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Online MPA – Organizational Leadership Concentration

Lead Strategically and Confidently

100% online coursework

Career-focused program

Global perspective

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  • Duration 2-3 years
  • Cost per Credit $660
  • Credit Hours 12

Program Benefits

  • Gain skills to advance your career
  • Become a transformative leader in public and nonprofit organizations
  • 100% online format, eight-week terms
  • No GRE required and no application fee
  • Affordable tuition

Become a Leader in Organizational Change

Strengthen your leadership skills and learn how to effect change with a concentration in Organizational Leadership within Calvin University’s online MPA program. Supported by expert faculty, you’ll build the skills necessary for a successful leadership career and graduate prepared to cultivate positive change within an organization or team. Learn how to communicate productively and in culturally responsible ways with Calvin’s Christian, liberal arts curriculum.

With 100% online, asynchronous coursework, Calvin offers the flexibility to study on your schedule. Access the virtual learning environment to interact with learning materials from anywhere and experience online instruction that matches the quality of classroom learning.

Career Outlook: Advance as a Transformative Leader

Upon completion of your online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, you will be prepared to apply your leadership skills to nearly any industry. Individuals with polished leadership skills in the public and nonprofit sector work as executive directors, operations managers, program directors, program managers, and more.

Potential career opportunities for graduates of the online MPA in Organizational Leadership:

  • Executive Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Program Director
  • Program Manager

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An operations manager oversees the day-to-day operations of an organization to ensure that workflow runs smoothly. Expert-level organizational leadership skills are essential to analyze and improve the organization’s processes and operational management systems. Responsibilities may include budgeting, long-term planning, managing departments’ performance and efficiency, and building a highly productive, inspired team.

Career Outlook

Curriculum: Courses in Organizational Leadership

Through 12 credit hours of study, you will gain the ethical leadership skills necessary to advance your career in public and nonprofit administration.

Course Spotlight: MGMT 542 Leadership: Service, Influence, and Transformation

This course focuses on the social, cognitive, and psychological processes characterizing authentic, servant, and transformational leadership, and provides an introduction of certain critical skills of self-leadership that contribute to accomplishing personal and professional goals. Other areas of emphasis include identification of individual differences and using assessment materials, analytical tools, and theory to develop action plans that will support sustained personal and professional growth.

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Course Spotlight: MGMT 546 Leading Organizations: Structure, Culture, and Change

This course will enhance an understanding of life inside organizations through an interdisciplinary examination of common organizational practices such as organizational structure, culture differentiation and internal integration, culture typologies, as well as leadership attributes and styles. The course is designed to increase effectiveness in dealing with multiple aspects of organizational change – by understanding conditions that may require it, increasing awareness of multiple ways that organizations change, managing change, receiving and participating in it, and understanding approaches and responses to change.

More Specialization Options

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement Concentration

The online MPA Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement concentration is designed to produce highly qualified graduates equipped with skills in community leadership, economic and community development, and transformational self-leadership.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): State and Local Government Administration Concentration

The online MPA with a concentration in State and Local Government Administration explores topics in public management, economic and community development, and local politics to equip students with the skills necessary to become transformational community leaders.

Online Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPA): Spatial Analysis Concentration

The online MPA with a Spatial Analysis concentration is intended for public administrators who want to bring expertise in geographic information systems to their careers in public service. Grounded in virtue-driven GIS knowledge and skills, attention is given to spatial data collection and processing, urban and demographic geographies, and foundational cartographic communication.

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, the MPA does not require an entrance exam. Learn more about admission to the program.

The MPA program accepts up to nine transfer credits. For details, contact an admissions counselor or call 1-855-474-8346.

Prior work experience is not required. Explore admission to the program.

No field hours are required to complete the MPA concentrations. For more information on our curriculum, visit our courses page.

Tuition is $660 per credit hour. To complete the MPA, you’ll need 36 credit hours for a total tuition of $23,760. Your concentration will fulfill 12 of these credit hours. Review our tuition page for more information.

Yes. There are four available concentrations:

  • State and Local Government Administration
  • Nonprofit Administration and Community Engagement
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Spatial Analysis
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