~GMAT Waiver: Starting now through September 1, 2021, the School of Management will be offering all students a GMAT waiver. Learn more here.


Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics

In today's challenging and complex business environment, managers are expected to react to emerging market opportunities; have the mental agility to execute new strategies; and possess a deep understanding of human behavioral dynamics and organizational design capacities so as to capitalize on emerging opportunities.

Students will learn state-of-the-art theoretical underpinnings of leadership and organizational dynamics, and also how to strategically implement leadership theories through simulated "real world" applications and exercises in the classroom and the online environment. The MS in Leadership will allow you to work effectively as a self-aware, reflective change agent, armed with a deeper understanding of organizational dynamics and the knowledge to improve outcomes, while employing leadership practices that will help you guide your organization to success.

The degree in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics has two distinct focuses.  Organizational applications cover the macro environment of management which then allows for smooth intellectual integration with the organization’s microenvironment.  Both are thoroughly explored domestically and internationally. 

As you begin the program, the understanding of human behavior in organizations and how this contributes to the individual elements of motivation, personality, perception, and diversity is a basis for several classes.  You will learn about organizational policies, how they affect human behavior and their influence on hiring new people, developing existing people into different roles, and transitioning people out of the organization.  What motivates people and how does power, conflict and group dynamics affect leadership and decision making?  You will also exam tools for managing and leading change while assessing current organizational practices and then analyze how leaders bring about change and how to become a more effective change agent. 

You will be introduced to the processes vital to improving negotiation and organizational communication.  Our professors will take you on a learning path from advanced theory to practice with an emphasis on preparation, motivation, process, and outcomes of negotiation.   You will learn to focus on the complexities involved in multi-party negotiations, cross-cultural negotiation, mediation processes, and conflict management.

Ethics is central to great leadership.  Be introduced to ethical issues that arise in managerial leadership situations and learn about major ethical leadership approaches.  Then dive into the concepts of Innovation and why it is a valued component of leadership.  Understand the reasons why innovation matters, how strategy is developed, and leading in an uncertain environment. 

Throughout the program, you will continually learn about the challenges and opportunities for leaders/managers.  How do current trends affect organization-wide change?  You will explore cultural diversity, leadership issues and the importance of organization theory, design and overall strategy on an organization.  As a leader, you must consider an organization’s issues in operating across national boundaries along with the macro and micro approaches to globalization and how to implement initiatives that align with the overall mission of the organization. 


Program Requirements

Foundation Courses (9 Credit Hours):

  • MGT 501, Organizational Communication and Negotiation
  • MGT 541, Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 582, Strategy, Organizational Theory, and Design


Advanced Courses (21 Credit Hours):

  • MGT 505, Talent Management
  • MGT 544, Ethical Leadership
  • MGT 546, Advanced Negotiation: Theory and Practice
  • MGT 547, Strategic Innovation Management
  • MGT 548, Leading Organizational Change
  • MGT 549, Contemporary Issues in Organizations
  • MGT 583, International Management

Please refer to the online catalog for the MS in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics requirements.


Program Length

Students can complete the MS in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics as few as 20 months; but take as long as five years to complete the degree.

20-Month Sample Schedule
  • Fall:  MGT 582 & MGT 501
  • Winter:  MGT 549 & MGT 541
  • Spring:  MGT 544
  • Summer:  MGT 548
  • Fall:  MGT 505 & MGT 583
  • Winter:  MGT 547 & MGT 546


Net+ Courses

The Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Dynamics (MSLOD) is taught in a mixed-mode format, which is often called a hybrid or blended online format.  This approach combines the personal interaction of a traditional face-to-face course supplemented with an online experience. This format offers the networking benefits of in-class experiences with the convenience of online learning. Our Net+ format is designed to be accessible to busy working professionals from a wide geographic area. While we do not call this program an executive MS in Leadership, all of our Net+ MS in Leadership students are leaders and managers.

Utilizing this format, 60% of coursework is completed online and the remaining 40% of the program is in the classroom. The NetMS in Leadership is also similar to a weekend MS in Leadership since the in-class meetings occur on two weekends (Friday and Saturday) per semester. These weekend "residencies" focus on the benefits of interaction among students and the professor. The interactions are enhanced through simulations, guest speakers, team-based learning, presentations, and many other engaging activities. As you can see, the Netformat is a combination of a weekend, online and traditional in-class Leadership program. 


Net+ Weekend Residency Schedule

7:30 am - 8:30 am 

Catered Breakfast / Networking

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

AM Class Session

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Catered Lunch / Networking

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm*

PM Class Session

*A light snack is also served during the afternoon class session.

Residency session attendance is mandatory.

Program Costs

In-State Tuition                         Out-of-State Tuition

$808.50 per credit hour                            $1007.50 per credit hour 

FEES by course type

Net+ course ~ (no fees for Winter 2021 - COVID-19)

Online course ~ (no fees for Winter 2021 - COVID-19)

Evening course ~ (no fees)

Hyperflex course ~ (no fees for Winter 2021 - COVID-19)


Registration Assessment

Covers, but is not limited to, student services such as technology, student organizations/engagement, club sports, and recreation center ~ $227 per semester

Estimated Program CostS (in-state)



Estimated Program CostS (out-of-state)


  • Tuition based on Net+ MBA courses. 


All residency requirements at the University of Michigan are set forth by the Board of Regents and are reviewed in the Office of the Registrar on the Ann Arbor campus.  Please view the University of Michigan Guidelines for Qualifying for In-State Tuition.  There are three criteria (Residence, Attendance or Service) and the application is at the bottom of the page.  You must be an admitted student to apply. 

Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice by action of the University of Michigan Board of Regents.  Last updated: 9/1/2020







To be considered for admission, submit the following 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 (official GMAT website) or GRE (official GRE website) or GMAT Waiver
    • Minimum score for MSLOD: 500
    • Minimum Score for MSLOD:  148V, 149Q (minimum score can fluctuate with higher/lower V/Q scores)
  • Statement of Purpose: a one-page, typed response to the  following question: “What are your leadership goals and how will the MSLOD contribute to accomplishing these goals?”
  • Resume, Include all work experience and education experience. A minimum of two years of supervisory experience is required.
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic). One supervisor recommendation is required. Submit letters using the form provided during the online application.
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the University of Michigan-Flint School of Management understands student’s struggles to efficiently prepare for the GMAT. Starting now through September 1, 2021, the School of Management will be offering all students GMAT waivers.  To request a GMAT waiver, please contact Craig Gomolka, Business Programs Recruiter, cgomolka@umich.edu after you have submitted your application. 


The School of Management uses all the materials collected in the application to determine admission.  The MSLOD program calculates the students overall undergraduate GPA from all schools attended and combines it with their GMAT or GRE score.  Students must have a minimum of 500 GMAT/GRE score and a 3.0 GPA.  The MSLOD program will review a student’s statement of purpose, resume and recommendations.  A minimum of two years of managerial experience is required to be accepted into this program.  A decision is based on a student’s entire application.  The quantitative formula is (GPAx200) + GMAT/GRE.  A student achieving an index of 1100 or greater has an opportunity for a standard admission, with an index of 1000-1099 a student may have an opportunity for probationary admission.


  • Winter Semester: November 15 (Winter 2021 deadline extended to December 1, 2020)
  • Spring Semester: March 15
  • Summer Semester: May 15

*You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the winter semester.