Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Bethel University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership prepares you to become a leader in your field by providing the skills needed to succeed in management and leadership, make strategic decisions and create a competitive advantage for your company.

Program Overview

Management, strategic thinking, communication, problem solving and ethical decision making are all skills that make up a strong organizational leader. These are also the foundation of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program at Bethel University. We offer this graduate level professional degree for people involved in management and leadership. Coursework for this degree emphasizes problem solving and qualitative learning to provide you with the tools you need to become an effective leader. When you graduate with an M.A. in Organizational Leadership, you will have the right combination of skills and abilities to lead teams and make your organization more efficient and effective.

Bethel University's graduate programs are designed to meet the needs of working adults while still providing an affordable, quality education that includes a faith component. Built on our popular accelerated seven-week format, classes meet once per week for four hours on campus. The M.A. in Organizational Leadership can also be completed online. Students can enter the program during one of our six start dates and can continue working full time while earning their degree. In addition, if a situation arises where a student needs to pause their studies, the flexible format makes that possible.

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Credit Hours: 36

Cost/Credit Hour: $490

Format: On-campus or Online

Est. Completion Time: 1-2 years

Course Requirements

The Bethel MA in Organizational Leadership is a 36 credit hour master’s degree that can be completed in 12 or 24 months of evening or online study. We also offer the MA in Organizational Leadership fully online.

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Career Paths

In the Mishawaka/South Bend, Indiana area, there are thousands of employers looking for trained people to fill rolls such as compensation and benefits manager, financial managers, public relations and fundraising managers, and training and development managers. The South Bend Regional Chamber members reflect a need in the community for positions such as a property administrator, business implementation specialist and director of marketing.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, management occupation employment growth rate from 2019-2029 was five percent.* This is reported as “faster than average for all occupations, and will result in about 505,000 new jobs.”




How to Apply

  • Complete a free online application.
  • Meet with an admission counselor.
  • Send us your official college transcripts directly from the school to Bethel. They can be mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to
  • Complete the FAFSA using Bethel's school code: 001787 to be considered for state and federal need-based aid. 

Admission Requirements

  • A regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
    • Applicants with a degree from a non-accredited institution will be considered individually, and additional undergraduate coursework or examinations may be required.
    • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 may be considered for a provisional admission. Such cases will be evaluated on a case by case basis
  • Students whose native language is not English must score 540 or higher on the paper version, 207 or higher on the computer version, or 76 or higher on the internet version of the TOEFL. Students who have earned a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher learning are not required to take the TOEFL.


$490 per credit hour*

*Fees per semester: $190 (full-time students): $160 (all part-time students)
Other fees may apply by program. Please see Advisor.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid for adult and graduate students is available. Contact our Financial Aid Office at 574.807.7326 or to learn more about your options.

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The Higher Learning Commission
A member of the North Central Association
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60602
(800) 621-7440