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Organizational Leadership


Organizational leadership programs prepare people to apply leadership skills to a business, government, non-profit, or school.

Organizational leadership programs include topics such as:


A few two-year schools offer associate degrees in organizational leadership. An associate degree usually takes about two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in organizational leadership. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in organizational leadership. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. It is possible to study a business specialization even though your undergraduate major is not business-related.

But you should complete courses in accounting, economics, statistics, business law, and management information systems.

Prior work experience in the business world is very helpful.

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate course work tends to vary from program to program. However, the outline of a typical graduate curriculum looks like the following:

Master’s degree programs typically cover many of the subjects listed above in the first year. In the second year, you choose subjects in the area where you want to specialize. Often you do an internship between the first and second years. A thesis also may be required.

Things to Know

Project management courses often focus on cases drawn from businesses. Students sharpen their analytical and problem-solving skills by examining real-life situations.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in project management. However, your high school transcript needs to show that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.

Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

City University of Seattle

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Everett

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Renton

Northeastern University - Seattle

Northwest University

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle School of Theology & Psychology

Seattle University

Shoreline Community College

University of Washington - Bothell

University of Washington - Bothell (Eastside Leadership Center)

Kitsap Area

Brandman University - Bangor

Brandman University - Whidbey Island

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Whidbey Island

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Fairchild AFB

Gonzaga University

Washington State University Health Sciences - Spokane

Whitworth University

Statewide and Distance Learning

Washington State University - Global Campus

WGU Washington

Tacoma Area

Brandman University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord (Fort Lewis Campus)

Brandman University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord (McChord Campus)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Faith International University & Seminary

University of Puget Sound

University of Washington - Tacoma

Tri-Cities Area

Washington State University - Tri-Cities

Vancouver Area

Washington State University - Vancouver

West Side Area

Brandman University - Lacey

Grays Harbor College

Northwest Indian College

Peninsula College

Saint Martin's University

Whatcom Community College