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Explore contemporary leadership at Columbia College
Prepare for contemporary leadership opportunities with a degree in organizational leadership at Columbia College. This program focuses on providing knowledge and skill sets needed to succeed in highly competitive environments. Students learn to plan, implement and manage change to benefit companies and organizations.
You’ll learn business analytics, communication and business ethics while gaining an understanding of how leaders lead in today’s economic and social environment.
According to the NCES, “in 2016–17, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of business”. Your degree will be grounded in a liberal arts education, giving you advanced communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
This major is available online only although some coursework may be available in-seat depending on location.
Opportunities to study:
- Contemporary & emerging leadership theories
- Diversity in organizations
- Fiscal management for leaders
- Leadership concepts
- Leading change
- Negotiation & conflict
Prepare to lead teams, projects
The organizational leadership program from Columbia College prepares graduates for a variety of industries. You’ll have the skills and tools needed to help companies navigate employment decisions, efficiencies and other changes.
Graduates have a foundation in business basics including management, leadership and negotiation. Graduates also have a strong understanding of current and emerging leadership trends in organizations.
Employment of business and management occupations is expected to grow at faster-than-average rates through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some possible paths include:
- Administrative services
- Corporate leadership
- Organizational management
- Fundraising and development
- Human resources
- Non-profit leadership
Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.
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Available program formats
- Core requirements 57 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
This course identifies emerging leadership theories and models. The course includes a general historical overview of leadership theory, gender in leadership, and the cultural/global aspect of leadership. Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): LEAD 200 and MGMT 230.
This course addresses your understanding of change management. You will learn about challenges associated with implementing change in an organization and the role of the leader. Prerequisite(s)/Corequisites: LEAD 200.
Course focuses on theories, concepts and skills necessary to help students identify and resolve interpersonal and group conflicts through negotiation and conflict management. This course helps students understand dynamics impacting conflict, negotiations, and appropriate problem solving. Prerequisites: MGMT 230.
This course introduces students to the important functional area of operations management, in both manufacturing and service contexts. Prerequisite: MGMT 230.
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