Masters in Organizational Leadership


Earn a Masters in Organizational Leadership and get more than business acumen – get lessons for life.

An MA in Organizational Leadership for Today's Business Leaders

Is a Masters in Organizational Leadership Worth It?

The nationally recognized Helzberg School of Management develops leaders of competence and conscience. Our Masters in Organizational Leadership program, ranked in the Top-25 nationally*, helps you become a leader with exceptional business skills, committed to ethical decision-making and prepared to make a positive impact in the world.

Alumni of our organizational leadership masters are leaders of companies, organizations and nonprofits thriving in Kansas City and across the nation and globe. As a graduate, you’ll not only add one of the best leadership degrees to your portfolio, you will join this exclusive network of successful alumni.

*2022 U.S. News and World Report

Learn More About Our MA Program

About the Masters in Organizational Leadership

This unique business management degree focuses on matters such as leadership, human resources, administration, functional decision-making and team dynamics, helping you lead more effectively, efficiently and ethically. 

Designed for students from diverse educational backgrounds, our MA in Organizational Leadership is for professionals looking to assume or advance management responsibilities in a variety of fields like health care, information technology, human resources and education. 

Ideal for: 

  • Early- to mid-level professionals 
  • Current or aspiring managers 
  • Specialists in fields such as health care, information technology (IT), human resources, law education or nonprofit 

Masters in Organizational Leadership Program Details

A few quick facts about the Helzberg MA in Organizational Leadership degree program: 

  • With five points of entry, you can begin the program in January, March, June, August or October 
  • Consists of a 25-credit-hour foundation and management core curriculum, along with a minimum of 10 credit hours of electives 
  • Takes about two years to complete the 35-37 credit hours 
  • Most courses are two credit hours taken in eight-week terms 
  • Classes are held one evening per week on the Rockhurst campus 

MA in Organizational Leadership Concentrations

What Can You Do with a Masters in Organizational Leadership?

Our organizational leadership degree can provide you with the skills to be a better leader and make a difference with your team, company and community. Although it is applicable to virtually any organization and industry, we particularly focus on these three concentrations:

  • Organizational Leadership and Development
  • Health Care Management
  • Nonprofit Administration

Accomplished Faculty

Gaining experience starts with experienced faculty. Here, former business and c-suite professionals from companies such as Hallmark, Evergy and Encompass share their successes in a dynamic learning environment. Instructors maintain strong connections to the Kansas City business community and beyond, having taught in Switzerland, India, Singapore, China and Dubai. They are ready to help you achieve your best, locally or globally. 

Professional Coaching and Personal Development

When you begin the program, you are immediately paired with a professional business coach to create a development plan and establish goals. The program culminates with a capstone course where you’ll partner with a local business to solve a real-world issue. Alumni, faculty and regional executives are also available to mentor students.



Join the Top Five Percent

Employers take notice of applicants from AACSB-accredited programs such as Rockhurst University. To earn this prestigious accreditation, we met rigorous, relevant and carefully reviewed standards.

With fewer than five percent of the world’s 13,000 business programs earning AASCB accreditation, graduating from an accredited program is a powerful job differentiator around the globe. In fact, Rockhurst’s Helzberg School of Management is the region’s only private, AACSB-accredited business school.

For more information about the suite of graduate business programs from Helzberg, please see the School of Management Programs.