Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership
Leadership skills transcend all career fields. A graduate degree in administrative leadership helps you develop skills such as strategic thinking, communication and team building, and learn how to apply them to your organization.
In this master’s program, the combination of specific, work-related principles with the foundation of a liberal education allows you to approach new ideas, projects and challenges by drawing upon multiple perspectives.
The Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership is a 33-hour degree program completed 100% online.
The College of Liberal Studies Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership is a fast paced accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When a student is admitted into the program – he/she is assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses necessary for completing the degree. Once courses are identified, enrollment is done through the online oZONE system.
Have a question? Contact an Admissions Specialist or CLS advisor.
33 credit hours required
Recommended enrollments are 6 hours fall and spring semesters, 3 hours in the summer.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is needed for graduation.
LSTD 5003 Intro to Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies* (3 hours)
LSAL 5113 Theories of Management and Leadership* (3 hours)
LSTD 5013 Interdisciplinary Foundation (3 hours)
LSTD 5043 Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies OR LSTD 5083 Qualitative Research Methods (3 hours)
LSAL 5133 Cultures of Organizations (3 hours)
LSAL 5153 Ethics and Leadership (3 hours)
All core courses must be completed prior to taking electives. Courses must be taken in the order listed.
*NOTE: LSTD 5003 and LSAL 5113 must be taken in your first semester and are prerequisites for all other courses
9 hours required from the following or other courses as approved:
LSAL 5463 U.S. Military Leadership from the Revolution to the Gulf War 3
LSAL 5443 Religious Leaders for Social Justice 3
LSAL 5173 The Individual and Leadership 3
LSAL 5423 Perspectives on Leadership (3 hours)
LSAL 5203 Leadership Issues in Decision Making (3 hours)
LSAL 5313 Organizational Communication (3 hours)
LSAL 5243 Project Management (3 hours)
LSTD 5790 Advanced Topics (3 hours)
LSTD 5890 Investigative Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)
LSTD Advanced Topics (3 hours)
LSTD 5960 Directed Readings in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)
LSTD 5920 Internship (3 hours)
Completion - 6 hours required from one of the following:
LSTD 5940 Research Project
LSTD 5980 Thesis
OR 6 hours of Administrative Leadership elective coursework and written comprehensive examination
Graduate Certificates provide an opportunity for a focused program of graduate study in a specified topic. Students will complete typically 12-15 hours of graduate coursework that is transcripted on their graduate record. They may complete the Certificate program while enrolled in a graduate degree program, or may be admitted directly to the Certificate program. Hours taken in completion of the Graduate Certificate may be applicable to a graduate degree program. The admission, retention, and completion GPA requirements are the same as for graduate degree programs.
Focused program of graduate level coursework
Minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit, including a majority of 5- and 6-000 level courses
Minimum 3.0 GPA required for successful completion.
No substitution of courses or transfer courses are allowed in the Certificate program.
Admission and Retention
Students may apply to be admitted to the Graduate College to pursue the Certificate program, or they may complete the Certificate program while currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
For students applying for admission to pursue the Certificate, the admission requirements and process are the same as for a degree-seeking student.
Certificate students must also meet the retention requirement of a 3.0 GPA, and will be put on probation if the GPA falls below 3.0 . In this case, the student must bring the GPA up to 3.0 within the hours required for the Certificate, i.e. they may not take extra classes beyond the Certificate to boost their GPA.
The Gradute Certificate Program Report will be completed the term prior to completing the Certificate requirements.
For students enrolled in the Certificate program, the official transcript will denote the certificate program in the degree program description.
For students completing the certificate while enrolled in a graduate degree, the transcript will not indicate the certificate program.
Use of Certificate graduate credit towards a Graduate degree
Credit hours gained during a Certificate program are eligible to be applied to a graduate degree at OU. However, in all cases the specific hours that may be transferred in to the graduate degree are subject to the prevailing rules regarding transfer credit. Certificates hours completed while a student is enrolled in a graduate degree are not considered to be transfer credit.
Further information from the Graduate College
Administrative Leadership – Graduate Certificate Program Report