Lincoln Christian University (LCU) is excited to announce the approval of a process that will enable undergraduate students to complete their bachelor’s program and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) in five total years.
By taking MAOL courses as electives during senior year – a proposal approved by the Academic Council in an April meeting – students can decrease what would otherwise be a six-year process down to five. Beginning in the 2019-20 academic year, this option is available to all students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA in any of LCU’s 13 Bachelor of Arts degrees.
The MAOL is a wholly online program with the goal of teaching and examining leadership approaches in a plethora of contexts – church ministry, business and non-profit leadership, and more – all from a Christian worldview. MAOL courses are taught by faculty with leadership experience in a variety of fields.
“The goal of the MAOL program is to equip Christian leaders for the success of their organization and the benefit of the Kingdom of God,” said Christopher Beard, Program Director for the MAOL. “The MAOL is an extremely versatile program because the leadership concepts explored can be applied to virtually any leadership context. At the same time, the MAOL facilitates a deeper consideration of leadership and organizational theory that is not often found in an undergraduate experience. Accordingly, the MAOL is a wonderful opportunity for any Christian leader that wants to supplement their previous education and experience with knowledge and skills that will help them lead their organization, whatever it might be, successfully and for the glory of God.”
LCU’s current MAOL students are a diverse group, hailing from all over the globe: India, China, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, and Nevada to name a few. Their undergraduate degrees range from business to education to ministry to criminal justice. These students represent Fortune 500 companies, foundations, small businesses, mission agencies, childcare facilities, youth organizations, camps, campus ministries, churches, and local and state government.
To pursue this five-year BA/MAOL program, students should work with their advisors and the Registrar’s office to submit the proper forms and register for the proper classes.
Students with diverse skills from and from diverse backgrounds will find a welcoming and edifying community in the MAOL.