Leadership and Organizational Studies

Program Type
Undergraduate Major (Online)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Modes of Study

Full-time tuition

Online mode of study: $8,940 for both in-state and out-of-state residents. Blended mode of study: tuition varies. See details and other costs

Financial aid

Average award,
in-state: $7,300;
out-of-state: $14,500.
May include scholarships, grants, & work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


No fee to apply. SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Choose a mode of study that is blended (a mix of online and in-person courses) or fully online.
  • Save money with reduced e-tuition for out-of-state students who choose to study fully online.
  • Complete a hands-on internship and gain valuable professional experience in the field.
  • Explore key issues in intercultural leadership through our Study Abroad program in South Africa.
  • Gain academic credit for skills and knowledge you’ve already acquired through work, community service, or life experience.
  • Save time by transferring prior college credits.
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Career opportunities

Prepare to work with people in complex environments and provide leadership in a variety of fields in public and private industries, including business, healthcare, hospitality, government, and education.

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Program requirements

Our program is designed to prepare you for work in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. We emphasize the critical need to understand and work with people, the dynamics of change, the interdisciplinary nature of organizational operations, and the practical application of theories and leadership concepts.

Study abroad

Participate in our optional Leadership Study Abroad programs. You’ll explore key issues in intercultural leadership and broaden your perspective so you can be an effective leader in the global economy.
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Accomplished faculty

Our faculty members come from diverse backgrounds and possess an exceptional blend of academic knowledge and real-world leadership credentials.

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Looking ahead to graduate school?

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathway to the Leadership Studies master’s program can save you time and money in earning your MS.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Considering transferring to USM?

We welcome students who are transferring from another four-year university or community college. Our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors will help you to navigate the admissions and credit-transfer process.

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Get credit for what you’ve learned

Gain academic credit for skills and knowledge you’ve acquired through work, community service, or life experience. We offer qualified students exams, reviews of professional credentials, and an academic portfolio process, all of which can save you time and money as you earn your degree.

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Online student support

Maintain a flexible schedule while earning your degree. Our online students receive the same superior support as those who study on campus, including one-on-one career advising, video meetings with tutors and writing assistants, and technology assistance.

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Next Steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.