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Management & Leadership Degree Program

Management Degree & Courses - Organizational Management Degree Online Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Release the power of the workforce with transformational leadership

Give orders. Meet deadlines. That’s pretty much what managers and leaders of the past were charged with. But business has changed, and leadership has evolved.

Today, the most valuable asset of modern business is the knowledge of its workforce. That’s why highly effective leaders today empower knowledge workers toward a shared vision, reaping exponential gains in productivity, profitability, and satisfaction along the way.

Raise your leadership-level with our innovative curriculum

Franklin University’s Management & Leadership Major gives you the skills you need to lead your organization at the next level. At Franklin, you’ll learn how to apply a state-of-the-art leadership framework to unleash the latent power of your workforce.

Franklin’s curriculum offers a highly unique combination of leadership, change management, organizational culture and performance, and strategic execution. As you move through our Management & Leadership coursework, you’ll be better positioned to become a more dynamic leader—operating within your own strengths while unleashing your employees to grow in theirs.

You’ll go beyond leadership basics to master core skills in the areas of transformational, servant, and authentic leadership, strategic management, organizational development, change management, culture and performance enhancement, and human resources management.

Gain hands-on experience through our relevant coursework

At Franklin, you’ll be exposed to an innovative combination of cross-discipline knowledge and hands-on experience. With your project case studies and capstone assignment, you’ll be well prepared to put your skills immediately into practice.

As an example of your case study assignments, you’ll provide a real-life analysis of organizational behavior in a company familiar to you. For your capstone project, you’ll produce an in-depth strategic plan within a simulated business environment, including producing a portfolio and delivering a comprehensive professional presentation. You’ll also have an opportunity to hone your leadership skills and abilities by assessing and evaluating your leadership style and developing a five to seven-year career development plan.

Enhance your degree with a custom curriculum that’s right for you

To further enhance your relevant education in your chosen career path, you may customize the program by choosing electives in your areas of interest, including entrepreneurship, psychology, human resources, coaching, and communications. And because Franklin faculty are credentialed professionals practicing in the field, you’ll benefit in a mentoring-style fashion by learning from their professional successes and mistakes.

Our expert Advisory Board, with representatives ranging from small business to Fortune 500 leaders, ensure Franklin’s relevant curriculum teaches you the leadership skills today's businesses want and need to succeed. And since our Management & Leadership Major is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business, you know you’re earning a respected degree with value in today's workplace.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Transformational Leadership
    • Set a strategic direction, creating leadership development plans for personal and professional growth
    • Develop, communicate, and implement priorities, goals and objectives in accordance with long-term leadership development plans
    • Build trust and confidence among employees by modeling high ethical standards and commitment to organizational missions
    • Coach and mentor employees, keeping lines of communication open and providing opportunities for growth
    • Apply state-of-the-art leadership skills assessments to determine employees’ leadership strengths and weaknesses, aligning them with appropriate responsibilities to optimize performance
    • Cultivate a culture in which employees are valued and encouraged to challenge the status quo and achieve performance gains
  • Organizational Development
    • Lead organizational and operational response to disruptive technology and shrinking or expanding markets
    • Develop tools, programs, strategies, and initiatives to help accelerate organizational performance
    • Work with functional leaders to design processes that ensure success of business strategies
    • Evaluate and implement corporate-wide development, training, and change initiatives
    • Conduct needs assessments and create appropriate organizational development strategies
    • Develop role descriptions, reporting structures, skills/competency assessments, and gap analyses in support of organizational alignment
    • Systematically diagnose organizational issues and develop corresponding solutions
    • Create and articulate missions and visions in support of organizational development
  • Change Management
    • Act as change agent, providing leadership for effective organizational transformation
    • Create cultural change strategies, shifting work and behavior to support goals
    • Identify potential risks and anticipated points of resistance, developing plans and initiatives to mitigate and address concerns
    • Execute change management plans, including assessment, stakeholder engagement, training, communications, business readiness, and sustainability
    • Assess change readiness, engage stakeholders in new strategic directions, and implement communications plans to grow awareness, understanding, and support
    • Develop change management metrics in support of change adoption models, reporting progress against measurement indicators
    • Use evaluations, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and other tools to conduct change analyses, and develop plans to address gaps
  • Culture & Performance Enhancement
    • Create high-performing environments that unleash employee creativity within established boundaries
    • Articulate and model an organizational vision and core values, instilling them deeply into organizational DNA
    • Oversee performance management systems, ensuring appropriate design, functionality, and reporting
    • Design tools and materials in support of development initiatives to increase workforce capability, develop and retain talent, and drive employee engagement
    • Develop reporting tools to measure learning and development effectiveness
    • Ensure alignment of reward systems in order to drive performance and incentivize appropriate behaviors
    • Promote a culture in which fairness, objective assessment of results, open communication, and opportunity for advancement are valued
    • Design, develop, and implement innovative content to assist in communicating and preserving organizational culture
    • Assess, diagnose, and measure cultural health and impact of cultural enhancement initiatives
  • Human Resources Management
    • Attract, recruit, manage, and inspire A-list employees who move organizations forward
    • Drive best-in-class talent management and succession planning, ensuring that organizations have the right talent, for the right roles, at the right time
    • Create strategic roadmaps to maximize employee performance and create business value
    • Use innovative assessment tools to assist in making optimal hiring decisions
    • Analyze job evaluations, salary surveys, and performance-based pay
    • Investigate employee issues and recommend appropriate solutions
    • Maintain and document performance management practices, ensuring organizational consistency
    • Manage difficult employee situations, including discipline and termination
    • Adhere to workplace compliance laws, such as ADA, FMLA, sexual harassment, and the Civil Rights Act
    • Coach and mentor employees to foster growth, productivity, and effectiveness

