Organizational Leadership

School of Engineering and Technology

4 + 1
Bachelor of Science
Purdue University Degree


Organizational Leadership BS

There is a growing demand for strong leadership in today’s business world. The Bachelor of Science degree focusing on Organizational Leadership prepares you for professional positions through a highly individualized, practical, “real-world” approach to management and leadership. Specialize in your areas of interest and talent with a flexible curriculum that emphasizes leadership, interpersonal relationships, and change implementation. A degree in OL can be earned online for face-to-face.

Organizational Leadership 4+1 (BS/MS)

Be prepared for the dynamics of contemporary workplace leadership. Apply theories of Organizational Leadership and the results of published research to lead organizational change. Design and conduct workplace research in order to make data-guided decisions. In this program, you will complete the first three years of undergraduate degree requirements (about 90 credit hours), take both undergraduate and graduate courses in the fourth year (an additional 30 credit hours), and finish the master’s degree graduate courses in the fifth year of study (at least 141 credit hours). This degree can be earned online or face-to-face.

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Organizational Leadership MS

The Organizational Leadership (OL) concentration within the Masters of Science in Technology will prepare students for the dynamics of contemporary workplace leadership, including project management. Students will expand their knowledge and abilities to apply theories of OL to workplace contexts, draw upon the results of published research to lead organizational change, and design and conduct workplace research in order to make data-guided decisions. For more information, visit

Explore Careers With This Program

Human Resources Managers

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees.

Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists

Possible paths to this career:

Project management is the use of specific knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to deliver something of value to people. The development of software for an improved business process, the construction of a building, the relief effort after a natural disaster, the expansion of sales into a new geographic market—these are all examples of projects. All projects are a temporary effort to create value through a unique product, service or result. All projects have a beginning and an end. They have a team, a budget, a schedule and a set of expectations the team needs to meet. Each project is unique and differs from routine operations—the ongoing activities of an organization—because projects reach a conclusion once the goal is achieved.

The changing nature of work due to technological advances, globalization and other factors means that, increasingly, work is organized around projects with teams being brought together based on the skills needed for specific tasks.

Leading these projects are Project Professionals—people who either intentionally or by circumstance are asked to ensure that a project team meets its goals. Project professionals use many different tools, techniques and approaches to meet the needs of a project.

Training and Development Managers

Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.