Flexible and Online, Organizational Leadership and Innovation Helps Professionals Create Intentional, Collaborative Work Environments

Organizational leadership in innovative business environments demands trailblazers who can guide a company to innovate and evolve in the face of constant technological advances. Our flexible and online master’s of science in organizational leadership and innovation (OLI) provides students with the tools to spearhead organizational change in fast-paced, technology-driven contexts and to create a culture of entrepreneurship. The OLI degree is right for you if you're driven to impact an organization at the highest levels, particularly in today's technology-rich environment.

Designed to be completed part-time or full-time, the program is exclusively online for flexible schedules. The curriculum gives students the tools to anticipate and take strategic advantage of emerging technologies. Courses explore strategic foresight and innovation, technology and the future, leading change, and leading organizational teams. 

Students can choose from electives such as diversity in the global workplace, introduction to data analytics and business intelligence, leading innovation, and design thinking and creativity. Students will actively participate in case-based learning throughout the program using the most up-to-date technology and software.

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Leading Faculty Experts

OLI faculty are thought leaders, publishing their research in elite academic journals. Research highlights cover topics that have an impact, including leaders creatively innovating industries through opposing visions and helping entrepreneurs create circular economy businesses that are good for the environment.

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Job opportunities in leadership roles in innovative contexts are on the rise. This is seen through 100,000 job postings for leadership roles in innovation. Job titles include:

  • Change Management Specialist
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Chief Innovation Strategist
  • Director of Innovation and Learning
  • Director of Leadership Development
  • Director of Strategy and Innovation
  • Director of Talent Innovation
  • Innovation Expert
  • Innovation Director
  • Innovation Lead
  • Innovation Manager/Project Manager
  • Innovation Strategist for the Workforce
  • Organizational Development and Change Management Specialist
  • Program Manager, Innovation
  • Senior Manager, Organizational Effectiveness and Change

"It was a game-changer for me as it gave me the skills and knowledge to transition into a new role as a project manager prior to graduating. The program provided valuable practical skills that allowed me to feel confident as I embarked on this new career." - Michelle J. Teal ’23 (organizational leadership and innovation), Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

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Saunders College of Business

With a 95% career outcomes rate, Saunders is dedicated to delivering relevant, contemporary degrees to meet market demands. Your Team is a group of advisors that can help you from the application process through graduation with insight into our generous financial aid options, GMAT waiver options, curriculum, and career placement. 

With a growing global network of more than 25,000 Saunders College alumni and 136,000 RIT alumni, students can make connections almost anywhere and are encouraged to meet with devoted alumni, dedicated professors, and driven peers. 

Students can study abroad at any of RIT’s four Global Campuses, additional global student exchange partnerships are available, and there are over 100 study abroad locations on every continent. 

Bloomberg Businessweek named Saunders part of their “Best Business Schools” and recognized them among the “Best MBA Programs.” Check out financial aid and scholarship options today to help prepare for future promotions. Apply today to become eligible for these opportunities and become a part of the Saunders community.

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