Organizational Leadership Online and Campus-Based Programs

organizational leadership onlinePeople who choose organizational leadership online or campus-based programs are often interested in pursuing leadership or management positions or in enhancing their careers in business, government, nonprofit, or military settings.  This page provides information about the programs, schools and careers.

Whatever your interest is, or whatever your current position is, a leadership qualification will probably be useful in your career prospects.  Many organizational leadership degree programs come under business administration or business management, but degree programs with an organizational leadership perspective also exist in psychology, education, health, and public administration.

Programs can be taken at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels, and people usually prefer to take them online so as to avoid interrupting their careers.  This page mainly provides links to schools with online programs - if you want to study on campus, check at the foot of this page, and also click on On Campus Programs.

 

Where can you take organizational leadership online programs?

Many schools offer organizational leadership programs online.  Here are a few selected ones (others can be found using the search box in the right hand column):

  • Walden University
    • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Public Management and Leadership
    • M.S. in Psychology - Leadership Development and Coaching
    • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) RN Track - Leadership and Management
    • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Public Management and Leadership
    • Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Administrator Leadership for Teaching
    • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - Nonprofit Management and Leadership
    • M.S. in Leadership - Project Management
    • M.S. in Leadership - Sustainable Futures
    • M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
    • Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences - Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Grand Canyon University
    • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)
    • MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
    • MS in Leadership: Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Management
    • MED in Education Administration: Organizational Leadership (No IR, No Cert)
    • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership
    • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in Effective Schools
    • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in Higher Education Leadership
    • Doctor of Education (Ed.D) - Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • Capella University
    • BS - Management and Leadership
    • MS - Leadership Coaching Psychology
    • PhD - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • South University
    • Bachelor of Business Administration - Management and Leadership

 

What do organizational leadership degrees cover?

Although many managers take leadership degrees, management skills and leadership skills are not the same.  A degree in organizational leadership focuses on the skills of transformational leadership, i.e., those skills needed to help an organization to undergo whatever changes are required in order to achieve its vision.  In order to develop the knowledge and skills required for leadership, students require a foundation in subjects such as: psychology, human relations, finance, and computer studies.   Specific leadership courses can then build on this foundation. These courses might include: communication and interpersonal skills, management decision making, building collaborative teams, change management, strategic planning, transformative leadership, leadership influences, diversity in organizations.

 

What jobs do graduates of online leadership programs get?

As organizations face increasing globalization, competition, changing economies, and changing demographics of clients and workforce, transformational leadership is required more than ever.  This is true in companies in all fields of work, so whatever your career interest or current employment is, an organizational leadership degree online is a sensible choice.  It will provide you with the leadership attitudes, knowledge and skills that you need to succeed in a management position at senior levels in an organization.  But it is also possible to work as a development specialist or as a consultant in organizational development.

Chief executive officers can earn a salary of $175,000, but competition is clearly very tough for these positions.  Most would require an MBA or even a doctorate in business.

 

For more schools and programs

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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