Organizational Leadership
Master of Arts (MA)
Online Degree Program

The Master of Arts online degree program in Organizational Leadership is committed to helping students gain the information and the education needed to be competitive in a variety of organizational settings.

Designed For You

The California Coast University online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

View Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

[READ MORE]

Explore The Program

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree program consists of 13 total courses, followed by a final Comprehensive Examination.
The required courses are comprised of: 13  Core Courses > 1 
Once completed, there is a Research Courses .
There are 39 total semester units in this program.

13 Core Courses

For the online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (M.A.) degree program, the following 13 courses must be fulfilled. Click on course title to expand and read more.

[CLOSE]
ID Course Name Units
BAM 501 Human Relations  3

Human Relations reviews the basics of human interaction, the organizational framework, organizational activity, and strategies for improving organizational behavior and performance. Business and organizational leaders repeatedly stress the need for increased worker education and preparedness in communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, leadership, and ethics.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of human relations and the importance of managing the self.
  • Examine best practices in dealing effectively with other people in relation to communication, managing conflict, leadership, and cross cultural competence.
  • Explain how to develop career thrust by implementing good work habits, and lifelong learning.
  • Discuss the importance of staying emotionally healthy and managing stress.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to human relations.
BAM 510 Human Resource Management  3

Human Resource Management examines the concepts, models, procedures, tools, and techniques of human resource management. Aspects of the individual and how the work environment influences people at work is explored, and the emphasis on recent and relevant findings from the behavioral sciences and other disciplines is discussed to help students apply appropriate human resource approaches in their organizational settings.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish the human resources responsibilities of line and staff (HR) managers.
  • Cite specific discriminatory personnel management practices in recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, layoffs, and benefits.
  • Discern at least three methods of collecting job analysis information including interviews, questionnaires, and observation.
  • Convey at least six factors that affect the usefulness of interviews.
  • Analyze important factors that shape ethical behavior at work.
BAM 511 Marketing Management  3

Marketing Management explores various marketing theories and practices with emphasis on four key dimensions of holistic marketing: internal marketing, integrated marketing, relationship marketing, and performance marketing. We will also discuss today’s economic, environmental, and technological changes in marketing, as well as address the topics of corporate social responsibility, business ethics, sustainability, and the importance of growth to organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the various fundamental marketing concepts.
  • Examine how marketing management has changed over time.
  • Distinguish between the necessary tasks for successful marketing management.
  • Evaluate the components of a modern marketing information system.
BAM 515 Organizational Behavior  3

Organizational Behavior provides students with an in-depth review of various theories and research on the behavior, structure, and process of organizations. Formal organizations and their structure will be critically examined, and human motivations and their constructive application to oneself and others will be explored. Applicable behavioral science theories will be analyzed and students will be able to effectively apply the relevant concepts to the management of organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Assess how and why organizational behavior determines the effectiveness of an organization.
  • Analyze research areas of organizational behavior such as learning, motivation, leadership, group behavior and communication.
  • Evaluate the nature of power and organizational politics.
  • Consider the relationship between organizational design and an organization’s structure.
  • Examine the various theories and models that explain why and how people and groups behave as they do.
BAM 530 Business Ethics  3

Business Ethics provides a managerial framework for integrating ethics into strategic business decisions. The framework provides an overview of the concepts, processes, and best practices associated with successful business ethics programs. The course also prepares students for the ethical dilemmas they may face in their business careers.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explore the different types of ethical examinations and frameworks.
  • Evaluate the global complexity of business ethics.
  • Assess the concept of strategic planning with respect to ethics.
  • Explain the ethical issues that arise from relationship marketing.
  • Analyze the role of a code of ethics in organizations.
BAM 532 Organizational Theory  3

Organizational Theory pertains to the idea that business is changing at break-neck speed, so managers must be increasingly active in reorganizing their firms to gain a competitive edge. This course will provide you with the most up-to-date and contemporary treatment of the way managers attempt to increase organizational effectiveness. This course will also focus on organizational theory, organizational design, and organizational change. The origins of organizational culture, stakeholder approach to organizations, and recent developments in organizational structure will also be covered.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine why organizations exist and the purposes they serve.
  • Assess the relationship between organizational theory and organizational design and change, and differentiate between organizational structure and culture.
  • Differentiate among the corporate-level strategies companies can use to enter new domains where they can continue to grow and create value.
  • Analyze the relationship among organizational change, redesign, and organizational effectiveness.
  • Examine the typical problems that arise as an organization grows and matures, and how an organization must change if it is to survive and prosper.
BAM 540 Project Management  3

