Organizational Leadership

Organizational Leadership Program Overview

Manhattanville University’s Master of Science (MS) in Organizational Leadership degree program gives students the skills and knowledge to drive organizational change in every sector. Position yourself as a competitive and strategic-minded professional and make the transition from management to leadership with this advanced alternative MBA program.

Located near New York City and Westchester County, Manhattanville’s organizational leadership program is designed for visionary professionals and boasts convenient, year-round class schedules, including night and weekend classes. Develop the skills, connections, and insight that will set you apart in your next career move in as few as 18 months with the MS in Organizational Leadership program.


Convenience and Flexibility  

Manhattanville’s graduate programs in business are delivered in a mostly weekend format, where core requirements are met through course meetings over the weekends. Weeknight evening course times are also available. Start the MS in Organizational Leadership program at the time of year easiest for you. Flexible enrollment allows you to start in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

Upgrade and update your existing business knowledge and develop leadership skills through rigorous academic coursework and close faculty support. Our faculty are practicing leaders in their fields as well as exceptional educators, bringing their experience and professional network directly to their students.

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An alternative to an MBA program that offers specialized training in effective leadership skills, our 36-credit Master of Science in Organizational Leadership positions graduates to meet the talent gap in their organization and tackle critical issues at all levels of a business.

  • Eight core courses and applied research project
  • Four elective courses

The curriculum is designed to expose students to real-world team building, leadership, communication, project management, and other vital leadership skills. Through close collaboration with professors and other professionals in your classes, you’ll develop immediate strategies to transition successfully from management to leadership roles.

The most flexible of our master’s in business programs, the MS in Organizational Leadership enables you to focus your electives on an area of interest such as finance, marketing, special topics, or organizational effectiveness.

Review complete MS in Organizational Leadership degree requirements.


Organizational Leadership Courses 

Core and elective courses in the master’s in organizational leadership program are taught by industry experts and provide insight into business development, strategy, and essential professional competencies in communication and managing personnel. Tailor the program to your needs by selecting electives that are relevant to business finance, personnel, global business, and more.

Courses you may take in the MS in Organizational Leadership program include:

  • Analytical and Financial Tools for Decision Making
  • Leading Effectively and Ethically
  • Project Management
  • Transitioning From Manager to Leader
  • Generating Growth and Innovation
  • Managing Risk
  • Creating Customer Value Through Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Care Management

Organizations of all sizes and missions require leaders to guide them through the changing modern business landscape. Prepare to move into top roles in your organization or take the next step in your career by gaining specialized knowledge and graduate-level training.

Graduates of our master’s in business programs have advanced and pivoted their careers, working as business consultants, executives, and even independent business owners and operators.


Transition From Management to Leadership

Progressing from manager to leader naturally occurs as current leaders and executives exit or retire. In addition to demonstrating an ability to inspire others and make strategic calls, earning a master’s degree can develop the theoretical and personal connections you need to advance in your career or hold a desirable position at your next company.

The MS in Organizational Leadership program is a pathway to leadership and advanced roles in business, whether you are a sales professional, marketer, or manager in any sector. If you’re interested in learning more about other business roles and responsibilities and taking a larger role in project and team management, the master’s in business leadership program can demonstrate competency in preparation for roles including:

  • Director of Sales
  • Director of Marketing
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Innovation Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO)

Apply advanced graduate training in business to traditional or unconventional leadership positions in your niche, from health care to non-governmental organizations to tech.

Courses in the Graduate Advanced Certificate in Organizational Leadership program deliver critical skills in building and motivating teams in a collaborative short-term learning environment. Gain the skills needed at every level of an organization and pursue the certificate credential alone or as a stepping stone to the full Master of Science degree program.

Credit earned in Manhattanville’s Advanced Certificate program can transfer directly to requirements for the MS in Organizational Leadership program, allowing students to balance their work and personal obligations.

Review complete requirements for the Graduate Advanced Certificate in Organizational Leadership.


If you’re interested in Manhattanville’s career-enhancing graduate program, enroll in the MS in Organizational Leadership program to begin in the fall, spring, or summer. The application for this alternative master’s in business is test-optional. You may submit scores for the GRE, GMAT, or other standardized tests if you wish, but they are not required.

Components of the graduate business program application include:

  • Online application
  • Personal essay
  • Résumé
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application fee $75
  • Health records

Find complete application requirements, including information for international students.


How to Apply to the Test-Optional MS in Organizational Leadership

If you’re interested in the MS in Organizational Leadership degree program:

For any questions and more information, contact an admissions counselor or call us at at 914.323.1490.

How long will it take to complete the MS in Organizational Leadership degree program?

Manhattanville’s flexible organizational leadership program can be completed in as little as 18 months. You’ll take around 3-9 credits per term as needed by your current employment status.

What is the difference between an MS in Organizational Leadership and an MBA program?

Both an MS in Organizational Leadership and an MBA program focus on business strategy and management science. The MS in Organizational Leadership offers more specialized training in leadership and executive skills, while an MBA program typically provides a broader range of courses in business-related subjects.

Can international students pursue the master’s in organizational leadership?

Yes, international students are welcome to apply to the MS in Organizational Leadership degree program.

What is the classroom experience of the master’s degree in organizational leadership?

The format of the in-person master’s in organizational leadership program is conducive to small, highly interactive environments where students organically learn from and network with fellow professionals seeking career advancement and experienced faculty. Some classes may be offered in an online or hybrid format that retains that connected nature.

Is the master’s in organizational leadership test-optional?

Yes, Manhattanville’s master’s in organizational leadership program has a test-optional application process.

Is there financial aid for students in the MS in Organizational Leadership program?

We understand the need to keep your journey to a master’s in business affordable. Students applying to the MS in Organizational Leadership may be eligible to apply for federal financial aid. Additionally, the Office of Financial Aid will help students find other forms of tuition assistance, from veteran benefits to a limited number of scholarships and graduate assistantships.

Does Manhattanville offer career or job placement services?

Check out the Center for Career Development for career assistance, résumé or cover letter advice, mock interviews, and help to locate internships.

Masters and Graduate Advanced Certificate programs in Organizational Leadership, Finance, Marketing Management and HR Management are supported by an active advisory board comprised of senior business leaders in their respective fields. They serve as a resource group to ensure high quality industry driven programming and career connections. 

Michael Altamirano Monroe College & King Graduate School
Phil Andersen Dun & Bradstreet
Leslie Bouchard Ethan Allen Global, Inc.
Marc Capiccione Sotheby's
Karen Cashman Central National-Gottesman Inc.
Amanda DePalma The Business Council of Westchester
Kerry Flynn Barrett Northwell Health/Northern Westchester Hospital
Sarina Hoda Boehringer Ingelheim
Ben Melting Corcoran
Barbara Mohl Regeneron
Astrit Rugovac BTIG Financial Services
Tanya Snyder Estee Lauder
Ameil Sloley The Worldwide Group
Maria Stolfi Stolfi Consulting, Formerly Swiss Re
Julie Zhong (Ng) MasterCard
Carmen Martinez-Lopez, Ph.D. Westchester Community College
Eridania Camacho Westchester Community College
Denis Sullivan IdeaStudio
Mark Misercola Nuveen
Jerry Silber Verizon Business Group
Janet Walsh Birchtree Global, LLC


Graduates of Manhattanville University’s MS in Business Leadership degree program develop into successful business leaders able to inspire teams, generate results, and lead effectively and ethically.

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    Jean Mann

    Program Director
    Graduate Business Programs