Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science (MS) degree, concentration in Organizational Leadership program is available to qualified individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in any major from an accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.80 or higher. Admission is based on performance in previous college/university study, assessment of written essays, and appraisal of letters of recommendation.

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Graduate Admission form.
  • Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable). Students who have transcripts from outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a Credit Evaluation service and translated into English.
  • Two written essays. Each essay should be typed or printed, single-spaced, and limited to the length indicated. The essay questions are:
          1. What would you like the MS Admissions Committee to know about you? (450-word limit);
          2. What are your three most substantial achievements and why do you consider them to be substantial achievements? (700-word limit);
  • Two letters of recommendation were sent directly to Graduate Admissions at Framingham State University by the applicant’s references.
  • TOEFL scores (550 or higher) or IELTS scores (6.5 or higher) are required of applicants seeking admission from non-English speaking countries. The TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if the applicant has successfully completed at least two full academic years in a college/university in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada.

Evaluation of applications for admission to this program begins only when all the required documents have been received.

Applicants seeking admission for fall semester should have a complete application on file no later than July 1st. Applicants for spring admission should have a complete application on file no later than December 1st.   Applications completed or received after the due date cannot be guaranteed timely matriculation.

MS with a concentration in Organizational Leadership program advisors are available for consultation about the admission process, program requirements, and course selection. Individuals may make an appointment with an advisor by sending an email to gradadmissions [at] (gradadmissions[at]framingham[dot]edu).

Applications remaining incomplete for over one year will be considered inactive.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Each Framingham State University course is offered for one (1) course-credit, which is equivalent to four (4) semester hours. The MS with a concentration in Organizational Leadership requires completion of nine (9), consisting of (8) Core courses and one (1) Capstone project or theme-based seminar.


Students at commencement

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, the student will be able to:


  • Identify the principle concepts and theories in leadership, elements of organizational change, and management of business

  • Integrate data-driven and evidence-based decisions in local and global

  • Support the importance of ethical leadership in

  • Coordinate effective negotiations and ethical influence to achieve the desired

  • Apply the combined knowledge of organizational behavior and leadership disciplines in a business setting.

Additional Information

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for prior graduate coursework completed at another accredited college or university is considered at the time of admission based on course descriptions and documentation submitted with the student’s application.  Courses accepted in transfer must meet the academic criteria established by Framingham State University.  A maximum of two (2) graduate courses may be accepted in transfer and applied toward the MS degree program, if they were completed during the last five (5) years.

Time Limits for Program Completion

All degree requirements must be met within eight (8) years from the completion date of the first Core or Elective course for the program of study.

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