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MBA or MS in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Leadership

As you elevate in your career, you may wonder which degree will prepare you to become a leader in an organization. Perhaps you considered earning an MBA or a master's in organizational leadership. Though they both assist students in acquiring the tools they need to lead and manage, there are distinct differences between the two. 

Master of Business Association (MBA)

The MBA at Springfield College is quantitative and prepares you for leadership and managerial roles within organizations. You delve into the functionality of an organization. While there is a class available on leadership, the courses are focused on the broad functions that can be applied to any business, like marketing, finance, law and ethics, and economics.

Organizational Leadership (Master of Science in Human Services)

Organizational Leadership is more qualitative and allows for a more exploratory view of leadership. You will reflect and evaluate your skills to create high performing organizations. Assistant Professor of the organizational leadership program, Janine Spinola Taylor, EdD, explains more:


“A Master of Science in Human Service with a concentration in organizational leadership provides an understanding of the many diverse aspects of leadership and how one can lead in an evolving business environment.  Yet, OL incorporates social justice and is interdisciplinary in its design, therefore, it can serve students enrolled and or have an interest in Business Management, Social Work and Education, Advocacy, and Human Services to name a few.”

Both programs apply theory and practice. The MBA allows you to apply your knowledge through internships at various organizations. Organizational Leadership allows you to work with varied organizations to identify and address actual issues through a Capstone Research Project. 

Plus, both programs can be completed within a year. 

MBA Organizational Leadership

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Shannan Fields

I’m Shannan, the advertising and research manager in the Office of Communications at Springfield College. Outside of work you can usually find me in a classroom, hopefully learning something I never knew.  My favorite activity is meeting new people and listening to their stories. I hope that my work inspires you to learn more about others and things you never knew.

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