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Organizational Leadership Emphases

Cultivate Leadership Skills

And build on your career trajectory.

You control the pace and direction of your journey. Start by selecting an emphasis area for your organizational leadership degree, and then consider taking additional coursework in other emphasis areas that will set you up for success in your chosen specialization.

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Organizational Leadership Emphases

As the foundation of this program, you will take 27 credits of core courses. Then, select a 12 to 16 credit emphasis that shapes your degree to your individual interests and goals.

*With this emphasis, you can earn a certificate to enhance your employability.

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Applied Communication

In the Applied Communication emphasis, you'll study internal and external communication practices. Coursework focuses on the development of collaborative practices to work in a team-based environment, analyzing problems and designing and evaluating solutions. You'll come to understand how communication happens, how visual and verbal cues are translated into messages and filtered through various media, how messages are interpreted in different contexts, and how the context is constructed. Applied communication is an critical skill, and applicable in all industries.

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Business Administration

After completing a Business Environment course, you'll select from online upper level Business course offerings to complete your emphasis. In the Business Administration emphasis, you'll grow in marketing, entrepreneurial skills, supply chain or project management. This emphasis prepares you to advance as a leader in any corporate environment. Through choice of electives, develop in areas needed to obtain or advance in your business career.

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Early Childhood Education

Early childhood professionals outside of the PK-12 school system may wish to pursue a bachelor's degree without licensure. With an earned associate degree in early childhood education from a Wisconsin technical college, students may apply to the organizational leadership Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree with an emphasis in early childhood education.

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Emergency Management, Planning & Administration*

There is a nationwide effort within the emergency management industry today toward requiring bachelor’s degrees for professionals working in the field. This translates into more jobs in the future requiring advanced knowledge, critical thinking skills and academic preparation – in short, a college degree. An organizational leadership degree with an emphasis in emergency management, planning and administration from the UW-Green Bay will give you the edge you need to compete and succeed.


Environmental Policy & Planning

The environmental policy and planning emphasis is designed for those who not only want to focus their degree on preserving and tending to our natural environment, but also wish to do so in ways that will prepare them for crafting policy that addresses issues like sustainable communities, land use and developing sustainable landscapes, politics and policy analysis. This emphasis can enhance a variety careers in environmental organizations, corporations and governments.

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Management in Health Systems*

The management in health systems emphasis will prepare you for a career working in healthcare settings such as medical offices, hospitals, nursing homes and other areas where healthcare is delivered. This is one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, and this emphasis will help you gain knowledge to succeed in this sector. You can earn a management in health systems certificate by completing this emphasis.

Management in Health Systems

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Public & Nonprofit Management*

Organizations that provide public service, including nonprofits and government agencies, are changing rapidly and becoming more complex. Successful leaders in this field require a new set of competencies and skills. This emphasis will set you apart as it offers courses in managing a nonprofit or public organization, fundraising, program evaluation and service in the public sector. Internships are a strength of this emphasis. With an emphasis in public and nonprofit management, you can plan for a career as a local government official, executive director, program manager, fundraising professional, policy analyst or other jobs in an organizations serving the public.

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Rising Leadership (Accelerated)*

Coming in the 2023-2024 academic year, this emphasis provides students with the knowledge, perspectives and skills to help them become leaders in the workplace. With a focus on women and gender equity, Rising Leadership helps develop both personal and professional skills.

Rising Leadership

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Self-Directed (Accelerated)

The self-directed emphasis is ideal for students who, instead of choosing a structured emphasis, choose to create their own – four courses tailored to their own needs and educational/professional goals. An Academic Advisor will help you to craft the emphasis and get it approved.

Self Directed Courses

Justin Gavin

A Degree That
Works For You

"I enjoyed the flexibility in picking an area of emphasis that worked for my situation. The ability to select classes that were relevant to me...helped me achieve my goals."

Justin Gavin '21
Section Chief, Industry Services, State of WI

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Want to Know More?

Need more information about the organizational leadership program? Lauri Welhouse, our program advisor, is here to guide you during your journey.

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