Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

Combined Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Master of Science in Leadership Development

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Why Choose Organizational Leadership and Leadership Development?

If you are passionate about leadership and aspire to make a difference in the world of business, the combined Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Master of Science in Leadership Development program is the perfect choice for you. Gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become a successful leader and shape the future of organizations. 

The combined Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Master of Science in Leadership Development program is designed to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of leadership principles and strategies. This unique combination of undergraduate and graduate studies provides a solid foundation in organizational leadership while delving deeper into advanced leadership theories and practices. 

Contact Information

Organizational Leadership
Dan Noel, Ph.D.

Leadership Development 
Corey Seemiller, Ph.D.


As a graduates of this combined program, you will be prepared for leadership roles like marketing account manager, sales account executive, corporate recruiter, or public relations manager in a variety of industries, including business, government, non-profit organizations, and more. You will possess the skills to inspire and motivate teams, drive organizational change, and make strategic decisions that positively impact your organization. 

Top employers include Kettering Health Network, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Miami Valley Hospital, Caresource Management Group, Speedway LLC, PNC Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Reynolds and Reynolds, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Wright State University, and Sinclair Community College.

Your coursework will combine leadership theory, interpersonal skills, talent development, and organizational social responsibility to prepare you for challenges across a wide variety of career fields.

Real-World Experience

Our program emphasizes practical application, allowing you to apply your knowledge in real-world scenarios through internships, research projects, and leadership simulations. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry professionals and gain valuable insights into effective leadership practices. 

During your undergraduate studies, you will explore various aspects of organizational leadership, including effective communication, team dynamics, strategic planning, and ethical decision-making. Through a combination of coursework, case studies, and practical experiences, you will develop critical thinking skills and learn to navigate complex organizational structures.  

As you complete your bachelor’s degree, you can seamlessly transition into the master’s program. This advanced degree focuses on honing leadership skills and developing innovative strategies to lead in today's dynamic and rapidly changing business environment. You will delve into topics such as leadership theories, change management, organizational culture, and global leadership. 

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Academics & Curriculum


In your bachelor’s studies, you’ll have the chance to pick among the learning opportunities that are best for you. 

OL 4020 | Community-Based Learning 

  • Significant work experience/full-time job 
  • Developing your career direction 
  • Minimum 24 hours/semester and additional course work  

OL 4025 | Community-Based Internships 

  • Exploring career direction 
  • Can be paid or unpaid 
  • Minimum 85 hours/semester and additional course work  

OL 4030 | Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship 

  • Interested in training and development or education 
  • Must go through an application process 
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship Application 


In your master’s studies, you’ll be able to pursue the courses that help you truly dive deeper into the aspects of leadership that will empower you to become the leader you want to be.

If you are a Wright State undergraduate student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree program, and in your final year of undergraduate studies, you can enroll in up to 9 hours of “overlap” courses that count toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degree. You must be exceptionally well-prepared to be admitted to the combined program.

View the Combined Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Master of Science in Leadership Development program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog. 


Admission Requirements

When admitted to combined programs, you must complete all requirements for both programs. For the Master of Science in Leadership Development, you will complete LDR 7010, 7100, and 7050 during your senior undergraduate year. These courses will be taken in lieu of nine undergraduate elective credits.

You will have both a graduate and an undergraduate transcript. Any courses taken for both degrees will appear on both transcripts. This allows for the calculation of separate GPAs. All relevant rules about GPAs and continued eligibility, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, use these calculations.

At the end of your junior year, you should apply to the Wright State University College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies.The admission requirements for the combined program are more rigorous than the master’s degree. Admission requirements for the combined degree include:

  • Must be a major in the Organizational Leadership undergraduate degree
  • Senior-level status (90 credit hours must have been completed by the start of the program)
  • 3.2 cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate work, including undergraduate credits earned at other institutions and transferred to Wright State
  • Undergraduate advisor's approval for admission to the combined-degree program, and mandatory advising during each semester you are taking graduate credit toward the bachelor's degree
  • Complete the admission application
  • Formal admission to combined-degree status

Admission Process

No earlier than the end of your junior year, if you wish to pursue a combined B.S.Ed. in Organizational Leadership and M.S. in Leadership Development, you should complete an application to the Wright State College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies.

    Apply to Graduate Programs and Honors Studies


    You must also fill out an application for the combined degree program. Priority application deadline is March 1; regular deadline is June 1; final deadline is August 1.

    Apply to the Organizational Leadership and Leadership Development combined program

    Questions about the graduate school application? Contact:

    The College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies
    Location: 160 University Hall
    Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Phone: 937-775-2976
    Fax: 937-775-2453
    Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

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