Lakeland University Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development (MS-LOD)

The Lakeland University Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Development (MS-LOD) Degree, designed with the working adult in mind, provides a broad-based professional education consisting of coursework that integrates research, case studies, technology, and other learning processes. This graduate program focuses on providing relevant knowledge for employability, advancing professionally, and enhancing career opportunities for returning adult students seeking employment, employment change, career progression, and personal development.

Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development

Program Details

Lakeland University graduate courses typically meet once per week during the evening hours over 12-week or 7-week semesters. Additionally, most Lakeland graduate courses are offered in the BlendEd® format, meaning you have the option of attending class in-person or accessing your course(s) and completing your work entirely Online — thus selecting a format that meets your personal needs and fits your life schedule during any given week. Instructors are practicing professionals—many holding terminal degrees—who blend experiential learning with in-class instruction.

MS-LOD Degree
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Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development (MS-LOD) Requirements

  • An application for admission and an application fee
  • Typically a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 or a minimum score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for admission. However, admissions decisions are made with consideration of the candidate’s application in its entirety.
  • All previous official transcripts, including those indicating the completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A written statement of purpose indicating how an MS-LOD educational experience would help the applicant meet professional goals and what leadership or managerial skills the applicant would bring to this program. The statement should be limited to 250 words.
  • Two letters of recommendation indicating the applicant’s potential for success in the MS-LOD program and professionally afterward
  • A current resume

Note: International students are required to follow additional steps. See the admission advisor for more information.

Students may transfer up to nine semester hours of graduate credit from other regionally accredited MS-LOD programs, provided the coursework is relevant to the Lakeland University program, and that a minimum grade of “C” was earned for formal coursework actually taken. These courses must be approved by the Graduate Business program director. Transfer courses must have been taken within 10 years prior to application to the graduate program. Transfer grades will not be included in calculating the applicant’s Lakeland GPA.

Applicants can register for one graduate course prior to being formally admitted to the program. Registration in subsequent courses is contingent upon acceptance to the program.

Conditional Admission Policy

An applicant may apply for conditional admission to the Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development program. To be considered for conditional admission by the program director, applicants typically have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least a 2.5 or a minimum score of 450 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). For additional information, please contact an admissions advisor at

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