Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Our 36-credit-hour Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership develops the skills necessary to assume a leadership position: critical thinking within ethical business practices, social responsibility, organizational diversity, group problem solving, and innovative approaches to conflict resolution and negotiation.

Earn your MAOL in 18 to 22 months. Some students finish in 12. Take classes in Overland Park or online.

Questions? Contact an Enrollment Recruiter

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You can fit college courses into your existing schedule by taking classes one night a week or online. Classes are held year-round, and new classes start every seven weeks.


Baker students consistently report that the knowledge they gained in class was immediately transferable to their daily professional lives. Students learn from both their instructors and from classmates who come from diverse professional backgrounds.


Instructors in the MAOL program are working professionals from diverse disciplines. As experts in their respective fields, they will share their experiences and knowledge with you while challenging you to reflect and critically examine the world in which you live.


A degree from Baker commands respect in the business community. It signifies that you have met Baker’s high standards and have acquired the knowledge and skills to excel in your career.


Each concentration is a collection of four courses; three of these courses may be taken concurrently with or following the MAOL core program.


  • Current enrollment in good standing, or successful completion of the MAOL program
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Access to email and Internet capabilities
  • Completion of the first course in the MBA core program is recommended with a grade of B or better.
  • Concentration courses must be completed with grade of B or better.

The concentration focuses on financial decision-making skills in organizational systems thinking. Students will examine corporate finance, investment decision making, the role of financial institutions, and complexities of international financial markets through practical application.

MBA 554 Managerial Finance (offered within core program) 4 credit hours

MGE 5400 North America and the European Union: London, England* 3 credit hours

MGE 8720 Investments 3 credit hours

MGE 8721 International Finance* 3 credit hours

MGE 8722 Financial Institutions 3 credit hours

MGE 8723 Corporate Finance 3 credit hours

MGE 8724 Advanced Financial Planning 3 credit hours

MGE 8725 Government Finance 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration

Total Graduate Credit Hour Requirement: 12

Health Care Administration

The concentration focuses on the critical role of health care administration in one of the nation’s fastest growing and most challenging industries, health care. Students will develop foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities related to leadership and management roles in the American health care industry.

MGE 8251 The American Healthcare System (required) 3 credit hours

MGE 8252 Fundamentals of Healthcare Administration (required) 3 credit hours

MGE 8254 Healthcare Policy and Politics 3 credit hours

MGE 8256 Healthcare Ethics 3 credit hours

MGE 8258 Information Systems for Healthcare Management* 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration

Total Graduate Credit Hour Requirement: 12

Human Resources

The concentration offers a deep exploration of issues related to effective management of human resources in an increasingly competitive business environment. Students will examine the role of the manager through staffing, employee development and retention, employee relations, and global HR management courses.

MBA 535 Human Resources Management (offered within core program) 3 credit hours

MGE 6023 Employment Law 3 credit hours

MGE 8740 Employee Development and Retention 3 credit hours

MGE 8741 Staffing 3 credit hours

MGE 8742 Global Human Resources* 3 credit hours

MGE 8743 Employee Relations 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration

Total Graduate Credit Hour Requirement: 12


So much of what we deal with in the modern world is change and change management. There’s not a better program to deal with those topics than Baker’s MAOL program.

Michael | MAOL 2017

Baker has helped to illuminate a path of growth through education. My education has confirmed that the principles by which I lead others are on the right track. I know that not only does how I lead people feel right, but it is also being taught at a well-reputed university like Baker. I cannot express how empowering that feels.

Lenard | AAB ’14, BBA ’16, MAOL ’18

Requirements & Courses

What We Need From You

  • Completed application form
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university documented by receipt of an official transcript
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL test score of 600 on the paper-based test, a score of 250 on the computer-based test, or score of 100 on the internet-based test for international applicants, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

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Based on reasonable projections of faculty availability and appropriate curriculum considerations, the following courses can change as deemed necessary by Baker University to fulfill its role and mission. Students can finish the curriculum requirements in 18 to 22 months. Some students finish in 12. Students may take one or two courses at a time, but must maintain a 3.50 grade point average if doubling up.

