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Org Leadership

Our vision is to be the national leader in developing principled, knowledgeable, adaptable and innovative leaders with strong business acumen for non-profit, public and private organizations.

Turn your love for organizational leadership into a meaningful career, by taking what you already know from real-world experience and applying it through our Organizational Leadership program. We give you the tools to help you land a career you love, so you can get busy making a difference in your community. 

Our Organizational Leadership program is the perfect fit for students wanting to pursue their love of nonprofit, public and private leadership and evolve it into a meaningful career.  Students will gain real-world experience from a hands-on curriculum and will have an opportunity to intern nationwide as well as globally.  

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The Organizational Leadership major provides the skills and knowledge for business students to become leaders in the nonprofit, public or private sectors. It will also provide training for members of youth organizations to shape future leaders in youth organizations.  In today’s fast-paced worlds, many students and young professionals strive to make a difference in their communities and around the world. 

Drawing on the diverse background of faculty, staff and community partners, students will explore the ethical dimensions of leadership and learn business acumen and executive leadership skills. The program will introduce students to effective methods to handle conflict and negotiations and how to foster and lead organizational change. The future leaders will also put their knowledge into action inside and outside of the classroom through hands-on, experiential learning activities and projects.


Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Organizational Leadership major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

  • Bright Outlook
  • Green Occupation
  • Requires a Graduate Degree
  • Chief Executives

    Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers. Possible job titles for this career include: Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

    $181,210 Median Salary

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  • Fundraisers

      Organize activities to raise funds or otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for an organization. May design and produce promotional materials. May also raise awareness of the organization's work, goals, and financial needs. Possible job titles for this career include: Development Director.

      $54,130 Median Salary

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    • General and Operations Managers

      Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services. Possible job titles for this career include: General Manager (GM).

      $99,310 Median Salary

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    • Social and Community Service Managers

        Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers. Possible job titles for this career include: Program Director.

        $64,680 Median Salary

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      This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

      Cost and Aid

      How much does Organizational Leadership at WVU cost? And how can you save?

      Tuition and Fees

      Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

      West Virginia Resident

      Per Credit - $428

      Per Semester - $5,136

      Fall and Spring Semesters - $10,272


      Per Credit - $1,126

      Per Semester - $13,512

      Fall and Spring Semesters - $27,024


      Per Credit - $1,126

      Per Semester - $13,812

      Fall and Spring Semesters - $27,624

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