Today's leaders face great challenges dealing with disruptive changes, uncertain environments, multiple stakeholders, and financial pressures. The Master of Science (M.S.) Leadership and Organizational Change graduate program develops skills to transform you into a leader prepared to drive successful changes in any situation.

Key Program Features

  • Transforms you into a leader whom others are eager to follow.
  • Enables you to lead agile teams to successful outcomes.
  • Arms you with data-based decision-making skills.
  • Optimizes your emotional intelligence so you are cool, calm, and collected in any situation.
  • Converts you into a change agent who develops innovative strategies.

Online + Weekend Format Aligns with Busy Lives

  • One in-person, active weekend of classes per month — packed with team activities.
  • Online reading on your schedule rather than lectures.
  • Competitive tuition and potential partnership discounts that align with your budget.



See immediate payoffs: Among the LOC Class of 2021, 54% have gotten promoted or chosen for a new job while getting their master's degree.

Che' Hagins, student in Nazareth's online/weekend leadership & organizational change grad program

"There's a lot of valuable information that I've been able to use even within my own classroom. Having that leadership degree and understanding that my natural purpose is as a servant leader is going to be influential with some of the things I want to do."

Che' Hagins '22G, high school teacher in the Rochester City School District

Read his story: Becoming a transformational leader >


Online and monthly weekend classes


Complete in 24 months


Cohort program experience


No GMAT/GRE entrance test required

Program is Ideal for

Emerging leaders and experienced professionals in:

  • Accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, and business
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health, engineering, technology. scientist, and technical managers
  • Government and military

Curriculum Examples

  • Leadership Assessment & Development
  • Team & Conflict Management
  • Leadership and Decision-Making Analytics
  • Creating High Performance Organizations
  • Organizational Strategy & Systems Thinking
  • Organizational Consultation
  • Leading Organizational Change

Value of your Degree

  • Skilled leaders are in short supply: "58% of all U.S. companies say their number one strategic priority is closing their current leadership skill gaps." — 2016 Northeastern University survey
  • "A leadership gap or deficit may have one of two causes: when leaders are focused on the right competencies, but haven't sufficiently mastered them, or when leaders are not focused on the right skill areas." — Jean Leslie, Director of Strategic Initiatives, "The Leadership Gap," Center for Creative Leadership.
Kaleigh Tennies, alum of Nazareth's online/weekend leadership & change management master's degree

Kaleigh Tennies '21G
Director of Client Services, Upstate Special Needs Planning

The LOC program gave her the skills and confidence to land what she describes as her dream job at Upstate Special Needs Planning. "This program has provided me with tools and resources for how to lead strategic initiatives, both large and small. I hope ... that we can create a better life for people that are impacted by a disability." 

Read her story: Grad degree leads to dream job >

Cory Tylenda, alum of Nazareth's online/ weekend leadership & organizational change master's degree

Cory Tylenda '21G
Senior Manager, Business Continuity, at Liberty

"This program is transformational, both on a personal and professional level, and I learned so much from it. The LOC professors are leaders in their industry. You'll make many life-long friendships from the program."

Alexandria Buckley, alum of Nazareth's online/weekend leadership & change management master's degree

Alexandria Buckley '22G
Team Leader of Client Consulting at Excellus BCBS

"Being able to take what I learn in the classroom and apply it directly to my professional and personal life is the biggest impact, especially when results are seen. This program has helped me grow into a stronger, more confident leader to where I have been promoted to team leader in my department."

M.S. in Leadership & Organizational Change

Traditional M.B.A.

Develop transformational leaders Develop technical managers or administrators
Focus on developing emotional intelligence, teamwork, and change Focus on traditional management disciplines (accounting, finance, operations)
Innovative two-year cohort monthly weekend program Traditional full-time and part-time programs
Focuses on professional/personal growth and relationship building Focuses on professional development with analytical and quantitative skill building 

Making Grad School Affordable

Grants, scholarships, veterans benefits, loans, and undergraduate loan forgiveness are options for paying for this grad degree.


Why Nazareth?

"Leaders today face new expectations to engage teams, migrate through times of change, and achieve new levels of performance. This program is designed to help emerging and experienced leaders work on real-world scenarios in a collaborative peer group, while gaining knowledge and learning new skills to immediately use."

Larry O'Meal, Corp. V.P., Learning and Organization Development, Excellus BCBS

What to Expect

  • Develop emotional and leadership competencies.
  • Practice-focused program helps you transfer leadership skills to colleagues, ultimately leading to success for the organization.
  • Focus on organizational change and transformation as key areas of effective leadership, to become a change agent.
  • Apply individual and team capabilities to help non-profit community organizations during a full-semester project
  • Receive individualized personal and professional development to foster career promotion and mobility

Catalog: Program Requirements and Course Descriptions »


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Jessica Marino, student in Nazareth's online/weekend leadership & organizational change grad program

"This program has allowed me a tremendous opportunity to grow not only as a leader, but as a person. I have gained perspective outside of my norm, increased my self confidence, and made an impact on my community. A year into this program, I am not the same person who entered it. I have met some incredible people and know I have formed life-long friendships with my classmates. Giving up one weekend a month out of my social calendar is an investment I am willing to make to better my future."

—  Jessica Marino Hicks '22G, recently promoted at Paychex

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