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The Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL) graduate degree at Ohio Christian University prepares professionals to lead organizations effectively. The program emphasizes acquiring proficiency and skill in critical and strategic thinking, ethics, and the application of leadership philosophy all while integrating Christian principles in management planning and leadership execution.

Students apply leadership in teams and learn processes to benefit for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and discover how to evaluate enterprises, understand group dynamics, and improve performance. Jobs in leadership are projected to increase by 6% through 2024. PayScale reports salaries of $83,750 with ten years of experience. (US News and World Report, 2018)

OCU tailored the Master of Arts in Leadership for individuals working in technical fields with scientific training who will benefit from exercising leadership in their departments and enterprise. Professors encourage students to bring their experience to the class discussion. They use real situations to support and enhance the learning of theory and best practice. Collaboration among student peers is encouraged, helping students learn to manage and resolve conflict. Critical thinking and problem-solving are core skills acquired in the program.

Dr. Jon Tomlinson, AGS Business Director, underscores the value of the degree: “After returning from WWII, my grandfather began a trucking business. He had been forced to drop out of high school to help on the family farm during the Great Depression. Without a high school education, he built a company that exists today. My father graduated from high school, went to work in a factory and successfully provided for his wife and three sons. Today, individuals without specialized skills often work for minimum wage. Attaining appropriate education is important to success. Over 33% of the population have college degrees today. The advantage of having a specialized advanced degree is more important than ever.”

This program offers onsite and online classes. Students may earn a degree in 18 months. The program explores leadership trends and covers current research, employing innovative approaches to leadership studies. Working students share experiential insights.  Graduates may join the International Leadership Association to continue advancing their knowledge and practices. The faculty has leadership experience, and students benefit from sharing their experiences with professors and fellow students.

MAL Program faculty and staff help students succeed. Each student has an academic counselor throughout enrollment and communicates with professors during and after courses. AGS encourages continuing contact, so students remain engaged and have support to succeed. Students have flexibility in learning through online, hybrid, or classroom engagement. The program offers variety to give students options best suited to their schedule and learning style.

Students engage in group learning and experiences in each class setting. They have topical discussions that benefit the learning experience and enhance communication skills. They use various communication techniques in classes that transition into their workplace. Students examine real-life, open-ended scenarios creating opportunity for critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and practicing effective communication skills. Students write papers demonstrating critical thinking and problem-solving.

OCU Associate Professor of Leadership Randy Savage explains the MLA program’s design: “While used interchangeably, the terms management and leadership are distinct concepts. Most business degrees focus on management skills. Leadership goes above and beyond. It provides inspiration and motivation and comes with honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness. Consider any famous speech. It is likely a great expression of leadership. Good leaders continually learn and seek role models. They pursue the best practices and processes.”

For program graduate Christopher Bryan, Assistant Field Manager at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management in Kingman, AZ which manages over 2.4 million acres of public land, “The decision to pursue a Master’s degree at OCU was one of our family’s best. The organizational leadership concentration fits perfectly with my career aspirations. The courses are excellent. On a daily basis, I use the leadership skills, principles, and approaches I learned in the program. I purchased some of the textbooks and kept them in the office for reference and to share with our current and emerging leaders.

“My favorite and most enjoyable aspects of the program,” continues Bryan, “is the engagement with professors and student peers. The online discussions provided an outstanding opportunity to share past and present work-related leadership experiences: the advice, tips, and insight they shared provided commonsense solutions to complex leadership challenges I face. Our organization is undergoing structural change. What I learned from the Leadership Concentration enabled me to be someone others look to for help navigating transition and turning changes into opportunities. 

“I highly recommend OCU’s leadership program to students considering careers in leadership roles in any field. OCU’s Christian approach sets it apart from other programs. It helped define and refine my understanding of what it means to be a Christian leader: ‘Servant leader’ who puts the needs of the people and communities they serve above their own.”

