Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
Gonzaga’s M.A. in Organizational Leadership will enhance your effectiveness as a force of influence in your organization and empower you to make a positive difference in both your professional and personal life. We’re sure you have lots of questions. If you don’t find the answer here, please call us at 866-380-5323.
What are the application deadlines?
- Summer 2015 Deadline – April 27th
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 many students are typically in an online course?
Typically 15-20 students are in a course, which is often split into smaller discussion groups. Class sizes are kept small to allow 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 in the field of Communication & Leadership or have an M.A. degree and have achieved eminence as a practitioner of communication.
What type of support services will be available to me?
How long does it take to complete a program?
A graduate student taking 6 credits per semester (two courses), can complete the program in 2.5 years. If you are able to add additional credits in any given period, you can accelerate your graduation.
If you have taken graduate level courses previously, but have not yet completed a graduate degree, you may be able to transfer those credits into the program.
Can I transfer credits into the program?
Graduate students may transfer credits into their program with the approval of their Program 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 graduates) may be transferred.
Course work 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 degree are not transferable to the student\’s current program. It is important to note that all credits are converted to semester credits and are awarded after signatures have been obtained.
Are graduate student scholarships available?
In support of our current and potential students, Gonzaga’s Financial Aid Office maintains a database of scholarships for students to access, search and apply for awards. Click here to search our list of scholarships.
Is the tuition for online courses the same as for campus courses?
Yes, tuition is the same for both online and on-campus courses. For the most current tuition rate refer to Student Accounts. See what our students and alumni have to say about the cost and the return on investment.
Are the online and on-campus courses the same in terms of content?
Students who complete the work for an 8-week course in the online environment are required to accomplish the same type and amount of work that they would have been required to do for a more traditional 16-week course: both the 8-week online version and the 16-week face-to-face version are worth three graduate semester credits.
How do I purchase my textbooks and other course materials if I am an online student?
There are several options for you to purchase course materials.
- Please note: videos are not available through the Zagshop. Any video course requirements will need to be purchased through Amazon, Netflix or the like
- Including Amazon, textbook.com or half.com
Ordering Textbooks by Course via ZagShop
Ordering your books online from the bookstore is simple, quick and convenient. All you need to know are the classes and the semester or term.
Follow the prompts to select the program, term, department, course and section. This information can be found in your “Student Detail Schedule” in ZagWeb
After you’ve selected a class, it will show you both the required textbooks and any recommended textbooks needed for that class
Put them in your shopping cart and continue ordering until you’ve gone through your class schedule. You may have your books shipped to you or you may pick them up at the main campus location
The ZagShop accepts: American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard & Gift Cards
Do I need to have a business or leadership undergraduate degree?
No, that is not required or indicative of your success in this program. Students come from all areas of the world, professional fields, and career levels with a desire to be better, be more, and do more. 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 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 up and down. 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. Work hard, get personally invested, and have a great time!
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 residency 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. All of our students say that this experience is one of the best parts of the program. We think you will find this to be true!
Is an online degree from Gonzaga the same as the campus degree?
Whether you pursue your degree as a campus-based student or as an online-only student, your final degree will be from Gonzaga University. It will read “Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership” from Gonzaga University.
Online, on campus, or hybrid. What are my options?
We want your education to be as flexible as possible! Many students choose to take classes online, on campus, or a combination of both. There are also opportunities to study abroad and participate in domestic immersions to complete your degree in a way that fits your lifestyle. There are several options for completing your degree.
- All online 8-week courses with one required 3-day residency on campus.
- On-campus 16-week courses in Spokane with one required 3-day residency on campus. On campus courses are offered on nights and weekends to accommodate working professionals.
- Hybrid of both online and campus-based courses with one required 3-day residency on campus.
There is only one required 3-day on-campus immersion
, although we hope you’ll visit us more often. We can’t wait for you to see the power of face-to-face interactions and enjoy this beautiful campus! Watch this video about how our flexible offerings
work for you and what to expect
when you come to campus!
What doctoral opportunities exist at Gonzaga?
For more information about the Leadership Studies Doctoral Program at Gonzaga, click here.
Program information is subject to change.