
Course List Code Title Required HOL 6700 Human Behavior and Learning in Organizations HOL 6701 Adult Learning HOL 6702 Organizational Change HOL 6704 Leadership in Organizations HOL 6709 Leadership Development HOL 6721 Assessing the Impact of Organizational Change Using Qualitative and Quantitative Methods HOL 6746 Work Groups and Teams in Organizations Electives 9 credits in elective courses, selected in consultation with advisor
- Program Outcomes
- Students will learn topics such as the foundations of human behavior, adult learning principles, group dynamics, research methods, diversity within organizations, organizational change, strategic change, leadership development, impact of globalization on societies and organizations, and assessing the impact of change efforts.
Graduates of this organizational leadership and learning degree benefit from its unique focus on leadership, as well as a strong understanding of how to lead in a competitive marketplace. This interdisciplinary program also allows you to tailor learning to deliver specific skills, including:
- An understanding of organizational problems and innovative strategies to solve them
- Practical methods for leading effective group processes, adult learning, organizational diagnosis and change
- Effective use of critical thinking and reflection in problem solving
- Enabling social responsibility and authenticity in your leadership strategy and your organization
GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.
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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.
Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree
Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
Statement of Purpose
Two Letters of Recommendation
*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.
Applications are now being accepted for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2024. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.
|Application Timeline||Spring (Online)||Summer (Online)||Fall (Online/On-Campus)|
|Priority Deadline||Aug 1||Nov 1||Nov 1|
|Round 1 Deadline||Sept 15||Dec 15||Dec 15|
|Round 2 Deadline||Nov 1||Jan 16||Jan 16|
|Round 3 Deadline||Dec 15||March 1||March 1|
|Round 4 Deadline||N/A||May 1||May 1|
|Round 5 Deadline||N/A||N/A||June 15|
|Round 6 Deadline||N/A||N/A||Aug 1|
I come from the law enforcement and military communities, but after entering the GSEHD program I have been exposed to other leadership styles from not only different communities, but different walks of life and corners of the world. I've learned from the faculty and the student community that there's a lot more to leadership.
Master’s in Organizational Leadership & Learning
Our degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning builds your skills in leadership, group processes, adult learning, organizational diagnosis, and consulting strategies to help you enter or advance your career in organizations in different sectors and become a leading practitioner who is highly sought after in organizations all around the world.
These roles include some of the most dynamic positions in business today. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Services reports that training and development managers earned a median annual salary of $111,340 in 2018, with jobs in the field expected to grow 8% by 20281. Management analysts had a 2012 median pay of $83,610 per year, with job opportunities expected by grow 14% by 20282. Lastly, general and operation managers earn a median salary of 104,980, with job opportunities expected to grow 6%3.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-19 Edition, on the Internet at bls.gov/ooh/management/training-and-development-managers.htm
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-19 Edition, on the Internet at bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-19 Edition, on the Internet at bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.htm
- OLL Career Opportunities
While the skills acquired in the program are applicable across many professions, our graduates serve in various roles including:
- Corporate recruiting and Human Resources
- Internal and external management consulting and analysis
- Knowledge management
- Leadership coaching and development
- Learning or training departments
- Organizational development
- Performance improvement
- Strategic change and strategic planning
- Talent management
- Potential Employment Settings
While employment settings are as numerous as the number of organizations in the world, our alumni currently hold positions at the following:
- American Institute of Architecture Students
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- Jacobsen Daniels
- KIPP Foundation
- Land Trust Alliance
- Logic 20/20 Inc.
- Science Systems and Applications
- Sustainable Capital Advisors
- The Intern Group
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
- University of Texas A&M
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Coast Guard