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Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)

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Our Lady of the Lake University's (OLLU) Master of Science in Organizational Leadership enhances the leadership skills of dedicated professionals in a wide range of fields, including education, public service business and health care administration.  The interdisciplinary degree combines theory and application in order to graduate “practitioner-scholars” who can provide enlightened leadership in communities and at the workplace. 

Program Design

The MSOL is a 30 hour program (five semester program - two courses each semester). Courses are offered in various formats -- Face-to-Face, Hybrid, and Hy-Flex. Students have the choice to attend in person or to connect remotely. The program is also offered on the San Antonio campus  and Rio Grande Valley campus .

Available Programs

This is a 36-credit hour program that allows students to pursue either a full leadership concentration or an interdisciplinary concentration. The program combines theory and fieldwork to graduate "practitioner-scholars" who can provide enlightened leadership in the workplace.

MSOL degree plan and course descriptions.

Students pursuing the MSOL program have the option of extending their studies in pursuit of the doctoral degree (PhD) in Leadership Studies. This 93-credit hour program gives students a comprehensive study of research methodology, ethics, teamwork, communication and strategy. Designed for those who have advanced to more complex leadership positions, this program will help students develop into sophisticated leaders who are ready to assume executive level responsibility and strategic visioning roles. 

MSOL/PhD degree plan and course descriptions.


This business program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education, supporting, celebrating and rewarding excellence on a diverse global scale.

Community Focus

In addition to studying leadership with interdisciplinary professors and student colleagues, the curriculum stresses ethics, servant leadership and welcomes faith-based principles of leadership and stewardship.

New students are welcomed and candidates are advanced in a formal convocation ceremony held in the university's Sacred Heart Chapel.

Brown bag lunches, semester luncheons at which we recognize student achievements, and holiday events all help form a learning community with members who support each other.

Leadership Studies Department

The Leadership Studies Department at OLLU is an active and dynamic community. The department publishes an online magazine, features student and alumni profiles, and holds regular workshops and information events. The department also sends out weekly short emails to leaders interested in brief, researched-based leadership topics. Learn more about the activities of the department, read the “Lamp Lighters” online magazine and sign up for the “Take 1 Minute to Think About Leadership” weekly email. Learn more .


Full-time faculty members with extensive business experience teach in the School of Business and Leadership. Many of the full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees and/or professional designations. Seasoned practitioners who teach selected courses complement full-time professors. View School of Business Faculty.

Admission Requirements

  • Application and nonrefundable application fee
  • Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • Two letters of professional recommendation regarding the applicant's leadership qualities and potential for graduate work
  • Résumé of professional work experience
  • 3-5 page personal statement

Priority Admission Deadlines

Fall semester - July 15

Spring semester - Dec. 1

Applications received after these dates will be considered on a space-available basis. Final deadline is two weeks prior to the start of classes.