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Learn and master how to lead effectively and follow courageously, and how to engage, inspire and innovate individuals and groups to accomplish organizational mission and goals.

Organizations require effective, knowledgeable, and fluid leaders and followers who are capable of leading and following in the context of accomplishing organizational goals, leading change and adapting to new environments in today’s complex world. Our Master of Science in Organizational Leadership degree is a multidisciplinary program, designed to provide you with applicable knowledge of what intentional leadership is, understand various leadership and followership roles in organizations and how to effectively perform in these roles. You will develop insights and skills that will empower you to lead and follow in impactful ways. 

  • Motivational Leadership Skills: Our program provides skills for learning and practicing how to recognize opportunities to motivate individuals and groups, and how and why followers choose certain people to lead them. You learn how to use organizational structures and cultures, interpersonal relationships, and change-enabling strategies to inspire, engage and motivate to reach organizational goals.
  • Strategic Leadership: This graduate degree can open doors to you for new professional opportunities such as upper management roles in any industry. It provides you with competence and confidence in leadership. In our program you will learn the theories and strategies of leadership and followership, ethical decision-making and conflict resolutions, and thinking and research analysis. You will also study communication, ethics, change strategies, working in and with teams, and how to navigate through human behaviors in various cultural contexts to get the job done. 
  • Multidisciplinary Program and Faculty: Our faculty, as the field of Organizational Leadership, are multidisciplinary. Our professors’ scholarship includes areas such as diversity, ethics, leader development, workplace issues, gender and race, intercultural leadership, and global peace studies. Our professors present their work at conferences and also have real-world experience in a wide range of leadership and followership roles in organizations, circumstances and disciplines. Our professors are scholar-practitioners who mentor you to become a competent professional in your organization.
  • Student Opportunities: We encourage our students to get involved in research opportunities that are available to them while they study in our program. For instance, our students join the faculty to participate and present in international leadership conferences through the International Leadership Association (ILA).
Degree Requirements and Courses

Students select one of two options: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership or Master of Science in Organizational Leadership -- Non-Profit Track.

Students may begin either program in any semester. In consultation with their faculty adviser, they choose how many courses to take in any semester.

The requirements for both programs are included here:

Program Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Utilize advanced knowledge and research skills to assess and develop leaders and followers, groups, and organizations to achieve organizational goals.
  2. Utilize and justify critical thinking, reflective, and analytical skills to diagnose and resolve interpersonal and organizational problems through collaborative decision-making.
  3. Develop and demonstrate communication skills, self-leadership, group dynamics, and interpersonal relationship competencies for resolving conflict and leading ethically and strategically.
  4. Evaluate claims for the need for change and how to implement change in organizations.
  5. Acquire perspectives and competencies to lead and follow in today’s organizations and across cultural divides.
Career Preparation

A recent study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that eight competencies are especially valuable for students entering the professional workplace. That list includes communication skills written and verbal, problem-solving skills, ability to work in a team, initiative, quantitative skills, strong work ethic, and leadership. Students will develop and strengthen these skills through our courses.

In addition, the following core values are embedded into our courses: Critical and analytical thinking, professional integrity, relational authenticity, stewardship, and transparent communication.

Graduates holding a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership enjoy job growth prospects, with opportunities to potential earn more than $100,000 per year.

Demand for Leadership Professionals

Graduates who possess an organizational leadership degree are ready to succeed, especially in managerial positions in which their interpersonal and strategic thinking skills are respected. Such professionals can expect to:

  • Emphasize the need for constructive and positive relationships in the workplace
  • Collaborate with everyone in the organization
  • Support diversity initiatives
  • Proactively address conflicts and other tensions in the workplace
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Contact Us

Anthony J. Moretti, Ph.D.    
Interim Department Head
412-397-6467
moretti@rmu.edu

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Foundations of Leadership & Followership
Leadership & Ethics
Group Dynamics & Interpersonal Relationships

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