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2023 Most Affordable Online Master's Degrees in Organizational Leadership

By the OnlineU team | Updated 1/6/2023
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Becoming an effective leader takes a highly developed skill set that comes with time and training. An online master’s in organizational leadership can help individuals cultivate next-level expertise when it comes to managing teams, which can lead to career advancement. Courses address contemporary issues in diverse environments as well as the practical application of relevant leadership theories and concepts. Similar to an organizational leadership degree, a master’s degree in project management can also help develop skills in planning and executing organizational projects.

We’ve ranked the online master's programs on our list by tuition, so you can choose one that helps you meet career goals and minimize the burden of student debt. View our methodology for details about rankings or learn more about us. You can also check out our overall list of the most affordable online degrees for additional inspiration.

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Rank School Locations Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Kairos University Myerstown (PA) $3,600
# 2 #2 Middle Georgia State University Macon (GA) $3,825
# 3 #3 Buena Vista University Storm Lake (IA) $4,080
# 4 #4 Wichita State University Wichita (KS) $4,620
# 5 #5 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh (WI) $4,633
# 6 (tie) #6 (tie) Athens State University Athens (AL) $4,875
# 6 (tie) #6 (tie) California Coast University Santa Ana (CA) $4,875
# 8 #8 Amberton University Garland (TX) $5,130
# 9 #9 Columbus State University Columbus (GA) $5,418
# 10 #10 Briar Cliff University Sioux City (IA) $5,465
#1
#1

Kairos University

Myerstown (PA)
Annual Tuition: $3,600
Annual Tuition: $3,600
Annual Tuition: $3,600

Kairos University is a private, nonprofit, faith-based institution offering an online Master of Arts in Leadership for students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of faith while developing professional expertise. This online graduate program requires completing 48 credit hours in order to graduate, which may take full-time students approximately two years. The program focuses on the Bible, theology, and church history at its core — in addition to the concentration in Leadership offered by Kairos ministry partners. Partnership program costs are not included in tuition.

Kairos utilizes the Pathwright learning management system (LMS) so its distance learners can access online coursework and instruction. Students in the online Master of Arts in Leadership are required to take courses such as Starting Well, Christian Spirituality, Christian Theology, and Reflection in Community.

  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 65
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $3,825
Annual Tuition: $3,825
Annual Tuition: $3,825

Middle Georgia State University (MGA) is a public institution offering an online Master of Science in Management - Organizational Management for students with business backgrounds who are interested in careers such as nonprofit managers, consultants, and project leaders. MGA considers academic credentials and work experience when applying. This 30-credit program includes 21 credit hours of common core courses and 9 in the Organizational Management concentration. Full-time students may complete this program in approximately two years.

MGA uses the Brightspace LMS for online curriculum delivery. Distance learners in the online master’s in organizational management enroll in courses such as Continuous Process Improvement, Human Resources Management, Project Management, and Decision Sciences. This online graduate program helps prepare students for roles in middle and upper-level management upon graduation.

  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Average SATs: 880 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,852
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 268
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
#3
#3

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake (IA)
Annual Tuition: $4,080
Annual Tuition: $4,080
Annual Tuition: $4,080

Buena Vista University (BVU) is a private, nonprofit, Presbyterian faith-based institution offering an online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership interested in developing high-level leadership and strategic planning skills for job advancement. This 30-credit program is offered in an accelerated eight-week format and may be completed in as few as 1.5 years if attending full time.

BVU provides distance learners with access to Canvas so they can participate in online programs. Those enrolled in the online master’s in organizational leadership program take courses such as Leading Across Boundaries, Managing Team Leadership, Leading Organizational Change, and Maximizing Ethical Leadership. Students must also complete either an executive leadership internship or a consulting capstone project before they can graduate.

  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 283
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $4,620
Annual Tuition: $4,620
Annual Tuition: $4,620

Wichita State University (WSU) is a public institution offering an online Master of Arts in Arts Leadership and Management for students interested in developing the advanced business skills necessary for leadership roles in nonprofit arts organizations. Graduating requires completing 30 credit hours, which may take two years of full-time attendance. This includes completing 21 credit hours of core courses and 9 advisor-approved elective credits.

WSU delivers its online coursework and instruction via the Blackboard LMS. Courses in the online arts leadership and management program include Public Management of Human Resources, Shaping Arts in the 21st Century, Contemporary Issues in American Arts Programs, and Entrepreneurial Thinking in the Arts. Students must also complete a final project.

  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 632
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $4,633
Annual Tuition: $4,633
Annual Tuition: $4,633

The University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh (UWO) is a public institution offering an online Master of Science in Transnational Human Services Leadership to help prepare students for senior leadership roles and to think in a global context no matter where they work. Those enrolled in this master's program online must complete 30 credit hours, which may take two years if attending full time. Prospective students can apply at any time throughout the school year.

UWO’s online curriculum is delivered via Canvas. Distance learners in the online master’s in transnational human services leadership program participate in courses such as Global Issues in Local Communities, Transnational Fiscal Management, Comparative Trends in Global Human Services Agencies, and Social Marketing in Human Services. Graduating also requires completing Seminar in Community Oriented Human Services Management as a capstone course and project.

  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 632
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 303
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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