What can I do with a degree in organizational leadership?

May 01, 2017 by Brandman Career Services

All organizations, whether public or private, military or civilian, for-profit or nonprofit rely on leadership to accomplish goals. Organizations are in need of new leaders to help update and refine their processes, structures and technologies to achieve greater levels of quality, effectiveness, efficiency and flexibility.

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program focuses on understanding the skills and knowledge necessary through a comprehensive curriculum of communications, accounting, marketing, human resources, economics, critical inquiry, organizational behavior, ethics, team building, understanding of finance, and leadership.

The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program prepares students to take full advantage of leadership positions within their organizations, enabling them to make powerful and positive differences in the workforce.

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, the program can be customized with electives in human resources, health administration, education, psychology and criminal justice. It is particularly tailored to the mid-career professional looking to develop the conceptual skills needed to emphasize organizational excellence.

Possible Fields

  • Business
  • Nonprofit Organizations 
  • Communication
  • Government Agencies  
  • Education

Possible Occupations*

  • Analyst  Manager
  • Education Administrator
  • Military Officer
  • Employee Relations Representative
  • Organizational Trainer 
  • Financial Representative
  • Peace Officer
  • Firefighter
  • Project Manager
  • Government Official
  • Public Relation Specialist
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Retail Manager
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Social Service Administrator
  • Human Resource Professional
  • Strategic Planner
  • Logistics Consultant
  • Training Coordinator 
  • Management Consultant
  • Recruiter
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Events Coordinator
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Department Director
  • Quality Systems Coordinator

*The above lists are possible fields, occupations, and employers representative, but not exclusive or limited to, employment options for an Organizational Leadership major. Some positions listed require additional training, education, and/or experience prior to job eligibility.

Skills Needed for Organizational Leadership Majors

  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Communications 
  • Analyzing
  • Critical Thinking
  • See the “big picture”   
  • Coaching
  • Decision Making
  • Management
  • Strong Verbal and Written Communication

Professional Associations for Organizational Leadership Majors

Professional associations provide a connection with other professionals in your field to learn, share, and discuss professional interests.  Associations also provide great opportunities to network and explore additional early care and education career information.

International Leadership Association

American Society for Training & Development

Society for Human Resource Management

International Society for Performance Improvement

Join LinkedIn Professional Association groups in your industry!

Additional Organizational Leadership Resources

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Brandman University Programs

Brandman University Programs: Bachelor’s Degree, Organizational Leadership

Brandman University Programs: Master’s Degree, Organizational Leadership

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