What types of organizations do students in this program work for?

The MA in Organizational leadership content is designed to build capacity for those serving in nonprofit, ministry and public sector service type organizations (US nonprofits, International NGOs, churches, government agencies, K-12 and higher education institutions). We have over 1100 alumni serving in 80 countries of the world serving with organizations such as World Vision International, Habitat for Humanity International, International Justice Mission, World Relief, Urban Promise, Compassion International, Hope International, numerous organizations in South Africa, churches both in the USA and around the world. Once you join the program, you become part of a very distinguished alumni community that regularly reaches out to each other for networking and other connections.

I noticed that Eastern is a Christian University, do I need to be a Christian to enter the program?

No. But please understand, we take the Christian faith seriously in what we teach, so you will be exposed to Christian authors and the Bible as reading sources, along with the best of research in the fields related to leading an organization (human resources, strategic planning, leadership). The worldview of the professors is that a very different kind of leadership is needed, one rooted in modeling leadership after the principles found in scripture, namely in the person of Jesus Christ.

How are professors selected for teaching in this program?

Eastern takes the role of teaching very seriously. And we put many, many expectations on professors and affiliate faculty who come to teach with us. As you review the faculty lists on the web site you’ll see we attract highly accomplished people who have a deep faith and want to bring those two worlds together – faith and praxis. In order to be considered, faculty must submit their credentials for teaching their desired subject matter, must hold at least a masters degree and preferably have practitioner experience in their subject matter. They must submit multiple essays about their Christian faith journey AND how they integrate their Christian faith into their academic discipline as the curriculum requires. In addition to all this we expect them to be both a good classroom facilitator and engaging online facilitator.

What is the required course curriculum in order to obtain the MA in Organizational Leadership degree?

The MA in Organizational Leadership requires that you choose and complete six of the twelve core courses listed. In addition to those six courses, there are four concentration courses that must be completed to obtain the MA degree.

Can I transfer in credits from other graduate programs I started?

Yes, if you attempted graduate credits elsewhere but did not complete the degree, some of those credits may be transferred in and applied towards your degree. Up to 6 graduate credits, with an earned grade of B or better, from an accredited university can be transferred. The documentation needed would be: Official transcript from that university, course catalogue description and/or course syllabus from the course. Final determination as to whether a course adequately meets the program's learning objectives is made by the Program Director. 

How long does the program take to complete?

18-24 months.

How many credits do I take each term to complete the program in 20 months?

You will need to complete 3 credits per each seven week block for five terms (6 credits per term) to complete the program.