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Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine


M.A. Organizational Leadership

Are you ready to make a difference? The Townsend Institute's Program in Organizational Leadership at Concordia University provides intentional and engaging coursework to grow your leadership toolbox. Guided by Dr. John Townsend, the Institute Fellows, and our hand-picked faculty, students extend their effectiveness in leadership by gaining task-based skills such as aligning strategy to mission, vision, and values and executing systems. In addition, you will extend your influence through people-based skills such as motivating and inspiring a team, clarifying roles and engaging in difficult conversations while maintaining positive alliances.

Students enrolled in the Townsend Institute now have the option to earn either a Master's Degree or a Graduate Certificate. Graduate certificate programs are offered in Counseling, Executive Coaching, and Organizational Leadership.

12-20 Month Completion Time
33 Total Units
Online Delivery
$627 Cost per Unit

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How you’ll make an impact as a leader:

The Townsend Institute experience invites you to study directly with Dr. John Townsend and master teachers who have decades of experience in leadership and know how to bring transformation, performance, and productivity to teams and organizations. The Townsend Institute has earned a reputation for its relational approach to begin with character growth as a building block for high motivation and performance. Through the Townsend Institute’s online program in Organizational Leadership you will:

  • Gain the skills needed to create high-performing teams.
  • Cultivate a culture that accelerates performance.
  • Create clarity and alignment to mission, strategy, and vision across an organization.
  • Learn how to lead both strategically and relationally.
  • Learn how to work with and direct difficult people.
  • Train in the art of managing your energy versus your time.

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Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend on the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine

Students enrolled in our Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership will:

  • Begin with a 4-day Kick-off Conference with your community of fellow students where Dr. Townsend will conduct a series of trainings to jump-start your Master’s program.
  • Connect with your cohort in a guided-process group experience to earn your first three credits, where you will learn to unpack key moments in your life story and grow your character.
  • Join a 3-hour virtual classroom bi-monthly where Dr. Townsend and one of the Institute Fellows personally give a training. The last hour is all Q&A for students.
  • Engage with Dr. Townsend’s exclusive training videos and podcasts created for each course.
  • Gain access to white papers written by Dr. Townsend for topic areas that draw on his decades of experience in leadership development and consulting.

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Hear students describe the power of learning at the Townsend Institute.

The Townsend Institute had such an immediate, positive impact on my character development, and my interactions with others, my manager asked what I was doing differently. I shared it was the Townsend Institute. My manager was so impressed with the results of this program that I was reimbursed for the entire cost!

- Cheryl

Start on your terms.

Term Start Date
Summer 2021 August 9, 2021

Not Ready for a Master's? See our Organizational Leadership certificate.

Masters students can choose to begin in the Fall or Spring semester. The entire program will take between 1 year and 20 months for a total of 33 credits. Students will take one or two 7-week courses at a time. Learning activities will involve approximately 10 to 14 hours of the student’s time investment each week. Students working full time are suggested to take only one course at a time.

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A deep bench of experience.

When you make a choice to invest in your future by continuing your education, you want to be sure your time is well spent. That’s where the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine offers a distinct advantage. Here, you will learn from a group of extraordinarily talented author-teachers with extensive knowledge on who we are as human beings created in the image of God. We choose faculty with real-world experience and Fellows who bring deep understanding through the subjects they write on, and their ongoing research. They not only offer their expertise, but their availability to answer your questions as you work through the course material. Along with your cohort, you will journey together through a transformational experience in the MAOL program.

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Applications for our Master’s program are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to have all documentation in early because there is a limit on space. If you have any questions about the admissions process or need any assistance, please don't hesitate to connect with us.

Application Requirements

  • An application with nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • One official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university that shows your confirmed bachelor’s degree. Official college transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope.
  • Must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Written essay (2 pages, 500 words) addressing the following items:
    • Personal, professional, and educational goals
    • In your experience, what is the best way that a person grows or changes? You can add an example of a characteristic about yourself that you wanted to change and how you went about changing it.
    • What interested you in applying to the Townsend Institute as opposed to other programs?
  • Minimum of 1 professional reference required. Personal reference optional.
  • A current professional resume

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