PELLA, Iowa, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — From small, local businesses to global conglomerates, every industry needs effective leadership. According to the Journal of Leadership Studies, the organizational leadership field has become one of the fastest growing fields in higher education.

To this end,, a leading online publication for ranking schools and degree programs, has now published its ranking of “The 25 Best Online Master’s in Organizational Leadership Degree Programs.”

In this ranking, examined those colleges and universities with online courses that use an interdisciplinary approach and which lead to a Master of Science (or Master of Arts) in Organizational Leadership degree. The ranking criteria for these master’s degree programs are based on (1) the quality of the program, (2) the types of courses offered, (3) the faculty, (4) rankings, (5) awards, and (6) reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree programs.

“Skilled leadership makes or breaks today’s companies,” says Dan Edelen, director of marketing services for “It’s not enough to have a good product or service. Smart companies recognize the essential need for uniquely educated executives and are subsequently driving growth in this academic field. Through this ranking of top master’s programs in organizational leadership, spotlights those colleges and universities that are shaping the next generation of corporate leadership.”

The 25 top US colleges and universities for an online master’s degree in organizational leadership, listed alphabetically:

Azusa Pacific University College, Azusa, California
California Baptist University – CBU Online, Riverside, California
Colorado State University Global Campus – School of Management and Innovation, Greenwood 
     Village, Colorado
Concordia University WisconsinBatterman School of Business, Mequon, Wisconsin
Creighton University – Graduate School, Omaha, Nebraska
Crown College – School of Online Studies and Graduate School, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota
Gonzaga University – School of Professional Studies – Department of Organizational Leadership 
     – Gonzaga Online, Spokane, Washington
Indiana Wesleyan University – College of Adult and Professional Studies – School of Service and 
     Leadership, Marion, Indiana
Jacksonville University – JU Davis College of Business, Jacksonville, Florida
Lewis University – College of Arts and Sciences – Department of Organizational Leadership, 
     Romeoville, Illinois
North Park University – School of Business and Nonprofit Management, Chicago, Illinois
Olivet Nazarene University – School of Graduate and Continuing Studies – Department of 
     Business, Bourbonnais, Illinois
Penn State World Campus, University Park, Pennsylvania
Quinnipiac University – School of Business, Hamden, Connecticut
Regent University – School of Business and Leadership, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Regis University – College of Business and Economics, Denver, Colorado
Robert Morris University – School of Communications and Information Systems – Department of 
     Organizational Leadership, Moon, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph’s University – College of Arts and Sciences – Department of Educational 
     Leadership, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saint Louis University – School for Professional Studies, St. Louis, Missouri
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Graduate School of Business and Technology, Winona, 
Southern New Hampshire University – College of Online and Continuing Education, Hooksett, 
     New Hampshire
University of Denver – University College, Denver, Colorado
University of the Incarnate Word – School of Professional Studies – UIW Online, San Antonio, 
University of Wisconsin-Platteville – School of Graduate Studies – Distance Learning Center, 
     Platteville, Wisconsin
Western Kentucky University – University College – School of Professional Studies – WKU 
     Online, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Through “The 25 Best Online Master’s in Organizational Leadership Degree Programs,” seeks to provide future graduate students in organizational leadership with an authoritative ranking of the field’s top online master’s degree programs. is a leader in school rankings — K–12, college, postgraduate, online, and on-campus — providing millions of prospective students with the information they need to find the right school for them. is an independent educational website whose staff and advisory board believe learning transforms lives for the better and should be a lifelong pursuit.

Dan Edelen, Director of Marketing Services
Phone: (513) 601-8202

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