Online Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics

You didn’t receive your current leadership position by being idle. Keep amplifying your leadership ability with an online Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics (MSLOD) degree at the University of Michigan-Flint!

Designed for leaders from every sector, the program focuses on improving key skills in teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving, ethics, and social responsibility – all skills that organizations desire in top leaders. You will enhance your managerial success 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 learn about the challenges and threats leaders face; plus how to capitalize on opportunities in a global market.

Why Choose the MS in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics?

Leaders in Business

While most leadership programs are found in areas such as education or the arts; the University of Michigan-Flint brings leadership and organizational dynamics to students from the business school view.  Focusing on both the macro and micro perspectives of management, our students will learn to strategically apply leadership theory in a real-world application.

Net+ Hybrid Online Learning

UM-Flint’s Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics offers a unique online hybrid program for leaders from all geographies. The Net+ online format blends asynchronous online education with four synchronous sessions per semester.

While the majority of the course is delivered asynchronously, the synchronous residency session supplements asynchronous online coursework and allows for face-to-face virtual interaction. With this transformative hybrid learning format, you can enjoy the flexibility desired in a graduate program while still being engaged in a traditional classroom setting where you can collaborate with other graduate students and learn from professors and fellow leaders. You also have networking opportunities not found in most online programs.

Recognized For Excellence

The School of Management at the University of Michigan-Flint is recognized as one of the best business schools regionally, nationally, and globally by U.S. News & World ReportTFE Times, and CEO Magazine. Recently, Eduniversal ranked the MS in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics program as the #1 master’s in leadership program in Michigan, 10th in the United States, and 30th internationally affirming the University of Michigan as Leaders and Best.

Dual MS in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics/MBA

The dual MBA/MSLOD program offers students the ability to enhance their management/leadership skills while complementing those skills with a multitude of business disciplines meant to enhance a leader’s knowledge in all aspects of an organization. The dual program offers the advantage of double-counting five courses between each degree program, reducing the number of courses needed to complete a second master’s degree.


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.

Vetted for academic excellence, UM-Flint’s MS in Leadership and Organizational Dynamic program prepares students to contribute to their organizations and the larger society and grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.

Jania Torreblanca

Jania Torreblanca
Leadership and Organizational Dynamics, 2021

What I loved most about UM-Flint was the smaller class sizes, and the opportunity to get to meet and work with so many people from different professional backgrounds. I have gained many friends that I think I will stay in contact with even after graduation. The professors and supporting staff have been fantastic and I believe I have learned so much from them.

Master’s in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics Program Curriculum

A degree in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics employs a robust 30-credit curriculum to help you gain the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced leadership and managerial roles. Managers are expected to react to emerging market opportunities and have the mental agility to execute new strategies. Possessing a deep understanding of human behavioral dynamics and organizational strategy will allow you to capitalize on these emerging opportunities.

The curriculum combines the macro and micro concepts of management providing a holistic view of organizational behavior, negotiations, organizational leadership, and numerous specialized management areas.

  • Advanced Negotiation: Theory and Practice
  • Ethical Leadership
  • International Management
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Communication and Negotiation
  • Strategic Innovation Management
  • Strategy, Organizational Theory and Design
  • Talent Management

Learn more about the MS in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics program curriculum.

Bobby O'Steen

Bobby O’Steen
Leadership and Organizational Dynamics, 2021

I was very impressed with the School of Management (SOM) and the faculty. The MSLOD program is challenging, but definitely achievable if you are willing to put the effort in. I appreciated the ability to learn not only from the professors and curriculum but also from others enrolled in the program and their experiences. I would highly recommend SOM to anyone looking to grow their career opportunities.

Increase Your Leadership Competency

To prepare you to excel as a competent, responsible, and goal-driven leader in your organization, the online Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics program at UM-Flint strengthens your aptitudes in teamwork, employee management, and negotiation. Building on your leadership experience, you also learn how to drive organizational change and solve conflicts at your workplace.

Managing Diverse Talent

Leaders come from many backgrounds and manage people with a multitude of cultural, educational, and age differences. The Leadership and Organizational Dynamic program help you explore cultural diversity, talent management, and ethical leadership approaches. Program coursework prompts students to consider why and how these attributes affect organizational decision-making, leadership behavior, and how to benefit from an organization’s diversity.

Change Management

How do power, conflict, and group dynamics affect leadership and decision-making? Through the Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics program, you understand how policies impact human behavior within organizations. You also 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, cross-cultural and mediation. They will build into the role gender plays in negotiations, as well as 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. Learning in a diverse program leads to more effective leaders and change agents in the world.

Career Outlook

The master’s degree in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics gives you the credentials and confidence to effectively manage organizations and employees from different backgrounds, as well as to foster a positive organizational culture.

Graduates of the MS in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics degree program are prepared to pursue prominent managerial and C-suite positions in various types of organizations or start their own ventures. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage of management positions was $109,760 in May 2020.

Potential careers include:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Administrative Services and Facilities Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Organization Executive 
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Non-profit Camp
  • Entrepreneurship
$109,760 median annual wage for management positions (2020) Source:

Admission Requirements – No GMAT Required

If you want to apply to UM-Flint’s online Master of Science in Leadership & Organizational Dynamics program, you need to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to [email protected] 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. Please read our full transcript policy for more information.
  • For any degree completed at a non-US institution, transcripts must be submitted for an internal credential review. Read the following for instructions on how to submit your transcripts for review.
  • If English is not your native language, and you are not from an exempt country, you must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • 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 including all professional and educational experience
  • 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.
  • Students from abroad must submit additional documentation.

This program is fully online. Admitted students will not be able to obtain a student (F-1) visa to pursue this degree. However, students living outside the US may complete this program online in their home country. Other nonimmigrant visa holders currently in the United States please contact the Center for Global Engagement at [email protected].

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Semester Final Deadline: August 1
  • Winter Semester: December 1 
  • Summer Semester: April 1

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

Learn More about the MS in Leadership & Organizational Dynamic Program

Apply today to advance your leadership skills and management knowledge with an online master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics at the University of Michigan-Flint. Learn to grow into a supportive, visionary leader who can navigate through complex business challenges in a global environment.

Want more information about the program? Request information or schedule an appointment to speak with our Academic Advisor!

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