Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership


Earn an MA in Organizational Leadership and get more than business acumen – get lessons for life.

An MA in Organizational Leadership for Today's Business Leaders

The nationally recognized Helzberg School of Management develops leaders of competence and conscience. In the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree program, you become a leader with exceptional business skills, a commitment to ethical decision-making and prepared to make a positive impact in the world.

Helzberg alumni are leaders of companies, organizations and nonprofits thriving in Kansas City and across the nation and globe. As a student, you will join this exclusive network of successful alumni.

Not sure what the difference is between our MA in Organizational Leadership and MBA degrees? See our FAQs page for a breakdown of the difference.

Learn More About Our MA Program

About the Helzberg MA

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 Master's 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.

MA Degree 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

Choose one of these three concentrations, or take a mixture of electives from all three:

  • 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, KCP&L (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.