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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MA-OL)

The MA-OL at Charleston Southern University focuses on cultivating leadership skills for professionals who need to learn how to more effectively lead and manage people in business, non-profits, or government. Special attention is given to critical leadership competencies including personal growth, interpersonal skills, communication, alignment of values, organizational change, and executive decision-making.


Charleston Southern University is committed to providing students with a faith-based community, so that they might learn in a safe, productive environment. As a university, we promote the establishment of growth, change and purpose in the hearts and minds of students. Specifically regarding the MA-OL program, we feel these courses will enrich the student’s life with leadership principles necessary for any endeavor they choose to pursue. Our focus on servant leadership is certain to provide the student with the building blocks of a successful career.


Leadership Development

Distinctive leadership development competencies are infused into every course throughout the program. The discrepancies between management and leadership, as well as how managers should first be leaders, are made clear. In addition, the importance of ethics in leadership is established in light of principles taught through a biblical worldview.

Delivery of Courses

The MA-OL can be completed completely online, completely on-campus, or as a combination of both online and on-campus courses.


The schedule for the MA-OL is flexible. Students can take one, two or three courses per semester.  A student taking three courses per semester can graduate in four semesters, or 17 months.  Classes are offered over three terms: fall, spring and summer.  Students can begin the MA-OL at the beginning of any term.


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A Greater Value

CSU has been named to America’s 100 Best College Buys and America’s Best Christian Colleges. This means a student can achieve his or her business degree in an excellent business school at a great value. Due to its low overall cost, curriculum and small classes the MA-OL at CSU is a superb value.

Quality Faculty

Charleston Southern’s business school professors are scholars in their respective fields. They are also Christians committed to teaching cutting-edge business practices in light of time-tested biblical principles.


A Military Friendly University

Charleston Southern is a 2018-19 Military Friendly school. It is the #20 Christian school in the US for its accommodations of veterans. About 1 in every 10 graduate students in the College of Business is a veteran.

A Master's Degree that Meets Personal Needs

We know that students each have a calling that is unique to them. Because of this, we have designed this program to be flexible, giving each student the opportunity to personalize their learning experience and cooperate with their individual schedules, including the opportunity to attain the degree fully online.



  • Application
  • Official transcripts from every university/college ever attended
  • Resume
  • Academic Statement (300-500 word essay explaining why the student chose to attend CSU including academic and professional goals)
  • Two signed letters of recommendation
  • Official Test Scores, if requested*



*A GMAT score report is not required at the time of admission, and will only be requested for the Graduate Committee to determine whether the applicant has the potential to successfully complete the program. All full-time students taking 6 or more hours, earning a GMAT score of 500 or higher, receive a 10% tuition discount.