Center for Organizational Leadership

Welcome to the Harding University Center for Organizational Leadership. We are a dedicated team of faculty and staff who are committed to providing our students access to a life-changing academic experience. We offer the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) degree and three graduate certificates in executive and workplace coaching, human resource management, and learning and development.

Organizational leadership is an interdisciplinary academic field of study that is focused on individual and team success. The daily life of a leader includes skills such as the ability to establish goals, develop strategic plans, recruit teams, communicate effectively, manage conflict, execute plans as well as develop individuals and teams. Organizational leadership is an ideal field of study for individuals who care deeply about people and systems and have a sincere desire to use their leadership abilities to make life better for others.

The skillset of an organizational leadership professional often includes the ability to understand complex systems, the skill needed to communicate clearly, and the grit required to guide individuals and organizations through organizational change.

  • We are training leaders to be change makers.

    Dr. Nathan Mellor ,
    Professor for the MAOL

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Intentionally developing effective leaders

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

Due to the interdisciplinary nature inherent to the study of organizational leadership, students from a broad range of academic backgrounds are welcome to apply to this program. All applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree.

How many credit hours are required for the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership?

The MAOL degree requires the completion of 30 credit hours. All classes are 3 credit hours. The completion of the MAOL includes the successful completion of 6 core classes (18 credit hours) plus 4 certificate courses (12 credits hours), for a total of 10 classes (30 credit hours).

If I am pursuing the MAOL, can I start with the courses for my certificate, or do I need to take the core courses first?

Depending on the schedule and course availability, students have the option of beginning with their certificate courses or their core classes.

What are the areas of focus for the certificate programs?

The Center for Organizational Leadership offers three graduate certificate options: executive and workplace coaching, human resource management, and learning and development. For MAOL students who are interested in numerous topics, the strategic practitioner option can be a great fit. You are given an a la carte option to choose four electives from the certificate courses that you find most interesting and useful for your career.

What if I would like to take courses for both learning and development and human resources?

Students are welcome to earn more than one certificate or to pursue a strategic practitioner emphasis with the MAOL. This allows students to use an a la carte option and choose from courses of specific interest.

How many credit hours do I have to take each semester? How long do I have to complete the program?

Students are responsible for pacing themselves through the program based upon their personal and professional goals.

When taking a maximum load, MAOL students can earn their degree in three semesters.

To provide maximum flexibility, MAOL students can take up to 7 years to complete the program.

When taking a maximum load, certificate students can complete their certificate in one semester. Certificate students can take up to 4 years to complete the program.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Harding University
The Center for Organizational Leadership
915 E. Market Ave.
HU 12254
Searcy, AR 72149-5615