WSU Organizational Leadership graduate students in the graduate studies lounge.

Online Organizational Leadership

Certificate & Degree

The focus of online Organizational Leadership 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.

The Organizational Leadership core courses are online and the classes meet several times during the semester via a virtual classroom. The Leadership Education core courses will be hybrid, a blend of face-to-face and online, classes. You will join the face-to-face course using video conferencing technology such as ITV, Connect, or even Skype. Typical classes meet during evening hours from 6pm – 8:50 pm (CST). The dates will be available several months prior to the start of the class. You will work with your professor to decide which technological option is best for you.

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

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

Certificate Option

This Certificate is an optional pathway for learners who are interested in a post baccalaureate credential. The 18 credits can be applied to the Master’s Degree in Leadership Education: Organizational Leadership emphasis. This Certificate will prepare new learners for promotion and enhance employment opportunities in their professional fields.

Master's Degree Option

The Master’s degree requires the same course work as the Certification option with the addition of 18 credits of course work. 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.

The Organizational Leadership program consists of 33 credits in a combination of core Leadership Education 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 Leadership Education. 

Leadership Education Core Courses (15 S.H.)

LDRS 612 - Systems Thinking (3 S.H.)
LDRS 614 - Change Leadership (3 S.H.)
LDRS 615 - Communication (3 S.H.)
LDRS 616 - Common Good (3 S.H.)
LDRS 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 time frame that best suits you.

 

The Organizational Leadership Certificate program consists of 18 credits in a combination of core Leadership Education courses, courses specific to the Organizational Leadership emphasis and elective courses.

A detailed description of the courses and additional information about the Organizational Leadership Certificate can be found in the course catalog

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 qualitymatters.org.