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Become a catalyst for positive change in your community with UMass Global's national, online leadership programs, including CTC-accredited pathways for school administrators in California.

Be the change: Become the leader your community needs most.

Great leaders are needed in every industry. Whether you dream of making an impact in the California public school system or creating a buzz in the boardroom, UMass Global can help you get there. 

With a full range of programs, from online bachelor's degrees and CTC-accredited credentials to a doctorate in organizational leadership, you'll be ready to lead positive change in your community. Professional development courses and certificates are also available for those currently working in the field who want to boost their resumes. Explore these helpful resources to determine which program best aligns with your career goals, then start your journey to achieving them at UMass Global.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

What is organizational leadership?

Generally speaking, organizational leadership takes traditional leadership skills to the next level by incorporating key aspects of human psychology. 

Learn more about how it works and what to expect from the bachelor's and master's degree pathways.

What is Organizational Leadership

Masters in Organizational Leadership


What can you do with a master's in leadership?

Organizational leadership jobs can be found in fields ranging from business to education and more. Potential careers include:


  • Compensation and benefits manager
  • Management analyst
  • Enlisted military personnel and officers 
  • School principal 
  • Training and development manager


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Earn Your Degree in Leadership

Have questions about enrollment, degree programs or financial aid? A UMass Global enrollment coach can help.

Everything you need to know about being a school administrator

If you’re interested in moving beyond being a teacher leader and taking your career to the next level, you may want to consider a position as a school administrator. UMass Global can help! Explore common questions like:

  • What are your career options?
  • What does a school administrator do?
  • How do you become a school administrator?
Being a school administrator

edd in organizational leadership


5 ways educators can benefit from a doctorate in organizational leadership.

There are multiple ways you could benefit from earning an Ed.D., including some personal reasons you may not have considered. You could:

  1. Advance to a more senior role
  2. Develop skills to lead more effectively
  3. Increase your earning potential
  4. Transition into higher education
  5. Achieve a personal goal and set an example


Discover the Possibilities

I’m over the moon that their staff made it so easy, and I learned so much that I could apply to my work right now. I improved myself in leadership competencies and it’s made me a much better leader for the Department of the Navy.
Michele R.
BA, Organizational Leadership
Meg V
The MAELA program was beyond invaluable. So much of what I was asked to do was relatable to my job. The people affiliated with the program know what works in education.
Meg V.
MA, Educational Leadership and Administration
I started the program because I knew I wanted to lead with a job that had more responsibility and would have more impact. I've reached my goal. Five years later, I am a Doctor of Education, a better leader and person and my school districts and students have benefited from my improved leadership.
Michelle H.
Organizational Leadership, Ed.D
I personally know that the MAOL prepared me to be a better leader and manage multiple projects. The program enabled me to take what I learned and apply in the workplace right away.
Aimee A.
MA, Organizational Leadership

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Take the next step in creating positive change with an education that makes a difference.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re considering going back to school for a leadership degree, you've come to the right place. Browse through these FAQs to explore the right path for your career and find a UMass Global program that helps you achieve your goals.

  • Organizational leadership takes traditional leadership skills to the next level by incorporating key aspects of human psychology. The basic premise is to employ a management strategy that simultaneously works toward what is best for individuals and what is best for the organization as a whole. Find out more.
  • Organizational leadership degrees are available at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Many universities like UMass Global also offer emphasis or concentration options within specialized programs. Some even have a variety of certificate options and courses that can be used for professional development. Learn more about organizational leadership.
  • The great thing about a BAOL is that it is generally not industry-specific so students can apply their different backgrounds and look at how organizational leadership tools can be applied in any situation. The curriculum can include topics like marketing, HR, economics, ethics, team building, and finance.
  • An MAOL degree is great for those who want to learn about leadership styles while focusing on individual growths that contribute to organizational success. Example course topics include organizational research, democracy, and ethics, leading change, team development, and organizational dynamics.

  • Although there are many types of leadership styles the four most referred to are democratic, autocratic, laissez-faire and transformational. Find out which style you gravitate toward the most with this 10 question quiz
  • At its core, resilient leadership is the ability to adapt to new circumstances or limitations. A resilient leader is one who can recover from setbacks, stay optimistic and mission oriented, respond instead of simply reacting, and make decisions with imperfect or incomplete knowledge. Learn more
  • Some common traits of resilient leaders include:

    • Maintaining consistent and clear communication
    • Remaining coachable, regardless of your position
    • Building positive and trusting relationships
    • Being comfortable saying “I don’t know” if that’s the honest answer
    • Knowing when to take bold risks or try something entirely new
    • Investing in the development of others
    • Being willing to embrace change

    Learn more in our article: Resilient leadership: Advice for navigating through organizational changes

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