Master's in Organizational Leadership and Learning

Inspire Your Inner Leader

We believe leadership matters more than ever in today’s complex and global environment. A crucial talent challenge facing organizations is finding the resourcefulness and innovation skills needed for success. More and more adaptability, problem-solving, creativity and cultivating trust are seen as keys to developing the next generation of leaders.

With a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning from the George Washington University (GW), you will participate in a collaborative learning community that aims to cultivate awareness of self and other, critical thinking and reflection. 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 Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL) is an innovative, academically rigorous skills-based graduate program that prepares the next generation of professionals for broad career opportunities in diverse work settings such as public and private businesses and nonprofit organizations. It offers a practical and hands-on curriculum that covers diverse aspects of leadership, preparing you to direct individuals, teams and organizations to maximize their development and performance, and inspire their success.

Highlights

Why a GW Master’s in Organizational Leadership & Learning?

The OLL program aims to develop a new generation of leaders through:

  • Emphasis on Awareness: The program offers hands-on practice in diverse aspects of leadership. It focuses on a unique view of leadership and expands on your understanding of how to lead in the midst of change and complexity.
  • Applied and Innovative Curriculum:Further develop your leadership skills with a curriculum that focuses on practical, growth-oriented activities and topics that use readily applicable real-world examples.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: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: Gain exposure to unique viewpoints and refine your critical analysis and communication skills with discussion forums and small group projects.
Curriculum

Master’s in Organizational Leadership Courses

GW’s Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning is a 30-credit master’s program and can be completed in as little as 2 years.

The program values a multi-disciplinary approach to leadership. 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 organization and assessing the impact of change efforts.

Curriculum

REQUIRED COURSES

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

In addition to the required courses, students will take 3 elective courses from a diverse set of topics. See below:

HOL 6703 Consulting Skills
HOL 6705 Strategic Change
HOL 6706 Current Issues in Organizational Leadership
HOL 6707 Organizational Learning
HOL 6708 Global Leadership
HOL 6710 Globalization, Change and Learning
HOL 6725 Internship in Organizational Leadership and Learning
HOL 6743 Action Learning
HOL 6744 Meaningful Workplaces
HOL 6747 International and Multicultural Issues in Organizations
HOL 6101 Research and Independent Study*
HOL 6725 Internship in Organizational Leadership and Learning

* All electives are subject to a minimum enrollment mandated by GW.
**Internship and research/independent study courses might be used as electives provided the subject matter of the work is relevant. For example, a research project in leadership could qualify for 3 elective credits.

Program Outcomes

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
Faculty

Program Faculty

Associate Professor
(202) 994-7188
Visiting Assistant Professor
202-994-1477
Associate Professor
(202) 994-8649
Career Outlook

Career Outlook

A Master of Arts in Education & Human Development in Organizational Leadership & Learning from the George Washington University (GW) 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.

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 2028.1 Management analysts had a 2012 median pay of $83,610 per year, with job opportunities expected by grow 14% by 2028.2 Lastly, general and operation managers earn a median salary of 104,980, with job opportunities expected to grow 6%.3

Organizational Leadership Career Opportunities

  • 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
  • Consulting

Current Student and Alumni Workplaces

  • Amazon
  • American Institute of Architecture Students
  • AstraZeneca
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Deloitte
  • Google
  • Jacobsen Daniels
  • KIPP Foundation
  • Land Trust Alliance
  • Logic 20/20 Inc.
  • PWC
  • Science Systems and Applications
  • Sustainable Capital Advisors
  • Starbucks
  • 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

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018-19 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.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 http://www.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 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.htm

Admissions

Admissions

    Program Entry: Fall, Spring & Summer (online); Fall (Main campus)
    Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
    Campus: Main Campus, Online

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the MA in Organizational Leadership and Learning program located on campus (202-994-9283) or online (844-386-7323).

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GSEHD student Mia Caliendo (master's, Organizational Leadership and Learning) was highlighted in VoyageMIA.com's interview, "Meet Trailblazer Mia Amato Caliendo." In the interview, she lists Dr. Shaista Khilji as one of the women who have inspired her in her life.

GSEHD student Dalton Glasscock (master's, Organizational Leadership and Learning) was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Sedgwick County in Kansas. Dalton said he was looking forward to “bringing new, vibrant energy to the party and bringing people together uniting the party.”

GSEHD student Christa Davis (master's, Organizational Leadership and Learning) published a blog for the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation entitled "Investing in Women’s Leadership Development."

The GW UNESCO Fellows Program is housed in the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development. Each cohort is made up of current graduate students who participate in a 3-month internship at a UNESCO field office, gaining valuable experience in international development and non-profit management. The 2018 GW UNESCO Fellows who will intern this summer are:

  • Nelsy Affoum, International Trade and Investment Policy (ESIA), placed in the Dakar, Senegal Field Office.
  • Courtney Argenti, Education Policy, placed in the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in the Bangkok, Thailand Field Office.
  • Matthew Brady, International Education, placed in the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Rebecca Johnson, International Education, placed in the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin American and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile. Rebecca has also been selected as our Barker Fellow, generously funded by the Barker (IEP alumna) Family.
  • Tamara Oki, International Education, placed in the IIEP UNESCO: International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris, France.
  • Melquin Ramos, Organizational Leadership and Learning, placed in the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin American and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile.
  • Emily Silverberg, International Education, placed in the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development in New Delhi, India.
  • Meng Zhou, International Education, placed in the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, Germany.

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