Online Associate Degrees in Organizational Leadership

An online associate degree in organizational leadership may teach the fundamentals of management and leadership within an organization. In this two-year program, students may learn the basic leadership principles and concepts required for effective communication between employees and managers. Program coursework may consist of general education requirements alongside major-specific classes including business ethics, professional communication, and training and development.

Upon graduation, students may either seek entry-level employment or pursue a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. Associate-level graduates may find employment in training and development, human resources, and retail management.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 15% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for an associate degree in organizational leadership may consist of general education courses along with core classes. These courses may teach students how to prepare professional presentations, develop leadership skills, and develop training programs. Core organizational leadership courses may include the following:

  • Training and Development
  • Professional Communication
  • Business Ethics
  • Introduction to Organizational Leadership
  • Principles of Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Law

Career Options

Associate-level graduates may gain employment in several industries, including customer service, training and development, retail management, office administration, and healthcare. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, administrative services management employment opportunities are projected to increase by 15% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Retail Manager
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Assistant Manager
  • Office Manager

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an online associate degree program in organizational leadership may wish to continue their education by transferring to a baccalaureate program. A bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership may provide students with advanced problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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