Program Overview

Eastern University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership is designed to prepare organizational leaders to advance Christian principles and utilize critical organizational skills in a variety of contexts. A core of leadership courses develops strategic leadership perspective. Biblical integration throughout the curriculum provides an ethical foundation to accompany practical skills such as modeling servant leadership, wise stewardship of financial and human resources, and strategic management in a world that is in constant change. Concentration courses provide the specialized knowledge and skills that are important to leaders in business, NGOs, education, and church and ministry sectors.

Students develop skills in strategy and develop the ability to diagnose organizational needs, dynamics, and opportunities for growth. Students will learn how to develop cost-effective and comprehensive approaches to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness Students learn to identify the costs and consequences of planned change as well as develop a solid foundation in business practice.

The program aims to give students the skills and knowledge to be effective members of organizations through the application of systems theory to project management. The program gives students a holistic view of organizations and structures so students may understand the interrelation of leadership, organizational structure, culture, and processes and how these affect performance.

This 30-credit program is offered in the U.S. in a blended online weekend residency format over approximately 20 months. Overseas, the program is offered in the blended online annual residency format in Africa and in Latin America over two years. The Latin America program has an international concentration available.

Eastern University’s School of Leadership and Development has designed the program to provide students with content that is practical and immediately applicable. The program takes a ‘bottom up’ approach that begins from the ground and builds toward the theoretical and back to practical application. The approach of the program is learner-driven and emphasizes experiential learning as opposed to prescription and memorization of theories.

Faculty act as coaches and mentors and facilitate experiential learning over the traditional lecture format. Interactive learning communities allow students to connect with each other and with professors. The curriculum is structured to produce behavioral and intellectual outcomes that demonstrate impact.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


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    School Overview

    Eastern University is a private, Christian, four-year institution of higher education located in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. The Christian university is affiliated to the American Baptist Churches. Founded in 1925 as a part of the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the university broke away from the seminary in the 1950s to become its own separate entity known as Eastern Baptist College. In 1972 in an effort to welcome Christians of other denominations, the university dropped Baptist from its name to become Eastern College. In 2001, the university changed its name yet again to its current title.

    Eastern is a Christian university dedicated through teaching, scholarship, service, spiritual formation, student development and societal involvement to the preparation of undergraduate, graduate and Seminary students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith and service. Eastern students discover how to pursue this mission in over fifty programs offered by our colleges and seminary, including Associate's, Bachelor's, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs. Many degrees at all levels are available in online or hybrid formats.


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