"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.
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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).
History and Theory of Leadership
Leadership and Ethics
Leadership and Communication
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Knowledge Acquisition and Decision Making
Organizational Leadership Capstone
Legal Issues for Leaders in Organizations
Leadership in Organizations
Leadership and Organizational Change
Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Relationships
Cultural Dynamics and Leadership
And courses from INFS/ COIS Information Systems or Communications
Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems (SCIS), Department of Organizational Leadership, are dedicated to teaching, academic research, and bring their own professional experience to bear on their teaching. 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. SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace and other organizations to which they belong.