MBA, Leadership and Change Management Specialization
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Enhance Your Leadership and Change Management Skills with an MBA from Concordia University Chicago

Change is a constant in business. Successful managers understand the benefits of change as well as the importance of strong leadership in uncertain times. Employers value leaders who can guide organizations through changes and challenges—from shifting consumer behavior to new regulatory guidelines to technological advances—with a minimum of disruption and a focus on positive outcomes.

That’s why effective leadership and change management skills are inextricably linked and more critical than ever in modern business. The online MBA with a Leadership and Change Management Specialization from Concordia University Chicago empowers professionals and managers to prepare for executive leadership roles in today’s rapidly evolving business environment.

A 100% online change management MBA allows working professionals to pursue a graduate degree on their own schedule. The Concordia University Chicago program is unique in that it combines the benefits of a traditional online management MBA and a specialized online change management master’s degree.

The online MBA in change management program will help students:

  • Develop the skills needed to become a resourceful and creative leader.
  • Implement business strategies that adapt to changing consumer needs.
  • Create a business foundation that fosters effective and efficient organizational changes.
  • Demonstrate expertise in leadership theories and intercultural leadership.
  • Understand and leverage the keys to successfully manage strategic change.
Drive Positive Organizational Change With an Online Leadership and Change Management MBA

Concordia University Chicago offers a variety of specialized MBA degrees that span many industries and business disciplines. The online MBA with a Leadership and Change Management Specialization aims to produce graduates who are fully prepared to take on the challenges of running a modern organization.

This online change management MBA covers all 12 courses featured in the core MBA degree program, plus four additional classes that focus on important leadership and change management strategies in greater depth:

  • The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach
  • Leader Development
  • Leadership Communication and Decision Making
  • Agents of Change
Degree Program Specifications

Students must complete 48 hours of online coursework to earn an MBA with a Leadership and Change Management Specialization from Concordia University Chicago. The academic calendar includes three 16-week semesters per year, with each semester comprised of two consecutive eight-week terms. Depending on whether students opt for a standard or accelerated degree plan, the online change management MBA program can be completed in roughly one to two years.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the online accounting MBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Complete and submit all required admission materials as follows:

  • Objective Statement – Write a brief essay outlining your education and career goals and explain how an MBA degree from Concordia University Chicago will help you fulfill those objectives.
  • Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree. Full admission requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for master’s degrees.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies and personal character.
  • Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications, and skills.

International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service. For full requirements, visit the Admission & Tuition page. 

There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online MBA program at Concordia University Chicago.

MBA, Leadership and Change Management Specialization: 48 Credit Degree Program

Total Core MBA Credits – 36

Leadership and Change Management Specialization Courses

Semester 1

The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach

MBAL 6005     3 credit hours 

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the methods used by leaders to approach training, coaching and developing their organizational workforces. Faced with the constant of change and ever increasing global competition and pressures, organizations must find ways to develop the individuals, teams and leaders in their organizations if they are to remain relevant and competitive in today’s marketplace. Students explore various means that can be used for development including various forms of training, mentoring and coaching. Ethical issues as they relate to development and coaching are also examined.

Leader Development: Cultivating, Sustaining and Renewing the Organization

MBAL 6010     3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for exploration and critical examination of self in the context of leadership development and proficiency. The organizational leader is viewed as the lead learner whose responsibility is to cultivate, shape and sustain the development of the organization and personnel. Emphasis is placed on the practice of self‐reflective leadership grounded in established theory and principles. Students are encouraged to self‐assess and articulate their own generative capacities, professional renewal initiatives and leadership legacy. Purpose, intention and actionable plans for leadership growth and development are encouraged.

Semester 2

Leadership Communication and Decision Making

MBAL 6015     3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the key elements of communication and decision‐making in 21st Century organizations. Current, relevant and timely resources are explored to provide students with opportunities to analyze elements and functions of communication and decision‐making. Significant emphasis will be on effective communication skill sets and competencies utilized in organizational communication and decision‐making in the current global milieu, working in both real‐world and virtual environments.

Agents of Change

MBAL 6020     3 credit hours

In this course students will examine the various roles and processes in organizational intervention as they relate to identifying, implementing and sustaining change. Organizational culture, climate, communication practices, mental models and change theories will be explored.

Career Outlook for Business Leaders

An MBA in change management prepares graduates for leadership roles in any industry and at all levels of an organization. Professionals who earn a reputation for effective change management are often promoted to senior leadership and executive positions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) anticipates employment of managers and executives will grow 8% by 2026, resulting in over 800,000 new managerial jobs and more than 190,000 in the top executive ranks.

While a bachelor’s degree in business can prepare professionals for managerial roles, an MBA remains the gold standard for those who aspire to advance into the top levels of an organization. Graduates who earn an online MBA with a Leadership and Change Management Specialization often hold such titles as:

  • CEO, CMO or COO
  • Director of Change Management
  • Process Improvement Manager
  • Change Management consultant
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Global Programs Manager

Salaries for business managers and leaders vary widely depending on the position and location. However, BLS data reveals that the median annual pay for top executives was $183,270 as of May 2017, and the top 10% earned upwards of $208,000 per year.

As global business continues to expand and evolve, the need for experts in business strategy and innovation has never been higher. For professionals who aim to move into senior management, earning an online MBA with a Leadership and Change Management Specialization from Concordia University Chicago can open the door to the top jobs in every industry.

MBA Certificate in Leadership and Change Management

An MBA Certificate can beneift you if you are looking to enhance your business career with a broader scope of skills. Our MBA certificate in Leadership and Change Management will provide you with:

  • Unparalleled organizational leadership skills
  • Perspective and theories on leadership styles and trends
  • Techniques for implementing strategic change
Tuition & Financial Aid

If there is no interruption in your course of study at Concordia University Chicago, you are guaranteed there will be no increase in tuition rates. Contact us to confirm the current tuition and fees for the online change management master’s degree. Students who enroll in the online MBA program as a degree candidate are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Active-duty military service members, veterans and eligible dependents can take advantage of financial programs available to assist in paying for a college education. For more information, please visit our website.

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Megan Radel
Concordia University Chicago
Student Recruitment Manager


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