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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Gonzaga’s M.A. in Organizational Leadership will enhance your effectiveness and influence in your organization and empower you to make a positive difference in both your professional and personal life. You will find our most frequently asked questions below. Call or text additional questions to 1-866-380-5323.

General Questions about ORGL

Why choose a Jesuit education?

Jesuits have been educating people since 1540. Gonzaga was founded in 1887 and continues to pursue a mission of educating leaders with the capacity for reflective and critical thought. Gonzaga’s master’s programs offer you the opportunity to pursue a degree that strives to educate the whole person: intellectually, spiritually, physically and emotionally.

Is Gonzaga's ORGL Program accredited?

Yes, Gonzaga is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Schools (NWCCS). Gonzaga is also member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The average student completes the program in 2-2.5 years. If you are able to add additional credits in any given period, you can accelerate your graduation.

How many classes will I take?

You will take ten classes to complete the degree. Five core classes to set the foundation of your organizational leadership education along with five elective courses that can be customized to your interests and goals.

What is a concentration, do I have to choose one?

There are two optional concentrations you can choose to declare. They will be noted on your transcripts as an additional specialty. They are a way to structure your elective courses to dive further into a special area of study. You do not have to choose a concentration.  The ORGL program offers two concentration options:

Do I need to have a business or leadership undergraduate degree?

No, students come from all areas of the world, professional fields, and career levels. They hold job titles like: team leader, project director, public affairs officer, program manager, training manager and executive.

This diversity provides exposure to different problems, solutions and ways of thinking that will challenge you in surprising ways and expand your repertoire of skills. The curriculum is uniquely designed to not only teach leadership theory and best practices, but to help you actively challenge yourself, your assumptions, and your beliefs about leadership and your abilities.

How does the ORGL program compare to a MBA?

The Organizational Leadership Master’s degree is focused on how to develop and practice leadership that inspires others, builds teams and effects positive change.  Many students enter the program having the skills to perform their jobs well, but are seeking a degree of development to take them to the next level. The focus of the degree is to make all leaders more effective, but it differs from a Business degree in that there are no Finance, Accounting or Statistics courses.

Gonzaga’s campus-based MBA & MAcc Programs have been producing outstanding business leaders for over 50 years. Gonzaga’s MBA program provides a solid management foundation through its core curriculum while allowing students to complete a third of their program in elective coursework. Click here for more details.

What is the difference between Gonzaga’s ORGL and COML programs?

Gonzaga’s M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Communication & Leadership programs are sister programs; this allows you to take elective courses within either program to fulfill your elective credit requirements. The theories and emphases of each program’s core courses and curriculum are very different. The ORGL program challenges students to study advanced leadership practices and to manifest a leadership style that will allow them to thrive in an ever-changing, global industry. ORGL students focus on topics like leadership foundations, organizational behavior and theory, and leadership and diversity. The COML program approaches leadership through the lens of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication and allows students to delve into such topics as communication ethics, international and intercultural communication, and strategic and corporate communication.

Can I transfer credits into the program?

Graduate students may transfer credits into their program with the approval of the Department Chair, the Dean of the student’s program and the Registrar’s Office. A maximum of 1/5 of program credits (usually 6 semester credits for graduate level students) may be transferred.

Coursework must be distinctively graduate level by the transfer institution and must have been taken within the last five years. A minimum grade of a B (P grades must be defined as B or better) must be earned. Courses previously applied to a completed degree are not transferable to the student’s current program.

The Course Experience

Online or on-campus?

The majority of our classes are online, but you do have the opportunity to take courses on campus with our short term immersions.  Our immersions are a hybrid of online and on-campus coursework that involve coming to campus in Spokane for a few days.  We also offer other immersions that include travel to Mt. Adams in Washington and St. Andrew’s Abbey in California.  There is one required 3-day on-campus immersion.

Is an online degree from Gonzaga the same as the campus degree?

Your final degree will read “Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership” from Gonzaga University.

How many students are typically in a class?

Typically 15-20 students are in a course, which is often split into smaller discussion groups. Class sizes are kept small to allow professors more one-on-one time with individual students.

Who will be teaching my classes?

Every class is designed by our Gonzaga faculty. Most classes are taught by faculty who have a PhD or Master’s degree with extensive experience.

How much time is required per week to be successful in the ORGL Program?

This will vary depending on the courses you are taking, your learning style and your course load. However, most students dedicate approximately 10-15 hours per week towards coursework. This may fluctuate. During a week with a major paper or project due, you might spend more time on coursework than other weeks. What remains true is that you will get out of this program what you put into it.

Why is there a required visit to Spokane for an immersion?

We believe the best learning is experiential and occurs in the context of community. The immersion is designed to be taken early in your graduate degree journey so that you can come to campus, meet fellow classmates, get to know faculty and ground yourself in the sense of what it means to be a Zag. Many of our students say this experience is one of the best parts of the program.

What type of support services are available?

We are all here to help you succeed.

Tuition, Scholarships & Discounts

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition is the same for both online and on-campus courses.  The cost per credit is competitive at $940. See what our students and alumni have to say about the cost and the return on their investment of a Gonzaga graduate degree.

How can I pay for my graduate degree?

We have a number of resources to help you fund your education.

As a graduate student, you qualify for Federal Student Aid. This funding is not need based, follow the link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Gonzaga also offers payment plan options and other financial resources. For more information contact Admissions at 1-866-380-5323.

Are graduate student scholarships available?

The M.A. in Organizational Leadership program offers new student scholarships every semester, funds permitting. Contact with the admissions department at 1-866-380-5323 for an application.

Gonzaga’s Financial Aid Office maintains a database of scholarships for students to access, search and apply for awards.

Do you offer a military discount?

We offer a 10% discount to active members of the military and their spouses, as well as to veterans. View complete information here.

What other types of tuition discounts do you offer?

Gonzaga University offers the following:

  • Diocese of Spokane – a 50% tuition discount to qualified full-time teachers, principals and Pastoral/Diocesan Ministers working in schools or parishes under the auspices of the Diocese of Spokane – click here for more details.
  • Federal Employees – eligible for a 10% tuition discount.
  • Tuition discounts are also available for employees of the following organizations:
    • Boeing
    • Bank of America

For further questions please inquire with the admissions department at 1-866-380.5323.

Program information is subject to change.

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


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Study Abroad & Domestic Immersion Opportunities

Military, Federal Employee, Boeing and Bank of America Discounts

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