Leadership and Organizational Performance (M.Ed.)

In today’s new normal work environment, which is characterized by flexible work arrangements, increased use of digital workplace tools, reliance on analytical skills, and changing job roles due to the impacts of automation and artificial intelligence, the intersection of human and organizational performance has never been more dynamic. The Leadership and Organizational Performance (LOP) program will prepare you to lead for-profit, non-profit, government, and educational organizations.


Program Overview

Through this program you will acquire a sophisticated understanding of organizational development, leadership theory, talent management, evidence-based practice, and program evaluation. And you will develop in-demand skills in leadership, critical thinking, collaboration, research, data literacy, and technology.

Student Profile

LOP students typically fit one of two profiles: early career professionals who often have had several internship experiences to draw on, or working professionals with ten or more years of experience, who join the program to enhance their expertise and accelerate their careers.

Keldrick L. Stephens

“Peabody is extraordinarily different because of three things: Passionate faculty, experienced classmates, and engaging client projects.”

Keldrick L. Stephens
M.Ed., Strategic DEI Lead, Deloitte

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 and Flexibility

The LOP curriculum draws widely from the social sciences and emphasizes leadership, organizational theory, learning theory, behavioral theory, social psychology, and research aimed at change.

Though it is designed as a 1.5-year master’s degree program, you can accelerate and complete it within one year by enrolling in summer course offerings. All courses meet in the evening or on weekends, allowing you to work full or part time. Flexible schedules allow you to build your career while completing program requirements.

Credit Hours
Credit Hours
Credit Hours
Credit Hours
Program Completion
1.5 Years993930
1 Year9129 30

Required and Elective Courses

You will complete 30 credit hours consisting of a variety of required courses, elective courses, and if you have less than five years of work experience, a summer internship. The 135-hour internship gives students a valuable opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to hands-on placement across a variety of industries.

Flexibility is a key component of the LOP program, allowing you to customize your elective courses to support your educational and career goals. For example, you can take 12 elective credit hours from the menu of LOP courses listed below. Alternatively, electives can be completed with 6 LOP credit hours and 6 credit hours from other parts of the university, for example, the Owen Graduate School of Management, or the College of Arts & Science.

  • Core Courses: 18 hours

    Organization Theory and Behavior (LOP 6110)

    Learning Organizations (LOP 6120)

    Evaluation of Programs & Processes (LOP 6150)

    Advanced Leadership Theory and Practice (LOP 6100)

    Strategy and Analytics (LOP 6130)

    Capstone (LOP 7990)

    Internship (LOP 7880)
    For students with less than 5 years experience an internship is required to complete capstone research paper.

  • Elective Courses: 12 hours

    Collaboration & Influence Strategy (LOP 7500-02)

    Organization Change & Process Management (LOP 6230)

    Consultation Skills (LOP 6220)

    Executive Coaching (LOP 6270)

    Leading & Designing Teams (LOP 7500-01)

    Talent Management (LOP 6290)

    People Analytics, AI & Digitization (LOP 7500-03)

Workforce Readiness

LOP is among those degree programs that address real workplace needs and bridge the gap between theory and practice. Most LOP courses include an experiential learning component through class projects with client organizations. Students who complete internships also benefit from networking opportunities; the experience often leads to full-time employment.

This emphasis on real world skills leads to a high employment success rate: more than 90% of students have jobs within four months of graduation (96% employment by 2023 cohort).

LOP faculty, alumni and the Peabody Career Services team build strong mentoring relationships that support internship and job placement. These relationships reflect the college’s inclusive culture and a community that values equity and diversity of thought.

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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