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Organizational Leadership

Organizational leadership is an interdisciplinary program that combines a liberal arts education and selective business subjects with classes, guest lectures and seminars in leadership. The core curriculum of the ORGL program focuses on understanding theoretical and practical approaches to leadership. “Leadership,” by definition, is not limited to for-profit enterprises, but extends to all forms of organizational life (e.g., non-profit, government, education) as well as our interpersonal and group relationships. Accordingly, this program provides a coherent pathway for students wishing to become leaders across all sectors by targeting skill areas essential for leadership, organizational success and a lifetime of personal and professional achievement.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)


1 years


Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


Edwards One, Suite 4130
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0094
Stacie Furst-Holloway
Phone: 513-556-0176

Student Success Factors

Successful students need to enjoy working in team-based environments and desire to make an impact in their organizations and communities. They understand how organizations function, have strong critical thinking and problem solving skills and are self-, socially-, and globally-aware. These characteristics enable our students to succeed in a variety of careers, including human resources, sales, banking and public service.

Career Possibilities

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Organizational Leadership Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Organizational Leadership Certificate Requirements
    • OLHR2050, Foundations of Leadership, SS, 3
    • OLHR2051, Organizational Behavior for Effective Leaders, 3
    • OLHR2095, Leading the Diverse Workplace, 3
    • OLHR3050, The Practice of Leadership, 3
    • OLHRxxxx, One course from Critical Thinking & Decision Making group below, 3
    • OLHRxxxx, One course from Advanced Leadership group below, 3
    Critical Thinking and Decision Making
    • OLHR3051, Research Methods for Leaders, 3
    • OLHR4000, Leadership and Effective Organizations, 3
    Advanced Leadership Coursework
    • OLHR4050, Lessons in Leadership, 3
    • OLHR4095, Individual Work in OLHR, 1 - 3
    • OLHR6025, Ethical Issues in HRM, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the certificate then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.