MAOL 515 Leadership Fundamentals

In this course, students will define leadership, differentiate between management and leadership, create a personalized leadership development plan, and outline individual and peer assessment and accountability measures. (3 credits)

MAOL 520 Leadership and Organizational Behavior

In this course, student-leaders will focus on how managers become effective leaders by addressing the human side of business. Student-leaders will integrate effective communication skills, through study of conflict resolution and negotiation, coaching and mentoring techniques, and evaluation of individuals, teams, and overall organizational performance levels. (3 credits)

MAOL 530 Corporate Social Responsibility and Accountability

This course is designed for awareness of social, cultural, economic, political, financial implications and vulnerabilities. Personal values, legal requirements, ethical standards will be explored in relation to balancing equity for shareholders, customers, internal/ external audiences. Topics will include labor laws, outsourcing, fiscal management, and transparency. (3 credits)

MAOL 540 Maximizing Technology in Organizations

In this course, students explore the implications of using technology across the organization to manage product development and production, data collection and storage as well as human capital. Students focus on how technology has changed the nature of organizational data. (3 credits)

MAOL 550 Methods of Inquiry for Business Decisions

This course will focus on methods and resources for collection and analysis of business data. Statistical procedures, research methodology, and application to real-world scenarios will be explored. Additionally, students will learn how to apply analyses of commonly used documents such as annual reports, financial statements, performance reviews, and production reports to make sound business decisions. (3 credits)

MAOL 560 Assessment of Organizational Performance

This course will examine the assessment of organizational performance from a holistic perspective. Students will study the techniques of assessment for a variety of groups and individuals in the organizational setting. Additionally, emphasis will be placed on using multiple forms of performance data for strategic planning, group and individual performance enhancement, mission and goal development, and industry comparison. (3 credits)

MAOL 570 Tradition, Trends, Treaties, and Trade-Offs

In this course, student-leaders will transport from the world of traditional markets into conversions of trend analysis and market-driven research to navigate the macroeconomic environment in international communities. (3 credits)

MAOL 580 Sustainability for Future Success

This course will look at growth and sustainability strategies with a focus on current models, frameworks, and measurement systems for long-range business success. Students will develop and determine sustainable business plans for current companies looking at industry trends, consumer research, financial success, and community responsibility. Creative and innovative approaches to business sustainability will be reviewed and applied. (3 credits)

MAOL 585 Winds of Change

This course is designed to ascertain the impact of internal and external environmental issues (e.g., social, cultural, economic, ethical, legal, political, financial) on opportunities and risks in global marketplace. After in-depth analysis, student-leaders will determine which dynamics provide a competitive advantage. (3 credits)

MAOL 590 Strategic Leadership: Vision to Implementation

In this course, student-leaders will explore how successful leaders develop a vision for the future, align the organization behind that vision, and motivate people to achieve the vision. The design of effective organizations is dependent upon managing change to achieve superior performance. Students will develop plans for creating and sustaining a climate for corporate growth that adapts through strategic agility and resilience. (3 credits)

MAOL 595 The Leadership Perspective

In this course, student-leaders will interact with a number of corporate and community leaders who will outline their philosophies of organizational growth and define the forces that drive a competitive environment. Guest speakers will offer strategy, predictions, and secrets to leadership success. Students will research each company and prepare questions for interactive interviews. (3 credits)

MAOL 598 Leadership Seminar

In this course, students will design and implement a leadership project. Students will propose and implement a project that aligns with their area of interest. Projects will be approved by the instructor and should relate to the students’ present or future position. (3 credits)

  • Successful completion of the specified Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership curriculum (39 credit hours)
  • A 3.0 overall grade point average with no more than one course completed with a C grade
  • An MAOL core grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Completion of all coursework within six years of the date of initial enrollment
  • Submission of intent to graduate form six months before anticipated degree completion
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Approval by the faculty


Tuition $555/credit hour
Concentration and business certificate courses $480/credit hour
One-time nonrefundable registration deposit (applied to first-course tuition): $60
Technology fee $30/course
Graduation fee $100


School of Professional and Graduate Studies
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