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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Strong, ethical leaders are needed in today’s fast-paced and changing world.  Gonzaga’s online Master’s in Organizational Leadership equips you with the tools to develop advanced leadership practices through critical, strategic and creative thinking.

Expand your Skills

You may have the best business plan and know how to finesse a spreadsheet, but becoming a leader requires a different skill set.  Our program develops the skills that are highly sought after by employers:

  • Personnel Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Decision-Making
  • Creative Solutions
  • Leading Change
  • Effective Communication
  • Motivating Groups
  • Foresight & Planning
  • Understanding Group Dynamics
  • Negotiation
  • Global Strategy

Develop your Career

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on average professionals with a master’s degree earn $12,000 more a year than those with a bachelor’s degree.  Some of the career opportunities that may be available to you:

  • Systems Management
  • Labor Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Healthcare Management
  • Training & Development
  • Corporate Training
  • Leadership Development
  • Project Management
  • Higher Education
  • School Administration
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Law Enforcement

Extend your Reach

You will be learning with and from a diverse group of people.  From professionals with 20 plus years of experience in an industry to career starters, our rich learning environment exposes you to the experiences of your classmates as well as expert faculty.  Gonzaga has an extremely active alumni network that extends around the world.  Our graduates work at industry leaders including:

  • Starbucks
  • Boeing
  • Nike
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Paypal
  • Microsoft
  • Lyft
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • FBI
  • US Aid
  • UN Refugee Agency
  • Peace Corps

Stretch your Mind

We know your interests vary, that’s why our degree is customizable.  Expand your understanding of concepts and topics that matter to you by choosing an optional concentration in Servant-Leadership or Global-Leadership, or pick electives from not only our Organizational Leadership program, but our Communication and Leadership program.

Heighten your Awareness

Gonzaga is committed to educating leaders who can ethically leverage the new global landscape.  That’s why we offer optional study abroad programs in Belgium, Colombia, Czech Republic and Italy as well as intensive immersion courses on-campus, and at Mt. Adams in western Washington and at St. Andrew’s Abbey in southern California.

Vision, Mission & Values

Vision Statement

Our vision is empowered graduates who have the capacity and courage to learn, innovate, transform, and lead contemporary complex systems.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Organizational Leadership is to advance the understanding and practice of leadership with an Ignatian educational framework of experience, reflection, and action.


With our Gonzaga community, students, and stakeholders, we live out our values by:

  • Ignatian context, experience reflection, and action
  • Nurturing intrinsically motivated learners who will think clearly, respond ethically, and serve willingly;
  • Serving each student’s pursuit of personal and professional growth;
  • Enhancing organizations, communities, and cultures for a more caring, socially just, sustainable world;
  • Developing creative leaders who provide direction, facilitate alignment, and build commitment in dynamic local and global organizational systems;
  • Integrating interdisciplinary approaches to accomplish influential scholarship and experiential opportunities intended to develop leadership dispositions, theoretical knowledge, and skills for practical applications.

Application Deadline:

  • January 2018 Application Deadline is December 11, 2017.
  • Apply Now

At a Glance



Average completion time

2 years

Cost per credit





5 Start Dates a Year

January, March, May, September, October


One 3-day on-campus immersion required


“#4 Best Regional University in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

“#3 Best Colleges for Veterans in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

“#7 Best Value Among West Regional Universities” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

“#13 Best Alumni Network” by Princeton Review, 2015

“#1 Best Value Among Private Colleges and Universities in the State of Washington” by Money Magazine, 2014

Study Abroad & Domestic Immersion Opportunities

Military, Federal Employee, Boeing and Bank of America Discounts


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