Leadership and Organizational Performance (M.Ed.)

Explore the contexts in which human and organizational performance intersect. Prepare yourself to lead for-profit, non-profit, government, and educational organizations.


Program Overview

You'll acquire a sophisticated understanding of organizational development, leadership theory, talent management, evidence-based practice, and program evaluation-all while developing your own critical thinking, collaboration, interpersonal, research, and leadership skills.

Program Facts

Program Director: Kim Davenport
Admissions Coordinator: Rosie Moody
Admission Term: Fall
Credit Hours: 30

Application Dates

  • Application Deadline 1

    Jan 3, 2024

  • Application Deadline 2

    Feb 3, 2024 

  • Rolling Admissions

    After Feb 3, 2024*

    *Applications received after the Feb 3rd second deadline are reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted as space and funds allow.

Program Curriculum

The curriculum draws widely from the social sciences and emphasizes leadership, organizational theory, learning theory, behavioral theory, social psychology, and action research. Through an internship, you'll apply what you learn in the classroom to hands-on professional placements across a variety of industries.

The master's in Leadership and Organizational Performance is designed as a two year program. However, you can accelerate and complete the program within one year by enrolling in online and summer course offerings. 

Most courses meet in the evening or on weekends, allowing you to work part time. Flexible schedules allow you to stay in your job while completing program requirements.


  • Required and Elective Courses

    Course Requirements

    You will complete 36 credit hours consisting of a variety of required courses, elective courses, and a summer internship.

    Core and Analytics Courses: 15 hours

    • LOP 6110 Leading Organizations
    • LOP 6120 Learning Organizations
    • LOP 6130 Strategy and Analytics I
    • LOP 6140 Strategy and Analytics II
    • LOP 6150 Evaluation of Org. Performance

    Elective Courses: 18 hours
    Students may enroll in relevant electives across the university. Sample electives include:

    • EDP 6120: Education Policy and School Reform
    • EDP 6130: American Education History & Policy
    • EDP 6140: Economics of Education
    • LOP 6210: Design of Human Performance Interventions
    • LOP 6220: Consultation Skills
    • LOP 6230: Organizational Development
    • LOP 6240: Leading and Facilitating Groups
    • LOP 6260: Executive Coaching
    • LOP 6270: Leading Globally Diverse Organizations
    • LOP 6290: Talent Management
    • LOP 6310: Strategic Workforce Planning
    • LPO 7100: Leadership in the Professions
    • LPO 7200: Grants, Policy, and Administration
    • LOP 7500: Leadership and Action
    • LPO 7860: Research Design and Data Analysis I
    • LPO 8130: Social Context of Education

    Internship and Applied Experience Course: 3 hours

    • LOP 7980 Internship (All summer experiences must be registered for 0 hours credit.)
    • LOP 7990 Applied Experience

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

 Leadership and Organizational Performance is designed to develop future leaders-and those who may be responsible for developing those leaders-across institutional contexts. Several LOP courses inherently address issues of justice, equity, and inclusion. Courses include topics such as the sources of organizational inequality, biases in leadership development programs, and researching and designing of strategies that can alleviate sources of injustice and inequity.


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