Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Change

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Do you consider yourself a natural leader? Are you ready to build leadership skills to improve your organizational effectiveness? If you are looking to become a change agent, then Edgewood College’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Change is the program for you.

Designed for working professionals, this program is offered entirely online with no on-campus requirements and can be completed in 10 months to two years.  Our program teaches you to understand and improve organizational dynamics through sound leadership and organizational development practices. You will strengthen your leadership through assessment, reflections and project-based learning  You will have the tools to advance your career and succeed in the ever-changing, global economy.

  • Complete in as little as 10 months
  • Fully online
  • No GRE required
  • Only 10 classes, no prerequisites


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Program Highlights

The M.S. in Organizational Leadership & Change provides a flexible schedule to allow working professionals to fit accelerated course work into their busy schedules. You can design a course schedule to best fit work and personal schedules.

Unique program design and schedule
Courses are offered in an accelerated format. You can create course schedules to meet your work and family schedule. Accelerate your learning and complete the degree in less than two years or choose a schedule that fits an individual schedule. A dedicated advisor and faculty coordinator will assist you with course planning. New students may begin the program in either the fall or spring semesters.

Interactive small class sizes
Courses in the program are small, creating a rich and interactive class allowing in-depth learning with highly qualified faculty. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, creating a rich and diverse community of learners who support each other in both intellectual and personal growth.

Interdisciplinary, real-world approach
Classes are highly interactive with appropriate combinations of presentations, discussions, case studies, and group/individual projects. The curriculum is designed with courses that are integrated across multiple business disciplines to cultivate creative, intellectually engaged, and ethical problem solvers.

Degree Requirements

A total of 30 credits are required to complete the MS in Organizational Leadership & Change degree.  Course requirements can be finished in one to two years. 

Organizational Change
This course investigates the nature of change, forces for change, and the impact of change on its recipients. Introduces students to the practice of organization development with respect to change efforts in organizations as they examine their own roles and skill sets as change agents. Stresses the design and implementation of various organizational interventions. Students learn to choose between, and then design, appropriate interventions to transform an organization from a current state to a desired future state.

Employee Learning & Development
This course emphasizes the principles of adult learning and provides an understanding of adult development from a broad liberal arts perspective. Students learn and apply the techniques and procedures used in the development of adult learners, including employment settings in different organizations and at all organizational levels.

Organizational Leadership
This course provides students with an overview of a variety of theories, methods, and models of leadership, with an emphasis on the cultural context in which leadership is pursued. Students will explore their own model of leadership by reflecting on the models presented in class, through interactions with peers/colleagues within the course, and by constructing a leadership profile.

Individual and Team Interventions
This course examines individual and team interventions from a psychological perspective. Topics covered include individual performance improvement, performance coaching, teams and teamwork, conflict resolution, and process consulting.

Organizational Theory and Design
This course examines the techniques used to study and analyze organizations as holistic entities comprised of interdependent component parts. The course explores the manner in which organizational analyses are positioned, designed, implemented, and evaluated. Various data gathering methods are explored relative to critical organizational variables such as strategy/mission, goals/objectives, measurement, communication, group boundaries, power and status, relationships, rewards, operations/processes, structure, design, employee learning and growth, and customer satisfaction. Utilizing the data from an organizational analysis to guide and target subsequent planning, leadership development, and team development initiatives is emphasized.

Consultation in Organizations
This course examines various client-consultant issues arising from psychological interventions. Topics covered include entry and contracting, diagnosis and role setting, implementation, evaluation, withdrawal and maintenance. Consistent with the College's Sinsinawa Dominican values, special attention is given to ethical issues and standards relative to the concept of "organization as client".

Strategic Leadership
This course is designed to teach action research as both a process and a methodology. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills that can be transferred to any organization as an internal or external consultant. This course will focus on the creation, implementation, assessment and evaluation of an organization in a specific area. Concepts of tests and measurements will be emphasized for interpreting research results and gathering data for applied research. Students will develop a project based upon their research and apply the concepts learned within their own setting under the guidance of the professor.

Leading in a Global Context
The purpose of this course is to introduce concepts and theories related to globalization and culture. As organizations prepare for conducting business in the 21st century, their people need the ability to traverse organizational and country boundaries. Cross-cultural interactions are anticipated and the challenges inherent in working in countries other than one’s own are identified.

Business Ethics
This interdisciplinary course explores and implements the critical thinking and managerial and ethical decision-making skills necessary for developing ethical organizations and an ethical society. The objective of this course is to design ethical organizations and create organizations of high integrity. Students explore real-life ethical dilemmas and benchmark their organization’s performance with the best practices in business ethics.

