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Online Organizational Leadership Major

Fully-online leadership degree

Today’s organizations need employees with advanced leadership skills and the ability to address the complex needs of global systems and intercultural communities. You can be that leader.

With Hamline’s online degree completion major in organizational leadership, you will:

  • Develop the skills and mindset for leading people, processes, and projects across all aspects of an organization
  • Get the tools you need to serve as a leader in a variety of settings, including nonprofit organizations, businesses, local government, and public agencies
  • Examine your own values, strengths, and beliefs to create a leadership practice that fits your career goals
  • Learn to navigate, diagnose, and lead change within complex systems

What an organizational leadership major could mean for your career


Average job growth in leadership fields through 2030

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Median annual salary for manager positions

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Additional lifetime earnings for those with a bachelor's degree over those with some college

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Deciding between the online business major and the online leadership major?

Bachelor of Business Administration Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
17 required courses for major 12 required courses for major
Finish in as few as 18 months Finish in as few as 12 months
Wide area of skills covered in accounting, finance, business analytics, management, and marketing Specialized focus on leadership, including preparation in communications, professional writing, ethics, and leading teams

Note: Time to completion is determined by the number of courses, the credits you transfer to Hamline, and the pace at which you enroll in courses. Get more information on our frequently asked questions page.

Organizational leadership major requirements (12 courses)

Leadership core courses:

  • LEAD 1000 Leadership for the Common Good
  • LEAD 1010 Leading Across Groups and Teams
  • LEAD 3000 Critical Leadership Theory
  • LEAD 3010 Exploring the Future of Leadership
  • MGMT 3740 Organizational Leadership
  • LEAD 5100 Developing Leaders: Capstone

One communication course, from the following:

  • BUS COMM Business Communications
  • COMM 1110 Pubic Speaking
  • COMM 1650 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • COMM 3380 Small Group Communication

One professional writing course, from the following:

  • ENG 1800 Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric
  • ENG 3340 Organizational Writing
  • BUS ENG Business Writing

Additional required courses:

  • PHIL 3980 Applied Ethics
  • QMBE 1310 Statistics

Elective courses (choose two):

  • ECON 1100 Principles of Economics
  • MGMT 3100 Foundations of Management
  • MGMT 3130 Business Law
  • PSY 1330 General Psychology
  • PSY Social & Cultural Psychology
  • QMBE 3710 Operations Management

The list of required major courses does not include all courses required for graduation.

Explore career paths for organizational leadership majors

What can you do with a major in leadership? Explore a few of the possibilities with the jobs and fields outlined below.

  • Administrative services manager
  • Facilities manager
  • Human resources manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Public relations and fundraising manager
  • Sales manager
  • Social and community service manager
  • Training and development manager

Take your organizational leadership studies further

Many of our graduates go on to graduate school to advanced their knowledge and skills and push their careers further. Examples of advanced study include: