MS in Organizational Leadership

Transform your leadership skills.

Businesses and organizations across the globe need people who can step up to the plate and lead effectively, relate well to other employees and use their personal evolution to create a climate of innovation and productivity.

Quinnipiac University’s online master of science in organizational leadership program prepares you for that evolution by starting with the most important quality of a true leader – self-awareness. Learn to develop the self-awareness and understanding of others that only effective leaders possess. Delve into contemporary concepts such as social and emotional intelligence, corporate social responsibility, strategic thinking, cultural diversity and data-driven performance improvement.

Communication, ethics, analysis and organizational leadership serve as focal points for this 100 percent online program.

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Programs of Study & Curriculum

The master of science in organizational leadership program allows you to tailor your degree based on your professional goals. The core requirements include courses focused on leadership fundamentals, as well as the power and politics of communication, leadership of diverse groups, management of projects and performance, ethical issues and organizational changes. The curriculum also allows you to select one of four professional focus tracks.

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Julie Vigil, MSOL '18

Julie came to Quinnipiac looking to grow her leadership skills and advance her career. As a result of her work in the program, Julie was able to obtain a managerial role in her chosen field of interest.

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Jeff Natale, MSOL '18

Jeff was motivated to return to school to enhance his current leadership set. His coursework and interactions with classmates helped him to bring a new perspective to his daily leadership role. In addition the program provided applications that helped strengthen his service as an elected official in Cheshire, CT.

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Upon completion of the MS in Organizational Leadership students will demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate capabilities with respect to effective communication with varied organizational stakeholders.
  2. Personal Development: Students will exhibit an understanding of mechanisms/tools to maintain an ongoing awareness of personal characteristics, how these impact interactions with others and how to re-evaluate these regularly toward continuous improvement as leaders.
  3. Critical Thinking: Students will be able to utilize analytical tools applicable to the leadership function in reviewing and enhancing organizational and individual performance.
  4. Leadership Development: Students will be able to evaluate and understand organizational design issues, organizational learning issues and motivation issues toward becoming effective leaders of diverse organizations.
  5. Strategic Thinking: Students will demonstrate understandings of the formulation of strategy and implications for its implementation within diverse organizations.
  6. Ethical Behavior: Students will recognize choices in ethical contexts and effectively use frameworks to make decisions as leaders that are ethical.

National accreditations and rankings in publications like U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review are only a small part of what makes Quinnipiac's business programs so sought-after. Our outstanding faculty members are what truly set Quinnipiac apart. Students have access to the same dedicated, full-time faculty, whether they take courses online or in a traditional classroom setting. Each student and faculty member is part of Quinnipiac's uniquely supportive educational community.

Students choose our online graduate business programs because:

  • Quinnipiac University is regionally accredited by NECHE(New England Commission of Higher Education).
  • The School of Business is AACSB accredited(less than 5% of business schools hold this elite accreditation).
  • 98% of graduate business faculty hold doctoral or terminal degrees in business or related fields.
  • Faculty in the School of Business have industry experience.
  • 97% of our graduate business faculty are employed full-time at Quinnipiac University.
  • The same highly qualified faculty that teach on-campus also teach online.
  • We feature a highly supportive online environment that accommodates the needs of working professionals.
  • Ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for Best Online Graduate Business Programs in 2020.
  • Listed by the Princeton Review as one of the best business schools in the U.S.
  • Flexible curriculum that allows for specialization or a broad managerial approach.
  • We don't outsource your education; our faculty, administrative staff and technology support are all part of the Quinnipiac community and are fully committed to your success.

Rankings & Accreditations

US News and World Report
AACSB Accreditation
Princeton Review

Only five percent of the world's business schools earn full accreditation from AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – and the Quinnipiac University School of Business is honored to be one of them.

Students who experience our programs learn from top practitioners and scholars both in the classroom and online. The combination of contacts, resources, mentorship and expert instruction provides a definitive edge for students, whether they are just beginning their careers or moving on to the next level professionally.

Our outstanding faculty members are fully immersed in the global business challenges, best practices and theoretical thought of today, which enables us to continually update our curriculum with the most relevant and insightful coursework for all business students.

Admission Requirements


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