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Program Format

What You'll Learn

The Online M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies (MLOS) is an accelerated master's degree program tailored for working professionals seeking professional advancement or a leadership position. It is ideal for individuals who already possess professional skills, but who are in need of advanced leadership and organizational skills. Above all, emphasis is placed on the development of excellent management skills and personal integrity. Graduates walk away with leadership fundamentals, a stronger understanding of organizational life, and real-life methods of practicing ethical conduct.

The APU experience is designed to uniquely facilitate development through solid intellectual inquiry, informed decision-making, and the application of ethical principles. A focus on Christian values and ethics is infused into the curriculum and the development of learners by providing direction, purpose, and evaluation of personal and professional life actions.

A Relevant Degree Program

Designed for the Working Professional

At APU, we understand the challenges of earning your degree while juggling work, family, and other commitments. Our programs are designed to make attending Azusa Pacific simple, so you can reach your educational goals.

Flexible Format

The online leadership master's degree allows students to take advantage of the convenience of online learning without sacrificing the quality of instruction or professor-student interaction. With identical curriculum and the same cohort model that has been so successful in the on-campus MLOS Program, students can be confident they are receiving the same quality degree.

Convenient Schedule

Courses are taught sequentially and the accelerated format means new courses begin every eight weeks. Students find that the rich diversity of experiences that their peers bring to the interactive online environment result in lively discussions involving shared experiences.

Time Commitment

While you do not need to be online during a specific timeframe, you should plan to be online 6–10 hours per week per unit to successfully complete assignments and participate in discussions.

All online degree programs include a two-week online orientation prior to the start of the first class. This offers you a chance to become familiar with the online format as you engage with helpful tutorials.

Graduate online programs follow APU's Graduate Academic Calendar with most courses offered in nine-week terms.

Committed to Your Success

Successful students in this online format clearly recognize that, while there is flexibility in asynchronous learning, a strong commitment to consistent participation, communication, and completion of all work is critical. In order to ensure student success, a Student Orientation course, part of a non-credit proseminar, is mandatory for all online students prior to the start of their online course/cohort.

Through this online program, students will engage with APU faculty and staff in one-on-one communication for academic and financial advising. A “student commons” will also be available to facilitate community within the cohort and between cohorts, faculty, and staff.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.