Online Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)

Lehman College’s online MSOL program is designed to engage, empower and energize students to lead ethical and inclusive organizations. Students learn how to employ their leadership influence to enact positive change, transforming organizations and their surrounding communities. The MSOL program equips students to be effective communicators, lead high-performing teams, and sustain successful, thriving organizations.

  • 100% online – no attendance required on campus
  • Committed, caring faculty who are skilled organizational leaders
  • Earn a graduate degree in 12 months
  • No GRE required
  • Affordable Tuition
  • Courses offered in summer,fall, winter, and spring
  • Committed, caring faculty who are skilled organizational leaders
  • Deepen knowledge and expand skills to prepare for leadership roles across multiple fields
  • Identify current challenges of organizational leadership
  • Acquire invaluable tools for ongoing self-assessment and growth as a leader
  • Learn how to make ethical leadership choices (and resolve ethical dilemmas)
  • Master proven techniques of collaborative team communication
  • Discover how to utilize the creative tension generated by diversity to build high-performance teams
  • Communicate and build effective community partnerships
  • Harness human ingenuity, technology and environmental change to foster continuous learning and competitive advantage
  • Unleash human potential and generate motivation

This program offers practical tools to students, which immediately can be applied to their respective places of work, and cultivates graduates who are highly prepared to meet organizational goals and lead across the ever-evolving diversity landscape of the 21st century.


The 30-credit program consists of 10 courses. Our courses emphasize self-assessment and reflection, critical thinking, decision making and problem solving, with extensive field-based experiences as a central component. Most courses require that students participate in 10-15 hours of fieldwork over the course of the semester.

Semester I: (9 credits)

  • EDL 801: Holistic Leadership (4 credits)
  • EDL 802: Ethical Leadership (4 credits)
  • EDL 808: Leadership Seminar I: Needs Assessment (1 credit)

Semester II: (3 credits)

  • EDL 803: Communication and Teamwork (3 credits)

Semester III: (9 credits)

  • EDL 804: Leading for Strategic Change (4 credits)
  • EDL 805: Program Development and Evaluation (4 credits)
  • EDL 809: Leadership Seminar II: Literature/Research (1 credit)

Semester IV: (9 credits)

  • EDL 806: Managing Financial Resources (4 credits)
  • EDL 807: Leveraging Human Capital (4 credits)
  • EDL 810: Leadership Seminar III: Implementation Plan (1 credit)
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average from a completed undergraduate degree program
  • Currently working
  • Two letters of recommendation:
      • one is from a current supervisor at the applicant's place of employment who can best evaluate the applicant's leadership potential
      • one is from a faculty member from prior studies who can best evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student;
  • A current resume detailing all past professional employment and any community or professional organization leadership positions, memberships and service
  • A 500-word essay that discusses:
      • why the applicant believes the Lehman MSOL is the right program for him/her
      • a description of his/her current (or most recent) role at work
      • a description of some of the challenges faced at work
  • Applicants who satisfy the preliminary admissions requirements will be invited to an interview with the MSOL program coordinator.
  • The MSOL Program is as broad as the diversity of career disciplines it serves, and typical positions of graduates include: directors, managers, coordinators and supervisors in colleges/universities; nonprofits and community-based agencies; government; healthcare/hospital facilities; multi-national corporations; retail; telecommunications; transportation; utility companies; and labor unions.
  • A graduate degree assists with job advancement within an organization.
  • Also designed for individuals who want to learn better ways to lead from their current organizational positions.
  • Applications are only accepted for the Fall semester
  • Priority decision: March 15
  • Regular decision: April 15
  • Final decision: May 15

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For more information, contact:

Dr. Janet R. DeSimone
Program Coordinator