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MA in Leadership

Program Overview

An Online Degree Program to Prepare You to Be a Leader

Discover how to lead a small or large business through its organizational changes with this ACBSP-accredited program.

Discover how to lead a small or large business through its organizational changes with this ACBSP-accredited program.

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As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Lead Businesses Through Changes

Develop the skills to move up the ladder and enter a leadership role with Lindenwood University’s online Master of Arts in Leadership program. Ideal for those with an undergraduate degree who want to advance their careers, this program prepares you to lead small and large organizations. In addition, has ranked this program on its 2018 list of Best Online Master’s in Organizational Leadership.

This program gets you ready to lead organizational changes that can occur as a business progresses. You will explore key topics that include personnel law, organizational communication, financial policy, and organizational change and development.

When you earn your master’s in leadership online, you will learn from experienced business professionals who incorporate their real-world knowledge into the curriculum.


The online Master of Arts in Leadership program from Lindenwood University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

ACBSP Global Business Accreditation

A Curriculum Designed to Help You Succeed

Our online master’s in leadership program consists of 30 credit hours that focus on key topics that will help you become an effective leader for a business or organization. The program’s core curriculum, 21 credit hours, give you a strong foundation in leadership principles. You will then have the ability to choose a financial course, as well as two elective courses.

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Admission Requirements

To apply to our online master’s in leadership program, you must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Current résumé
  • Letter of intent, including a personal statement regarding your interest in the program and career goals
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s), as well as official transcript(s) from any graduate school(s) attended with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • GMAT is not required. Applicants with a lower GPA, however, may submit official GMAT or GRE scores in lieu of the 3.0 GPA requirement. Admission based on GMAT or GRE scores is granted to students who have an official minimum GMAT score of 500 or combined GRE scores of 300. Scores should less than five years old at the time of application. Applicants who do not meet the GPA, GMAT, or GRE thresholds may be considered for further evaluation and an interview may be required. Please discuss options with your enrollment counselor.
  • Three letters of recommendation

NOTE: The admissions deadline for this program is three weeks before the start of classes.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Being an online student doesn’t mean that you will sacrifice access to the tools, resources, support, and community that you would have through a traditional on-campus program. In fact, you will still get the college experience — at an affordable price from the comfort of your home.

Find out more about what it’s like to study online at Lindenwood.

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Cost to Attend

We strive to provide a high-quality online education at an affordable price. Our online master’s in leadership program is offered at just $525 per credit hour.

In addition, we offer the opportunity to transfer previously earned college credits, financial assistance, and U.S. military benefits.

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Program Outcomes

  • Understand and use the various organizational interventions to implement inclusive and lasting changes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the function and context of a leadership role and how to improve leadership effectiveness
  • Utilize best practices for managing a business or organization

Career Outlook

Some of the potential career paths you may pursue after earning your master’s in leadership online include:

  • Human resource manager: $113,300
  • Training and development manager: $111,340
  • Postsecondary education administrator: $94,340

Median annual salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked.

While the two degrees may seem similar, there are some differences. For instance, a master’s in leadership is a program that focuses more on leadership skills than an MBA program that focuses on core business skills, including accounting, finance, management, and marketing. Every organization needs effective leaders.

A master’s degree in leadership program gives you the skills to effectively drive a business or organization to success. You will be able to lead a business throughout its natural organizational changes and advance your career. The skills you acquire through the program can be applied to a variety of industries, including non-profits, education, business, and U.S. military careers.

Yes, we accept up to 9 credits for transfer into this program. Transfer credits must be from a regionally accredited institution, be applicable to the program’s curriculum, and meet GPA requirements.

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