For more information about the Master of Arts in Leadership program, please visit www.ohiochristian.edu, or contact Adult & Online Admissions by email: agsenroll@ohiochristian.edu, or phone: 1 (877) 246-3675

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Dr. Caleb Friedeman Publishes Major Reference Work

Published: April 1, 2021

Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature(ASIRL) with Hendrickson Academic. This volume is a comprehensive Scripture index to classical rabbinic literature in English that contains approximately 90,000 entries and represents over 2,500 hours of work by a seven-person team over the course of two and a half years. In addition to the work of the editorial team, a group of OCU staff and students assisted in
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature(ASIRL) with Hendrickson Academic. This volume is a comprehensive Scripture index to classical rabbinic literature in English that contains approximately 90,000 entries and
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index
Summer Institute

Summer Institute to Offer New Online Courses and Certificates

Summer Institute

Published: May 5, 2020

Ohio Christian University’s Summer Institute provides the opportunity for professionals, K-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or undergraduate level courses at a reduced rate.  OCU is also introducing ten new stand-alone certificate programs as part of the Summer Institute for anyone interested in furthering his or her skills in an area. Most courses begin June 1, 2020. Graduate Level Courses for Teachers and Professors These courses are designed to help K-12 and undergraduate instructors work towards a graduate degree.
Ohio Christian University’s Summer Institute provides the opportunity for professionals, K-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or undergraduate level courses at a reduced rate.  OCU is also introducing ten new stand-alone certificate programs as part of the Summer Institute for anyone interested in furthering his or her skills in
Ohio Christian University’s Summer Institute provides the opportunity for professionals, K-12 teachers, professors, university students, and high school students to complete online graduate or
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Distance Learning Supports Social Distancing

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Published: March 17, 2020

Suddenly the term “social distancing” has invaded our vocabulary and people are much more aware of their surroundings. They are seeking ways to maintain some normalcy in their day-to-day lives while keeping a safe distance from others. The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in many universities shifting onsite classes to distance learning, including Ohio Christian University.  Thankfully, Ohio Christian is experienced in this area having offered online classes for over a decade to adults and teens. Students have the option to enroll in Trailblazer Academy (College Credit Plus), Online-
Suddenly the term “social distancing” has invaded our vocabulary and people are much more aware of their surroundings. They are seeking ways to maintain some normalcy in their day-to-day lives while keeping a safe distance from others. The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in many universities shifting onsite classes to distance learning, including Ohio Christian University.  Thankfully,
Suddenly the term “social distancing” has invaded our vocabulary and people are much more aware of their surroundings. They are seeking ways to maintain some normalcy in their day-to-day lives 
Best Online Colleges Award

Ohio Christian recently named top online college in Ohio

Best Online Colleges Award

Published: March 13, 2020

Value Colleges recently named Ohio Christian University as one of the top online colleges in Ohio, awarding Ohio Christian the #2 spot. According to the Value Colleges article, “The programs featured in Value Colleges’ Best Online Colleges in Ohio have found the best balance between affordability, accessibility, and quality.” Ohio Christian’s Online Program offers over 50 Certificate, Associate, Bachelor and Master level degree programs in the areas of Business, Marketing, Data Analytics, Information Technology, Emergency Management, Human Services, Criminal Justice, Ministry,
Value Colleges recently named Ohio Christian University as one of the top online colleges in Ohio, awarding Ohio Christian the #2 spot. According to the Value Colleges article, “The programs featured in Value Colleges’ Best Online Colleges in Ohio have found the best balance between affordability, accessibility, and quality.” Ohio Christian’s Online Program offers over 50 Certificate,
Value Colleges recently named Ohio Christian University as one of the top online colleges in Ohio, awarding Ohio Christian the #2 spot. According to the Value Colleges article, “The programs
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Ohio Christian: A Leader in Online Education

