Organizational Leadership and Ethics (MSOLE)

The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics at St. Edward’s prepares you to become a champion of ethical leadership in society, paving the way for leadership roles in corporations, nonprofits, governmental agencies and schools, among others.

Watch the video to see program director Tom Sechrest discuss the transformational experience of learning from experienced faculty members and a cohort of driven peers. Marion Sanchez MSOLE '12 shares how the program gave her the tools to make a difference in her community.

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics

Convenient Class Schedules:

The MS in Organizational Leadership and Ethics is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of working professionals. You will focus on one seven-week class at a time, meeting for 3.5 hours each week. Students take two seven-week classes each semester, which allows them to finish the MSOLE in two years.


In the MS in Organizational Leadership and Ethics program, you’ll develop skills in analysis and communication at the individual, group, organizational and multi-organizational levels and study ways to motivate people and carry out organizational change. You’ll explore leadership strategies and learn how to help teams and organizations make informed, values-based decisions in day-to-day operations. You’ll also examine what it means to be an ethical leader and how to promote those traits in others — helping them recognize that success is driven by who you are as much as by what you do. Students are encouraged to share their workplace experiences and perspectives in the classroom and gain insights from each other’s stories and challenges.

Career paths for graduates lead to any setting where the importance of ethical leadership comes to bear. You could work as a program officer for a charitable foundation, a human resources director for a university, a director of strategic planning for a financial institution, or a chief of staff for a legislator. Our recent graduates have founded successful businesses and nonprofits, served as elected officials, joined the Peace Corps, and taken management roles in government and professional organizations.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog).

• Foundations of Organizational Leadership
• Critical Thinking
• Leading Organizational Change
• Foundations of Ethical Leadership
• Leadership and Financial Performance

• Organizational Behavior
• Global Leadership Perspective
• Building Ethical Organizations
• Leadership in Action Research
Plus two of the following elective courses:
• Leadership and Imagination
• Leadership and Team Development
• Leading Strategy
• Special Topics in Leadership and Ethics

Final project that brings together all you’ve learned throughout your course of study and puts it into practice with a research project that examines an issue related to leadership and/or ethics. Using action research methods, you’ll prepare a written report, and then present the outcomes and recommendations of your research to stakeholders in the project and the St. Edward’s academic community.