Major in Leadership and Organizations

Leadership takes place in many levels throughout an organization - in interpersonal relationships, in small groups and at the highest positions of administration. This organizational leadership degree prepares students to be dynamic members of their organizations with clear thinking, ethical decision-making, a commitment to organizational effectiveness and the linking of leadership theory to everyday practice.

Virgilio Rodriguez“Marquette University's College of Professional Studies gave me the global perspective I was looking for, as well an opportunity to stretch my thinking as a leader.”

Virgilio Rodriquez '09
Executive Management Professional



Learning outcomes

  1. Apply intrapersonal reflection to continually assess one’s leadership philosophy.
  2. Assess how one’s leadership philosophy impacts interpersonal and group interactions.
  3. Understand ethical and systemic consequences of decision-making on individuals, groups, societies, and environments.

Who is it for?

The degree is well-suited for individuals with an interest in administrative, supervisory or managerial positions within the for-profit, nonprofit or public sectors - positions that require business acumen and an understanding of communication strategy and theory.

The strong liberal arts core and organizational leadership theory and practice develop students who can think for themselves, make well-reasoned decisions, value diversity and balance multiple perspectives. After completing the core leadership courses, students can specialize in one concentration area, creating degrees tailored to them.

Potential careers

  • Manager
  • Supervisor
  • Federal, state and local government administration
  • Health care administration
  • Human resources
  • Public administration
  • Social work
  • Volunteer coordinator

Courses, concentrations, minor in Leadership and Organizations

The major requires 33 credit hours including core leadership courses and a concentration in Organizational Development or Public Service. The minor requires 21 credit hours. More...


Leadership and Organizations
Student profiles

Jim Milner

Organization & Leadership and Professional Communication '03,
President, Urban Strategies

"I came to Marquette University's College of Professional Studies with ideas; I graduated with choices.  Today, I'm president of Urban Strategies, a successful executive management consulting firm. "

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Contact College of Professional Studies

Email the college

Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298