Grow your skills and advance your career with an organizational leadership online degree

Finish your degree, develop management and professional skills, and learn how to apply them in the modern workplace with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Our 100 percent online organizational leadership degree was designed to focus on the higher educational needs of online and adult learners in the St. Louis area and beyond.

If you have an associate degree or have taken some college courses but have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree, this program will provide you with the flexibility you need and an accelerated pathway to graduation as you prepare for critical leadership roles in your industry.

As you earn your organizational leadership online degree, you may also focus your studies in nine emphasis areas – including one you may design yourself.

Tailor your organizational leadership degree to your goals and interests

If you have been exploring online organizational leadership degrees, look no further than UMSL. Here, we offer nine emphasis areas for our organizational leadership online degree to suit your needs, including:

  • Community studies
  • Computing and information security
  • Corporate communication
  • Criminology and criminal justice
  • Executive leadership
  • Health communication
  • Individualized emphasis
  • Operational excellence
  • Social justice


Program type:

Major, BA


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Why earn your organizational leadership degree at UMSL?

Our online organizational leadership degree program features an interdisciplinary approach to business, communication, sociology and more, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and a strong foundation for your career.

When you pursue your online organizational leadership degree at UMSL, you won’t just learn about leadership skills and traits; you’ll discover how to assess, develop and sharpen your own, too. You’ll study processes and strategies that focus on managing and leading organizational change and more as you:

  • Enhance analytical, business and communication skills.
  • Learn from instructors who bring real-world knowledge to class.
  • Apply existing skills toward college credits through our Prior Learning Assessment. Our online organizational leadership degree program offers a one-credit-hour course that allows you to demonstrate proficiency by documenting your skills and work experience.

What can you do with an organizational leadership degree?

As an organizational leadership major at UMSL, you’ll gain the skills and credentials you need to take on advanced leadership and managerial roles in your current field or change careers and pursue leadership positions in another.

Our organizational leadership online degree will help you learn to articulate your personal leadership style, communicate effectively, and use tools to manage systems and organizational resources. You’ll also build advanced skills to lead teams and solve organizational challenges within your area of concentration.

These studies will help you prepare for a variety of roles leading organizational change, from communications or finance manager to project lead or management consultant – all areas in which experts expect to see growth in the near future.

After graduation, you’ll join the successful ranks of UMSL’s alumni – 94 percent of whom are employed, volunteering or continuing their studies in higher education.


Median annual salary

Career Opportunities

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


Plan of study

Emphasis Areas

Executive Leadership

Executive Leadership

Community Studies
Computing and Information Security

Computing and Information Security

Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication

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Criminal Justice
Health Communication

Health Communication

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Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence

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

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as a student majoring in organizational leadership:

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.