Organizational Leadership, Non-Certification Master of Science Program (MSOL) (30 Credits)

MSOL Program Overview

The MSOL program prepares candidates to assume leadership positions within a variety of fields, such as higher education, not-for-profit, community-based agencies, corporate, healthcare and government, and is not focused on Pre-K-12 leadership. 

The courses emphasize self assessment and reflection, critical thinking, decision making and problem solving, with extensive field-based experiences as a central component. The MSOL program provides knowledge of leadership roles and emphasizes interpersonal skills in order to accomplish its purpose of developing leaders capable of developing and sustaining successful, thriving organizations. This program offers practical tools to students, which immediately can be applicable in their respective places of work, and cultivates graduates who are knowledgeable and flexible to embrace a variety of leadership roles, communicate effectively, motivate staff, align individuals in cooperative efforts to meet organizational goals and lead across the ever-evolving diversity landscape of the 21st century. The MSOL program is based, in part, on the School of Education’s Lehman Urban Transformative Education conceptual framework, whose mission is to facilitate the development of competent, caring and qualified leaders. 

The following is a listing, by semester, of the courses that comprise the MSOL program, which can be completed in approximately one full year (12 months).

Semester I (fall): (9 credits)

EDL 801Holistic Leadership


EDL 802Ethical Leadership


EDL 808Leadership Seminar I: Needs Assessment


Semester II (winter): (3 credits)

EDL 803Communication and Team Work


Semester III (spring): (9 credits)

EDL 804Leading for Strategic Change


EDL 805Program Development and Evaluation


EDL 809Leadership Seminar II: Literature/Research


Semester IV (summer): (9 credits)

EDL 806Managing Financial Resources


EDL 807Leveraging Human Capital


EDL 810Leadership Seminar III: Implementation Plan



  • Registration for all courses requires program approval (coordinator or advisor). 

  • Most courses require that students participate in 10-15 hours of fieldwork over the course of the semester.

MSOL Program Admission Requirements

Note: Students admitted fall semester.
  1.  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. 
  2. A minimum 3.0 (B) grade point average from a completed undergraduate degree program;
  3. Currently working;
  4. Two letters of recommendation: one must be from a current supervisor at the applicant's place of employment who can best evaluate the applicant's leadership potential; and one must be from a faculty member from prior studies who can best evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student;
  5. A current resume detailing all past professional employment and any community or professional organization leadership positions, memberships and service;
  6. A 500-word essay that discusses: a) why the applicant believes the Lehman MSOL is the right program for him/her; b) a description of his/her current (or most recent) role at work; c) a description of some of the challenges faced at work; and
  7. Applicants who satisfy the preliminary admissions requirements will be invited to a group interview with the MSOL program coordinator.

MSOL Program Continuation Requirements

  1. Meet with Program Coordinator to plan courses and receive course approvals prior to or during registration each semester;
  2. If conditions were placed on initial matriculation, all conditions must be met by the completion of the first 12 credits;
  3. Minimum 3.0 grade point average in all coursework;
  4. Demonstrated evidence of ethics, as well as organizational, administrative, and collaborative skills, through group-based projects; and
  5. Satisfactory progress on action research project.

MSOL Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of 30 approved graduate credits of study in organizational leadership;
  2. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B); and
  3. Successful completion of action research project.