Organizational Leadership +1 Program

BVU’s +1 program in organizational leadership is designed to get students seeking a bachelor's degree into an advanced career faster, by leading them toward a master’s within one year of completing undergraduate coursework.

Preparing to Lead

In today’s competitive job market, the right knowledge and experience as well as an advanced degree distinguishes job applicants. BVU’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership provides the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively lead people in an ever-changing work environment.

With a strong emphasis on strategic and critical thinking, creative and ethical decision-making, skills assessments, and application of learning, students are equipped to lead with character. Whether currently in leadership roles or seeking leadership roles, the program augments learners’ abilities for critical and strategic decision making, personal development of leadership strengths, and more effective engagement in the art and science of leadership practices.

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Get Ahead

Earning a master's degree while you are still an undergraduate allows you to enter the workforce faster – saving you time and money.

Master Leadership

The degree culminates in an applied capstone experience that involves structured research on a particular experience of leadership or an extensive mentoring experience.

Lead Change

The program engages students in creative processes designed to build a bridge between academic theory and real-world application.

M.A. Organizational Leadership Courses

  • GRAD 500 Essentials of Graduate Study
  • ORGL 504 History and Theory of Leadership Studies
  • ORGL 506 Managing Team Leadership
  • ORGL 508 Leading Across Boundaries
  • ORGL 510 Leading with a Systems Thinking Mindset
  • ORGL 514 Decision Making for Leadership Development
  • ORGL 520 Maximizing Ethical Leadership
  • ORGL 522 Leadership in Social Context
  • ORGL 540 Leading Organizational Change
  • ORGL 550 Consulting Capstone in Leadership OR ORGL 550 Executive Leadership Internship

Plus One Program Admissions Requirements

Prospective students who are within 30 hours of completing a Baccalaureate degree at Buena Vista University may seek early admission which allows students to apply up to 6 credits earned while still an undergraduate to the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree. If accepted, the two courses are applied toward the degree completion requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. See course descriptions for courses eligible to be taken as an undergraduate. The student must possess a 3.0 GPA in his/her undergraduate major coursework to be granted permission to take the graduate level courses while yet an undergraduate. Such early admission is provisional. See Provisional Admission Status.