Organizational Leadership courses are delivered in 7-week terms, typically with a one-week break between terms. Two 7-week terms comprise the standard academic semester. Students focus on just one course at a time (i.e., one course per 7-week term), which helps them juggle the competing demands of their busy personal, professional and academic lives. By taking one course per term (two courses per semester), students usually complete the program in five semesters (including summers), or around 19 months.
Our Learning Models
Part of what makes CU Boulder’s program special is its use of two models: a cohort model and an independent model. Whichever way you advance your degree, you will grow a strong professional network and make connections that last beyond the program.
Cohort model benefits:
- Close professional cadre: Progress through the core courses with the same group of students.
- Structured learning: Receive a set academic plan that clearly outlines which courses you will take each semester.
- Defined timeline: Complete the program in five semesters (fall, spring and summer) by taking one course in each 7-week term.
Independent model benefits:
- Broad professional network: Interact with different students throughout your time in the program.
- Flexible learning: Adjust your schedule based on your availability and needs.
- Flexible timeline: Complete the program on your schedule. You can take more classes per semester to finish the program quickly or take one course per semester as your schedule allows.
Can’t decide which learning model is right for you? You may choose to move between the cohort and independent models as needed. If you have questions about which model is the best fit for you, email us at email@example.com.
Our 100% online courses are presented in an asynchronous learning model which means that you can complete your coursework when it’s convenient for you.
However, Organizational Leadership courses are not self-paced, where you are left to teach yourself. Our expert faculty are very engaged and involved in every course. You’ll have specific deadlines each week, but with flexibility as to when to complete the work to meet those deadlines. Also, unlike some online programs, there are no long (say, 2½ hour) lectures that you have to call into or watch! Each week, there may be a chapter or two from a textbook to read, articles or case studies to review, discussion questions to which you’ll respond in an online discussion forum, short videos to watch, etc. The format makes the classes dynamic and engaging – and more manageable in terms of when and where you do the classwork. In general, students report spending at least 15 hours per week on coursework.
CU Boulder’s Organizational Leadership program offers a focused 10-course, 30-credit curriculum consisting of the following components:
- Core courses: Six classes that provide a foundation in leadership theory and practice
- Specialized tracks: Four courses that offer you the opportunity to customize the program to your interests
- The Professional Skills Mastery Lab (ProLab): A noncredit, professional development component that helps students enhance their professional skills and knowledge.
The core courses ensure you have the necessary understanding of the complexities of organizational leadership within the context of public, private and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum prepares you to be successful in understanding organizational strategy, anticipating and managing change and enhancing performance and human capital management.
In addition to the six core courses, you will select one of the specialized tracks to customize your degree to fit their specific career goals. You may elect to complete the general Organizational Leadership track or to specialize in one of the following tracks listed below. With pre-approval, you may also opt to transfer in up to three of the four track courses from other graduate programs for the ultimate in degree customization.
This track is ideal for students who wish to enter or advance a career in Human Resources or who want to focus on enhancing employee satisfaction and organizational performance as they assume increasing management and leadership responsibilities.
This track is geared to students who want to hone their ability to think, plan and operate strategically, lead personnel in the allocation of organizational resources and accomplish organizational objectives in a deliberate and systematic manner.
This track explores leadership at the intersection of business and innovation and helps students learn to drive strategic organizational transformation. This program addresses the gap that exists between the aspirations of executives to innovate and their ability to execute. It focuses on the question: why and how should leadership, innovations and technologies be leveraged to shape and support strategic and entrepreneurial initiatives in the global competitive landscape?
Organizational communication is the key social process that creates and sustains all features of organizational life – including assumptions about power, knowledge, diversity, culture and teamwork that shape the practice of leadership. This track offers a perspective that puts communication at the center of our understanding and explanation of all organizational and leadership phenomena.
This is a great track option for those who want to customize their degree to obtain broad exposure to the field of organizational leadership. Students select any four track courses from the offerings available under the other tracks (Human Resources, Leading Innovation, Organizational Communication and/or Strategic Leadership). With pre-approval, students also have the option of transferring in up to three relevant graduate courses from other programs and colleges.