Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
    May 24, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational Leadership, M.A.O.L.

Mission Statement

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is designed to focus on the human component of organizations. It takes the learner and develops inspirational leaders with vision and high ethical standards.

Program Purpose

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (M.A.O.L.) is a cross-disciplinary program. Students from a wide array of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations will learn the skills necessary to advance their careers and change the dynamics of their organizational workplaces. The program is built on the model that promotes a Christ-centered approach to leading. Students will have an opportunity to examine leadership theory and contemporary leaders.

Program Goals 

  • To develop leaders who understand and critically engage the foundational and emerging theoretical positions in the field of leadership.
  • To develop leaders who demonstrate critical and creative evaluation and decision making to lead change in organizations.
  • To develop leaders who effectively integrate Christian faith and values within multiple contexts.


Malone University, including all programs within the School of Business and Leadership is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Specific to the School of Business and Leadership, the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, and Sport Management; the Bachelor of Arts degree earned through degree completion in the Malone Management Program (MMP) with majors in Organizational Management, Project Management, Health Services Management, and Marketing Management; the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree; and the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (M.A.O.L.) degree are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

ACBSP may be contacted at:

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
11520 West 119th Street
Overland KS 66213


The School of Business and Leadership conducts assessment of student learning outcomes in order to continuously improve the curriculum. This assessment program includes three primary components. The first component is an ethics case study that is submitted as part of the course requirements in Ethics for Leading with Integrity (LEAD 533). The second and third components are a Capstone Project and a Comprehensive Examination both completed during Capstone in Organizational Leadership (LEAD 692). 

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative g.p.a. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Conditional Admission

Applicants with a cumulative g.p.a. between 2.50 and 2.99 may be considered for Conditional Admission. Evidence must be provided that the applicant has the potential to be successful in the M.A.O.L. program.

Students admitted conditionally will be granted Regular Admission upon completion of 12 semester hours with a minimum g.p.a. of 3.0.


Students admitted to the master’s program are advised to confer with the M.A.O.L. Program Director to determine specific scheduling and graduate program requirements. Generally, the following checklist will serve as a guide.

  1. Application for admission to the M.A.O.L. Program complete with transcripts and references
  2. Written notification of acceptance for admission
  3. Completion of all course work and requirements for the M.A.O.L.
  4. Application for Graduation:
    • Complete the Application for Graduation provided by the Office of the Registrar.
    • Return the completed form to the Office of the Registrar by January 30 for candidates who plan to complete degree requirements by the end of a spring semester or a summer session, or September 30 for candidates who plan to complete degree requirements by the end of a fall semester. See Academic Policies  for complete graduation policies and procedures.


In each course, one excused absence is permitted without any course-grade penalty, as long as the absent student fulfills all the course requirements specified by the instructor. Each additional absence in a course will result in a course-grade penalty. The instructor for each course will determine the magnitude of the grade penalty for that course and specify it in the course’s syllabus. (The grade penalty may include failure in the course.)

Academic Dismissal

A student shall be dismissed from the M.A.O.L. Program upon:

  1. Receiving more than six hours of “C” or below or
  2. Receiving a second grade of “F” or
  3. Failure to achieve the required g.p.a. of 3.0 at the conclusion of any probationary period.
  4. Failure to meet the standards and/or aims of the University, both academic and non-academic.

Program of Study