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M.A. in Organizational Leadership

Unlock Your Leadership Potential Through Regent’s MAOL Degree Program

What’s your leadership style? How do you bring out the best in yourself and your team? Taught from a Christian worldview, Regent’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) is an in-demand graduate program that will help you develop practical leadership skills through real-life situations. Gain a foundation in business theory, with strategies to keep your organization moving forward.

August 23, 2021


Master the organizational leadership skills employers are seeking, including motivation, creativity, vision, strategic planning, and technology.


Position yourself to influence public policy and social change as you learn to think globally.


Gain expertise to motivate teams and confidently guide those you lead and serve through our Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree program.


You can customize your MAOL to better understand the intricacies of leading effectively in a corporate, not-for-profit, ministry, healthcare, or government setting.

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020). Our programs have also been ranked among the Top 5 Best Graduate Online Business (Non-MBA) Programs in Virginia for 7 years in a row. Experience the Regent difference through our MAOL degree program.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the MAOL degree, you will be able to:

  • Apply organizational leadership elements in ethics, motivation, creativity, vision, strategic planning, teamwork, group development, technology and organizational development.
  • Serve as a confident leader who masterfully integrates best practices to increase employee engagement, retention and productivity.
  • Gain an insight into organizational trends through the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis.
  • Apply principles of biblical entrepreneurship and management.
  • Evaluate global economic needs, opportunities, and resources required to build kingdom-strategic business ventures.

Career Opportunities

  • Analytics & Strategic Planning
  • C-level Leadership
  • HR Administration, Mediation & Consulting
  • Corporate Training, Consulting or Coaching
  • Ministry Leadership & Missions
  • Not-for-profit Development & Administration
New positions in business management will be created by 2028 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) – Global Business Leadership & Communication will help you develop key leadership and strategic communication skills. It focuses on ethics, motivation, strategic planning, and on developing solutions for real-world issues through research.

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The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) – Healthcare Management will prepare you for a successful health administration career. You'll gain expertise in healthcare law, best practices and how to manage change – all from a Christian worldview.

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The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) – Human Resource Management program will introduce you to evidence-based strategies that ensure high performance from your organization and staff. Be equipped to deliver practical solutions to organizational challenges.

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The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) — Interdisciplinary Studies program allows you to self-design your course lineup from a broad spectrum of subject areas—all taught from a Christian perspective. It will help you master key organizational leadership elements such as vision, motivation and strategic planning.

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The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) – Leadership Coaching & Mentoring will enable you to be positioned as a results-driven trainer, coach or consultant in a variety of career fields. Taught from a biblical worldview, it will equip you to be effective in the leadership coaching process.

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The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) – Not-for-Profit Management fuses business best practices with the daily complexities of a nonprofit. Taught from a Christian perspective, this program gives you the leadership skills and spiritual wisdom to help your organization make a meaningful difference.

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The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) – Organizational Development Consulting focuses on the role of leadership in developing and guiding strategic change. You'll explore consulting challenges and tools to effectively audit, assess and implement changes required for organizational development.

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The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) – Servant Leadership program focuses on how servant leadership works in the contemporary world. Develop ethical decision-making and leadership skills that transcend career fields from ministry and not-for-profit to healthcare, government, business and beyond.

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The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) – Small Business Technology Management program will equip you to guide your organization in the effective use of technological developments, tools and analysis for informed organizational planning. Explore leadership elements from a Christian perspective and develop solutions for real-world issues through research.

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The Master's in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) – Social Entrepreneurship program explores how relevant, entrepreneurial business models can prepare you to advance as a social entrepreneur, leader in social-purpose organizations, philanthropist or director of volunteers in the social sector. You will examine biblical perspectives of servant leadership and the advantages of service-focused business structures.

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An understanding of leadership from the wisdom literature from the evolution of leadership/management thought from 1900 to the present. Leadership as a contingent/context-specific application and organizational problems that have leader- follower interaction as a cause. Cross-listed with GOV 521.

Provides an understanding of organizational structure and organizational life-cycle development. Students learn the role of the leader as an organizational architect. The course examines the role of the Organizational Development (OD) specialist and how leaders intervene in their own organizations, as well as how consultants intervene in other organizations.

Qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis that leaders and consultants use in organizations with particular attention to interview and observation.

Explores the psychological contract between leader and follower that takes any of many forms between two people or between the leader and small groups. Students study group formation and group development, as well as the intricacies of coaching, mentoring, and discipling. Students study organizational behavior and explore how OB concepts affect leadership effectiveness.

