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Collaboration can be the key to success, no matter the organization. The online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Maryville University can prepare you to lead teams strategically and thoughtfully through organizational change. Our online bachelor’s in organizational leadership program aligns with current business needs and features courses that blend business with psychology. Graduates can emerge as change agents in business, healthcare, government, nonprofits, and more.  

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Why earn an organizational leadership degree online?

When you earn your organizational leadership degree online, you can access courses that blend business, human resources, and leadership with psychology to help prepare you to better lead teams. Our goal is to connect you to the human side of organizations so you can act as a change agent.

Our online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership emphasizes critical thinking, change management, and understanding the collaborative mindset that influences organizational behavior. During your senior project, faculty members guide you to complete research in your area of interest.

At Maryville, you consult with our faculty experts every step of the way. Here, you can build in-demand skills and learn to lead businesses in your preferred industry by accessing a fully supported, easy-to-use platform that leverages leading education technologies.

Flexible, affordable — and 100% online

Complete your coursework 100% online.
No campus visits required.

Gain practical experience.
Collaborate with a faculty member on a research project relevant to your area of interest.

Get advice from supportive and attentive faculty.
Discuss your goals with dedicated faculty members, who help you connect the curriculum to your career vision.

Study at a respected school.
Join Maryville University, which ranks among Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” and the best values in private colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Get the support you need.
Apply to be considered for financial aid and get transfer credits for eligible courses.

What can you do with an organizational leadership degree?

Your online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership helps you develop skills to introduce positive change, manage organizational conflict, provide superior employee training, and more. Graduates can emerge prepared to meet organizations’ current needs and pursue organizational leadership careers. We has set up the program to support your career goals. How? You choose electives tailored to fit your area of interest.

Organizational leadership career opportunities

An organizational leadership degree can prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Consulting firms
  • Educational services
  • Finance and insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Private enterprises
  • Professional services

Career opportunities for graduates with an online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership include:

  • Organizational development consultant
  • Program management analyst
  • Training and development manager

What is the median organizational leadership degree salary?

An organizational leadership salary varies by the professional’s position and years of relevant experience. Consider the following median annual salaries for professionals in organizational leadership careers as of May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Office manager


Human resources manager


Management analyst


Human resources specialist


Training and development specialist


Social and community service manager


What is the market outlook for graduates with an online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership?

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The demand for leaders is high

The BLS projects that jobs for graduates of online organizational leadership degree programs will increase faster than the 8% average growth rate forecast for all occupations. The projected employment growth between 2020 and 2030 is especially strong for management analysts (14%) and community service managers (15%).

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Earning potential is promising

Average salaries in organizational leadership can vary, with some exceeding $100,000. Our organizational leadership program can help you qualify for such high-paying jobs as compensation and benefits manager ($125,130), medical and health services manager ($104,280), or training and development manager ($115,640).*

*Median salary information compiled from data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

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Organizations seek disruptive innovation experts

As businesses seek tech-driven employee training methods and structures to manage remote workers, the demand for training specialists who can help bring about organizational change continues to grow. Emerging technology is also a driving factor, with more companies using social media and e-learning.

Why choose Maryville University’s online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership program?

At Maryville University, our organizational leadership degree online offers a path to help you become an effective decision-maker in any organization. Your major includes courses that help you advance with a unique blend of psychology and business skills. We aim to help you stand out as a strong leader positively directing change in today’s organizations.

We developed the online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership to provide you with skills that today’s employers value. That’s why employer insights inform our curriculum. You’ll also graduate with a research project completed in your advanced coursework.

Maryville University was founded in 1872 and has been connecting motivated professionals with industry expertise ever since. We’re proud of our reputation for quality academics, accelerated growth, and affordability because it demonstrates our devotion to advancing students like you. That’s why 96% of our online bachelor’s graduates find a new career in their chosen field or enroll in advanced education programs within six months of graduation.

Online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership curriculum

The online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership is designed to help support your individual career goals to prepare for a leadership role in any field. It includes general education, the organizational leadership major, a social science research sequence, and electives.

Our curriculum helps you focus on change leadership, conflict management, evidence-based and ethical decision-making, strategic communication, and critical thinking. Through this lens, you complete courses in group dynamics, organizational development and change, human resource management, business law, and other key subjects connected to organizational leadership. It concludes with a senior research project guided by a faculty member.

Qualified online bachelor’s in organizational leadership students can satisfy the general education requirement through eligible transfer credits to complete the program sooner.

Organizational Leadership Major Courses — Learn to develop strategies for leading and inspiring others as you explore topics in organizational behavior, psychology, communication, conflict resolution, business negotiation, law, and human resources.

Social Science Research Sequence — The social science research sequence includes a series of courses designed to help students emerge with an interconnected understanding of how to craft research, analyze results, and present findings.

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Amy Quarton-Dambacher associate instructor in the organizational leadership program

Faculty Spotlight

Meet Amy Quarton-Dambacher:

Associate Instructor

  • MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • BA in Psychology, University of Illinois at Springfield

Amy Quarton-Dambacher is an associate instructor at Maryville, where she has played a key role in developing the online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership program. She teaches courses in leadership, organizational behavior, industrial/organizational psychology, and group dynamics. Along with her course instruction, Amy also provides guidance for students seeking internships and other professional opportunities.

Outside of academia, her expertise is highly sought after as an independent consultant. Amy is the founder and CEO of The Job Fit Company, and she serves as the internship coordinator for the St. Louis Organization Development Network.

Move forward in leadership

As you rise  through leadership, your career may lead you to seek additional skills to continue advancing. Whether you plan to pursue a different industry, leadership role, entrepreneurship, or additional specialty, Maryville can help you take your education further.

We provide a variety of paths that can help you advance to a higher level in the future, and at Maryville, earning your organizational leadership degree online can qualify you for Early Access to graduate degree programs in business administration, health administration, and more.

When you’re ready to go further, consider these online graduate program options:

MBA, with your choice of 12 concentrations.

Master of Health Administration (MHA), with a general MHA or the option to choose one of four concentrations: Health Informatics and Analytics, Healthcare Leadership, Population Health Management, and Senior Services.

MA in Management and Leadership, with options to create your own career path from areas such as human resource management, executive management, and more.

MA in Strategic Communication and Leadership, which features an immersive curriculum that gives you the opportunity to study theory, gain practical experience, and earn relevant professional certifications.

Frequently asked questions

In technology, healthcare, government, and more, employers need the problem-solving skills and innovative mindsets of strong organizational leaders. Our online bachelor’s in organizational leadership program can help you develop the expertise to make strategic business decisions and take organizational practices to the next level.

Maryville’s degree in organizational leadership focuses on cultural intelligence, change management, and interpersonal communication, giving graduates a wealth of potential career options. With an online bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, you’re set to explore positions in the industries that value these skills the most.

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