Master's in Organizational Leadership and Learning

Inspire Your Inner Leader

Unlock your leadership potential using self-awareness and self-improvement to bring out your personal strengths and inspire the best in your team. With a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning from the George Washington University (GW), you will concentrate on critical thinking, reflection and awareness of self and others to improve your leadership style and better understand organizational problems, develop effective solutions and lead their implementation.

The Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning is an innovative, academically rigorous skills-based graduate program that prepares the next generation of development 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.


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

  • 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.

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.

In the Organizational Leadership courses, students will learn topics such as the foundations of human behavior, adult learning principles, group dynamics, research methods, organizational diagnosis, strategic change, leadership development, impact of globalization on societies and organization and assessing the impact of change efforts.

Curriculum (30 credit hours)

CORE COURSES (21 credit hours)

  • HOL 6700 Human Behavior in Organizations (3 credits)
  • HOL 6701 Adult Learning (3 credits)
  • HOL 6702 Organizational Change I (3 credits)
  • HOL 6703 Organizational Change II (3 credits)
  • HOL 6704 Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
  • HOL 6746 Work Groups and Teams in Organizations (3 credits)
  • HOL 6721 Assessing the Impact of Organizational Change- Using Qualitative & Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

ELECTIVE COURSES (9 credit hours)

  • HOL 6705 Strategic Change (3 credits)
  • HOL 6706 Issues in Leadership (3 credits)
  • HOL 6707 Organizational Learning (3 credits)
  • HOL 6708 Global Leadership (3 credits)
  • HOL 6709 Leadership Development (3 credits)
  • HOL 6710 Globalization, Change and Learning (3 credits)
  • HOL 6724 Increasing the Capacity to Learn (3 credits)
  • HOL 6725 Internship in OLL (3 credits)
  • HOL 6742 Design of Adult Learning Interventions (3 credits)
  • HOL 6747 International and Multicultural Issues in Organizations (3 credits)
  • HOL 6101 Research and Independent Study (3 credits)
*Listed electives may be offered to on campus students but only subject to availability and enrollment. And a select few are offered to online students at this time.

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

Program Faculty

Associate Professor
(202) 994-7188
Associate Professor
(202) 994-8649
Visiting Assistant Professor
(202) 994-5760
Visiting Assistant Professor
(202) 994-1477
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 of all kinds.

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 $95,400 annual salary in 2012, with jobs in the field expected to grow 11% by 2022.1 Management analysts had a 2012 median pay of $78,600 per year, with job opportunities expected by grow by 19% by 2022.2

Organizational Leadership Career Opportunities

  • Corporate recruiting
  • 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

  • Consulting firms
  • Corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Higher education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Think tanks

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at



    Program Entry: Fall, Spring
    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 page.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the MA in Organizational Leadership and Learning program located on campus (202-994-3023) or online (844-386-7323).

In the News

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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Current student Melquin Ramos (master's, organizational leadership and learning) and GSEHD admissions coordinator also presented at GW's 2nd Annual Diversity Summit. His poster explored U.S. first-generation college students' lower participation rate in study abroad engagement when compared to non-first generation students. In addition, Mr. Ramos examined the benefits of study abroad, as well as factors that discourage first-generation students to study abroad.