July 24, 2012 | 8:58 a.m.
By Samantha Allgood '12
A student in the Organizational Leadership program participates in discussion.
Starting this fall, Bethel’s Graduate School (CAPS/GS) is offering a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) degree fully online. Designed for busy adults, the 36-semester-credit program equips leaders with the necessary skills to respond in strategic and effective ways.
“All of the courses in the MAOL program have some online components to them, because technology needs to be part of a relevant and effective educational experience,” explains Sam Helgerson, program director. “The online MAOL program builds on those strengths and brings a Bethel education to a wider audience, geographically speaking.”
Taught from a Christian perspective, the degree prepares leaders to balance structure and improvisation in organizations, apply values and ethics to the workplace, and approach challenging circumstances with grace and humility. Students are challenged to pursue meaningful goals, engage their community and organizations, and apply creative and critical thinking to transform situations. In addition, a new emphasis will focus on preparing leaders to develop other leaders.
“We have an amazing group of curriculum design experts working with us,” says Helgerson. “They know how to make online community happen, and help develop that sense of presence. That’s part of the reason I am so enthusiastic about this program going online.”