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  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL)


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The Master of Organizational Leadership is a dynamic program that provides organizational leaders with a range of innovative skills and collaborative tools for effective leadership in an uncertain and constantly changing global environment. Advances in technology are leveraged to enable life-long learners to actively engage in endeavors that have a sustainable impact in public policy and social change. Leaders of today and tomorrow are inspired and equipped to influence and improve their organizations and their worlds.

Objectives of the Master of Organizational Leadership Degree Program

Colorado Christian University (CCU) admits full time students to the Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) program year round on a cohort basis only. Cohorts commence year-round: Spring, Summer, and Fall. CCU’s MOL program approaches adult learners within a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. The MOL program incorporates organizational behavior (OB) models as the framework for assessing and addressing the underlying moral, emotional, psychological forces that influence decisions and actions, combining evidence-based organizational theory with biblical principles to address the most challenging problems facing non-profit and government leaders in the world today.

Students who successfully complete the MOL program will:

  • Be able to analyze, evaluate and address the most challenging problems facing non-profit and government leaders today by integrating effective practices for community-wide change initiatives, dovetailing biblical principles (spiritual formation) with evidence-based organizational theory; applying business as mission (BAM) and organizational behavior (OB) models as the frameworks for assessing and addressing the underlying moral, emotional and psychological forces that influence decisions and impact public policy. 
    • Apply leadership principles to real-world social problems including environmental impacts, immigration, health care, genetic engineering, human rights, etc.
    • Identify specific contemporary issues that challenge leaders in government, business/economics, community, education, and religion, thereby actively engaging in endeavors that have a sustainable impact in public policy and pro-social change.
  • Integrate an organizational systems approach with research-based metrics for co-creating, developing and implementing team-based collaborative processes for identifying and implementing individual and organizational-wide core-values, vision, mission and goals.
    • Students will develop techniques that foster organizational/community-wide leadership by applying executive mentoring and executive coaching skills.
    • Students will engage in practical research - an action learning approach to measuring and managing organizational behavior.
    • Students will apply multi-dimensional and integral approaches for co-creating innovative practices and maintaining competitive advantage from multicultural/global perspective.
  • Be equipped to administrate and apply effective, productive and measurable employee and customer relations applying social-technologies including social networking for co-creating and distributing knowledge.
    • Gain broad/general understanding of the following organizational systems: investor/customer relations, human resources, and business development emphasizing restoration and renewal of the Spirit.
      • Demonstrate competency in applying organizational systems and socio-technologies for evaluation, communication and distribution of knowledge assets within groups and between groups.
      • Establish an intentional space for strategic discourse and knowledge sharing-inspire and reward knowledge creation and innovation.
      • Assess the environment to identify knowledge gaps and primary source(s) of resistance to achieving specified goals.

Admission to the Master of Organizational Leadership Degree Program

Admission to the MOL program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of character. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important. All MOL admissions decisions are made by and only by Colorado Christian University.

Admission Requirements:

  • Earned Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 
  •  A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
  • Completed online application form (including essay if GPA is below 2.5), references, transcripts, and fees) at www.ccu.edu/ccu/grad/. References must come from individuals who are not family members.
  • Preferred, a minimum of five years of combined experience in any professional endeavors specific to organizational/community-wide leadership and development. Or, submit a brief admission cover letter to the Division of Business & Technology (500-1,000 words) providing your life experiences:
    • Employment history including part-time summer jobs, volunteerism, exemplary athletics, scouting, recognized academic excellence, honor societies, or missions field work,
    • Include key influences that shaped your worldview for better or worse and
    • How you have managed to apply key learnings or overcome adversity, if applicable,
    • And/or contributed to others well-being, emotional and social development and commitments to God, family, liberty and justice.
  • Demonstrated completion (C or better) of undergraduate-level statistics prerequisite.  

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to six semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU MOL degree requirements.

Credit by Portfolio

Credit by Portfolio is currently offered to current Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) graduate students as a way to substitute a three (3) credit course requirement, or add an emphasis or specialty in their degree plan. Portfolios allow students to demonstrate masters-level knowledge and skills gained from prior learning experiences by submitting documentation and written descriptions of student’s learning. Prior learning may have come from work experience, on-the-job training, volunteering, personal experience, teaching or other sources.

Time Limitation

The MOL program is a 36 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within 16 months of intensive accelerated adult graduate study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full time job. MOL courses may be taken online or in our hybrid format (a combination of online and classroom content delivery).

All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, an MOL student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their MOL degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Readmitted students will be required to adhere to the degree plans and academic policies in place at the time they are readmitted. 

Applicants to the Colorado Christian University MOL program are required to have a background in statistics. This background may be obtained through undergraduate coursework as demonstrated by the student’s transcript, or taken at CCU or another accredited institution. Alternatively, the student may complete the equivalent CLEP or DSST exams. A student may start CCU’s MOL program before completing the prerequisite, but must complete the statistics prerequisite prior to registering for RES 505 - Research Methods and Community Praxis .

Taking Prerequisite Courses Online

CCU has partnered with Ivy Software to provide students with a convenient and flexible way to fulfill prerequisite requirements at an affordable cost. The following course is available for purchase:

  • Business Math and Statistics (fulfills Statistics prerequisite)

The program takes on average 20 hours to complete. Students are able to download all course material. The student must pass a final course test with at least an 80% in order for the course to count toward the prerequisite.

Purchase and download prerequisite courses on the Ivy Software website.

Notify your CCU Student Service Advisor (SSA) of any problems you encounter with an Ivy Software program or any time you pass a test. He or she will be able to take the appropriate action to ensure that your degree plan is updated with the completed prerequisite information.

Graduation Requirements for the Master in Organizational Leadership Degree


The faculty recommends students in the Master in Organizational Leadership degree to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 36 credit hours.
  2. A letter grade of C- or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU course work.
  3. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  4. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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