Organizational Leadership & Communication



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What is Organizational Leadership and Communication?

Organizational Leadership and Communication is a multidisciplinary field dedicated to understanding the human and organizational issues within a professional environment. As opposed to a traditional, process-driven MBA program, students pursuing a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication experience coursework in topics such as effective communication, organizational culture and change, coaching and mentoring and ethics, which provide for a broader and more holistic learning experience. Students also explore leadership theories, models and best practices, and upon program completion students will have established a personal philosophy of leadership and refined strategies for leading by example. 

Major Outcomes

Belmont University’s graduate program in Organizational Leadership and Communication (OLC) is designed to enhance leadership potential and expand knowledge of leadership styles and models. Through this program students will enhance their understanding of communication skills, leadership theory and practice, improve their ability to lead effective work groups and facilitate organizational learning in their workplace. The central aim of the program is the development of organizational leaders as reflective practitioners who are skilled in observation, analysis, synthesis and dialogue. Students will:

  • acquire the reflective/analytical tools and ethical framework necessary for critical judgment
  • develop interpersonal skills in group decision making, creative problem solving and/or conflict resolution
  • improve advanced written and oral communication skills
  • learn how to diagnose organizational problems
  • strengthen skills in emotional intelligence, while learning how to inspire and motive people
  • discover how to empower others through cooperative teamwork
Program Features
  • The 30 hour program is designed for part-time completion in 24 months.
  • Classes are offered in eight-week sessions, consisting of four Saturday in-class sessions.
  • Class sizes are small, allowing students to develop a strong network of peer relationships and receive individualized attention from our highly experienced faculty.

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 Degree Requirements
Credits Required for Graduation: 30

  • Complete four Core Courses
  • Complete four Organizational Leadership & Communication Emphasis Courses
  • Complete one Elective Course
  • Complete Thesis/Project

OLC Courses

Click here for course descriptions from the Graduate Catalog.

Achieve Your Career Goals

The power of a Master of Education in Organizational Leadership and Communication is the degree’s versatility, which provides skills that can be translated into a diverse array of career paths. In today’s knowledge based economy, organizations seek visionary leaders who can thrive in organizational change, lead work teams, and effectively communicate to internal and external audiences.

The skills developed within the OLC program provide students with the prospect of meeting these challenges while achieving their career goals in variety of different environments. Graduates of the OLC program have found career opportunities in fields such as health care, human resources, higher education, banking, technology, nonprofits, and independent consulting.

If you are ready to become a stronger leader in your organization then contact us today and learn how a degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication can help you prepare for the next level of your career.

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For more information contact:
Dr. Joy Kimmons

Program Director
(615) 460-6235


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