The B.S. in Organizational Leadership program offers a foundation in the process of influencing others and adapting to change, ethical behavior, organizational culture and global perspectives, purposeful communication, and the use of information for decision making. This major prepares students for a wide variety of career options in which their broad knowledge about people and organizations enables them to implement strategies to accomplish goals, drawing on the capabilities of all kinds of participants. Graduates obtain jobs or advance in their current careers in administration, management, and entrepreneurial ventures in corporate, government, private business, military, and non-profit organizations.
The B.S. in Organizational Leadership is available as fully online or in a hybrid format that combines both online and traditional classroom coursework. The program is now being offered at RMU Downtownas well as at the 171st (ARW) in Moon Township (Military Personnel Only).
A wide range of career options is available to students completing the B.S. in Organizational Leadership degree program. Sample job titles: adult instructor, career counselor, communications officer, community outreach coordinator, consultant, corporate trainer, customer service manager, employee relations representative, employment counselor, events coordinator, health care administrator, human resource manager, job coach, marketing assistant, office manager, operations manager, organizational behavior specialist, personnel manager, program manager, project leader, recruiter, researcher/analyst, retail manager, safety director, sales manager, supervisor, training manager, training specialist or vocational counselor.
Graduates of RMU's Organizational Leadership program are able to respect the skills sets of others, embrace diversity, make better/more strategic decisions by considering all the necessary aspects of informed decision making, and build better relations with their bosses, direct reports, and supervisors.
Examples of some of the positions held by graduates of RMU's Organizational Leadership program: Assistant Vice President at a Bank (PNC and Mellon), Marketing and Promotions Manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), U.S. Dept. of Labor Workers Compensation Case Manager Supervisor, Pet Daycare and Camp Owner and Operator (Camp Bow Wow), Store Manager (Get-n-Go), Engineer Supervisor (Auma Actuators), Receptionist (Columbia Gas), Vice President of Human Resources (Columbia Gas), Customer Service Manager (Auma Actuators).
RMU Core (39 Credits Required)
Argument & Research Strategies
Intercultural Communication Strategies
Business Professional Communication
Survey of Economics
Humanities: Art and Music
Principles of Info/Computing
Principles of Sociology
Major (36 Credits Required)
Applied Organizational Leadership Skills 1
Leadership and Ethics
Assessing Organizational Effectiveness
Decision Support Systems
Applied Organizational Leadership Skills 2
Leadership, Power & Influence
Leading Virtual Teams and Organizations
Leadership and Communication
Organizational Viability & Sustainability
Contemporary Issues in Organizations and Leadership
Organizational Leadership Capstone
Minor/Focus/Open Electives (45 Credits Required)
Members of a society conduct their daily lives intersecting with their established educational, political, cultural, religious, commercial, familial, community and governmental organizations. These organizations require effective and flexible leaders and followers to maintain a well-functioning society and enable members to adapt to inevitable change.
Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing the analytical and practical skills necessary to effectively participate in a wide range of society's organizations. You will learn and practice how leaders recognize opportunity and motivate individuals and groups, and how followers choose leaders and why. You will learn to anticipate, plan, reflect, and act on problems and opportunities by using information, negotiating, organizing resources, and understanding human behavior.
The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in a brand new building on the Moon campus. The structure includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. Facilities include the Pod room with both PCs and Macintosh computers.
Organizational leadership also is available at RMU Downtown, located in the Heinz 57 Center on Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.
Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems, Department of Organizational Leadership, are dedicated to teaching and academic research, and they bring their own professional experience into the classroom. As guides and mentors, they inspire students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in their academic pursuits and in their lives. Their professional experience and community involvement help students apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world situations in the workplace and beyond.
Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement.
For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)
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