Best Online Master’s in Organizational Leadership

Find top-ranked online master’s in organizational leadership degree programs for students wanting to qualify to work as managers, administrators, and trainers in a variety of business, government, and non-profit settings.

Best Online Master’s in Organizational Leadership

Frequently Asked Questions About Organizational Leadership

Professionals can sharpen their leadership skills with a master’s in organizational leadership. This online or on-campus graduate program covers a variety of topics, making it a versatile degree that can be applied to many fields.

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Concentrations include healthcare administration, global management, criminal justice leadership, and human resources. Though classes will likely be specific to your area of concentration, example courses include Conflict Resolution and Negotiations, Leading Organizational Change, and Strategic Management.

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Requiring a minimum of 30 required credits, this degree can be earned in as little as 1.5 years.

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After graduation, students will qualify to work as managers, administrators, and trainers in a variety of business, government, and non-profit settings.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Best Online Master's in Organizational Leadership

How do we determine the best online organizational leadership master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Organizational Leadership Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Johns Hopkins University

    #22 institution's historical influence
    #21 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MA in Non-Governmental Organization Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 12-24 months
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    University of Georgia

    #128 institution's historical influence
    #58 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    48%

    Graduation

    87%

    Student body

    38K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1330/29

    Athens, GA

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    Online Degrees

    Master’s in Learning, Leadership & Organizational Development
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    University of Alabama

    #180 institution's historical influence
    #94 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/27

    Tuscaloosa, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Communication Studies

    Concentrations

    • Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #243 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Critical & Creative Thinking

    Concentrations

    • Organizational Science & Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Louisville

    #312 institution's historical influence
    #1277 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/25

    Louisville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Resources and Organization Development
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Saint Louis University

    #366 institution's historical influence
    #714 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/27

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Leadership and Organizational Development
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Professional Studies

    Concentrations

    • Analytics
    • Cybersecurity
    • Evidence-Based Decision Making
    • Information Systems
    • Organizational Development
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Intelligence
    • Required Credits: 27-33
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
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  7. #7

    Creighton University

    #685 institution's historical influence
    #247 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1260/26

    Omaha, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  8. #8

    Manhattan College

    #751 institution's historical influence
    #352 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    Riverdale, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Organizations
    • Markets
    • and Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Roosevelt University

    #886 institution's historical influence
    #938 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/24

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Organization Development
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2 Years
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    University of Idaho

    #637 institution's historical influence
    #1023 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    Moscow, ID

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Adult Organizational Learning And Leadership
    • Required Credits: 33-45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  11. #11

    Central Michigan University

    #1053 institution's historical influence
    #746 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/23

    Mount Pleasant, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Administration

    Concentrations

    • Philanthropy & Nonprofit Organizations
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Mercy College

    #1814 institution's historical influence
    #302 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    985/20

    Dobbs Ferry, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1468 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    Andrews University

    #876 institution's historical influence
    #241 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    49%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/25

    Berrien Springs, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MSA in Organizational Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Western Kentucky University

    #1142 institution's historical influence
    #559 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1105/23

    Bowling Green, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  16. #16

    Thomas Jefferson University

    #428 institution's historical influence
    #568 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Human Resource Management

    Concentrations

    • Human Resource Generalist
    • Human Resource and Organizational Development
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Quinnipiac University

    #1437 institution's historical influence
    #804 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $51K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    9K

    Hamden, CT

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  18. #18

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Technology And Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Rider University

    #1865 institution's historical influence
    #515 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/22

    Lawrenceville, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MAOL in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  20. #20

    Baker University

    #1659 institution's historical influence
    #947 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    93%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/22

    Baldwin City, KS

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Northern Arizona University

    #1104 institution's historical influence
    #303 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    27K

    Flagstaff, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Organizational Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Leadership in Criminal Justice Administration
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Boise State University

    #1516 institution's historical influence
    #981 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    Boise, ID

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Organizational Performance And Workplace Learning
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
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  23. #23

    National University

    #1863 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    23K

    La Jolla, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Organizational Leadership
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Abilene Christian University

    #1303 institution's historical influence
    #771 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1122/24

    Abilene, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MA in Conflict Management and Resolution

    Concentrations

    • Healthcare Organizations
    • Organizational
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Organizational Development
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  25. #25

    Northwood University

    #3269 institution's historical influence
    #917 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    Midland, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Finance/ Organizational Leadership/ Business Analytics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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