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Course Requirements

In this online lock-step program, students take courses in a specified sequence, beginning a new course every eight weeks as they progress through the program with the same group of peers. The Online MLOS program consists of 11 courses, totaling 33 units.*

Core Courses
MLOS 500
Research in Organizations
MLOS 501
Group and Team Dynamics
MLOS 504
Managerial Marketing
MLOS 514
Information Systems for Managers
MLOS 516
Organizational Behavior and Analysis
MLOS 517
Human Resource Management
MLOS 529
Leadership and Managerial Ethics
MLOS 535
Survey of Organizational Finance
MLOS 561
Conflict and Negotiation in Organizations
MLOS 570
Improving Quality and Productivity
MLOS 578
Strategy and Planning
Total33 units*

*No transfer courses are allowed in this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?
Online programs may include requirements, procedures, and policies unique to the university's more traditional programs. For more information on how to get started in an APU online program, contact us at (877) 816-6546 or at

How many units are in this program?
The program requires 33 semester units.

Are scholarships available?
Several types of financial aid, ranging from federal loans and state grants, to fellowships and scholarships, are available. Learn more about the financial aid opportunities available to you.

How often will I need to be online for this program?
You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their designated deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount of time or designated time that you will be required to be online because assignments and their deadlines will vary throughout each course.

Will I have to complete any part of my Online MLOS program at an APU campus location?
No. You can complete your online leadership master's degree entirely online. No campus visits or meetings are required.

How many cohorts have completed this program?
More than 30 cohorts of adult students have successfully completed the MLOS program since its inception in 1994, with new groups forming continually.

How soon can I finish this program?
This program can be completed in about 20 months.

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.