what is a masters in organizational leadership

What is an MSOL Degree?

A Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership, or MSOL for short, is a master’s degree program geared for individuals who want to grow their careers. Each individual who endeavors to earn an MSOL likely has unique goals in mind. An MSOL could mean building your management skills to increase opportunities for promotions, recognition, and raises at your current job. Or, it could help you make major moves in your career, and emerge as a leader with a Senior Manager, Executive, Director, or President title. Some people might want to become more confident and organized in their personal lives, and they can see the benefits that an MSOL degree would have.

What is an MSOL Degree All About?

At Goodwin University, between the rich curriculum, the supportive environment, the network of peers, the cost-effectiveness, and flexibility, an MSOL degree is all about developing skills for your personal and professional leadership success. Below are just some of the many components of our MSOL degree program.

Fair Application Requirements

To get into Goodwin University’s MSOL program, as with all Master’s degree programs, you’ll need to have a few pre-requisites. Here is what we require:

  • MSOL applicants must have achieved a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA, however if less than this was achieved, your application might be conditionally considered.
  • Write up a current, professional resume to tell us what you’ve been up to!
  • So, you want to earn your MSOL? Tell us why, in a letter of personal intent (up to 500 words).
  • We ask for two letters of recommendation, which describe your leadership potential. Your bachelor’s degree professors, mentors, or current or past employers, could all be people you might consider asking to recommend you for advanced study.

Besides these items, we ask for a graduate application for admission, proof of immunizations, and a $50 non-refundable application fee. You might notice that we do not ask for GRE scores. We feel that the above bullet points speak thoroughly to your dedication.

Engaging Curriculum

This is possibly the most important demonstration of the strength of Goodwin University’s MSOL program. Seven core classes and three electives of three credits each, add up to the thirty credits that you need to level-up your career. You’ll find a leadership focus throughout every course. Core classes include:

  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Talent and Performance Management
  • Sustainability of Innovation and Strategic Advantage
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making for Executives

One of the top global job search engines, Monster.com, explains in the article, “The most sought-after skills in the C-suite,” that leadership is in the top slot of the checklist, among empathy, change management, communication, and self-awareness. According to contributor Kate Ashford, C-suite eligible people demonstrate “a following.” That means that they have the power to influence and motivate others. Courses that exercise your people and resource management abilities, as well as examples of how you use both innovative techniques and data to support big choices, will show hiring managers that you have the valuable skills that are required for powerful and advanced positions… potentially with a “C” in front of the title.

Your Life, Your Time

This MSOL program is designed for working professionals who, we know, have a wide range of responsibilities at home, at work, and personally. That is why you can either take classes fully online, or in a hybrid online plus traditional classroom format. You might want to take advantage of our accelerated classes, and complete your degree in as few as 20 months while studying part-time. You can apply to the MSOL program at any time, in order to start either Fall or Spring semester, and study year-round in order to reach your goals more quickly. Your time is limited, and valuable, and we get that.

Financial Aid

U.S. News reports that, though it may be easy for graduate students to win substantial loans through FAFSA (because they file independently), there are other financial aid challenges for prospective graduate students. For instance, graduate student loans typically have higher interest rates than undergraduate student loans. Also, need-based aid programs like the Pell Grant, which helps fund undergraduate students, is usually not available for graduate school. Finally, the Stafford loan program typically caps graduate students at taking out $20,500 annually, which can be either a good or a bad thing, depending on how much debt the student incurs. Therefore, when faced with an immense investment like this, do consider the total cost of the program, plus whether other financial aid options are available through the prospective university. You’ll be pleased to hear, that on top of Goodwin University’s affordable MSOL program, student loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study jobs are also available. These are huge financial aid benefits for graduate students.


Goodwin University is committed to making your education achievable, financially. The cost of Goodwin University’s MSOL program is priced competitively with other Connecticut area private non-profit colleges. Additionally, and possibly most importantly, our tuition and fees schedule is totally transparent, so you can calculate exactly what our 30-credit master’s program will cost. There are no hidden fees to surprise you. Instead you will find the figures up-front and be able to apply for financial aid accordingly. We respect your need to know the bottom line, in order to support a strong future for yourself and your loved ones, without taking on unnecessary debt.

An MSOL program, when chosen carefully, should be like a ladder. Check your foundation of pre-requisites, support it through smart financial planning, and gain height as you learn from core classes and interesting electives. As you pass each rung, you will build skills to help you climb to the top of your own unique potential. Learn more about Goodwin University’s MSOL program by calling us at 800-889-3282, or request more information. There’s no sense in waiting to discover your inner leadership potential. Start thinking bigger, today!