Earn a Leadership Master's Degree

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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.

About the 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.

Students enjoy our flexible scheduling options and the ability to choose from face-to-face, hybrid and online courses.

Our professional masters 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 to your life's work. Our graduates have successful careers in a range of occupations, including:

  • Training & Development
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Event Management
  • Human Resources
  • Social Services

Student Perspectives

"Rider's program showed me how building relationships can increase productivity as trust grows. I learned how to make people feel more involved and how to align my leadership role - to be an adaptive leader and help people grow. The program allowed me to see and recognize certain trends, and realize what motivates people. That's transformational leadership."

Jahkahli Johnson
M.A. in Organizational Leadership '13
Residence Life Coordinator, University of North Florida

What is it like to be a student in Rider’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program?
Lechelle Scott and Joseph Space ’16 reflect on their experiences

Program Highlights

The 30-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.

Each student completes a capstone course (LEAD 598: Project Seminar in Organizational Leadership), featuring an action research experience in an organization or an independent research project.


Certificates offered in the areas of:

Developing People & Organizations | Available online
Higher Education Leadership


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For more information about the program, contact:

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Assistant Professor II; Program Director, MA Organizational Leadership and MS Higher Education Assessment, Analytics and Change Management
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202 G

Tricia Nolfi, Ed.D., has spent 30 years in higher education, working in the areas of student affairs, leadership education, human resources and continuing education. With a background in training and development, she has designed and implemented workshops and certificate and extended learning programs for university employees and students, and has taught graduate and undergraduate academic courses on leadership, human resources, public administration, education and communication.