Master’s Programs for Working Professionals
Lehman College offers a number of programs designed to help working professionals achieve their educational goals while maintaining their fulltime jobs. Our master’s programs for working professionals, are designed to provide students either an accelerated one-year program or the flexibility to study in a custom designed program.
Our programs allow you to participate in classes comprised of working professionals in a diverse array of corporate, non-profit, education and government careers. Courses are taught by local renowned faculty who are dedicated to providing students with a foundation necessary to achieve their career goals.
Explore more about our programs below:
- Accelerated One-Year Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
- Flexible Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) program prepares students to assume leadership positions within a variety of fields such as not-for-profit, higher education, corporate, governmental agencies and healthcare. The MSOL program helps students gain the necessary tools to manage and grow an organization, break through existing leadership barriers and effect change.
The courses emphasize self-assessment and reflection, critical thinking, decision making and problem solving, with extensive field based experiences as a central component. This program offers practical tools to students, which are immediately applicable in their respective places of work. It cultivates graduates who are knowledgeable and flexible to embrace a variety of leadership roles, communicate effectively, motivate staff, align individuals in cooperative efforts to meet organizational goals and lead across the ever-evolving diversity landscape of the 21st century.
Flexible Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (self-designed concentration)
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program is an interdisciplinary degree that allows students to design an individual course of study among multiple academic departments. The program is well adapted for students who already have professional certification (e.g. in Education or Social Work) or who hold responsible positions or achieving promotion. MALS helps students learn research, writing, and critical thinking skills that transfer to numerous employment roles.
Students in the program take four core courses during their first year that provide an understanding of interdisciplinary research and basic literacy in the social and natural sciences, arts, and humanities. After that, they work closely with the program advisor to choose elective courses in at least two different disciplines that will prepare them for a capstone project or master’s thesis on a topic of their choice. MALS students are also eligible for prior learning credit earned through volunteering, employment, or military service. Its flexibility enables students to attack problems from multiple perspectives and to learn how to “think outside the box” when confronting challenges on the job or considering new careers.