Project Management takes a decision-making, business-oriented approach to the management of projects, which is reinforced with current examples of project management in action. It emphasizes not only individual project execution but also provides a strategic perspective, demonstrating means to manage projects at the program and portfolio levels. This course also addresses project management within the context of a variety of successful organizations, whether publicly held, private, or not-for-profit.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze how organizations go about evaluating, selecting and implementing projects.
  • Examine the role of the project manager in managing the interactions among scope, cost, schedule, team and customer expectations.
  • Discover some emerging trends in project management and predict what the process of managing projects will be like in the future.
BAM 547 Conflict Management  3

Conflict Management examines the dynamics of everyday conflicts across a variety of settings, from personal relationships to the workplace. Both theory and application will be reviewed, with an emphasis on their interrelation. This course aims to enhance and strengthen skills in managing conflict.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Characterize the elements present in all conflicts.
  • Describe the impact that gender and culture have on conflict choices.
  • Examine typical conflict reactions within one’s family and assess the impact of such reactions.
  • Analyze the types of goals people try to accomplish in conflicts.
  • Distinguish between different styles of conflict (both individually and collectively).
  • Assess how power is best seen as relational rather than individual.
BAM 550 Leadership  3

Leadership focuses on leadership theories that seek to explain how traits, behaviors, or situational factors influence leadership style and effectiveness. Students will develop the competencies and skills to immediately start using these principles in their personal and professional lives. The course also explores the critical question of how well a leader is able to influence followers to achieve group objectives—this is what distinguishes effective from ineffective leaders.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze classical and contemporary leadership theories.
  • Examine the importance of managerial leadership skills.
  • Differentiate between transformational and transactional leadership.
  • Evaluate the relationships among negotiation and conflict, influencing tactics, power, and politics.
  • Examine the importance of ethical principles, personal and company values, and socially responsible leadership practices.
BAM 554 Employee Training and Development  3

Employee Training and Development provides students with insight into the different methods of training and development for company—as well as personal—success. New technologies, such as virtual learning and big data, allow for greater accessibility to various training content and revision of traditional training and development techniques. There are effective and relevant training and development methods for every stage of an employee’s career.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the context of training and development.
  • Grasp the fundamentals of training design.
  • Identify different training and development methods available.
  • Cite examples of social responsibility and the future of training.
  • Propose how training can help with career management.
BAM 560 Strategic Management  3

Strategic Management explores new strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation concepts and techniques in business organizations. Utilizing this new knowledge, coupled with knowledge acquired from other business courses, students will be able to chart the future direction of different organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Assess the strategic management process.
  • Analyze the benefits of good strategic management.
  • Consider the value of establishing long-term objectives.
  • Determine a three-stage framework for choosing among alternative strategies.
  • Evaluate market segmentation and product positioning as strategy implementation tools.
  • Determine a practical framework for evaluating strategies.
BAM 562 Modern Management  3

Modern Management provides insight into current management trends. Today, managers have more responsibility than ever. Meeting the needs of a growing customer base, a diverse workforce, and production challenges all pose unique problems for managers. Through new technology, there is more information available to help managers plan, control, and organize their business.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend the importance of management to society and individuals.
  • Appreciate both arguments for and against the assumption of social responsibilities by businesses.
  • Recognize the advantages of having diversity in the workforce.
  • Distinguish what kind of changes should be made within an organization and how to implement those changes.
  • Assess production, productivity and quality.
GRM 597 The Research Process  3

The Research Process is a required course for all of the master’s degree programs offered at the University. This course provides an overview of the various research methods, research design, guidance in planning research strategy, and documentation of research data. It also explores and analyzes examples of research from many different disciplines, the development and use of computer-aided research, writing skills, and logical argumentation techniques required in the research field.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competencies comparable to those achieved within traditional institutions of higher learning that require resident instruction and evaluation.
  • Exhibit a broad comprehension of research methodologies utilized in the social sciences, health sciences, government, business, and other related fields.
  • Analyze, synthesize and evaluate the knowledge acquired in this subject area and apply it in practical situations.
BAM 595 Final Comprehensive Examination  0

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree program will complete a Final Comprehensive Examination. The final examination is a combination of essay, short answer and multiple choice examination questions, requiring students to integrate knowledge acquired across the educational program. The Final Comprehensive Examination is graded on a pass/no pass basis. Students may repeat any portion until they receive a passing score.

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, and/or Management; or a Bachelor Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

FAQ About Coursework

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways: