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Online Organizational Leadership

Quality Matters Higher Education Program LogoThe focus of the online Organizational Leadership emphasis is leadership, continuous improvement, organizational change and communication. Excellence in professional practice, scholarly writing, technical applications, global awareness and diversity are themes emphasized throughout the program. Skills needed in leadership and the daily management of most organizations are embedded throughout this program.

Learn how to:

  • Initiate and inspire excellence through innovation
  • Meet the challenges of complex and chaotic social, political and cultural systems
  • Manage change using continuous improvement strategies
  • Empower and advocate for others
  • Think systematically, act collaboratively and communicate effectively

This emphasis will prepare new graduates for promotion or enhanced employment opportunities in their professional fields and it is intended for leaders in education, non-profit organizations, healthcare and government agencies.

Required Coursework

The Organizational Leadership program consists of 33 credits in a combination of core Education Leadership courses, courses specific to the Organizational Leadership emphasis and elective courses. A capstone writing project and a comprehensive examination are also required for a master’s in Education Leadership. 

Education Leadership Cores courses (15 S.H.)

EL 612 - Systems Thinking (3 S.H.)
EL 614 - Change Leadership (3 S.H.)
EL 615 - Communication (3 S.H.)
EL 616 - Common Good (3 S.H.)
EL 618 - Scholarship (3 S.H.)

A detailed description of the courses and additional information about the Organizational Leadership emphasis can be found in the course catalog. A two-year timeline (PDF) and a three-year timeline (PDF) are also available to help you plan your course schedule and complete the Organizational Leadership program in a timeframe that best suits you.

Application for Admission to Candidacy (M.S.)

Students must submit the Application for Admission to Candidacy (PDF) to the graduate office before completing 16 graduate credits. This form is a student’s program plan and is to be completed in conjunction with his or her advisor.

For further questions, please see our FAQs or contact Dr. Theresa Waterbury at twaterbury@winona.edu

Quality Matters Certification

The Organizational Leadership online courses have been peer reviewed by faculty outside of Winona State University. This mark certifies this meets Quality Matters course design standards. The Quality Matters (QM) Program is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Colleges and universities across and beyond the U.S. use the tools in developing, maintaining and reviewing their online courses and in training their faculty. (Quality Matters, (n.d.)  Retrieved from https://www.qualitymatters.org/higher-education-program