Published: March 6, 2020

Now in its third year, CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) program enrolls more than 200 students and continues to have great success.

This is partially a testament to the increasing popularity of graduate Organizational Leadership programs across the country. Unlike an MBA, which typically focuses on developing students’ knowledge of business functions (like finance, human resources, and marketing), Organizational Leadership programs concentrate on developing leadership and management competencies that underpin organizations in every industry, sector, and profession. These programs provide an excellent knowledge base for those with strong technical knowledge in their field who want to assume or advance in a management role.

It is also a reflection of the reputation of the University of Colorado Boulder, which appears among numerous rankings of the world’s best universities – e.g., the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and U.S. News’ Best Global Universities.

And, of course, the program’s success is a direct result of its own inherent strengths: collaborative, high-achieving students; scholar-practitioner faculty; an innovative, applications-oriented curriculum; and a dedication to personal attention and student success. In only its third year, the program already appears in nearly a dozen web-based rankings of top online MSOL programs, e.g., The Best Online Master’s in Organizational Leadership Programs ( and Best Online Master’s in Organizational Leadership Degree Programs (

While the program’s success is notable, I am especially excited we will soon host our second annual reception for graduating MSOL students. As with the students who already claim a CU Boulder MSOL degree, the success these students have achieved in the program, and in their professional journeys, is an accomplishment truly worthy of celebration and admiration.

With regards,

Scott E. Battle, Assistant Dean & Program Director