Organizational Leadership M.S. (Nonprofit Leadership)

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The Master’s in Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary degree which builds on your experience as a member of society interacting with a wide variety of institutions to learn how to effectively develop others and accomplish organizational goals. Members of a society conduct their daily lives engaged with their educational, political, cultural, religious, commercial, familial, community and governmental organizations. These organizations require effective and flexible leaders and followers to enable members to adapt to inevitable change and maintain a well-functioning society.

Robert Morris University elevates the MS in Organizational Leadership by adding a nonprofit focus. Students can choose either to complete the entire 30-credit graduate degree curriculum, or enhance their credentials with a 12-credit certificate.

Both are designed for those that supervise or lead a team in the nonprofit sector, or for those aspiring to do so. Students engage in courses and subjects that will enable them to acquire the analytical and practical skills necessary to effectively participate in a wide range of nonprofit positions such as philanthropic work, program evaluation, fundraising, fiscal management, community outreach and development.

Knowledge acquired in the classroom can readily be applied to serve your community and organization. Students completing the degree or certificate add to their academic and professional development, and have transferrable leadership and organizational skills that are recognized and valued in both the nonprofit and for-profits sectors

Contact Information

Petros Malakyan
Department Head
412-397-6302 phone
Wheatley Center 211

Course Plan

Core courses (9 credits)

  • ORGL6000 Foundations of Leadership and Followership*
  • ORGL6200 Leadership & Ethics
  • ORGL6300 Leadership & Communications

Required nonprofit track courses (15 credits)

  • OLNP6420 Introduction to Nonprofit Organization & Sector
  • OLNP6520 Nonprofit Leadership
  • OLNP6620 Resource Development in Nonprofit Organizations
  • OLNP6720 Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • OLNP7020 Nonprofit Leadership Capstone

Elective course (6 credits)

  • OLNP6820 Leading Social Change
  • Other electives in MS Organizational Leadership
Format and Delivery

All courses are taught in an eight-week accelerated format. Students will complete this master’s degree program completely online. Students taking one course every 8-weeks can complete the degree requirements in less than two years; however, students have seven years in which to fulfill the degree requirements.

The majority of RMU students do apply for financial aid. The first step is to apply for federal student Aid FAFSA. The RMU financial aid web page and your dedicated financial aid counselor can assist with questions.

If your employer provides an employee tuition benefit, RMU does offer a corporate deferred billing program. Enrollment information for the Company Reimbursement Program can be found at Student Financial Services (SFS).

Many corporations and organizations have established discounted tuition benefits with RMU for their employees or members. Visit the Corporate Discount Program page for details.

Application Requirements

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  • Submit all final & official transcripts to Robert Morris University 6001 University Blvd, Moon Township, PA 15108. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 required.
  • Current resume • An essay on your professional and academic goals answering these questions. Why do you want to attend RMU? How will the graduate degree or certificate advance your career? What are your expectation from the program? (Approximately 750 to 1000 words in length). The essay should be double space. Applicant name and address typed at top of first page.
  • Two current letters of reference (academic or professional) signed and dated.
  • Once all application materials are received, your file will be reviewed by the Organizational Leadership admissions committee. You may be contacted for a phone or in-person interview with a member of the Organizational Leadership admissions committee.

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Your Graduate Enrollment Manager will be in touch to answer any questions. For more information or to schedule an on campus appointment, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 800-762-0097.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Foundations of Leadership & Followership
Resource Development in Nonprofit Organizations
Leading Social Change

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