Choosing Between an MBA and an MS in Organizational Leadership Degree

Two of the most popular degrees for current or aspiring business leaders are the MBA degree and a master’s degree in organizational leadership. While both can be very beneficial, these degrees are unique, and each is tailored for different audiences. If you thrive on advancing your skills like communication, adaptive leadership, and negotiation, the MS in Organizational Leadership could be an excellent choice for you. If you see yourself in a leadership role that focuses on strategic integration and managing organizations, then an MBA will serve you very well. While there is certainly some overlap in skills and curriculum, the core focus of these two graduate degree options is specific to each leadership role.

What is Organizational Leadership?

A strong leader communicates effectively with the team.

Effective business leaders relate well while creating an atmosphere of innovation and productivity. The MS in Organizational program emphasizes the critical hard and soft skills needed to thrive in a diverse organization including communication for leading individuals and teams, adaptive leadership, analyzing data to improve performance, ethics, negotiation and more. It is essential for leaders to understand their own leadership style and personality to be effective in motivating those around them to achieve their greatest professional success.

These soft skills or transferrable skills are essential to effective leadership and can be just as strong a driver of success as the hard or technical skills a person possesses according to In a recent article, The Top 12 Soft Skills Employers Seek, they identify skills that benefit all employees in any industry and capabilities that employers actively seek in their leadership candidates. The skills they reference as being critical success factors include a positive attitude, strong work ethic, communication and interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, time management, flexibility, teamwork and project management skills.

An organizational leadership degree from Quinnipiac University prepares you with these in-demand skills along with the confidence to make tough decisions and accept criticism to help you continually improve your own abilities. Students in the MSOL program have a passion to create a positive change and the program gives them the tools to realize that vision.

Is a Professional MBA Right for You?

Professional MBA students prepare to solve complex business issues.

The Professional MBA is a coveted degree that signals to employers that you are prepared to assume a leadership role. The Professional MBA ensures that you can think critically and solve complex business decisions that affect multiple stakeholders. A typical curriculum includes a set of required core classes that all students must complete coupled with a variety of specialty courses that allow you to focus on a particular area of interest such as health care management, marketing, or business analytics.

In Quinnipiac University’s Professional MBA program, students are immersed in real-world scenarios and work in teams to solve the complex issues they face. Although there has been significant growth in the types of business degrees available, the Professional MBA is still the crown jewel of the business degree. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council’s Business School Hiring Report: Corporate Recruits Survey 2019, MBA hiring projections for 2019 remain very strong with the median annual starting salary averaging $115,000.

Which Degree is Right for You?

The decision is different for each applicant. Decide what you enjoy, or do not enjoy and choose the degree that best suits your preferences and professional goals. Both the Professional MBA and master’s degree in organization leadership prepare you to be a more effective leader while garnering respect from supervisors, peers and employees. Although each degree choice is unique, they do share some skills that all leaders should embrace.

Professional MBA v. OL Venn Diagram.

The Quinnipiac University School of Business offers a Professional MBA and an MS in Organization Leadership degree taught by renowned faculty with practical business experience that they bring to the classroom for your benefit. Our programs are delivered in an interactive, supportive, online learning environment designed for working professionals. The Quinnipiac School of Business is AACSB accredited and consistently ranked among the best in the nation by US News and World Report.

QU Mount Carmel Campus.

If you are not sure which degree is best for you, talk to your mentors, or reach out to our admissions office for a candid discussion about which option might be best for you. Once you have determined which degree you desire, all that is left is to get started. Learning is a lifelong skill and these degrees set you on a path for continued success.

Contact our admissions office at 203-403-4277 or request more information to get started today.

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