Quinnipiac University School of Business

Program Overview

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"Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work."
-Vince Lombardi, professional football coach (1913-1970)

"Leadership" is both one of the most frequently used and most misinterpreted terms in the business vernacular. Yet, leadership capability is one of the most critical characteristics of personal and professional success. How does one develop the skills to become a successful leader?

We believe it starts with self-awareness, and requires many of the qualities developed in the master of science in organizational leadership. The MS in organizational leadership program provides a rare opportunity to develop the self-awareness and understanding of others that is so essential to effective leadership. Students must have at least four years of full-time professional experience to enter the program. The core courses of study focus on communication, ethics, analysis and organizational leadership. The MSOL program is writing intensive, building on the University's emphasis on written communication. 

In this program, students delve into contemporary business principles including:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Social intelligence
  • The principle of "good to great"
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Corporate ethics
  • Strategic thinking and communication skills
  • Charismatic and principled approaches to leadership

Offered by the School of Business, the 33-credit master of science in organizational leadership program is designed to foster graduate-level growth and development in six areas essential to leadership:

  • Self-awareness and growth
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ethics of leadership
  • Understanding, interpreting and using data to improve performance
  • Understanding and leading organizations and culturally diverse teams
  • Strategic analysis and implementation

Students may choose from one of our four professional focus tracks:

These tracks build on the core courses and provide expertise for professionals seeking to enhance their leadership skills in these areas.

Start Dates: Fall (late August), Spring (late January), Summer (late May)

    The Quinnipiac Advantage
    The School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a voluntary international accreditation earned by only 5 percent of the business schools in the world. In 2015, Quinnipiac’s online graduate business programs were ranked #15 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in the Best Online Graduate Business Programs category.

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