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Organizational Leadership


Official Name of Program

Organizational Leadership

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

MS - Master of Science



NYSED Program Code

38541 - OL-MS

CIP Code


MSOL Program Overview 

The MSOL program prepares students to develop their capacity for change-making, innovation, and leadership in a variety of organizational contexts, such as education, not-for-profit, healthcare, community-based agencies, corporate, and government.

The courses emphasize self-assessment and reflection, critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving. The MSOL program provides knowledge of leadership roles and emphasizes interpersonal skills to accomplish its purpose of developing leaders capable of developing and sustaining successful, thriving organizations. This program offers practical tools to students, which immediately can be applicable in their respective places of work, and cultivates graduates who are knowledgeable and flexible to embrace a variety of leadership roles, communicate effectively, motivate staff, and align individuals in cooperative efforts to meet organizational goals. The intentionally interdisciplinary curriculum caters to the needs of a broad variety of professions, so the MSOL program radically impacts the needs of not one, but several professions, through its experiential, interdisciplinary approach.

Plus, students will learn alongside a cohort of peers and share in a learning community that will energize and excite them to become the leaders they are meant to be. 

The MSOL program is a fully online program that offers students two format options:

·         Online-Synchronous: Students engage in weekly class meetings using a web conferencing platform such as Zoom. Limited class lessons and materials may also be delivered asynchronously.

·         Online-Asynchronous: Students learn from instruction that is not delivered in real-time or does not occur during a specific day or time. However, students still are provided many opportunities to interact with the instructor through the course management system, e-mail exchanges, online discussion forums and synchronous methods such as web conferencing. Students also actively engage with other cohort members through online discussions, group projects, and presentations.

The online options provide greater flexibility for students while still fostering community through the cohort model and maintaining rigorous academic standards. Both options of the MSOL program can be completed in approximately one full year (12 months).