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Create new opportunities in your career with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership online degree from the University of the Virgin Islands. This program helps you to understand and apply theories in leadership and organizational behavior which will enhance your effectiveness in a leadership role.

    As a student, you will explore key concepts in leadership and organizational behavior such as leader effectiveness theories, emotional intelligence, strategic communication, and how to lead organizational change.
    The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership will give you the background and skills you need to effectively lead and manage in any organization.
    The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership online degree program is designed to be completed in 18 months. However, it could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term. The program is 36 credit hours including an internship.
    Learn more about our tuition and fees here.

When Can I Start?

The MA Organizational Leadership degree is offered on a rolling admissions basis.  You may therefore begin your degree program in any of the five terms of the calendar.  The terms, lasting eight weeks each, begin in January, March, May, August, and October.  The deadline to apply is four weeks before the commencement of a term.  Contact us at to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or the enrollment process.

Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing UVI’s 100% online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate leadership at various levels, including people, structures, culture, and tasks.
  • Explore key leadership areas such as: management, ethics, strategic thinking, leading change, and organizational culture.
  • Analyze the importance of promoting diversity, inclusion, and trust, while ensuring leadership accountability in a global setting.
  • Implement leadership skills through action-learning and research projects.
  • Examine and apply leadership theories through practical experience.



UVI Online Course No : Course Name : Credits :
GSS 5000 Graduate Student Success 1
  This course is designed to provide the students the opportunity to learn and improve strategies and skills that are essential for academic success at the graduate level. Through activities, application, and reflection, the material covered in this course should support and assist students in completion of their graduate program. Students should develop confidence in their ability to succeed as a graduate student.
MOL 5000 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3

This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of organizational leadership, providing a framework for other courses in the program. It provides students with a broad understanding of the leadership styles, skills, roles, and functions of leaders in organizations. Students will also gain a cursory understanding of the history and origins of leadership, theoretical approaches to leadership, and ethical issues facing contemporary leaders. Finally, the course will provide students who are new to a leadership or management position or aspiring to such a position, with an introduction to the skills required to manage and lead people effectively.

MOL 5120 Research and Evaluation 3
   This course provides a comprehensive overview of qualitative and quantitative research methodology with applications to data usage to inform decision-making in educational and other organizational settings. The course will review qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, analysis, and use of data. Students will be guided in the development of a research proposal and will complete one proposal as a major course assignment.
MOL 5200 Leadership & Communication 3

The Leadership and Communication course equips students with the expertise to communicate clear messages, negotiate solutions, influence others, and resolve conflicts. It helps students develop communication skills to be confident and competent in oral and written presentations. Additionally, this course helps students become more collaborative and innovative leaders who demonstrate strategic thinking. Finally, it enables students to enhance and deepen their interpersonal, organizational, and managerial abilities.

MOL 5300 Leadership Theory & Strategies 3

This course will explore the theory and practice of leadership. It provides an in-depth review of the main leadership theories that have developed over the past century. Participants in the course will study the different ways leadership has been defined and studied during this period, the similarities and contradictions among the most common leadership theories, and the way that leadership has been exercised in various contexts. You will analyze through readings, discussions, assignments, videos, case studies, and personal reflections, the relevance of leadership theory and reflect on consequent strategies that may be employed in the work that you will do as leaders in your careers and communities. Students will evaluate their own leadership style through various self-assessments throughout the course, providing the framework for self-awareness and evaluation.

MOL 5400 Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership Development 3

Continuing skill acquisition and mastery are essential to ongoing leader effectiveness. This course bridges theory and practice in considering behavioral skills associated with one’s development as a leader. The course identifies and describes essential strategies in becoming and growing as a leader. Students will be coached in such behaviors as modeling, vision-casting, team building, nurturing and empowering team members. The behavioral skills and strategies are analyzed within a cultural and social justice context with a view to developing culturally sensitive, values-based leaders for the 21st century. Prerequisite: MOL 5000

Pre-requisit MOL 5000

MOL 5500 Human Resource Development 3

The human resource function of modern organizations is critical, as people are our most important resource. The course is a graduate level survey of principles, practices, theory, and current issues facing organizations as related to attracting, selecting, and maintaining a productive workforce in today’s competitive operating environment. This course helps students to better understand the complexities of managing people in organizations, with primary focus on human resource management strategy, organizational staffing, human resource development, total rewards, employee and labor relations, and risk management. By focusing on the strategic, operational and administrative roles of human resource management, students acquire critical knowledge of the changing nature of issues facing their most important organizational asset: human resources. In addition to the functional topics listed above, attention is also given to developing human resource system support competencies, such as job analysis and design, human resources law, ethics, economics, and theory application. Pre-requisit MOL 5000

