Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development

Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Development (MS-LOD) at Lakeland University

Earn Your MS-LOD at Lakeland University

The Lakeland University master of science in Leadership and Organizational Development (MS-LOD) degree courses are tailored to fit the schedules of both working professionals as well as traditional students, so students can complete their degree at a pace that fits their careers and personal schedules.

This program is ideal for non-profit, law enforcement, human resources and any other professionals who want to hone their leadership skills. This program focuses on leadership skills and organizational development practices in the workplace; whereas the more traditional MBA focuses on accounting, finance, statistics and economics. Students can however, be able to take elective courses in those areas or pursue a concentration area if they choose.


Leadership is a key quality that today’s employers seek in their employees.

The Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development graduate program designed to equip students with the essential skills for successful careers in leadership and management positions.

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. Courses will prepare students to lead people through an ever changing and competitive work environment, become an effective leader, and develop skills, knowledge and ability in many facets of today’s complex organizations, including the growing need for competent leaders who can effectively lead change and strategic management.

Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development at Lakeland University

Develop Skills Employers Are Seeking

10+ Areas of Emphasis

In addition to a traditional MS-LOD degree, Lakeland University offers a number of emphasis areas:

  • Accounting
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB)
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Sport Leadership
  • Student-Designed
  • Supply Chain Management

*Students must complete one concentration area OR nine (9) semester hours of any Business Administration or Leadership & Organizational Development courses offered.

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Achieve Your Goals

Why Lakeland?

Don't put your life on hold to earn your graduate degree. Build a schedule that meets your needs with options for 7- and 12-week courses, evening classes and the ability to join class remotely.

  • Flexible delivery formats:
    • Onsite: In class one night per week at one of our six center locations
    • Online: participate weekly when it works best for you
    • Online Live: attend live classes virtually from anywhere one night per week
    • BlendEd Live: attend classes in-person or online … you choose each week
  • Financial aid, scholarships and discounts are available
  • Individualized advising and career development support
  • Earn credit towards your MS-LOD via our award-winning Cooperative Education program

MS-LOD Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed the M.S. in Leadership and Organizational Development degree will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively including the appropriate use of technology.
  • Identify managerial interpersonal skills needed to motivate employees and carry out business objectives.
  • Demonstrate effective ethical, professional, and collaborative behaviors.
  • Apply the discipline of leadership to creatively engage the community in meeting its challenges.
  • Apply theory and principles of group dynamics in assuming multiple group roles and responsibilities.

Admissions 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.

Letter of Reccomendation Form

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

Cooperative Education

Designed To Meet Your Needs

Lakeland’s MS-LOD program invites students to design their own concentration. This approach allows Lakeland students to pursue subjects or projects that fit their current or future career path, and it’s unique to Lakeland.

By combining current MS-LOD elective courses and special studies opportunities, leveraging current work or training opportunities or even pursuing courses offered elsewhere, Lakeland students work with faculty to create coursework that matches their unique needs.

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