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Organizational Leadership Degree Online BS in Business Administration Concentration

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Register By: February 25 Classes Start: February 27

Earn an Online Leadership Degree

  • $320/credit (120 credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • Curriculum designed to explore authentic leadership situations
  • Gain leadership knowledge from faculty with industry experience
  • Transition seamlessly to advanced degrees

Online Organizational Leadership Degree Concentration Overview

Prepare to lead an organization toward a common goal with the online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. The organizational leadership degree concentration was developed with input from industry experts and can help you apply management theory to real-world situations.

Organizational leaders help businesses big and small navigate through change with data-driven decision-making. With a leadership degree, you can set strategic goals and learn to motivate individuals to achieve those goals, preparing an organization for an uncertain future that looks very different from the present.

In this online organizational leadership degree concentration, you can explore change management, organizational behavior and other management principles. The leadership skills taught are essential to the success of any business, and are in high demand across many industries.

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What You'll Learn

  • Leadership and management approaches
  • Data-based decision making skills
  • Communication techniques for diverse audiences
  • Solutions to achieve organizational objectives
  • Responsible practices to manage change

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How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

How to Become a Better Leader

How to Become a Better Leader

For Matt Seawright, the decision to go back to school took him down a path he’d only ever dreamed of.
“Being laid off and not being able to provide for myself financially – a lot of different things just started spinning out of control for me,” he said. “I was sitting there one night and the SNHU commercial came on. And I said, ‘Why not? Let’s give it a shot.’”

Career Outlook

Want to lead an organization through an evolving business landscape? A bachelor's in organizational leadership can help you do just that.

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“Leaders are solution architects," said Dr. Linda Ellington, faculty lead for organizational leadership at SNHU.

“Leadership skills are needed in all organizational structures to understand inter-group dynamics and change management from a global perspective. The functions of leadership include creating vision and movement toward a common goal. This comes through encouragement and motivation of peers and is needed at all organizational levels,” she said.

The business world is shifting rapidly. The growth of remote work, an increasingly diverse workforce and evolving technology are changing the way people and organizations get things done.1 As organizations navigate these changes, they’ll need future-thinking leaders with the business acumen and interpersonal skills to move groups forward.

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That's why Rachel McCulloch '19 '21 wanted an organizational leadership degree after earning her associate degree.

"I selected this concentration because I want to eventually move up in my career in management and help my organization and employees meet strategic goals."

Opportunities for skilled leaders are significant.

With an organizational leadership degree, you could lead a group – or an entire organization – toward a common goal.

Possible jobs include: 

Sales Manager

Direct an organization’s sales teams. Set sales goals, analyze data and develop training programs for sales representatives.

Public Relations Manager

Oversee communications for a company to enhance their public image. Prepare press releases, media reports and marketing materials.

Human Resources Manager

Plan and coordinate an organization's administrative functions. Oversee the hiring of new staff and consult with executives on strategic planning.


Administrative Services and Facilities Managers

Plan, direct and coordinate initiatives that help an organization run efficiently, like record keeping, mail distribution and office upkeep.


Industrial Production Managers

Oversee daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. Decide how to best use resources to meet production timelines and goals.


Training and Development Specialist

Assess the training needs of employees, then plan and administer lessons that help improve the skills and knowledge of those who participate.

If you want to start a new career in leadership, an organizational leadership degree online can help. Already a leader? You can apply your coursework to grow in your current position.

Matthew Seawright with the text Matthew SeawrightAn organizational leadership degree helped Matthew Seawright '19 make a major career shift. After working in banking for a decade, Seawright took a job managing a high-end retail store. But he didn't feel prepared for the leadership challenges he faced in the new role.

After Seawright lost his manager job during a layoff, he decided it was time to finish his college degree. He earned an organizational leadership degree online and learned the skills he needed to succeed in a leadership role. Today, Seawright oversees more than 50 employees in a Fortune 100 company's online retail warehousing facility.

With the diverse business skills gained in the organizational leadership degree, Seawright knows his future is wide open. One day, he hopes to apply these skills toward founding his own human resources consulting company.

“By going back to school, it put me in the know and on a level playing field with my peers,” he said. “It taught more about the business world, especially today’s business world.”

