Management and Leading Change

A Management Degree for a Changing World


Our Master of Arts degree in Management and Leading Change (MLC) offers a distinctive graduate program that prepares students at any stage in their professional development to be strong, wise managers and leaders in their fields. The curriculum promotes the critical thinking and analysis required to understand, manage, and lead change in the constantly shifting environments faced by all kinds of organizations.

Designed for the adult learner and lifestyle, the M.A. degree in Management and Leading Change can be completed in as little as 18 months as a full time student.

Students engage in dynamic online graduate courses that bring depth to students’ areas of interest and professional development. The MLC program at Antioch University Midwest is a low-residency, online learning model that enables students to complete their coursework from any location with an internet connection. Weekly class conference calls with instructors enrich the online learning experience with real-time voice discussions.

Many students seek this new level of mastery after substantial experience in a specific field. Regardless of experience, students leverage and maximize current knowledge or interest as they explore change management and leadership with a new lens of analysis that applies across many settings. This lens deepens the effectiveness of efforts to manage and to lead change.

“Antioch University Midwest met all of my criteria including a comprehensive management program and credit for the education and experiences the Air Force had provided.”
Ken Pagano
Management and Leading Change
Oakwood, OH


Master’s Degree Requirements (36 semester credits)

  • 9 or 10 courses (27-30 credits)
  • Field placement or internship (Practicum – 3 credits)
  • Capstone which is either a Professional Seminar (3 credits) or Thesis (6 credits)
  • Residency before each semester (Incoming new students: 3 days. All remaining semesters: 2 days.)
  • Three skill development workshops (required but non-credit bearing)

Students enrolled in this degree program are required to attend the in-person, on-site residency at the beginning of each semester. The balance of the program is entirely online using our online learning platform and can be completed from your own home and community.

Core Courses

COM 5500 Critical Thinking in Professional and Academic Writing (3 cr)

Professional and academic success requires the effective use of writing to reach shared understanding of situations, develop and communicate a coherent line of reasoning and assessment of options, arrive at sound individual and collective judgments, and achieve intended results with readers and collaborators. Successful written communications originate from critical thinking processes that incorporate clarity of purpose, accuracy, and sound analysis with awareness of audience and context. This course develops and strengthens these core abilities to think critically and write effectively. Students practice the reasoning, composition, and collaboration skills that are basic to these abilities, including library research, editing, formatting, and engaging in substantive reflection and dialogue on key issues.

MGT5400 Action Inquiry (3 cr)

This course is an introduction to the approach of Action Inquiry developed by Donald Schoen, Chris Argyris and William Torbert. Action inquiry is an approach that enables professionals to understand how they use their knowledge in practical situations and how they combine action and learning in a more effective way. Through greater awareness and reflection, students will be able to identify the knowledge that is embedded in the experience of their work so that they can improve their actions in a timely way, and achieve greater flexibility and conceptual innovation. The objective of the course is to introduce students to the approach and methods of action inquiry by raising their awareness between intention, strategy and outcomes in their practice.

MGT6550 Financial & Managerial Accounting (3 cr) *

This course is a study of financial and managerial accounting from a context of tactical and strategic decision making and organizational performance evaluation. Financial accounting concepts, processes and transactions are applied to the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement with an emphasis on statement analysis. The application of managerial accounting for planning, decision making, organizational evaluation and operational financial risk assessment is emphasized. Linkages between organizational culture, business ethics and financial and managerial accounting system designs are studied.

MGT5750 Strategic Marketing Management (3 cr) *

This course is designed to introduce students to current theories, practices, and cases in strategic marketing management. The course takes an analytical approach to the study of marketing problems of business firms and other types of organizations. Attention focuses on the influence of the marketplace and the marketing environment on marketing decision making; the determination of the organization’s products, prices, channels and communication strategies; and the organization’s system for planning and controlling its marketing effort.

MGT5850 Organizational Behavior (3 cr)

This course is designed to provide students with the social science tools needed to solve organizational problems and influence the actions of individuals, groups and organizations. It prepares managers to understand how to best organize and motivate the human capital of the firm, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change. This is accomplished through knowledge of competitive decision-making, reward system design, team building, strategic negotiation, political dynamics, corporate culture and strategic organizational design.

MGT5500 The Integral Organization (3 cr)

This course introduces students to the foundation and theories of integral conflict analysis and engagement as well as the purpose, components and use of the integral model for analyzing conflicts.

MGT6035 Leadership, Identity, and Development (3 cr)

Change agents in every setting confront conflicted situations and have leadership roles therein. Such individuals have an ethical duty to know themselves well enough to “first, do no harm.” That duty includes understanding conflict and identity as enduring factors in human experience and leadership challenges. Conflicts press for choices among stakeholders’ competing interests and needs, often threatening identity along with the presenting issues. Drawing from developmental, conflict, and leadership theories and applications, this course examines mental models of leadership, how personal and group identities form and change as they develop, and how these factors impact leadership and conflict styles, effectiveness in change-making, and capacities for critical reflection and foresight.

MGT6045 Team Development (3 cr)

This course introduces the conceptual framework of a team development model that focuses on individual and team attributes, the effects of stress on behavior, and the strategies for optimizing individual and team productivity. The course then continues the study and application of the principles of team development and maintenance. Students focus on understanding and managing team behavior and team member interaction through the use of individual and team profiles.

RSH 5100 Research Methods (3 cr)

This course introduces qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches to research in an interdisciplinary context. It examines methodological assumptions of those approaches and fundamental issues in designing a research study. Students think critically about how to use various methods to investigate information and phenomena of interest to create new knowledge for professional and academic purposes.  Students identify a manageable research question that is consistent with their educational and professional goals, design a small project to answer the question, collect, analyze and interpret data, and present their research findings.

