Leadership & Organizational Dynamics (MSLOD)

Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics (MSLOD)

You didn’t get to your current leadership position by being idle. Amplify your leadership ability and go further by analyzing the forces that motivate people and organizations to change, as well as exploring what causes resistance to change. Throughout the program, you will continually learn about the challenges and opportunities for leaders/managers.

NET+ Hybrid
This structure blends online education with two weekend (Friday & Saturday) on-campus sessions per semester. Students have the flexibility desired in a graduate program while still being engaged in a traditional classroom setting. The majority of course work is done online while integrating two campus sessions per semester. This gives students networking opportunities not found in most online programs.

These very interactive classroom experiences include professor lectures, group discussion/debates, in-class negotiations, group presentations, simulations, guest speakers, and much more. Additional advantages include:

  • Opportunities to collaborate with other graduate students while on-campus
  • Learn from professors and fellow leaders in a classroom setting
  • Campus residency sessions that supplement online coursework and allow for face-to-face interactions
  • This format makes it convenient for students from a wide geographic area to pursue the MSLOD
  • Campus sessions planned out two years in advance to allow scheduling ease

Managing Diverse Talent
Leaders come from many backgrounds and manage people with a multitude of cultural, educational, and age differences. This program will help you explore cultural diversity, talent management, and ethical leadership approaches. Program coursework prompts students to consider why and how these attributes affect decision-making and leadership behavior.

Change Management
How do power, conflict, and group dynamics affect leadership and decision making? Understand how policies impact human behavior within organizations. Examine tools for managing and leading change while assessing current organizational practices.

Communication, Negotiation & Conflict
Learn advanced processes vital to improving negotiation and organizational communication. Our professors take you on a learning path from theory to practice with an emphasis on preparation, motivation, process, and outcomes of negotiation. They dive into the complexities involved in multiparty and cross-cultural negotiations, as well as mediation processes and conflict management.

Leading Across Professional Disciplines
We recognize leaders manage across many professions. This degree is appropriate for supervisors in a wide variety of career paths such as engineering, tech, health care, non-profit, business, education, arts, and more.

Recognized For Excellence
The School of Management has recently been named as one of the best business schools nationally by the Princeton Review and in Michigan by College Choice Rankings. Furthermore, students interested in the Dual MBA/MSLOD program will be pleased to hear our programs were ranked: best Graduate Business Programs in 2020 & 2021.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum of two years of supervisory experience described through a résumé
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores. Refer here for additional information.

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores. Refer here for additional information.
  • Statement of Purpose: a one-page, typed response to the question, “What are your leadership goals and how will the MSLOD contribute to accomplishing these goals?”
  • Résumé: A minimum two years of supervisory experience is required. Include work experience and extracurricular activities.
  • Two letters of recommendation, can be professional and/or academic. One supervisor recommendation is required. Please utilize the recommendation form provided within the online application.
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is completed 100% online. Admitted students are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa). 
    International students may complete this program online in their home country.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Semester Final Deadline: August 1
  • Winter Semester: November 15 
  • Spring Semester: March 15 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) 
  • Summer Semester: May 15 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

GMAT Waiver

The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management offers numerous waivers for the GMAT/GRE. Read more here to see if you qualify.


The School of Management is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Member institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review system. AACSB accreditation is considered to be the hallmark of excellence in management education. Through AACSB accreditation, we prepare students to contribute to their organization, the larger society, and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.