Online Organizational Leadership and Management Master’s Degree


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An online master’s degree in organizational leadership and management teaches professionals how to work with people, detect their emotional intelligence and help them reach their full potential.

Unlike an MBA, which teaches students a traditional quantitative approach to management, an organizational leadership and management master’s degree program teaches students a more inclusive and personal approach to leadership.

The degree is a good alternative for professionals who want to gain more experience in leadership, but who may not have the time or funds to complete a traditional MBA program. An online master’s in organizational leadership and management can be completed in about two years on a part-time basis.

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Course Work

Example courses
Strategic communication
Strategic organizational behavior
Leadership and ethics
Leadership of teams
Conflict management
Organizational development

Students in an organizational leadership and management master’s degree program will learn how to organize, build teams, manage human resources, make decisions and inspire others. Core online courses include leadership, emotional intelligence, organizational behavior, psychology and communication.

Students may work in teams to manage a project from creation to completion and can discuss via online discussion boards current issues in leadership. Additionally, students may complete a crisis simulation and work together to effectively communicate and mediate crisis situations.

Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Management analyst $78,000
Medical and health services manager $84,000
Training and development manager $89,000
Human resources manager $99,000
Top executive $101,000
Computer and information systems manager $115,000

*per the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

Professionals can use their online degree to advance to management positions in a variety of fields from health care administration to human resources. A popular field for graduates with a master’s degree in organizational leadership and management is management consulting.

Management consultants (also referred to as management analysts) evaluate an organization’s management strategy and devise ways to improve efficiency. Expected employment growth for management analysts is above average with more than 150,000 jobs to be created by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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