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M.S. in Organizational Leadership

The Master of Science (MS) in Organizational Leadership prepares graduates to succeed in leading people and organizations in the Philadelphia region’s largest industries and employers including healthcare, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, higher education, government, banking, and financial services, technology and research, communication and entertainment, corporate, general business, and retail organizations.

The MS in Organizational Leadership focuses on the critical soft skills of managing people and change in organizations while providing solid foundations in managing data, technology, budgets, and resources for organizational success.

Program Format

This is a fully online program offered in an accelerated eight-week format with two eight-week sessions each fall, spring, and summer semester. Comprised of 10 three-credit courses, students are able to complete this 30 credit M.S. degree in five semesters or 20 months. Our online and hybrid programs provide convenient flexibility for busy working adult students who desire to advance their careers while continuing to work full-time.

At just $650 per credit, the total cost of tuition is $19,500, competitively priced amongst local and regional programs.

Program Requirements and Courses


LEAD 601 Leading & Managing People

LEAD 602 Leading Strategic Change

LEAD 603 Managing a Diverse & Global Workforce

LEAD 604 Ethics & the Corporate Environment

LEAD 605 Innovation & Technology

LEAD 606 Budget & Resource Management

LEAD 607 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

LEAD 608 Data Management

LEAD 609 Managing Risk in the Global Environment

LEAD 692 Masters Capstone Project


LEAD 601 Leading & Managing People Credits: 3

An introduction to organizational leadership from theoretical and applied perspectives. This course will help students to understand the importance of effectively communicating mission and shared vision in an organizational setting. Topics explored are the importance of innovation, integrity, creativity, collaboration and the critical role of leading a motivated and engaged employee in an inclusive workforce.

LEAD 602 Leading Strategic Change Credits: 3

An organization’s effectiveness depends on its ability to respond to changing business conditions. In this course students identity the financial, political, social, and cultural environment for change and its impact on the organizational environment. This course will address why organizations fail at implementing change. Through case samples and projects, students will identify organizations that succeeded and failed in managing change.

LEAD 603 Managing a Diverse & Global Workforce Credits: 3

Cross-cultural competence is a critical skill for those wanting to lead and manage effectively in successful organizations. Students will learn how to work more effectively in organizational cultures that embrace the opportunities and benefits of diversity. Concepts include global workforce issues, recruitment, and employee retention practices.

LEAD 604 Ethics & the Corporate Environment Credits: 3

This course applies ethical theory and practice to the corporate environment. This course reviews different ethical systems, cultural differences, and ways organizations develop an effective ethics programs. Topics include conflicts of interest, employee rights, privacy, ethical decision-making, and emerging issues in business ethics.

LEAD 605 Innovation & Technology Credits: 3

Introduces key change management strategies necessary to drive innovation in a rapid and changing global environment. Includes theory and practice in relation to technology and innovation. Student projects will focus on strategies to design, implement, communicate and embrace innovation as well as techniques for mapping and assessing how to best leverage technology within an organization. The course will also address patterns and emerging issues of technological and market innovation.

LEAD 606 Budget & Resource Management Credits: 3

Managing critical organizational resources is essential for effective leadership. Leaders are required to assess organizational needs and develop a financial plan to achieve desired goals. The objectives of this course are to understand key financial terms and concepts, analyze financial statements, prepare and manage budgets, and understand the legal and regulatory aspects of financial reporting. This course is designed to include students without a background in finance.

LEAD 607 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Credits: 3

Conflict is a natural part of organizational life. Effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills are necessary to foster productive organizational environments and success in leadership positions. Students will learn how to analyze conflicting interests and resolve them through negotiation and mediation processes. Students will practice negotiation and conflict resolution skills in exercises and role-plays.

LEAD 608 Data Management Credits: 3

This course prepares students to collect and analyze data to support effective decisions. Data analysis can provide a competitive analysis in making critical decisions regarding the direction of an organization. High performance organizations rely on data to help drive strategy and respond to changing business conditions. Topics include descriptive and predictive analytics, and provide students with project-based opportunities to apply their analytical thinking.

LEAD 609 Managing Risk in the Global Environment Credits: 3

The goal of this course is to provide students an overview of the risks that organizations face in the global environment. Students will identify strategies for assessing and mitigating potential risks that include health and safety, reputational risks, financial risk management and embracing issues of compliance. Students will be prepared to function in a business environment with the knowledge and tools to design and implement an effective risk management program.

LEAD 692: Masters Capstone Project Credits: 3

Students are required to complete a pre-approved original project that focuses on a specific problem within an organizational leadership setting. The capstone project involves identifying and investigating a problem or innovation, researching and identifying “best practices” and other strategies and innovations, preferably in their current or intended area of practice. The capstone is an integrative project that draws on core learning outcomes of the program.

View the graduate catalog for more information on the Organizational Leadership program.

Application Requirements

Completed Application: Found Online ($55 fee; waived for CHC graduates and Information Session attendees)

Official sealed transcripts of all previous college and university study (Applicants must have graduated, or anticipate graduating, from an accredited institution with a four-year bachelor's degree; waived for applicants whose most recent college is CHC.)

Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources. Recent graduates are expected to submit at least one academic recommendation; professional sources should be in supervisory roles, references from family or friends will not be accepted.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) describing all education, professional, work, and volunteer experience, and appropriate information regarding knowledge, skills, and abilities that will support your success in the program and profession.

Professional Goals Essay - The Goals Essay should be between 500-750 words (2-3 pages double-spaced). In your essay you should address the following questions:

Describe an accomplishment that is not reflected in your application. How will you use what you learned through that accomplishment to succeed in the MS in Organizational Leadership program?

Briefly summarize your professional accomplishments to date. Why do you want to earn an MS in Organizational Leadership? Include your goals after you complete the program.

Please proofread, as the essay will be evaluated for both content and grammar as a part of the admissions process.

Program Interview - after all requirements are received, qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule an interview with the Graduate Program Director to arrange a Zoom or phone interview.


Upon submission of all criteria, the applicant's file is reviewed by the Admissions Committee and, if applicable, the Director of Global Education. The applicant will be notified of the decision regarding their application. Decisions are based on the strength of required criteria; correlation of applicant goals with program goals; ability to contribute to a collaborative learning environment as demonstrated throughout the admissions process. This includes appropriate and professional verbal and written correspondence.


Chestnut Hill College has a rolling admissions policy for graduate applicants and will review documents as they are received. In order to allow time for the admissions review prior to registration, the Admissions Committee recommends that a complete application with all materials is received by the following dates:

· Fall Term - July 1

· Spring Term - November 1

Program Outcomes

Upon completing the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Create a shared vision to effectively lead and manage staff in an organization while identifying the challenges of working with diverse groups.
  • Understand the role and strategies of an effective leader and apply them in a variety of situations including leading in a challenging and turbulent environment.
  • Leverage technology including retrieving and analyzing data in making effective decisions to optimize organizational resources.
  • Understand how organizational culture can influence ethical conduct within an organization.
  • Analyze an organization’s financial strengths and weaknesses. Develop a comprehensive budget that effectively utilizes an organization’s resources.
  • Apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills to effectively address interpersonal and organizational conflicts to improve team performance, staff retention, and morale.
  • The above learning outcomes culminate in a final capstone project completed at the end of the program.


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Male and female students