Organizational Development and Behavior
Organizational Development and Behavior is the study of both the human behavior in an organizational setting and the operations related to organizational design and development. The purpose of this kind of study is to equip organizational leaders with the insight necessary to develop interpersonal relationships that will build teams, increase productivity, enhance the quality of work life, orchestrate change, improve employee retention, and augment communication. Topics in management including: Perception, Personality and Attitudes, Group Process: Building Teams, Communication, Orchestrating Change, Motivation, Empowerment, Leadership, Organizational Development, Quality Assurance, Performance Appraisals and Business Ethics.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. While the benefits to personal growth are priceless, our program can expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace. When considering the total cost of your education, be sure to consider the lasting positive impact it will have on your personal and professional future.

Tuition and Financial Aid information for master’s programs.

Financing your Edgewood College Degree

We have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education.  Our dedicated counselors will work with you to find creative solutions including tuition reimbursement plans, third party billing options, monthly payment plans, and help you navigate the federal financial aid process.  Whatever your situation, we will work with you to support your future.

For more information, please contact Edgewood Central at ecentral@edgewood.edu or call us at (608) 663-4300.

Admission Requirements

We encourage students to submit their application and admissions materials by the priority deadline.  However, we will continue to accept applications on a continuous basis until the start of the session.  Applications considered complete after the priority deadline can be considered for admission for the next session. 

New students may start their program at six entry points throughout the year. Please note our priority deadlines:

  • Fall Session I – August 21, 2023
  • Fall Session II – October 16, 2023
  • Spring Session I – January 16, 2024

To be considered for admission, applicants must provide the following:

  1. Completed graduate application. This application is for students who want to pursue a Master’s degree, certificate, or take courses as a non-degree seeking student.
  2. Official transcripts reflecting completion of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Students who do not meet the 2.5 GPA requirement may still be considered for conditional admission.  Please contact your admissions counselor for more information on how to apply for conditional admission

The GRE/GMAT is not required.

Transfer Credits
You may submit up to 10 semester hours of graduate credit for consideration of transfer to Edgewood College for application to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

Faculty and Staff

Victoria M. Palmisano, MA, MBA, MLS, PhD, Associate Dean & Assistant Professor
BA, Tulane University
MA, University of New Orleans
MBA, Louisiana State University – Shreveport
Masters of Legal Studies, The University of Arizona
PhD, University of New Orleans

Jacob Gill, MS, Accounting Program Coordinator & Lecturer
BBA, Edgewood College
MS, Edgewood College


Fazel Hayati, MBA, PhD, Professor of Management
MBA, Louisiana State University – Shreveport
PhD, Auburn University

Ken Kavajecz, MS, PhD, Professor of Finance
BS, University of Wisconsin–Madison
MS, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management
PhD, Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management

Leigh Maxwell, MA, PhD, Associate Professor of Communications Studies
MA, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
PhD, The Ohio State University

Xiaodong Kuang, PhD, Associate Professor of Communications Studies
PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Dan Schroeder, PhD, Associate Professor in Organizational Behavior and Leadership 
BS, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater 
MA, Western Michigan University 
PhD, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Kayla StajkoviΔ‡ CPA, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management 
BS, St. Cloud State University 
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Raj Kamal, MS, MBA, Senior Lecturer 
BA, Delhi University – St Stephen’s College
MBA, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
MS, Purdue University – Krannert School of Management

Annette Mondry, MEd, PhD, Senior Lecturer 
MEd, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee 
PhD, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Career Outcomes

Whether you're pursuing a career in consulting, human resources or mid-level management in just about any organization, the Master of Science in the Organizational Leadership and Change (OLC) program teaches you to create engaging work environments, build strong effective teams, and empower your employees to be the best they can be. Our curriculum gives you a deep understanding of any business' greatest asset; its people.

Students and graduates of the OLC program lead positive growth in a variety of fields throughout Wisconsin and in some of the top companies in Madison, including American Family Insurance, TDS and the city of Madison.  Sample careers include:

Corporate Communications Manager, Hooper Corporation
HR Specialist, City of Madison
Office Manager, UW Systems
Merchant Services Representative, John Deere Financial

Manager of Solution Architecture, Dell Software
Project Leader, Madison College
Registrar, UW Medical Foundation
Workforce & Talent Strategies Specialist, American Family Insurance
Account Executive, Morgan Murphy Media

Intelligence Officer, United States Army
Team Lead, Baptist Health South Florida
Operations Manager, Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at UW-Madison
Human Resources Manager, Aprilaire
HR Manager, Blast Cleaning Technologies


Edgewood College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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