WHAT YOU’LL LEARN STUDYING ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE LEADERSHIP AT UW-PLATTEVILLE

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. An organizational change leadership degree 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.    

You'll explore the 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. Courses are taught by professionals with years of industry experience and academic credentials, bringing you the best of both theory and practice. 

The organizational change leadership master’s online degree can be completed in as little as two years. For those looking for a faster enhancement to their education, consider the certificate in organizational change leadership.

Earn your degree at your pace with flexible courses that fit your schedule. The total cost of the program is $21,450*. Ask your admission counselor how you can reduce this cost with transfer credits or professional credentials.

*Subject to change without notice.

Careers in organizational change leadership

Organizational change leaders often work as consultants or as full-time employees of corporations. These professionals are charged with using their knowledge and skills to create and implement strategic business initiatives, with the goal of helping companies achieve and surpass their targets.

Responsibilities could include conducting an analysis of the business’s status quo, determining where and how changes can be most effective and beneficial for the company, communicating with leaders at all levels of the organization, and evaluating effectiveness of changes after implementation.

Earning a master’s degree or certificate in organizational change leadership will prepare you for a range of exciting potential careers, including:

  • Organizational change strategist
  • Management analyst
  • Compliance analyst
  • Compliance manager
  • Career development strategist
  • Business and management consultant
  • Project manager
  • Leadership development coach
  • Human resources manager/director

Organizational leadership roles are in demand at organizations of all sizes, in all industries, making this degree versatile. Earning a master’s degree in organizational change leadership can help you grow in your existing career or explore new opportunities.

Discover by doing

UW-Platteville’s Organizational Change Leadership program is student-centric. Coursework follows an experiential learning model designed to bridge your experience and education to your future career. Opportunities to deepen your knowledge and skills in a hands-on way make UW-Platteville a smart investment for an organizational change leadership degree in Wisconsin.


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Customize your degree

UW-Platteville organizational change leadership students can choose how their career needs will be best served by selecting an optional area of emphasis.

  • Healthcare: This emphasis is 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.

Graduate Certificate in Organizational Change Leadership

Lead organizational change with the tools, knowledge, and skills to meet the challenges of today's ever-changing workplace. Learn to identify ways to affect change positively, how individual and group behavior relate to an organization's structure and goals, and how to apply strategies in a dynamic environment.

A graduate certificate in organizational change leadership is a credential that equips you with foundational knowledge and skills in a particular field. Although it doesn't replace a master's degree, it proves competence in an area and bolsters your resume.

The credit you earn from this certificate can be applied toward completing the online Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership program.

Credit for Prior Learning

Has previous life experience already helped you build knowledge and skills applicable to your studies? If so, we want to recognize that—and help you save time and money in the process. Speak with an admission counselor to see if your previous experience qualifies.

Professional Credentials

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

American Society of Training and Development

Certified Professional in Learning and Performance

Students who have earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance credential with the American Society of Training and Development may satisfy three graduate-level elective credits.

For more detailed information, please review the agreement.

Association for Change Management Professionals

Certified Change Management Professional

Students who have earned the Certified Change Management Professional credential with the Association for Change Management Professionals may satisfy the OCL 7330 Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice requirement equating to three graduate-level credits.

For more detailed information, please review the agreement.

Human Resource Certification Institute

Global Professional in Human Resources

Students who have earned the Global Professional in Human Resource credential with the Human Resource Certification Institute may satisfy six graduate-level elective credits.

For more detailed information, please review the agreement.

Professional in Human Resource

Students who have earned the Professional in Human Resource credential with the Human Resource Certification Institute may satisfy three graduate-level elective credits.

For more detailed information, please review the agreement.

Senior Professional in Human Resource

Students who have earned the Senior Professional in Human Resource credential with the Human Resource Certification Institute may satisfy six graduate-level elective credits.

For more detailed information, please review the agreement.

Prosci

Change Management Certification

Students who have earned the Change Management Certification with Prosci may satisfy three graduate-level elective credits. 

For more detailed information, please review the agreement.

Society for Human Resource Management

Certified Professional

Students who have earned the Certified Professional credential with the Society for Human Resource Management may satisfy three graduate-level elective credits.

For more detailed information, please review the agreement.

Senior Certified Professional

Students who have earned the Senior Certified Professional credential with the Society for Human Resource Management may satisfy three graduate-level elective credits.

For more detailed information, please review the agreement.

If you hold this professional credential, be sure to connect with an admission counselor to learn how it aligns with your MSOCL degree.

  • Requirements may be subject to change without notice

Start Dates and Timelines

To ensure you are admitted for the semester you intend to start on your degree, you'll want to submit your application and supporting materials by:

Spring: January 15
Summer: May 15
Fall: August 15

Academic Calendar

Find important University of Wisconsin-Platteville dates such as the beginning and end of each semester, breaks in the semester, final exams, and deadlines for dropping or adding classes using our academic calendar. Spring and fall semesters are each 16 weeks in which students can take two 8-week courses; the summer semester is 12 weeks with one 8-week course opportunity available.

Transfer Information

UW-Platteville allows for students to transfer up to 12 credits of previously taken graduate coursework. Credits need to have been earned from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and approved by UW-Platteville program faculty. You’ll want to be sure to let your admission counselor know if you have earned credits previously.

Established Transfer Agreements

University of California-Irvine Division of Continuing Education

Human Resource Management Certificate: You are eligible for up to nine credits if you have completed the Human Resource Management Certificate. With approved transfer credits, you will need to complete 21–27 credits at UW-Platteville to earn your MSOCL degree.

If you have completed this certificate, be sure to connect with an admission counselor to learn how it aligns with the MSOCL degree.

For more detailed information, please review the agreement and see the course list.

Organizational Leadership and Communication Certificate: You are eligible for up to nine credits if you have completed the Organizational Leadership and Communication Certificate. With approved transfer credits, you will need to complete 21–27 credits at UW-Platteville to earn your MSOCL degree.

If you have completed this certificate, be sure to connect with an admission counselor to learn how it aligns with the MSOCL degree.

For more detailed information, please review the agreement and see the course list.