MS in Organizational Leadership

Program at a Glance

 30 credits

 $1,005 per credit

 1.75 years to complete

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Too often, the terms "leadership” and “management" are used synonymously. While elements of each may be present in the other, true leadership in today's diverse marketplace goes far beyond the traditional skills needed to manage a team. Successful leaders are transformative, both in defining business strategy and inspiring their team to perform at their full potential.

Whether you are new to your leadership role or well-established within your organization, our MS in Organizational Leadership will prepare you with the actionable skills and insights needed to emerge as an impactful leader. The 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.

As a student in the program, you will be able to align your learning experience with your goals through the choice of career-focused electives, many of which provide additional credentialing opportunities to further your career. All of your coursework will be completed in our flexible online classroom, where you will share ideas with other seasoned leaders and our outstanding faculty members, each of whom bring decades of experience to their lessons.

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Learning Outcomes

The MS in Organizational Leadership program is designed to prepare you with the holistic skill set needed to thrive in any organizational setting. Specifically, the program will strengthen your ability to:

  • Effectively communicate with various stakeholders throughout the organization.
  • Analyze group dynamics and the best approach for leading productive teams.
  • Critically self-reflect on your leadership prowess to fuel continuous improvement and personal growth.
  • Identify an array of nonmarket forces and societal trends that impact the opportunities and risks for yourself, your organization and your team.
  • Apply advanced analytical tools to review and enhance organizational and team performance.
  • Leverage a deep digital literacy to navigate the multifaceted impacts of emerging technologies on your organization.
  • Formulate strategies and potential implications for its implementation within diverse organizations.
  • Approach strategic negotiations in a way that produces mutually beneficial outcomes for both individuals and organizations.
  • Recognize choices in ethical contexts and use that framework to guide ethical decision making.

Return on Investment

We recognize that choosing to earn your MS in Organizational Leadership is a major decision, but encourage you to review your degree as an investment in yourself. While you may not be able to predict your future earnings, statistics from Payscale show that, on average, the salary of an MSOL holder will be $13,000 higher than that of someone with a Bachelor's in Leadership.

In addition, demand for individuals with leadership skills remains steady. The 2019 NACE Job Outlook survey found that 67% of organizations nationwide are looking to hire leadership skills this year.

325,000 dollars in additional earnings over 25 years for an MSOL holders in an Operations Manager position versus a BSOL holder according to Payscale

*Salary figures based on Payscale estimates for a Director of Operations holding an MSOL degree compared to an Operations Manager with a BS in Org Leadership. Estimates may vary based on location and job role.

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The MS in Organizational Leadership program is 30 credits and may be completed entirely online. Coursework is composed of a 15-credit core curriculum that covers the essentials of effective leadership within the context of today’s marketplace and 15 credits of career-focused electives that allow you to customize your learning experience.

Required Core Courses (15 credits):
Course Title Credits
OL 601 Foundations of Leadership & Organizational Behavior 3
OL 610 Crucial Conversations for Leaders 3
OL 650 Leading Organizational Change 3
OL 689 Consulting Capstone Part I 3
OL 690 Consulting Capstone Part II 3
Electives (choose five - 15 credits):
OL 607 Insights into Emotions and Emotional Intelligence 3
OL 615 Leadership Across Boundaries 3
OL 620 Leadership in the Digital Organization 3
OL 640 Project Management 3
OL 662 Ethics & Governance 3
OL 686 Leading Public Service Organizations 3
OL 687 Strategic Planning for Public Service Organizations 3
HM 600 Foundations of Health Care Management 3
HM 621 Quality Management in Health Care Facilities 3
HM 626 Epidemiology and Population Health 3
HM 630 Corporate Compliance in the Health Care Industry 3
HM 660 Human Resource Management in Health Care Administration 3
HM 664 Financial Management in Health Care Organizations 3
HM 668 Legal Aspects of Health Care Delivery 3
HM 669 Organization and Management of Long-term Care Facilities 3
HM 671 Health Policy and Politics 3
SHRM Exam Prep Electives:
OL 630 Performance Management 3
OL 681 Leadership in Human Resources 3
OL 682 Employment Law for the Non-Lawyer 3
OL 683 Employee Development Strategies for Organizational Leaders 3
OL 684 Benefits and Compensation 3

Courses and curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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Admission Requirements

The MS in Organizational Leadership program offers starts in January, May and August. Admission to the program is very competitive and it is recommended that you submit your application as early in the process as possible to ensure you are able to begin in your desired semester. A completed application is required by posted deadlines and consists of the following:

  • Completed application form
  • $45 application fee
  • Three professional or academic letters of recommendation
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Proof of at least four years of professional work experience

Click here to view a detailed list of admission requirements including information for international students.

 Application Deadline: May 6

 Next Start Date: May 23

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About the Quinnipiac School of Business

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.

US News and World Report

Quinnipiac's online graduate business programs were ranked #22 in the nation by U.S News & World Report in their 2020 Best Online Programs rankings. In addition, the Quinnipiac University School of Business ranked #3 nationwide in the area of "Services and Technologies" available to students.

AACSB Accreditation

The Quinnipiac School of Business holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction only held by the top third of U.S. business schools and 5% of international business schools.

Princeton Review

Quinnipiac consistently receives strong recognition from The Princeton Review. In 2019, the School of Business was again named to their "Best Business Schools for 2019" list.