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Bachelor of Arts in -

Organizational Leadership

The BA in Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary online degree completion program that provides an accelerated pathway to graduation for those who have an Associate’s degree or have completed some college courses, but have yet to complete their degree. The degree is designed to provide adult students with the knowledge, skills and credentials necessary to advance in a rapidly changing workplace and may be completed entirely online.

This program helps students understand theoretical and practical aspects of leadership across disciplines, while allowing you to focus on a specific Area of Concentration of interest or that advances your career goals. Choose from Business Management; Community Studies Corporate Communication; Health Communication; Information Systems; or work with your advisor to create your own emphasis area!

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to take on a more responsible leadership role in their current work or pursue new occupations in leadership positions. They will also be able to articulate a personal leadership style; demonstrate an understanding of organizational leadership theory as it relates to individuals, communities and wider societies; communicate effectively; demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving abilities; use tools to manage systems and organizational resources; demonstrate an understanding of the ethical principles underlying effective organizational leadership; and lead teams in the development of innovative solutions to organizational challenges and opportunities within the chosen area of concentration.

Employment of organizational leadership graduates is projected to grow up to 5% to 2029, with a median annual salary of $73,177, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Communications Manager
  • General Manager
  • Human Services Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Project Lead


Plan of study

Emphasis Areas

Business Management

Business Management

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Community Studies
Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication

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Criminal Justice
Health Communication

Health Communication

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Information Systems

Information Systems

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management

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Social Justice
Individualized Emphasis

Individualized Emphasis

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All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the  NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

From leadership, to cultural, to just plain fun, Recognized Student Organizations at UMSL make it easy to get involved. Students who join RSOs make new friends, learn new skills, and perform better in classes. Plus, with over 120 student organizations on campus, there’s something for everyone! You might like:

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.