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The George Washington University

Inspire Your Inner Leader

The online Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning program enables you to increase the learning capacity of individuals, teams and organizations in an effort to optimize growth and effectiveness. In this program, students will expand on their leadership skills and develop greater self-awareness while leading others in small groups and multicultural contexts.

The Master’s in Organizational Leadership program is an innovative, academically rigorous skills-based graduate program that prepares the next generation of development professionals for broad career opportunities in diverse work settings such as public and private businesses and nonprofit organizations.


The program offers a practical and applied curriculum in diverse aspects of leadership aimed at expanding participants’ understanding of how to lead in the midst of change and complexity.

On-Campus Program
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Program Highlights

As a student in the Organizational Leadership and Learning Master’s program, you will learn such topics as:

  • Foundations of human behavior
  • Adult learning principles
  • Group dynamics
  • Research methods
  • Organizational diagnosis
  • Strategic change
  • Leadership development
  • Impact of globalization on societies and organization
  • Assessing the impact of change efforts.

Why GW’s online Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning?

  • Applied and Innovative Curriculum: The curriculum is focused on practical, growth-oriented activities. The topics covered throughout the program utilize real-world examples and are immediately applicable to your career, further developing you as a leader.
  • Emphasis on Awareness: The program offers hands-on practice in diverse aspects of leadership. It focuses on a unique view of leadership and expands on your understanding of how to lead in the midst of change and complexity.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are current in the field, share their real world experiences and provide uncommon insight on the field.
  • Diverse Student Body: The online program draws upon its diverse student body of professionals from a variety of different job roles such as entrepreneurs and military personnel to human resources managers. Through interactions in the discussion forums and small group projects, you’ll gain exposure to different viewpoints and refine critical analysis and communication skills.


The 30-credit master’s degree can be completed in as little as 2 years.


Core Courses (21 Credit Hours)

  • HOL 6700: Human Behavior and Learning in Organizations (3 credits)
  • HOL 6701: Adult Learning (3 credits)
  • HOL 6702: Organizational Change I (3 credits)
  • HOL 6704: Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
  • HOL 6709: Leadership in Development (3 credits)
  • HOL 6721: Assessing the Impact of Org. Change Using Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
  • HOL 6746: Work Groups and Teams in Organizations (3 credits)

Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

  • HOL 6703: Consulting Skills (3 credits)
  • HOL 6705: Strategic Change (3 credits)
  • HOL 6706: Current Issues in Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
  • HOL 6707: Organizational Learning (3 credits )
  • HOL 6708: Global Leadership (3 credits)
  • HOL 6710: Globalization, Change and Learning (3 credits)
  • HOL 6725: Internship in OLL (3 credits)
  • HOL 6743: Action Learning (3 credits)
  • HOL 6744: Meaningful Workplaces (3 credits)
  • HOL 6747: International and Multicultural Issues in Organizations (3 credits)
  • HOL 6101: Research and Independent Study (3 credits)

Career Outlook 

Students within the program represent a variety of diverse personal and professional backgrounds. The energy, curiosity, and compassion of students, and their commitment to understanding the leadership and leadership development, create an exhilarating learning environment that forms the basis of lifelong professional relationships.


Career Opportunities for Graduates:

  • Corporate Development
  • Government Agencies
  • Independent Consulting
  • Leadership Development
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Performance Improvement
  • Talent Management
  • Training/Coaching
  • Training and Development
  • Workforce Development


Potential Job Titles:

  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Director, Strategic Change/Planning
  • Director, Talent Management
  • Entrepreneur
  • Executive-level Management
  • Facilitator
  • International Team Manager
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Leadership Development Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Organization Development Consultant
  • Strategy/Change consultant
  • Talent Manager
  • Trainer
  • Vice President, Human Resources

About GW 

As one of the nation’s first major universities to launch online programs, the George Washington University (GW) provides students from all backgrounds — and all locations around the world — with the highest quality online educational opportunities.


Why You Should Earn Your Degree at GW

GW prepares you to lead in research and policy, as well as practice in the fields of teaching, counseling, administration, human and organizational learning, and education policy. The school also offers opportunities for experienced professionals to enrich their education and advance their career.

  • The Graduate School of Education and Human Development is ranked among the Best Online Education Schools for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Strong legacy of transforming students into change agents
  • Unparalleled educational approach that integrates intellectual discovery and interactive learning

Transformation Begins Here

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