Organizational Leadership (Higher Education - Student Services)

Lewis University

M.A. Online
24 months
695 USD/credit
695 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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An effective leader understands how each person plays a contributing role in an organization's success. Lewis University's online M.A. in Organizational Leadership is the key to unlocking the potential of your own leadership abilities, so you can impact your team, your business and your career. 


Lewis University's online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education – Student Services will help you take your career in postsecondary education to the next level and enable you to make a lasting, positive impact on the students you work with. Acquiring new skills in planning and organization will ensure that you enjoy a long and successful career in the student services field.

The program delves into the skills needed to effectively manage student services, advising and assisting traditional and non-traditional students through courses related to higher education organizational leadership, such as:

  • The higher education mission and the institution-student relationship, along with relevant laws, standards and ethics
  • Planning, scheduling, staffing, and budgeting of student services programs using the Bryson model of strategic planning
  • Serving a culturally and demographically diverse student body, including non-traditional and international students
  • Effective team development and management to create a staff that anticipates and meets students' needs

The value of an advanced education and expertise is understood and appreciated in higher education, so a master's degree is a significant advantage for those seeking these types of non-academic-related positions in the postsecondary education field. In fact, many of these roles require individuals to hold a master's.

Careers in Student Services

Coordinating student services that fulfill students’ needs and expectations is becoming increasingly complex. The average student body is ever more diverse with demand for higher education growing in every sector of society. Specialized training in higher education student services will prepare you to fulfill any number of roles within a college or university’s student affairs departments.

A career in student services means combining superior organizational skills with a talent for communication and a passion for serving others. College can be an exciting, confusing, and stressful time for many students. Developing ways to help them make a smooth transition to college life can make a big difference in student success, retention, and graduation rates.

Programme Structure

Core courses

  • Leadership: Theories, Practices and Context 
  • Assessing Leadership Skills 
  • Leading Change 
  • Ethics, Integrity and Social Responsibility 
  • Conflict Management 
  • Psychology of Motivation 
  • Workplace Research: Critical Thinking and Decision Making 

 Concentration courses:

  • Principles of Higher Education; Mission and Directions
  • Systems and Services in Higher Education
  • Planning Strategically
  • Adult Development: Learning Models and Practices

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




  • Fully structured
  • No Attendance
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

All candidates for admission must possess a bachelor’s degree in aviation from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or in a major in a related field. Individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated area but have work experience in aviation and/or transportation industries may also apply. The applicant’s overall undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. In special cases, the GPA may be calculated on the most recent 60 semester hours of coursework. Additionally, applicants must submit:

  • A completed application (along with a nonrefundable application fee).
  • Academic transcripts from each institution attended.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    695 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 695 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    695 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 695 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

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Organizational Leadership (Higher Education - Student Services)
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