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What Can You Do with a Master's in Organizational Leadership?

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Some say that a MSOL is the MBA of the new millennium. Advancing your organizational leadership skills is something that virtually any business or organization needs. So, what exactly is an organizational leadership degree?

Why Get a Master's in Organizational Leadership?

Northcentral University’s MSOL program prepares students to be leaders who are skilled in deftly handling the human quotient of business management. Graduates train to deeply understand what it takes to become a highly effective manager or leader. They learn how to successfully implement change and motivate others. Because such people skills are needed at every level within a business and organization, the diversity of employment opportunities for this degree can cast a wide net.

The management skills acquired in gaining an organizational leadership degree is of unquestionable value to virtually any organization, institution or business, whether private, public or nonprofit.


What Careers are Available for Organizational Leadership Graduates?

Graduates have the skills needed to motivate and influence the behavior of the organization's members and teams. The organizational leadership curriculum prepares experts who are capable of smoothly leading organizational change, while avoiding the heels-dug-in resistance often associated with change. This expertise is highly sought by consulting firms that contract out experts to organizations. Additionally, graduates may lead departments in public agencies or in private corporations, and move up to the executive level with additional experience.

Because organizational leadership graduates are trained to motivate and empower others, they often find jobs as corporate trainers, adult educators, lecturers, motivational speakers, program developers or instructional designers. They may work for consultant firms or in-house at corporations. Entrepreneurial graduates may even use their newfound skills to brand and market their own ideas or products.

Human Resources Careers

Organizational leadership graduates develop a skillset well-suited for Human Resources (HR) in any organization that values successful management, communications, career development, and employee motivation. Such developed management and leadership skills can lead to employment in human resource management, employee development, employee compensation, and employee recruitment. HR managers are employed in virtually every industry and a master’s degree can improve job prospects.

HR managers are needed to ensure that personnel policies line up with organizational objectives and also serve a vital function as liaisons between management and staff. They handle grievances, conflicts and other staffing issues and advise staff and management on company policies. A master’s degree in organizational leadership would well prepare an HR manager with courses in personnel psychology, training, conflict management and negotiations, all of which are important skills used in human resources management.  According to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), HR managers earn a median annual salary of $106,910 in May 2016.

Adult Education Careers

Educational institutions need those with organizational leadership skills to develop, plan and implement programs within the student services division of schools at all levels. Skills obtained from studying organizational leadership will also benefit administrative leadership within elementary schools and at the university level. Salaries vary between school size as well as the private versus the public sector.

Management Consultant Careers

Management consultants are often hired by organizations to analyze operations in order to improve efficiency, quality and revenue. The master’s degree in organizational leadership prepares students for careers in consulting, as business courses will allow students to understand business processes and leadership principles, while change management and industrial psychology courses will help them to implement necessary changes. Increased competition in U.S. markets is expected to cause greater demand for consulting services, so job prospects are especially good for consultants with a master’s degree or specialty focus. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for management analysts was $81,330 in May 2016. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $46,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $149,720.

Training and Development Careers

Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees. Average growth is expected for the training field, and those with degrees or work experience in training and development may have stronger job prospects. The BLS reported that the median annual wage for training and development managers was $105,830 in May 2016.

What to Expect from Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Northcentral University is dedicated to developing innovative and leading-edge programs for our students. Our Master of Science in Organizational Leadership curriculum provides an intense examination of the current state of leadership within a given profession. Upon completion of the program, you will have gained the knowledge to evaluate your own leadership skills and the components of leadership that contribute to the health of an organization, as well as how to apply best leadership practices in an organization.

Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program and all of NCU's programs were developed to make earning your degree possible by scheduling school around your life, not your life around school. With weekly course starts, and one-to-one learning, you can earn your degree and manage professional, personal, and family obligations.

And you can further target your Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Criminal Justice, Health Care Administration, Human Resources, Nonprofit Management, Project Management, or Public Administration.

Learn more about Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program.