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Master of Organizational Leadership


Frequently Asked Questions

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Applying for Admission/Admission Requirements Ex: GMAT, GPA, Transferring credits
Degree Requirements


Is the SAU MOL program accredited?
Yes. The MOL program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Applying for Admission/Admission Requirements

I've taken some master's-level classes. Will they transfer? We will evaluate any classes but they must be master's-level classes and your grade must be "B" or above. You may transfer up to 9 credit hours (3 classes) into the MOL program. Read about the MOL admissions procedure

I'm embarrassed by my undergrad GPA. I don't think it's high enough to get into the program. What do I do? A GPA is not a "deal breaker" for the MOL program. Your studies are very important, but we understand that you may not have made great decisions as a young adult. That's why we look at your application differently - we look for a pattern of career success and motivation. If the program directors determine that you're not ready for graduate school, they will have a private conversation with you during your first or second MOL class. We prefer to use our judgment from your class participation rather than your undergrad GPA.

Do I need to take the GMAT? No.The Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program focuses on qualitative skills - the people skills necessary to develop collaboration, manage conflict, and lead organizational change.

A GMAT score - used for tallying quantitative skills such as forecasting, budgeting, and data analysis - would not be useful in determining your aptitude for the MOL program, so we don't require it. Instead, we evaluate your ability to be successful in our program in other ways. We review your work and/or community experience and ask for two letters of professional recommendation. This information, along with the official transcripts from your undergraduate work, will be considered as part of the application process.

Are there any prerequisites I need before I am accepted into the program? Since the Master of Organizational Leadership program is an interdisciplinary graduate program of study that develops skills and nurtures abilities for effective leadership, we do not require a specific area of study, only that you have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Degree Requirements

How long will it take to earn the degree? On a part-time basis (two classes per semester plus 1-2 summer courses), you can expect to finish the degree (36 credits) in two years and one semester. Some students opt to go slower, taking just one class per semester. Look at this sample Degree Plan to see a typical course schedule

If you need to finish quickly, talk with one of the program directors to closely evaluate your available time and the class schedules. It's possible to earn the degree in 13 months by going full-time, which means taking four classes per semester plus summer courses.


I don't know if I can afford to go back to school. How do I pay for this degree? There are several options to consider. Many students have tuition reimbursement from their employer. Because it varies when companies reimburse their employees, St. Ambrose offers deferred payment until you get reimbursed or until you complete your classes (proof of completion). Both options are helpful when you want to avoid the use of personal finances to pay for classes.

To qualify for employer deferral, our enrollment specialists will be happy to walk you through the process. If you aren't sure your employer offers tuition assistance, we recommend speaking with your human resources representative.

Other students may have military benefits. We have an admissions specialist - Natalie Woodhurst - who is an expert in military benefits. Andrew will help you determine available dollars and how to invest this benefit in a St. Ambrose education.

If neither of those options apply to you, there are federal loans available. As a graduate student, you are eligible for Federal Stafford Loans as long as you are enrolled in a minimum of six hours per semester for Fall and Spring and a minimum of three hours in summer semester.

If you work at the Rock Island Arsenal, email Cheryl Riley for tuition information.


What's the difference between the MOL and an MBA degree? An easy way to describe the difference would be qualitative vs. quantitative skills. An MOL degree will focus on leadership through people skills - conflict management, leading change, building effective teams, etc. This degree will help you to develop the skill set to become a successful leader.