Organizational Leadership Program

WSU offers an online master’s degree and a graduate certificate in Organizational Leadership—both online. 

The coursework focuses on leadership, continuous improvement, organizational change, project management, and internal communication. 

Throughout the program, you’ll learn about your personal leadership style. You’ll leave the program as a more confident, ethical, and analytical professional.

The Organizational Leadership program gives students a unique educational experience. This is an online program made for professional students, allowing you to choose a flexible degree timeline and individualize your assignments to your profession.

There are also plenty of networking opportunities, so you can grow from both your professors and your fellow students. 

What You’ll Learn

  • 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 
Frequently Asked Questions

The Organizational Leadership program consists of 33 credits.

Students take 15 credits of Leadership Education core courses and 18 credits in the Organizational Leadership emphasis.

Elective credits can come from within the Leadership Education program or other graduate programs at WSU, or you can transfer electives from other universities. Elective courses and transfer courses are agreed to with your academic advisor in advance.

Select the plan that best fits your schedule: 15 months, 2 years, or 3 years.

You have 7 years from the start of your first course to complete your degree; however, we encourage you to follow a 2- or 3-year plan.

The School of Graduate Studies Academic Policies provides more information about this policy.

Review the full Organizational Leadership curriculum and detailed course descriptions in the course catalog.

No. However, we would enjoy seeing you at the commencement ceremony!

Completing an online program requires excellent organizational skills and good time management.

If you have the skills search the internet and explore this website, you have the basic technology skills needed to be in our online classes.

Learn from Dr. Theresa Waterbury on how a student can navigate one of their online courses.

You’ll have access to all the resources that our on-campus students have, including library services, advising, job search resources, and technical support.

Learn more about WSU’s resources for distance learners.

You can access your classes and complete coursework at any time of day or night.

The online classroom is available 24/7, and your instructors participate in discussions multiple times each week.

Learn about minimum technology requirements.

We use D2L course management software for all our courses.

If you’re having problems with D2L, contact WSU Tech Support at 507.457.5240 (Option 1) or email

Contact Leadership Education
Leadership Education

Helble Hall 319


Steven M. Baule (EdD, PhD)
Department Chair, Associate Professor

Broadway Suite 309 (Rochester Campus)


Email Steven Baule
Casey Pronschinske
Office Manager

Helble Hall 352


Email Casey Pronschinske