MOL 5600 Cross-cultural and Global Leadership 3

This course presents students with the challenging political, economic, technological and cultural issues that impact the global environment. It delivers critical knowledge and skills in ethical cross-cultural leadership and aims to develop leaders through applied and reflective learning. Moreover, it helps students to connect globally and understand the role of cultural nuances, behaviors, attitudes, and emotions in a harmonious and equitable global environment. The topics covered include civic and political engagement, social action, international trade and relationships, consumption and production of media, global workplace, cross-cultural adjustment and competence, and other practical issues. Pre-requisit MOL 5000

MOL 5700 Ethics in Leadership 3

This course embraces ethical theory and applies ethical practice in the field of business through the exploration of contemporary case studies. Concepts covered include ethical issues, decision-making, cultural factors, social responsibility, designing and managing ethical programs, and the practice of ethical decision making. A collection of relevant cases, provocative discussions, and papers serve as the basis for mastering the content. Prerequisite: MOL 5000

MOL 5800 Organizational Behavior 3

This course focuses on the application of key behavioral concepts and theories related to organizational leadership. Each unit in this course covers a topic that contributes to enhancing students’ understanding of organizational processes and interpersonal relationships. Topics covered include effective communication, hiring, negotiation, performance management, politics, change management. This course considers the issues of human and organizational learning that changes performance. Pre-requisit MOL 5000

MOL 5900 Leading Organizational Change 3

The course provides students with an understanding of organizational change theories and practice, and helps them to identify and develop personal qualities, skills and experience in support of becoming effective agents of change. The course explores the attitudes, behaviors, and strategies that help students effectively communicate about change, collaborate, and resolve differences. A systematic approach to leading organizational change is covered by envisioning why change is needed, how it is to be implemented, and what the anticipated results should look like. Students will also identify the sources of resistance to change and how to successfully mitigate and/or leverage those forces. Pre-requisit MOL 5000

MOL 5990 Capstone Project 3
  This course enables students to bring together a comprehensive set of knowledge, skills, dispositions, and attitudes gleaned from the courses in the program. It requires that students apply reasoning, decision-making, analytical, and research skills previously learned in the curriculum to the work environment. The project is completed individually; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest and will result in professional growth and benefits to the organizational environment.
MOL 5950, MOL 5951 Graduate Internship I, II 1,1
  Graduate internship is divided into two courses of 1 credit each. These are MOL 5950 Graduate Internship I and MOL 5951 Graduate Internship II. These two credits are designed to provide a practical and applied learning component to the MA Organizational Leadership degree.  It is an opportunity to gain experience applying the concepts and skills gained through coursework in your MA degree. In addition, the internship provides valuable work experience that will better prepare students for employment after graduation. Students must complete all assignments for MOL 5950 and complete a minimum of 60 internship clock hours to complete the one credit requirements for MOL 5950.  A further 60 internship hours and the other assignments are required to complete MOL 5951, the second credit, making a total of 120 clock hours for the 2 credits.  Completing all the requirements for the first credit are required for enrollment for the second credit.  The student is responsible for securing the internship.

Program Snap Shot

Program Core 36  
Program Electives 0  
Total Program Credits 36  

Career Outlook

The Master of Arts Organizational Leadership is intended for service and industry professionals who want to move forward in their careers into leadership roles.  Generally, career paths are eadership positions within your field of experience or educational backgrounds. These career paths will also vary based on your undergraduate degree.  Potential career paths and positions include:

Management Analysts
Post Secondary Education Administrators
Program or Unit Managers/Directors

Employers can include:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Multi-national corporations
  • Financial institutions
  • Large-scale retailers
  • Major manufacturers
  • Government – local, state and federal

More Information

Create new opportunities in your career with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership online degree from the University of the Virgin Islands. This program helps you to understand and apply theories in leadership and organizational behavior which will enhance your effectiveness in a leadership role.

You will explore key concepts in leadership and organizational behavior such as leader effectiveness, emotional intelligence, strategic communication, and how to lead organizational change.