Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies Degree from Azusa Pacific University is designed to meet the needs of students that wish to pursue leadership roles in business, marketing, and finance, among other areas. This program is intended to help students make the next step in their current or intended careers by combining theory and an experience faculty with real-life opportunities in which to apply learning.

This program is delivered entirely online, the flexibility of which caters to the schedules of working professionals, but students are able to take courses on-campus as well. The program utilizes a cohort format in which students move forward through the curriculum with the same group of 18 to 24 peers. This is intended to foster discussion and provide a form of communal support. The average completion time for this program is 20 months, through degree candidates are able to take more or less time, depending on scheduling and ability.

The material in this program is rooted in business practices and organizational principles that may be applied to life upon graduation. Students may be able to use their current company as a site for class projects, helping to increase efficiency at work while they earn their degrees. The coursework in this program gives instruction in issues that affect organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. It is the goal of this program to produce graduates that understand a manager's responsibility for ethical financial reporting, that are able to apply the Deming Cycle to their own place of employment, and that can identify the needs and aspects of implementing a strategic plan.

To complete this program, those enrolled must earn 33 credits from a sequence of prescribed courses. Each course is three credits; students must complete one to move on towards the next. Classes include Organizational Behavior and Analysis, Leadership and Managerial Ethics, and Conflict and Negotiation in Organizations.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    Azusa Pacific University (APU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


    Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

    School Overview

    University College of Azusa Pacific University supports a wide range of distance education programs, including master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and post-graduate certificates. University College (also known as Azusa Pacific University College) is a result to the merger of Azusa Pacific Online University and the School of Adult and Professional Studies. University College is a four-year, primarily associate’s, private not-for-profit school, with its main location in Glendora, California. Azusa Pacific University approved the formation of this independent institution with an intended goal of providing more flexible learning options for nontraditional students, including online and evening class sessions. Following the Christian-centered principles of Azusa Pacific University, University College’s purpose statement is: “We create for people a new hope for the future by investing in lives through learning pathways that are Christ-centered, flexible, and accessible.”

    Azusa Pacific University, the parent school of University College, is a four-year, private Christian-based higher educational institution, located in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, California. The institution first opened in 1899, as the Training School for Christian Workers. The school has continued to grow and now operates as one of the largest Christian universities within the United States. Azusa Pacific University supports over 100 associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

    University College follows a trimester calendar with year-round classes that offer accelerated programming. Each traditional 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week sessions allowing for greater flexibility. Online coursework is asynchronous and hosted on the Moodle learning management platform.


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