Organizational Leadership Degree: Robert Morris University Organizational Leadership Degree | Robert Morris University


"RMU's Organizational Leadership program furthered my skills and experiences. It provided me with a wonderful foundation to leadership and the confidence to exceed my professional and personal expectations. My degree translates well to my workplace, and I believe it will be an ongoing asset to the rest of my career." – David Pallof Jr., Officer, Senior Procedures Analyst at PNC Bank

The Master’s in Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary degree which builds on your experience as a member of society interacting with a wide variety of institutions to learn how to effectively develop others and accomplish organizational goals. 

Students learn and practice how leaders recognize opportunity and motivate individuals and groups, and how and why followers choose people to lead them. To provide you with a deeper understanding of how leaders and followers accomplish and adapt, you will study the theories and strategies of leadership, conflict negotiation, critical thinking, and ethics and change, as well as how to manage information and technology, and analyze human behavior in cultural contexts.

The organizational leadership master's degree is a hybrid program that incorporates both classroom and online coursework. A completely online program is also available. The program is also offered at RMU Downtown at 339 Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.

For more information, contact Anthony R. Petroy, D.M., assistant vice president for online & off-campus programs, at or 412-397-6302.

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  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 750-word essay on why you wish to obtain a master’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree GPA of 2.75
    — Probationary acceptances may be considered for students with lower GPAs
    — Interview by phone or in person may be requested


The M.S. in Organizational Leadership is a 30-credit degree program comprised of seven required courses (21 credits) and three concentration courses (9 credits).

ORGL 6000    History and Theory of Leadership
ORGL 6200    Leadership and Ethics
ORGL 6300    Leadership and Communication
ORGL 6500    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
ORGL 6600    Knowledge Acquisition and Decision Making
ORGL 6750    Conflict Resolution
ORGL 7000    Organizational Leadership Capstone
ORGL 6400    Legal Issues for Leaders in Organizations
ORGL 6700    Leadership in Organizations 
ORGL 6800    Leadership and Organizational Change
ORGL 6850    Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Relationships 
ORGL 6950    Cultural Dynamics and Leadership
And courses from INFS/ COIS     Information Systems  or  Communications


The M.S. in Organizational Leadership degree program is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. Courses are offered in eight-week sessions. You can take one course each 8-week session, including summer, through the year and complete your degree in less than two years. You can take more than one course each 8-week session and complete your degree in less time.

Two study options are offered: one with eight classroom sessions, each with an online component; and another in a fully online format. In the fully online option, all course work is completed online in 5.5 hours per week. No class meetings are required. In the partially online option, courses combine classroom study with an online component. These classes meet for two hours one evening per week, and require an additional 3.5 hours per week online.

The program is also offered at RMU Downtown at 339 Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.

For more information, contact Elizabeth M. Stork, Ph.D., associate professor of Organizational Leadership at or (412) 397-6879.

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. We frequently get positive feedback on how our grads' presentation skills and meeting planning have improved. Their confidence levels increase in leadership roles and they are more willing to take the lead in bigger projects. Also, the program helps our grads network with others in the class who come from different industries/professions and see how circumstances can influence different leaders in different ways. 

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).

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems, Department of Organizational Leadership, are dedicated to teaching, academic research, and 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 helps students apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world applications in the workplace and beyond.

In summer 2012, our school’s five departments will be housed in a new building on the Moon campus.  The structure will include classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, teleconferencing facilities, faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. Facilities currently available include the Pod room with both PCs and Macintosh computers, remote access to 5 servers for web pages, database, and security programs, and general university resources such as the VMware View Server.  We also have access to geographic information systems software and business intelligence software.


In an effort to help students meet their education expenses, Robert Morris University offers the following tuition payment options. On the posted due date, payments are accepted until 5 p.m. in the Student Support Center. Payments may be made via ePay after the deadline.

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Robert Morris University accepts tuition payments by cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover). Tuition payments may be made to the Office of Student Financial Services by mail, phone (412-397-6260), or online via the RMU website at Students should log in to Sentry Secured Services and go to Financial Status in eServices to use the ePay - PayNow option. ePay is available 24 hours a day to process credit card or check payments.




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