Examines organizational communication, including dyadic, small group, formal and informal communication, as well as the relationship of communication to organizational satisfaction and effectiveness. In addition, students study how communication defers in leader-member exchange and mass-communication of charismatic leader/large group interaction.

Compares and contrasts strategic thinking with strategic planning and presents the value of both. Students study the leader’s role in organizational change – creating and preventing change, as well as determining the organization’s readiness for change. In addition, students explore the reasons for resistance to change and strategies for coping with resistance.

Technology as the study of tools and methods and explores how leaders help followers interact with tools and methods to accomplish the organization’s objectives. This includes job design, human-computer interaction, understanding how new technology should cause current tools and methods to change, and how to help followers through the adoption and diffusion of the innovation process.

Synthesizes the knowledge and skills learned throughout this program. This experience may be, but is not limited to, a guided project, (i.e., designing a new organization, analyzing an existing major organizational problem and recommending solutions or developing and testing a seminar), a master’s thesis or a publishable manuscript. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

2021-22 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 13Monday, August 23
Session MFriday, September 10Monday, September 20
Session BFriday, October 15Monday, October 25
Session CTuesday, December 21Monday, January 10
Session TFriday, January 28Monday, February 7
Session DFriday, March 4Monday, March 14
Session EFriday, April 29Monday, May 9
Session FFriday, June 10Monday, June 20

When applying to master’s or MBA programs in the School of Business & Leadership, the admissions committee will review your application materials for an admissions decision. Criteria reviewed by the admissions committee include:

  • Academic achievement
  • Vision clarity and alignment with program outcomes
  • Writing quality
  • Leadership experience


Master’s applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a credential evaluating agency.
  • Submit all application materials such that they are received by the deadline for the semester to which they are applying. Once the application requirements have been fulfilled, an admissions interview may be requested. Interviews are by invitation only.

Application Process:

1. Complete Your Online Application

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office for assistance.

2. Pay Your $50 Application Fee

Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

3. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*

Unofficial transcripts from a U.S.-based school, indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, can be used for an admissions decision. Submit your unofficial transcript to using the subject line: SBL Master’s Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. See the International Admissions Checklist for details.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

4. Complete an Admissions Questionnaire Regarding Your Professional Goals and Interests

5. Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to with the subject line: Government ID.

6. International Applicants

Visit the International Students Admissions page for additional admission requirements and to determine if you qualify as an international student.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.


DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Business Administration (MBA)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PhD)$9953$2,985
Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)$9953$2,985

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Business Administration (MBA)$6759$6,075
Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PhD)$9956$5,970
Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)$9956$5,970

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Business Administration (MBA)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PhD)$9953$2,985
Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)$9953$2,985

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Business Administration (MBA)$6759$6,075
Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PhD)$9956$5,970
Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)$9956$5,970

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time. The per-credit-hour tuition rate is for SBL master’s level courses only. Concentration courses taken from the other schools at Regent University are charged at that school’s tuition rate.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

“Working full time made earning my business degree more challenging, but Regent was a perfect fit for me. The faculty have real-world experiences and helped me use what I was learning to think more broadly and influence decisions at the university where I work.”

Danielle Richter, M.A. in Organizational Leadership, 2016 Director of Marketing & Recruiting, Center for Graduate & Professional Studies, Midland University

“I am thrilled, delighted and honored to be used for His purpose.”

Jennifer Bennett, B.S., 2007; M.A. in Organizational Leadership & Management, 2011 Organizational, Workforce, Strategic Planning and Leadership Management, U.S. Navy (Washington Navy Yard)

“I was able to start with 15 credit hours toward the leadership program. But little did I know that, through research, the application of biblical principles and the Christian environment, God would speak to me.”

Chad Rose, M.A. in Organizational Leadership, 2020 Lieutenant Colonel - Reserve (Retired); American Airlines Airbus Captain

“I needed someone to tell me who I was and whose I was. Regent did that; the staff was amazing!”

Rae Pearson Benn, M.A. in Organizational Leadership, 2016 WTVZ Host of Our Issues Hampton Roads; Media & Communications Coordinator III, City of Virginia Beach

“At Regent, I learned skills like cultural building and succession building to create more impact and engagement with our employees.”

Myra Vandervelde, Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, 2004; MA in Business Cognate/ Organizational Leadership, 2000 Global Ethics Learning Leader, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC