• Officer Ryan Wade, FPU alumnus, on the job in car

The Master of Arts in Strategic and Organizational Leadership is an action-oriented program designed to empower you to become a change agent in your organization and community. Coursework will build on your foundational knowledge and help you develop effective leadership and organizational skills so you can transform lives. FPU’s combination of cutting-edge academic subjects and relevant practical applications address challenges for leaders who want to make a difference. In addition, integrating ethical leadership practices and creative approaches to change adds value for organizations and communities.


  • Designed to fit your busy schedule
  • Classes offered one evening per week, one class at a time
  • Face-to-face class meetings with blended online components
  • Master's research project is supervised in class by faculty
  • Taught by faculty with extensive academic & real world experience
  • Gain new perspective on leadership and collaborative learning
  • Gain competencies needed to lead change and address new challenges

Career opportunities

This degree prepares professionals for positions in senior management, non-profit administration, business planning and a wide array of leadership roles, such as memberships on boards of directors and positions in community leadership. This degree is not only beneficial to graduates; organizations also benefit as these individuals integrate and implement ethical leadership practices and an objective approach to managing change.

Program director

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Suzana Dobrić Veiss, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Business and LEAD Program Director


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Paul Saldana, M.B.A.

Instructor, Business- Finance & Economics

Admission requirements

Note: As a result of COVID-19, GMAT/GRE testing requirements and application fees have been temporarily waived for School of Business graduate applicants. Please contact your program representative for more information.

  • Application form and fee
  • Official transcripts verifying BA/BS degree
  • Resume
  • One current professional reference form
  • Statement of intent
  • Program Interview Verification form
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • If GPA is under 3.0, submit a letter of petition and a designed test/writing sample to indicate critical and analytical writing skills (GRE, GMAT, MAT results or other exam)

Course listing

Required Courses (36 Units)

Semester 1

LEAD 705Foundations of Strategic Leadership3
LEAD 707Organizational Behavior for Leaders3

Semester 2

LEAD 732Change and Transformation Strategies3
LEAD 734Strategic Problem Solving3

Semester 3

LEAD 720Leadership Communication3
LEAD 721Conflict, Collaboration and Negotiation3

Semester 4

LEAD 730Finance for Leaders3
LEAD 722Leadership and Followership Development3
LEAD 752Developing Proposals for Change3

Semester 5

LEAD 723Ethics and Sustainable Leadership Strategies3
LEAD 762Leadership Strategy, Innovation and Creativity3
LEAD 766Leadership Capstone Project3

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.