College of Business

Life after a business leadership degree

By Denise Dawson | August 31, 2023

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Where can you go with a Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Charleston Southern University? Anywhere you can imagine.

The degree is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, and the program offers flexibility to working professionals with options to earn your leadership degree in a traditional classroom setting or online.

Potential Career Paths

After you dedicate hours of hard work to earn your master’s degree, what comes next? Many career fields are available to you. Management Analysts and Management Consultants earn a median salary of $93,000.

School principals do not have to have an educational degree. A leadership degree is also an option. As a principal, you can choose the type of community you want to serve. Are you better suited for a small private school, a large public urban school, a middle school, an elementary school, or a high school?

The possibilities are almost endless, and you can find the type of school environment that perfectly matches your personality, goals, and aspirations. Due to the different types of private and public schools, salaries for school principals vary. As a measure of your potential employment opportunities, the median salary is $112,658 per year, according to salary.com.

Do you prefer negotiations and acting as a liaison between an organization and its employees? Employee Relations Managers earn a median salary of $117,668, according to salary.com. Many leadership graduates choose to become Compensation and Benefits Managers. You may wish to pursue a career as an Employee Relations Manager. These managers who plan, develop, and oversee payroll programs, earn an annual median salary of $117,530.

If you would rather plan, coordinate, and direct skills and knowledge enhancement programs for staff, your leadership degree has prepared you to be a Training and Development Manager. The median pay for this position is $120,130 per year.

An additional option is becoming a human resource manager. The Bureau of Labor Statistics describes the duties of an HR manager as planning, directing, or coordinating human resource activities and staff for an organization. The median annual wage for HR managers in the United States is $126,230. For those who wish to focus their studies on that subject, Charleston Southern offers a Master of Science in Human Resource Management.

Conclusion

A Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Charleston Southern University is a gateway to a fulfilling career. We have discussed several possibilities in this post. No matter which path you take, you will be prepared to lead. The program will challenge you to grow professionally and personally. Life after a business leadership degree begins with taking the first step of investing in yourself.


Denise Dawson is the director of alumni engagement at Charleston Southern University. She is currently in the Master of Arts in organizational leadership program at Charleston Southern University.

References

U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2021, May). Occupational Employment and Wages Statistics. Retrieved July 4, 2022, from U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (n.d.). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 4, 2022, from U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (n.d.). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 4, 2022, from U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salary.com (n.d.). Employee Relations Manager in the United States. Retrieved July 4, 2022, from Salary.com.

U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (n.d.). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved July 4, 2022, from U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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