Organizational Leadership and Innovation Master of Science Degree

This dynamic organizational leadership degree prepares you to analyze and identify an organization’s ability to innovate and evolve.


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Interested in influencing people, implementing innovation in dynamic ways, and impacting your organization at the highest levels? Then organizational leadership is paramount to your ability to lead in today's tech-infused business environment.

What is Organizational Leadership?

Leading in innovative environments demands leaders who have a future-focused mindset and the advanced skills to lead in organizations that are constantly adopting and evolving from the latest in tech innovations. Organizational leadership is creating an intentional, collaborative work environment where you are able to identify and influence an organization's ability to innovate and evolve. Leaders of innovation are initiators, doers, range-agents, and change-makers.

RIT's Organizational Leadership Degree

Constant technology advances provide organizations with a growing set of tools and opportunities to manage. They need leaders to spearhead organizational change, particularly in these technology-driven and innovative contexts. In the MS degree in organizational leadership and innovation, you will be equipped with the tools to spearhead organizational change, particularly in technology-driven and innovative contexts. The curriculum adds future-focused and innovative leadership-oriented courses that leverage faculty expertise in organizational leadership, innovation, technology, and strategy development. You’ll learn to create an entrepreneurial culture and build sustainable teams while you develop skills in the leadership and management of innovation.

Organizational Leadership Courses

The curriculum includes courses in topics such as strategic foresight and innovation, technology and the future of work, leading change, and leading teams in organizations. You will learn how to foresee emerging technologies and innovations, and convert these opportunities into strategies. The program's courses are designed to develop your skills and abilities to use leadership to create innovative work cultures and lead innovative individuals and teams. By combining leadership skill development and managing innovation, you will be prepared to build sustainable organizations that can adapt efficiently.

Careers in Organizational Leadership

Careers in the field are growing. The job market shows a consistent increase in demand for students who know how to lead in innovation contexts. In 2021, top job sites in the U.S. carried more than 100,000 job postings for leadership roles in innovation contexts in the U.S. These jobs include leadership positions as chief innovation strategist, director of strategy and innovation, director of talent innovation, and more.

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Careers and Salary Info

Typical Job Titles

Innovation Director Program manager, Innovation
Innovation Expert Innovation Leader
Innovation Lead Director of Innovation and Learning
Innovation Manager/Project Manager Director Strategy and&amp
Innovation Innovation Strategist
Chief Innovation Strategist Director Talent Innovation
Innovation Strategist for Workforce Assistant Director, Leadership Development
Senior Manager, Organizational Effectiveness and Change OD and Change Management Specialist

Salary and Career Information for Organizational Leadership and Innovation MS

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in organizational leadership and innovation, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete an online graduate application. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for information on application deadlines, entry terms, and more.
  • Submit copies of official transcript(s) (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate coursework, including any transfer credit earned.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or US equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Letters of recommendation are optional.
  • Not all programs require the submission of scores from entrance exams (GMAT or GRE). Please refer to the Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements page for more information.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives. Refer to Application Instructions and Requirements for additional information.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Students below the minimum requirement may be considered for conditional admission. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for additional information on English language requirements. International applicants may be considered for an English test requirement waiver. Refer to the English Language Test Scores section within Graduate Application Materials to review waiver eligibility.

For more information about specific GMAT/GRE waiver opportunities, tips on personal statements, and additional guidance on how to submit a successful application, please visit Saunders College of Business Admissions Requirements.

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