What is the MA in Organizational Management program?
The Master of Arts in Organizational Management program is a contemporary alternative to an MBA, providing the in-demand “soft skills” – critical thinking, collaboration, leadership, and emotional intelligence – that employers say are most important for professional success and advancement. The program offers a humanistic approach to management education, while also teaching the business fundamentals that are essential to effective leadership of any kind of organization. For more information, click here.
What types of jobs do graduates with an MA in Organizational Management have?
Professionals who have earned the degree of Master of Arts in Organizational Management hold a wide variety of positions in public and private businesses, community organizations, and governmental agencies. They serve as individual contributors, supervisors, managers, directors, executives, internal and external consultants. The degree is versatile and opens the door to many different careers.
How is this program different from an MBA?
Coursework in a traditional business school is focused on the nuts and bolts of business administration, with a few classes that teach "soft skills". The majority of the Organizational Management curriculum is focused on the leadership, team building, critical thinking, human relations, and emotional intelligence needed in the contemporary workplace. These are essential competencies for success as an individual contributor, group supervisor, team leader, executive, or consultant.
Can I afford the program and is it worth the investment?
Let's be honest. Only you can determine the answer to this question, but since you asked. . . As the workplace becomes increasingly competitive, having a master’s degree can help you stand out from the pack. Just as important, a graduate education in management develops in you ways that will make you a more effective professional, someone who is recognized for the ability to lead others, drive change, and deliver results. Recruiters are increasingly hiring candidates who possess exceptional “soft skills,” which “companies say are most important in molding future business leaders” (The Wall Street Journal, 2011), so the return on this investment can be significant over the course of your career. Please check the tuition and financial aid pages of this site for current tuition rates and ways to make your Antioch University education affordable. Our Financial Aid Office helps students obtain loans, grants, college work-study opportunities, and scholarships. Our Student Accounts Office allows you to charge tuition to a credit card, arrange a payment plan, or a combination of the two.
I work during the week. Does the program have a schedule that will work for me?
The vast majority of our students are working full time while going to school. Each class meets once a week. Classes convene at 6:15pm, Monday through Thursday, and on Saturdays at 9am. Some classes have reduced classroom hours and online components. The number of classes and/or workshops in which you enroll each quarter is entirely up to you. Most students take two classes (8 units) per quarter, though some take more and some take less. If you need to take a quarter or two off, you may do so and return to your coursework without complication.
What are the admissions requirements?
To qualify for consideration, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. If you have met this first requirement, our admissions process is simple and straightforward: Complete a short, online application form. Request an official transcript from the accredited educational institution from which you received your bachelor’s degree. Provide a current resume. Have two references complete and submit a short questionnaire. Provide a brief, written response to six questions. Once your application file is complete, you will be contacted to meet with members of our program faculty to discuss your candidacy for admission.
I am currently attending another graduate program. Are my units transferable?
Yes. You are able to transfer up to nine (9) units of graduate-level credit from another accredited institution, as long as the units have not been applied to an awarded degree. If you have a transferable course that will fulfill a core course requirement, you can petition to have that particular course requirement waived. Those units will be available for an elective course of your choosing. In other cases, transferable units will be applied to your elective unit requirements. Once enrolled, you may choose your elective courses from the graduate Psychology program, graduate Education program, and other campus-based programs, or through courses from other institutions, with approval of the program chair.
What is the application deadline?
We're on your schedule. With rolling enrollment, Antioch University admits new students at the beginning of each new quarter (January, April, July, October). You can apply at any time throughout the year. Once you are accepted, you will be able to enroll, in most cases, within a few weeks of your admittance. You also have the flexibility of deferring your enrollment for up to two quarters. (Remember, we’re on your schedule.) To begin the application process, click here.
Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?
No. You don’t have to achieve a certain score on a standardized test to qualify for acceptance into the program. In our experience, we have seen no correlation between scoring on standardized tests and a student’s ability to benefit from and succeed in this program. If you have taken the GRE or GMAT and want to submit the results with your application, you may do so.
Can I talk to students, alumni and faculty in the program?
Our students, alumni and faculty would love to speak with you! Our program coordinator will be happy to make the appropriate introductions. Ask any questions you want to ask and expect to get the candid responses you hope to receive, the pros and cons, to help you determine whether this is the right program for you. You’ll find no high-pressure sales here, just people who want to help you reach a decision that is in service to your professional and educational goals. To be connected with students, alumni and faculty members, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-578-1080 ext. 314.
What is a typical class like? Can I visit a class?
We encourage you to sit in on a class. We want you to experience the classroom first hand. When you visit, you’ll be warmly welcomed by our instructors and students. Class sizes are small, with anywhere from 8 to 15 students. Feel free to jump into the discussion or simply observe. Be sure to speak with classmates during the break about their student experiences. To request a listing of current and upcoming classes and course descriptions, email email@example.com.
How long does it take to complete the MA in Organizational Management program?
A typical program completion time is approximately two years (two courses per quarter). If your current work schedule allows, you could complete the Organizational Management program in as few as 15 months.