Program overview

Cultivate the ability to ethically lead diverse organizations in Rider’s online Master in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program. Whether you’re looking to advance your current leadership role, seeking new opportunities or a new career direction, our fully online program is designed to help working professionals enhance their communication, leadership, supervisory and administrative skills.

Using a human-centered approach, you’ll be prepared  to effectively lead organizations in a changing landscape, and be proficient in enhancing human and organizational performance. Our career-focused program provides relevant, real-world education that can be applied in the workplace immediately.

Tailor your focus with program concentrations in counseling-related services, talent and organizational development (previously developing people and organizations), life and career coaching and higher education leadership.

Why choose Rider?

  • 100% online 
  • Choose from flexible start term dates 
  • Affordable online courses with a variety of financing options.
  • Extensive advisement and academic support for working adults
  • Complete your degree in 2 years or less
  • No GMAT/GRE required for admission
  • Various learning formats including an on-campus / hybrid Organizational Leadership, M.A.

Discover your leadership balance

Rider University’s organizational leadership graduates learn how to drive innovative leadership, and act as catalysts for change in organizational settings of all sizes.

You’ll develop a core set of leadership competencies that will enable you to:

  • Effectively communicate, interact and engage with a diverse workforce.
  • Design a personal leadership philosophy and approach to ethical leadership practice.
  • Understand approaches to leadership practice
  • Facilitate major leadership processes
  • Strengthen human and organizational performance
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Choose from four concentrations

Customize your Organizational Leadership, M.A. studies to align with your current career speciality or an area of interest by selecting a program concentration option.

Talent and Organizational Development

Gain insight into the human aspect of leadership and prepare to become a strategic professional that works effectively to develop organizations and employees (previously Developing People and Organizations).

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Become a dynamic leader

Rider’s relevant, real-world education can be applied immediately to your life's work. Our graduates have successful careers in a range of occupations.

Common occupations include:

  • Training and development
  • Higher education administration
  • Career Counselor
  • Institutional advancement
  • Alumni affairs director
  • Human resources
  • Social services


Christina Hamme Peterson

Professor and Chair of the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Bierenbaum Fisher Hall

cpeterson [at]


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