Master's in Organizational Leadership and Learning

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 and 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 organizations, 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

SAMPLE 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**

All electives are subject to a minimum enrollment of 8-10 students as mandated by GW. 

**Internship and research/independent study courses might be used as electives provided the subject matter of the work is relevant and OLL faculty are available and aligned with the research focus. For example, a research project in leadership could qualify for 3 elective credits. NOTE: Beginning with the January, 2022 entering cohort, the independent study option will be paused. Students enrolled prior to January 2022 will continue to have the research and independent study as an option, given faculty alignment and availability.

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

One of the greatest strengths of the OLL program is its faculty, representing the highest calibre of scholar/practitioner knowledge and expertise. A significant percentage of OLL courses are delivered by senior-level scholar practitioners working in the practice space; all of these senior leaders possess a doctorate and are selected through a rigorous and highly-competitive process. OLL courses are also taught by faculty in the Department of Human and Organizational Learning, the department within which OLL resides. These scholars are recognized thought leaders in their domain of expertise, and nicely complement the deep practical wisdom offered by the adjunct faculty community.

Casey, Andrea Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning
Cseh, Maria Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning
Goldman, Ellen F. Professor, Human and Organizational Learning
Khilji, Shaista E. Professor, Human and Organizational Learning
Korte, Russell Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning
Nakamura, Yoshie Tomozumi Assistant Professor, Human and Organizational Learning
Ray, Sarah M. Assistant Professor, Human and Organizational Learning
Scully-Russ, Ellen Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning
Storberg-Walker, Julia Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning

Career Outlook

A Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and 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 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.

Current Student and Alumni Workplaces

  • 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
  • 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

 

Testimonials

Karma Israelsen

Why did you choose the Organizational Leadership and Learning program at GW?

The reputation of the university, the strength of the program and faculty, and the fully online program.

Provide a specific example of how you are applying the coursework to your career.

I apply the lessons from the program on a daily basis, specifically about building knowledge and learning and about building a strong organizational culture.

Tell us about a time that a GW faculty member provided support to guide your experience.

Dr. Forte, Dr. Miller, Dr. Khilji, and Dr. Matthews continue to provide guidance and support! They are always available and willing to talk or provide a perspective.

How has the program helped you to advance your career?

I had a strong professional background prior to joining the program, but having the MA credential definitely gives me more access to opportunities both professionally and personally.

What was one of the most valuable experiences you had during the program?

It was wonderful to connect with peers, colleagues, and other students.  It's also been fantastic to meet alumni across the country and globally.

 

Kevin Jelani

Why did you choose the Organizational Leadership and Learning program at GW?

I chose the Organizational Leadership and Learning program at GW for the simple fact that we lack competent leaders in our workforce.

Provide a specific example of how you are applying the coursework to your career.

Learning about and becoming aware and cognizant of what it takes to communicate and lead effectively, has made me a better leader. I have become more understanding and patient with my colleagues.

Tell us about a time that a GW faculty member provided support to guide your experience.

I appreciate Dr. Khilji’s guidance and communication style in addressing some of my school dilemmas.

How has the program helped you to advance your career?

I have become respectful and appreciative of diversity in my workplace.

Admissions

  • Program Entry: Fall, Spring and 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.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022 start terms on a rolling basis.  For the in-person program, the next priority deadline is December 15.  If you have questions about the application process, please contact our Admission Office at gsehdadm@gwu.edu or at 202.994.9283

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the MA in Organizational Leadership and Learning program located on campus (202-994-9283) or online (202-994-9283) and gsehdonline@email.gwu.edu.