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Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Advance your leadership skills and position yourself for new opportunities with a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree from Creighton University.

This online master’s degree program will strengthen your ability to make thoughtful decisions, handle adversity, understand and manage organizational challenges, and collaborate with others—all for the greater good. You’ll also develop the skills you need to inspire and navigate positive change in your workplace and community.

“There are a wide variety of classes at the heart of the Organizational Leadership master’s program that teach global professional skills. These skills can be transferred to different situations and settings—things like communication, creativity and the ability to adapt to change. Adaptability like this is critical in today's world because things are constantly changing around us.”

—Gretchen Oltman, JD, PhD | Assistant Professor and Program Director, Graduate School

In the online master’s in organizational leadership program, you’ll practice your strategic leadership skills and learn to effectively manage and develop businesses and other organizations. By studying organizational behavior, you’ll gain insights to make you an effective leader in a variety of fields including health care, business, education and more.

You won’t have to wait long to start making your mark as an organizational leader. Skills and techniques can be taken straight from the classroom and implemented in your organization while you’re still learning. Your new skillset will also enable you to promote meaningful relationships in the workplace.

A degree that fits your career goals and your schedule

A hectic schedule doesn’t have to stop you from pursuing your master’s degree. Creighton University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership can be completed entirely online. The program can also be tailored to fit your career goals with available concentrations in business leadership or healthcare leadership.

You can get even more value out of your educational journey by completing coursework toward a graduate certificate as part of your elective requirement. That means you can graduate with a master’s degree and a graduate certificate in the same amount of time it takes to earn just your master’s degree. Certificate options include Bioethics, Healthcare Management, Integrative Health and Wellness, and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

Build your professional network and expand your perspective

Creighton University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership lives within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. The curriculum is developed by faculty from varying backgrounds, including business, health, education, law, and arts and sciences. You’ll also be immersed in a network of classmates with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and vantage points. 

The program’s interdisciplinary approach allows classmates and faculty to exchange insights about their respective industries and professional experiences. These relationships last long after the program ends—you’ll expand your professional network and reap the benefits of a thriving alumni community for many years to come.

Program At A Glance

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

August 1

December 1


  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Two years of full-time work or leadership experience
  • Resume or curriculum vitae  
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended

Still have questions?

Reach out to a Graduate and Adult Enrollment Specialist
John Rumbaugh
John Rumbaugh


Program Goals and Curriculum

The MS in Organizational Leadership program is ideal for individuals who wish to lead positive change in their workplace and community and who desire the flexibility of an online master’s program.

To earn this master’s degree, you must complete 36 credits:

  • Core Courses
    • Writing for Graduate Students
    • Leadership Theory, Application and Reflection
    • Strategic Orienteering and Execution Tactics
    • Communicating and Leading Across Cultures
    • Innovation and Adaptive Change
    • Approaches to Human Capital
    • Leadership Capstone
  • Electives

Students can earn a concentration in business leadership or healthcare leadership by completing 12 credit hours within one of these areas. Any electives can be taken to fulfill the remaining 6 credit hours.

Graduate Certificates
Students can choose to complete courses toward a graduate certificate in another field of study as part of the electives requirement. These programs require just 15 credit hours to complete, and options include: Bioethics, Healthcare Management, Lifestyle Medicine and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.

View all courses for this program

With increasing self-knowledge, leaders are empowered to work mindfully toward a more just community, workplace and world. Our respected faculty at Creighton strives to help students strengthen that ability and work to achieve their goals.

Meet the program faculty

Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Have completed two years of full-time work or leadership experience
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.


Creighton University offers graduate certificates for students who wish to grow their skillset without committing to a full master’s degree program. Options include:

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership  (15 credits)

  • This 15-credit online certificate serves as the foundation for the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. Learn the fundamentals of leadership, communication and management best practices.
  • Offered online.

See the full course listing

Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Well-Being (15 credits)

  • This 15-credit online certificate serves as the foundation for the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership or the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Coaching. Learn the fundamentals of well-being and how to apply your knowledge in your workplace and personal life.
  • Offered online.

See the full course listing

Graduate Certificate in Sports Leadership (15 credits)

  • This 15-credit online certificate is designed for professionals who seek to strengthen their understanding of organizational leadership processes, to serve in sports leadership roles, or to advance their careers in any professional field while studying leadership through a sports lens. Professionals seeking to further advance their careers can utilize the certificate as a building block to a full master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.
  • Offered online.

Dual Degree Programs
Students can complete a dual degree program to earn two master’s degrees at once, saving both time and money. The following dual degree options are available in organizational leadership:

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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Tuition & Financial Aid

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