Cultivate your leadership skills to drive positive change in your organization. Increasing competition and changing customer and employee demographics require your organization to continually rethink how it approaches problems and opportunities. A master’s degree in Organizational Change Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville School of Business will prepare you to navigate and lead within the complexities of a rapidly changing business environment.

Your courses will teach practical applications of organizational leadership skills and develop your expertise in critical thinking, decision-making, communication, conflict resolution, and creative problem solving to prepare you for high-level roles in companies of any size. The program also offers several emphasis areas to customize your specific academic plan based on the needs of your industry or organization. Courses are taught by professionals with years of industry experience and academic credentials, bringing you the best of both theory and practice.

Choose how your career needs will best be suited by selecting an optional area of emphasis.

  • Healthcare: Designed for those who currently work or wish to pursue a career in the ever-changing healthcare industry. Gain the skills necessary in managerial and change leadership to better serve as an effective change agent.
  • Human Resources: Synthesize your knowledge of managerial, human resource, and change leadership concepts in the areas of people management. Address strategic solutions to changing human resource practices and organizational environments.
  • Project Management: Enhance your ability to lead change by applying contemporary project management tools and techniques across the areas of performing, planning, organizing, and initiating projects.
  • Safety Risk Control: Designed for those who currently work or are pursuing career opportunities in safety and risk control. Explore managerial and change leadership concepts as applied to an organization's development or improvement of safety risk control culture/philosophy.

The fully online degree can be completed in as little as two years or, for those looking for a faster enhancement to their education, consider the certificate in Organizational Change Leadership.

Transfer Credits

Transfer up to 12 credits toward your degree. Credits need to have been earned from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. You’ll want to be sure to let your Admission Specialist know if you have earned credits previously.

Credit Agreements

Have you earned a certificate from one of our partner institutions? If so, credits are awarded according to our convenient agreements:

University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education

Professional Credentials

We recognize value in your professional experience. Advanced standing in the Organizational Change Leadership program may be awarded by earning:

To receive credit, submit the Credit for Professional Experience Request Form along with proof of certification when you apply for admission to the MS in Organizational Change Leadership program.


The Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership is earned by completing 30-39 graduate credits.

Foundational Courses

  • Applied Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Research Methodology

Core Courses

  • Business Analytics
  • Intercultural Change Leadership
  • Intro to Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Communication
  • Strategic Thinking and Change
  • Thesis Research, Seminar Research Paper, or Capstone

Tailor your education to best suit your career goals with a wide variety of elective courses.

  • Advanced Quality Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Employee Training and Development
  • Independent Study
  • Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-Located Teams
  • Organizational Development
  • Organizational Theory
  • Quality Management
  • Special Topics in Organizational Change Leadership


To be considered for admission, you'll need:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution that meets UW System standards and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution.
  • No GRE or GMAT is required.

Applicants not meeting minimum requirements may gain admission through the comprehensive review process. International degrees are considered on an individual basis. For complete information, view the full admission requirements.

To ensure an admission decision for the semester you intend to start on your degree, you’ll want to submit your application and supporting materials by:

  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 15
  • Fall: July 15


You may be eligible to receive one of the following scholarships.