MBA versus the MOL

Which degree is right for me?

Clarke University offers two high quality master degree level business programs that prepare students across the broad spectrum of management and leadership: Master of Business Administration and Master in Organizational Leadership. As you review these options, you should examine which degree will better suit your career goals and interests, as well as your background and preferences.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is an internationally recognized professional management degree with a broad foundation of various functions within an organization including: organizational behavior, strategy, human resources, accounting, finance, marketing, and operations applied to domestic and global organizations. An MBA emphasizes management and administration functions that produce order and consistency in organizations. Clarke offers certifications within the MBA in the following areas: Managerial Professional, Project Management Professional, Human Resource Professional. 

The Clarke University MBA is for students either engaged in or preparing for managerial positions within their organizations. The program emphasizes problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making abilities. MBA graduates typically find themselves managing business units and cross-functional teams toward achieving organizational goals and objectives. This program is for individuals, primarily with a business-based educational background, although pre-requisite coursework may be obtained to pursue the MBA degree.

Master in Organization Leadership (MOL)

The landscape of the 21st Century workplace includes knowledge-based workers engaged in a fast-paced, ever-changing, globalized environment. This requires thoughtful, flexible, visionary leaders able to meet the demands and expectations of key stakeholders. The Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) degree teaches students how to lead and produce effective change in an organization through its most valuable resource, its human capital.

The MOL is for students either in or preparing for positions of leadership within their organizations. The MOL focuses on: organizational leadership with emphasis on leading self and others in the modern world, effective teams, organizational behavior, executive presence, ethical behavior, and systems leadership. MOL graduates typically find themselves leading complex organizations and initiating change for organizational effectiveness. This program is for individuals from a broad base of educational backgrounds.

In addition, students who pursue the MOL at Clarke University, gain a competitive advantage through three one-credit high-impact workshop-style courses offered in partnership with Dardis Communications. These courses focus on skills every leader needs, which include; professional presentation and communication skills, leadership presence, and powerful persuasion skills. The courses show you how to 'step up' with confidence, think quickly on your feet, and speak with purpose.

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

- Peter Drucker

An MBA will prepare you for management; the MOL prepares you for leadership. This may not be an 'either- or' decision, it may be a 'both- and' decision as to which degree to pursue, depending on where you are in your career.

MBA Focus   MOL Focus
Management   Leadership
Quantitative   Qualitative
Controlling & Maintaining   Empowering & Changing
Traditional   Contemporary
Structures / Processes   People / Relationships
Hard Skills   Soft Skills


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