Organizational Leadership M.S. - Nonprofit Leadership Track

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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

Organizational Leadership – Nonprofit Leadership Track

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9 Credits in Core Courses 
ORGL6000 Foundations of Leadership & Followership 
ORGL6200 Leadership & Ethics 
ORGL6300 Leadership & Communication 

15 Credits in Required Courses 
OLNP6420 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations and Sector
OLNP6520 Nonprofit Leadership
OLNP6620 Resource Development in Nonprofit Organizations
OLNP6720 Resource Management in Nonprofit Organization
OLNP7020 Nonprofit Leadership Capstone

6 Credits in Required Elective Courses – Select two (2) from
OLNP6820 Leading Social Change
ORGL6400 Employment Laws and Practices in Organizations
ORGL6550 Sex, Leadership and Society
ORGL6650 Leadership and Organization Design
ORGL6750 Conflict Resolution
ORGL6850 Group Dynamics & Interpersonal Relations
ORGL6950 Global Perspectives

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, resolve interpersonal and organizational problems, and make informed decisions.
  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

Graduates of the M.S. in Organizational Leadership have leadership careers in a wide variety of corporations and businesses of all sizes such as

  • health industry, information and technology
  • banking, food service/hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, publishing
  • non-profit organizations, education, foundations, fundraising, program development and evaluation, the arts
  • the military
  • government agencies in areas such as criminal justice, healthcare, and social services 
  • contracts, logistics and transportation, consulting, construction
  • security
  • event planning, hospitality and travel, legal support, market research, media, recreation, sales

Graduates of the M.S. in Organizational Leadership have various leadership, executive, and supervisory roles, such as 

  • entrepreneurs and organization leaders
  • business, or nonprofit founders and leaders
  • human resource administrators, leadership development professionals (such as training, coaching)
  • leaders of nonprofit organizations 
  • healthcare administrators
  • leadership roles in local, state, or national government 
Demand for Leadership Professionals

Job growth is expected by 2029 in areas that have opportunities for leadership professionals, such as healthcare support (22.6%), community and social services (12.5%), service occupations (7.7%), and business and financial operations (5.3%). These and other occupational fields all need organizational leadership professionals. These include positions and qualities such as department and team leaders and supervisors, human resources personnel, program coordinators, strategic thinkers, communicators, conflict mediators, trainers, decision-makers, ethical leaders, analysts, problem solvers, change agents, researchers, evaluators, program evaluators, project developers, and employee or constituent relations people.

Examples of occupational outlook through 2029 and U.S. median pay for Managers and Supervisors:

  • HR manager: fast increase in opportunities; median pay $63,000 - $121,000
  • Project manager: median pay is $77,000
  • Social and Community Service managers: much faster than average increase; the median pay is $69,000.
  • Training and development managers: fast increase in opportunities; the median pay is within the range of $63,000 -$115,000
  • Administrative and Facilities manager: fast increase in opportunities; the median pay is $99,000
  • Sales managers: the job outlook is average; the median pay is $132,000
  • Home Health Care Service managers: fast increase; the median pay is $100,000

Source: Employment Projections program, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Admissions and Tuition Information
  • Apply online for free
  • The minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.75 
  • Current resume
  • A 750-1,000-word double-spaced essay on your professional and academic goals with your name and address on the first page addressing 
    1. Why you want to attend RMU; 
    2. How the M.S. in Organizational Leadership will advance your career; and
    3. What your expectations are for the program.
  • Two current letters of reference (academic or professional) signed and dated.

For more information or to schedule an on-campus appointment, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 800-762-0097 or 412-397-5200 or

Scholarships, Professional Opportunities & Student Organizations

Students have opportunities to attend international and professional conferences to present or  co-present and co-publish scholarly works with the Organizational Leadership faculty. The program’s LinkedIn page (for members only) provides a professional platform to connect with alumni and peers for knowledge and career advancements.

Meet the Faculty

The School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty is a team of dedicated teacher-scholars, award-winning artists, practitioners, and academics who are committed to your long-term success.

Meet the Faculty

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Anthony J. Moretti, Ph.D.    
Interim Department
Wheatley Center 212

Sample Courses:

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

Foundations of Leadership & Followership
Resource Development in Nonprofit Organizations
Leading Social Change

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