SYS 6250 Critical Systems Thinking for 21st Century Change Agents (3 cr)

This course introduces and applies key concepts and practices of critical systems thinking to personal, organizational, and public contexts. Applicable to all human endeavors, such thinking is essential to inform strategies and interventions meant to initiate change, address issues, and manage conflicts and resources. Course topics include pattern analysis, properties of complex adaptive systems, and leverage points for action on small and larger scales of social and environmental concerns. Course methods develop students’ competency to apply critical system thinking practices, understand prior and current experience, meet professional challenges and career needs, and serve as effective change agents.

Low Residency Benefits

Residencies are an important component of the coursework.

The residencies contribute to the development of a learning community, which helps to sustain the student during the at-home portion of the academic program.

The low residency model provides the:

  • Ability to participate from home or anywhere in the world that has Internet access
  • Opportunity to complete a graduate program while continuing to meet obligations to family, work and community
  • Venue to engage with leading scholars in the field

Residencies are frequently hosted on AUM’s campus in Yellow Springs and have also been hosted at venues such as Grailville in Loveland, Ohio, a retreat center located 35 miles from Cincinnati.

For more information about Low-Residency programs at Antioch University Midwest, click here.

Student Perspectives

Student Profiles

antioch student Ken P.Ken Pagano
Oakwood, OH
Management and Leading Change-General Track

I started at Antioch because I needed to complete my Bachelor’s degree after retiring from the Air force. My experience at Antioch was such a great fit that I decided to continue on, and get my Master’s degree from them.

The Management and Leading Change (MLC) program has been challenging because the online experience is completely new to me. However, I think I’ve adapted pretty well. And I do have to say that the instructors have been completely helpful in continuing to send out resources through email, Sakai, and on the conference calls. They are always offering assistance in trying to assure that we, as students, have what’s expected of us, as well as the technical support needed to get online. They’ve also been extremely helpful with different requirements needed for writing research papers. In my undergrad, I had to use MLA format, and now we’re using APA. But the professors provide all the resources you need to be successful and give you periodic updates. I would recommend this program as a premier education experience. Between the course content, the knowledge and ability to bring you through the content that the instructors provide, and their overall genuine caring for your success, you will get through this program. With most adult learners, life gets in the way. And the professors are constantly reminding us of that reality of being an adult learner. I’ve seen how committed they are to our success. That can’t be overstated, and it’s impossible to miss. I’ve already included some of what I’ve learned in the MLC program into my everyday life. In addition, I interpret it as a very high credential that I’m including on my resume, which I think will be the catalyst to attaining my next division.

My experience in the program has been more life changing than I expected. I thought I would just learn a bunch of facts and theories, which I have, but along with that I have been guided into a way of deeper thought.

Antioch Student - Melinda WhiteMelinda White (Mimi)
Management and Leading Change-Human Resources
Huber Heights, OH

I attended Antioch in my undergrad, so when I looked for a graduate program that best fit me, I chose the Antioch’s Management and Leading Change program (MLC) because I like the way Antioch teaches their students. I like their style. I guess I should say the Antioch model in undergrad made me discover who I was, and I figured the grad program would only enhance it. The MLC program was instrumental in obtaining my current position as the Human Resources Officer for Montgomery County’s Environmental Services Division. They really wanted to find people who were of a certain mindset in the interview process. My skills, abilities and an education that would help foster a culture of transformational learning was important to the organization. The deputy director has a PhD in Strategic Leadership, and sits with every employee that comes under his guidance, and speaks of the importance of transformational leadership. Antioch helped differentiate me from others. And, everything I’m learning ties into the job I have now. I’m able to apply the techniques I have learned in the program to my professional life and my personal life.

I have also found that the professors in the Conflict & Leading Change Programs are really supportive. They realize that we all work. Most of the people that I’ve met at Antioch have been over-achievers, meaning we probably take on a lot more than what we probably should. I think the professors have been able to help us balance that out. I’m not saying that things are easy, by no means, have the classes been easy. But, if you need an extension they understand. They’re not pushovers though. They expect a lot, but I feel like they’ve been supportive as well as encouraging. I feel like Antioch tends to meet their students where they’re at and help elevate them to the next level. They understand that life happens, which I don’t think I would have found at any other program I could have chosen. In my personal experience, In my first quarter, I lost both my mother and brother within a short period of time. I received so much support from my professors and the Antioch staff. I felt like they cared. You know, they cried with me, they sat with me, and they encouraged me. I know I would not have returned when I had to take a leave of absence. But they with their support I did returned within two quarters. The other students that I’ve meet in the program have also changed me. I’ve found that my cohort has been one in which we actually are friends. It’s not just, oh well I’m taking classes with these people, and that’s it. What I really like about the residencies is the opportunity to bond with other students. From the very first residency I made friends. People that I know that will be life-long friends. At other universities that offer online opportunities, lot of the times you don’t know who’s on the other end of that computer, so it’s hard for you to build a bond. I feel like with Antioch, not only have I bonded with my cohort, other cohorts as well. I think that’s the difference between Antioch and other online programs. I believe the residencies give you time to talk to people, and get their numbers, and call them up, and you’re working together to get through the program. You have people with whom you can celebrate and commiserate!

These programs to take patience. Be forewarned that there are challenges! But those challenges help you transform who you are. Get to know your fellow students, because that’s what gets you through. I think it’s more difficult if you try to be somebody that works alone. Therefore, you have to get to know the other students and interact with them. And don’t be ashamed to reach out to people because that’s what’s really going to get you to the other side. And then learn! Use the techniques. When you learn the techniques, practice them. I think that’s what makes you successful. It’s not just learning the book work, but also applying the techniques and principles you have been taught.