Discover Lewis University Online

Lewis University’s online master’s degree programs are designed to ensure that you gain the practical knowledge and skills needed for career advancement in your field. With a small student to faculty ratio, students receive individualized attention from faculty members, who are renowned for their expertise in their field and who lead based off real-world examples. Also, given that the degree programs are entirely online, you’re able to continue your education at a flexible pace that is convenient to you.

Why Lewis
Founded in 1932 and guided by its Catholic and Lasallian heritage, Lewis University instills leadership and empowers professionals to serve the global good. Lewis provides students with customizable, market-relevant and practical degree programs that are immediately applicable to their careers.

Quick Facts

School Name

Lewis University





Expert Faculty & Learning Experience

Lewis emphasizes faculty/student interaction with a relational style of teaching and learning where students are challenged, supported and have the opportunity to learn from their peers. With the majority of faculty holding the highest degree in their field and many being experienced practitioners, our instructors are experts that bring academic success and real world experiences to the classroom. Excellent teaching is a top priority at Lewis, which is why there are no teaching assistants.

General Information

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Religious Affiliation:

Catholic – Lasallian

Academic calendar:

8 week terms (online programs)


Lewis University is accredited by, and a member of, the Higher Learning Commission.

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Online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Become the leader that others choose to follow. Lewis University’s online Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership builds upon your innate ability to inspire others, instilling within you the advanced skills, techniques, theories and perspectives that will enable you to effectively empower and motivate people in your organization. The curriculum is designed with real-world, applicable examples and a Capstone Project is integrated, so the knowledge gained can be directly applied to your career.

Design How You Want to Lead

Lewis’ online M.A. in Organizational Leadership program offers five unique concentrations, so you’re able to customize your education in order to meet your professional aspirations and become an effective leader.

  • Higher Education – Student Services – This concentration focuses on the skills that leaders need to be effective at the university level, helping to manage students’ non-education needs, such as student services, advising and traditional/non-traditional student needs. You will develop effective team building skills and learn strategies in planning, design and delivery of student services. This interdisciplinary program combines a keen understanding of human behavior with leadership techniques and progressive management.

  • Not-for-Profit Management – The nonprofit world has its own set of challenges and goals. The Not-for-Profit Management concentration is a unique specialization tailored to offer training in people-focused strategies, tools and skills and ways to apply them to nonprofit enterprises, such as charities, boards and associations.  A master's degree is a valuable asset in the nonprofit world and is often required to move into high-level positions. Students will also be prepared to start their own nonprofit initiatives with this concentration if they wish.

  • Organizational and Leadership Coaching – Gain the vital skills needed to enable others to become influential leaders. This concentration utilizes a hands-on approach to develop your coaching skills and practices. The Organizational and Leadership Coaching Concentration curriculum is also accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and will help you prepare for the ICF’s credentialing exam. 

  • Organizational Management – This people-centric concentration will provide you with the management tools, leadership skills and understanding of human behavior to ensure employees work together effectively and efficiently. The topics covered throughout the course will help you target your leadership, so you can manage an organization of any size, culture or function. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to practice and apply team development theory, read and write financial texts, along with research and understand organizational culture.

  • Training and Development – Learn the skills to ensure that your employees have the proper training and knowledge in order to succeed in their roles. This concentration focuses on the most effective practices and methods for training and teaching adults from diverse backgrounds and with varying learning styles, abilities and experience. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be ready to meet the challenges of any organization and understand how to create clear and effective communication on all levels and tailor presentations and training to specific demographics for maximum impact.

Online Master of Science in Information Security

The online Master of Science in Information Security degree program at Lewis University builds upon your years of experience in the information technology field, giving you the advanced, cutting-edge skills needed to protect businesses and organizations against tomorrow’s digital threats. The curriculum was designed to offer an immediate return on your investment and to give you a mastery understanding of the 10 key domains required to sit the Certified Information Systems Security Professional exam, which is the industry’s gold standard.

Immediate ROI on your cyber security expertise
The online M.S. in Information Security program gives you maximum return on your educational investment by delivering an interdisciplinary core of courses followed by two unique concentrations. Students may pursue either the Management Concentration or the Technical Concentration.

  • Management Concentration: This concentration focuses on identifying and mitigating information security risks faced by organizations, as well as strategies for planning and assessing projects, processes and systems for safeguarding an organization’s data.

  • Technical Concentration: This hands-on concentration examines how information systems can be monitored, investigated, and made secure, with courses on information processing systems, secure operating systems and applications, network security, cryptography, security protocols and other issues that confront those charged with securing information networks.

Master of Science in Data Science
Lewis University's online Master of Science in Data Science program's curriculum was crafted to ensure that professionals gain a mastery understanding of the skills and theories behind identifying trends in large data sets by utilizing modern mathematical and computer science practices.

Students graduate with real-world, applicable knowledge that will help them decipher data and conduct analyses using:

  • Modeling
  • Statistics
  • Linear algebra
  • Software adn systems development
  • Distributed processing
  • Data modeling
  • Data analytics

The online Master of Science in Data Science program through Lewis is unique from other programs of its kind because students have the option of pursuing two concentrations: Data Science for Computer Scientists or Data Science for Life Scientists.

Data Science for Computer Scientists concentration prepares students to create large-scale data storage systems that meet the requirements of a given problem, including prescribing the hardware, software and communication links that must comprise such systems.

Data Science for Life Scientists concentration explains how data science techniques can be used to solve problems related to healthcare using data from a variety of sources. It looks at data analysis from the perspective of biology and prepares students to develop solutions for life science data management projects.

Continuing your education with Lewis University means you will receive an education of the highest caliber. It also means you’ll be doing so with an institution that is ranked as a top university by The Princeton Review and GI Jobs. Lewis is consistently named one of the Best Midwestern Universities by the Princeton Review.

Enjoy an Education from a Yellow Ribbon School

Lewis University is a proud Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program participant. The program allows qualified veterans to receive financial assistance from Veterans Affairs to help cover your education costs, should your degree program's tuition exceed the cap for the Post-9/11 GI Bill for the state of Illinois.

If you qualify as an eligible Post-9/11 veteran*, you'll have more than one hundred approved education programs at Lewis University from which to choose — tuition-free!

*According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, you may be eligible if:

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