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Interview with the Director of Admissions: Organizational Leadership

An organizational leadership master’s degree (MSOL) provides students with the in-demand skills they need to become successful leaders. Possessing an MSOL offers significant advantages, including higher salary ranges and the opportunity either to move ahead in your current career or to set out in a fresh direction.

In the interview below, Manhattan College’s Director of Online Admissions answers frequently asked questions about the program and career potential for graduates.

What sets Manhattan College’s online MSOL program apart from other programs?

The focus of our program is on the personal development of every student’s organizational leadership skills. We start by performing an assessment that measures each student’s skills, knowledge, experience and opportunities. Then we create a personalized Development Plan that tailors the program to their strengths. Personal development is the core of our program.

How does the program’s Development Plan help someone grow professionally?

Your personal Development Plan evolves with you throughout the program as you take organizational leadership classes, complete projects, create a personal blog, meet with coaches and mentors, and apply your new leadership and problem-solving skills to the challenges you face in your current job.

What types of jobs and career paths are open to professionals with an MSOL degree?

One of the biggest draws of our program is that it doesn’t pigeonhole you into one type of career. Having an MSOL degree allows you to branch off into a variety of areas, such as management, human resources, training, coaching, consulting and operations. Our degree prepares you for any role that deals with the “people side” of a business.

What salaries can someone with an MSOL degree expect to earn?

Salaries vary depending on the job, but here are some examples of median yearly salaries for organizational leadership professionals:

  • Training and development manager: $102,640
  • Education administrator: $90,410
  • Human resource managers: $104,440

What kinds of undergraduate degrees would complement an organizational leadership master’s degree?

One of the unique things about this program is that you can succeed with any kind of undergraduate degree, from teaching or graphic arts to business. There is no prerequisite for a specific undergraduate degree.

What kinds of peer interaction occur in an online degree program?

In our organizational leadership classes, you interact with your peers daily. For example, you participate in discussion forums, Q&A boards and emails about group projects. Thanks to our low 12:1 student-teacher ratios, classes are small and students can get to know each other and their professors. Many students develop close-knit relationships that continue over the long term.

What are the concerns that applicants have when considering pursuing an organizational leadership online degree?

Students are sometimes apprehensive about the online format. Although there is a learning curve as students get comfortable with the online modality, we offer an orientation program and robust support options. Students have access to webinars, tutorials, advice and support related to online learning, time management and academic challenges. Each student is assigned a student services coordinator who is the primary point of contact to answer questions and act as the student’s primary advocate.

How much time should someone expect to spend on the organizational leadership online degree program?

We tell students to block out 18 to 20 hours per week for coursework. This includes class time and time for reading, preparing and responding to discussion boards.

Tell me about the faculty who teach online organizational leadership classes.

Online MSOL classes are taught by the same high-caliber professors who teach on-campus classes. They are proven professionals with relevant, real-world experience in the subjects they teach and possess a commitment to the Lasallian values that drive everything we do at Manhattan College. Professors are available to online students during weekly office hours as well as by phone and email.

What are the benefits of pursuing a broad degree program such as an organizational leadership master’s degree?

Our program offers flexibility and a wealth of opportunities. While taking online organizational leadership classes, you may uncover skills you didn’t know you had or discover new interests or strengths. The benefit of a broad program is that it prepares you for success in a range of areas rather than just a single niche. When opportunity comes knocking, you want to be at the door with the right diploma in your hand.

Manhattan College’s Online Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership program helps you develop skills you need to become a successful leader. To learn more, contact our Admissions office at 855-841-2843 or request more information.


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