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Rider University’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Organizational Leadership program will enhance your leadership, supervisory and administrative skills. You will learn how to be more effective, strategic and creative in complex organizational settings — and graduate with a vision of leadership, values to guide your decisions, and the knowledge to transform vision into a reality.

You will learn to:

  • Recognize and utilize leadership styles, understand how people work and how organizations function
  • Use power and influence to build consensus and manage conflict
  • Forge effective relationships with many different people
  • Foster confidence and inspire action
  • Think quickly and creatively
  • Manage strategically
  • Contribute to high quality problem solving and decision making

About the Master in Organizational Leadership Program
A People-Oriented Focus

Whether you are just starting out, ready to move up, discover a new direction or re-energize your career, Rider’s Organizational Leadership program is a valuable investment.

Because most students work fulltime, classes are offered in the evening so you can pursue graduate studies without interrupting your career. Several courses are offered online as well.

Our program recognizes the value of people-oriented leaders who understand individual strengths and leadership styles, group behaviors and motivation. We offer a relevant, real-world education you can apply immediately as you learn to:

  • Unlock the potential of employees
  • Build collaboration to achieve organizational goals
  • Set clear goals and motivate people toward them
  • Communicate well with other leaders and team members
  • Model ethical behavior
  • Inspire people with a shared vision of the future

Organizational Leadership Highlights

  • The 36- to 39-credit M.A. in Organizational Leadership can be earned in just two years of study, although most students complete the program in 30 months or longer.
  • The highly flexible format allows students to take courses at their own pace while balancing work and family demands.
  • Each student completes a capstone course (LEAD 598: Project Seminar in Organizational Leadership), featuring an active learning experience in leadership.
  • Students may choose from one of three professional focus tracks:
    • Developing People and Organizations
    • Higher Education
    • Counseling-Related Services

Program Requirements

Degree Concentration Options

Developing People and Organizations • 12 credits
Prepares students to be successful, strategic and impactful professionals who are able to work effectively through others. Students learn to see the “big picture” as it relates to an organization and its environment while developing leadership skills relating to recruitment, high performance teams, organizational change, conflict management and the development of organizational talent.

Higher Education • 12 credits
Prepare students to assume a variety of institutional roles in higher education, with emphasis on developing leadership skills for organizational change. Students learn about the functions and workings of student affairs departments, and planning and budgeting in the higher education environment.

Counseling-Related Services • 12 credits
Prepares students with the necessary knowledge to become effective leaders and change agents in organizations serving consumers with mental health needs. Orients leadership students to the counseling perspective, which is useful for a wide range of professions, including administration in community agencies and educational institutions.

Program Requirements

Note: Students interested in pursuing a M.A. in Organizational Leadership with an Information Technology concentration may inquire about available program options.

For more information about the program, contact:

Elizabeth Watson
Associate Professor
Memorial 202I

Academic Background

  • Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University
    2005 New York, NY
    Adult Learning and Leadership
  • M.B.A. Fairleigh Dickinson University
    1994 Teaneck, NJ

Employment Background

  • Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
    Fall 2007 – present
    Associate Professor and Program Director of M.A. in Organizational Leadership
    Department of Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
Tricia Nolfi
Assistant Professor I
Memorial Hall 202O

Academic Background

Ed.D, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, (2015)
Social & Philosophical Foundations of Education

M.Ed., College of Education, The Ohio University (1989)
Educational Leadership

B.S. College of Communication, The Ohio University (June, 1987)
Interpersonal Communication