Career Opportunities

  • Administrative Officer

    Administrative Officers oversee an organization’s business affairs, including budgets, operations, personnel, and record keeping.

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  • Department Manager

    Department Managers oversee a business or employee group, ensuring effective operations or production in order to achieve objectives and profitability.

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  • General Manager

    General Managers plan, direct, and manage organizational performance, productivity, and profitability.

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  • Program Director

    Program Directors oversee specific organizational initiatives or campaigns, ensuring proper administration, staffing, and management.

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  • Production Manager

    Production Managers oversee projects, programs, departments, or organizations, ensuring effective and timely execution.

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  • Small Business Owner

    Small Business Owners plan, direct, and manage all business functions from operations to marketing to accounting, ensuring business health and profitability.

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  • Supervisor

    Supervisors organize and manage resources and staffing, ensuring performance, quality, cost containment, and safety.

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  • Team Leader

    Team Leaders train, equip, motivate, and manage work groups to ensure they meet expected levels of service or production.

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  • Chief Executive Officer

    Chief Executive Officers lead an organization in fulfillment of its mission, vision, goals, and activities.

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  • Chief Operating Officer

    Chief Operating Officers oversee an organization’s day-to-day operations, including production schedules, sales, marketing, personnel, and distribution.

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  • Executive Director

    Executive Directors develop and implement strategic plans to achieve and further an organization’s mission and vision.

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  • Human Resources Specialist

    Human Resources Specialists support a wide range of human resources functions including employee recruitment, retention, and training.

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  • Associate Director

    Associate Directors support day-to-day business activities, ensuring efficient operation and achievement of sales, service, and profit goals.

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Employment Outlook

Occupations Job Openings (2015) Expected Growth
Chief Executives 5,337 3.74%
General and Operations Managers 83,437 12.45%
Sales Managers 13,026 10.29%
Administrative Services Managers 9,067 12.89%
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 3,493 9.76%
Social and Community Service Managers 5,801 16.95%
Managers, All Other 11,931 8.31%
Cost Estimators 9,878 14.80%
Management Analysts 20,459 18.02%
First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 5,095 12.85%
Gaming Supervisors 932 4.16%
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 6,570 17.01%

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - June 2016

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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