Ohio Christian: A Leader in Online Education image

Published: March 9, 2020

Ohio Christian University is one of the leading Central Ohio universities for earning an online degree. Columbus CEO magazine recently ranked Ohio Christian as #4 on their Leaderboard Report for Central Ohio Online Degree Programs. [1] The report shows that for fall 2019, Ohio Christian had 932 online undergraduate and graduate students from the Central Ohio region alone and 2171 total online students. The report also highlights Ohio Christian's excellent 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio and affordable price point. Explore online degree options or take the next step by submitting our 
Ohio Christian University is one of the leading Central Ohio universities for earning an online degree. Columbus CEO magazine recently ranked Ohio Christian as #4 on their Leaderboard Report for Central Ohio Online Degree Programs. [1] The report shows that for fall 2019, Ohio Christian had 932 online undergraduate and graduate students from the Central Ohio region alone and 2171 total
Ohio Christian University is one of the leading Central Ohio universities for earning an online degree. Columbus CEO magazine recently ranked Ohio Christian as #4 on their Leaderboard Report for

Archived Articles of Interest

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Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary

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Published: April 18, 2019

By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
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Survey Results: Online Offers Community

Survey Results: Online Offers Community image

Published: February 27, 2019

Ohio Christian University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness recently participated in a national assessment called “The Thriving Survey.”  Respondents to this online survey included 126 Traditional Undergraduate students and 275 students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. One of the most interesting findings was the high level of community in OCU’s adult and online classes.    83% of adult and online students agree there is a “strong sense of community among students in this program.”   What is it about OCU’s adult and online programs that create this sense of
Ohio Christian University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness recently participated in a national assessment called “The Thriving Survey.”  Respondents to this online survey included 126 Traditional Undergraduate students and 275 students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. One of the most interesting findings was the high level of community in OCU’s adult and online classes
Ohio Christian University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness recently participated in a national assessment called “The Thriving Survey.”  Respondents to this online survey included 126 
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Information Technology & Data Analytics Degrees Open Doors to World-Changing Jobs

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Published: February 5, 2019

Ohio Christian University’s Information Technology and Data Analytics degrees train students for high-tech careers in today’s ever-changing environment. By offering both a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics, OCU prepares students to meet all the challenges in these continually growing and evolving fields. The Information Technology major teaches students to integrate information technology with business management and equips them to plan, implement, and support information systems. With a Data Analytics degree, students learn to
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Youth Leadership Conference Focuses on Engaging Youth Culture

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Published: January 11, 2019

On Thursday, March 7th, Ohio Christian University is hosting an all-day Youth Leadership Conference focusing on Engaging Youth Culture. The program is ideal for all church pastors and youth pastors. Focused breakout sessions will cover these key topics: - Mental Health and Suicide - Refreshing your Ministry - Developing World Changers by Partnering with Non-Profits - How Media is Shaping your Students - Working with Church Leadership Keynote speaker Dr. Walt Mueller is an authority on youth culture and family issues. Mueller is the founder of the Center for Parent/Youth
On Thursday, March 7th, Ohio Christian University is hosting an all-day Youth Leadership Conference focusing on Engaging Youth Culture. The program is ideal for all church pastors and youth pastors. Focused breakout sessions will cover these key topics: - Mental Health and Suicide - Refreshing your Ministry - Developing World Changers by Partnering with Non-Profits - How Media is Shaping
On Thursday, March 7th, Ohio Christian University is hosting an all-day Youth Leadership Conference focusing on Engaging Youth Culture. The program is ideal for all church pastors and youth pastors
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Students Serve Refugees in Spain over Christmas Break

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Published: January 2, 2019

By Amber Ginter ‘19 / Natasha Grimmett, Director of Student Involvement Instead of relaxing over Christmas break, eight Ohio Christian University (OCU) students and staff took a mission trip to Spain to serve. Devoting their time in service to others for ten days, the students made Barcelona, Spain their new home for the week, adapting to its culture, environment, and surroundings, as Jesus did when He traveled from place to place to serve others. Through Ohio Christian University’s partnership with World Gospel Mission (WGM), Taryn Goble, Victoria Henley, Crystal Bethel, Adina
By Amber Ginter ‘19 / Natasha Grimmett, Director of Student Involvement Instead of relaxing over Christmas break, eight Ohio Christian University (OCU) students and staff took a mission trip to Spain to serve. Devoting their time in service to others for ten days, the students made Barcelona, Spain their new home for the week, adapting to its culture, environment, and surroundings, as Jesus
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