Job Growth and Salary

Depending on your specific organizational leadership career, job growth and earning potential can vary. However, jobs for workers with this degree are available across many industries, including public and private businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

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Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment in management occupations is expected to grow 8% – totaling 883,900 new jobs – through 2031.2

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Salary

In 2021, management occupations earned a median annual wage of $102,450.2

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Organization Leadership Degree Concentration

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

Deborah GogliettinoDeborah Gogliettino, associate dean of business programs

“There is always going to be a need for skilled organizational leaders – today, tomorrow, and afterward. Organizations will always embrace someone who can bring a vision, especially one of growth and sustainability. That’s a trend I don’t ever see going away."

Courses & Curriculum

The online business degree starts with a foundation in business administration. You'll also take general education courses designed to teach critical thinking and communication. Your degree explores topics like:

  • Accounting
  • Business law
  • Business systems analysis
  • Finance
  • Human relations
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Strategic management

Core business learning is supplemented with organizational leadership courses online. Hands-on learning throughout the degree can help you apply your coursework in the real world.

“The [organizational leadership] concentration in business administration provides opportunity to enhance leadership skills and recommend solutions related to achieving organizational goals, developing individuals and teams, change management and supporting quality initiatives,” said Dr. Linda Ellington, faculty lead for organizational leadership at SNHU.

Your organizational leadership courses can help you gain a global perspective. You'll explore organizational structure, group dynamics and other management theories that impact leadership roles.

You'll also develop an understanding of management, planning and decision-making in organizations. You'll learn how change management is used to boost productivity, manage conflicts and grow an organization in today’s evolving business world.

Leadership courses online also examine the role of leaders within an organization. You'll dig deeper into the leadership development process, and explore leadership styles and theories and add new leadership skills to your management toolbox.

Hands-on learning opportunities are important parts of the online leadership degree program. Simulations and team exercises help you apply your coursework to real-world situations.

Internships are not required but can provide valuable hands-on learning experience and help you develop important career skills. These skills include:

  • Analysis: Gather and review organizational data to set strategic goals. Lead individuals toward that goal and monitor an initiative’s progress.
  • Communication: Effectively share ideas within an organization, department or leadership team. Target your message to a variety of audiences.
  • Critical thinking: Evaluate problems objectively. Apply ethical, legal and socially responsible practices to make strategic decisions.
  • Problem solving: Connect classroom learning and practical experience to solve real-world leadership problems.

Learn from Experts

You'll learn from instructors with real-world experience, ready to pass what they've learned on the job to you.

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"It is very important for online professors to encourage their students," said Christie Newell '21. "My professors did not disappoint! My favorite professors were encouraging, respectful and knowledgeable."

"My instructors were awesome," agreed Rachel McCulloch '19 '21. "I have learned so much from my courses and professors and feel that I have all the right tools to be successful."

As an online student, you’ll also have access to a variety of virtual learning help. These include online tutoring and writing services. Online business clubs and professional groups are also available. These can help you make connections and start building your network.

Advance Your Degree, Further Your Career

You’ll also benefit from a full range of career services – even after you graduate. Services include networking opportunities with our vast alumni network, resume and cover letter review and mock interviews.

If you’ve already completed some college coursework, you may be able to graduate with your organizational leadership degree sooner. SNHU's generous transfer policy allows students to transfer a maximum of 90 credits toward an undergraduate degree. With a maximum transfer load, you could graduate in as few as 5 terms, or 10 courses.

Want to continue your management training after graduating? A master’s degree in organizational leadership could be a good fit.

SNHU's online master's in organizational Leadership can help you apply business values to improve organizational performance. You can learn how to evaluate business and societal trends. And you'll also explore how to establish an ethical and socially responsible work environment.

Our online MBA with a concentration in leadership can also advance a management career. You can develop the business and management skills needed to lead organizational change in a complex business landscape.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

Business Core

Business programs require learners to complete the Business core program, which includes a variety of business-specific courses. This program focuses on 10 core competencies to prepare you for success wherever you go.

General Education

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

Technology Resources

We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.

Earn Math Credits

Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

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