Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness Major

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The Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness (LOE) major prepares students with critical leadership and management skills that will enable them to be effective collaborators in a broad range of organizations such as management consulting firms, for-profit businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, non-profits, and governmental agencies.  

The LOE major provides a thorough understanding of how leaders manage people and processes that contribute to organizational effectiveness and performance. Students will learn how to work effectively as employees, teammates, and ultimately leaders across organizational functions to create a great place to work. Studies show that great workplaces grow revenues faster, have more engaged employees, and are more innovative.

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Develop in-demand skills in the areas of leadership, management, innovationconsulting and more.

All LOE majors will develop important competencies to be effective leaders and managers by taking courses in organizational behavior, leadership, human resources management, teams, innovation, and strategic management. To culminate their experience, students will take a consulting practicum using case competitions to then integrate and apply the competencies to solve problems faced by organizations. Through this combination of courses, LOE majors will then walk away with a range of important skills: fostering collaboration, leading innovation, demonstrating a consultative approach to problem-solving, and acting with a strong sense of integrity and purpose. As such, the LOE major addresses a common complaint of employers who note that many students are unable to demonstrate important competencies once they enter the workforce.

What You'll Learn

You will develop the following competencies in the LOE major

  • Complex problem solving
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • People management
  • Coordinating and collaborating with others and among firms
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution

Real LOE Career Paths

LOE grads are more than ready to be effective, ethical leaders in a variety of positions.

  • Management consulting
  • Human resources management
  • New product development
  • Program management
  • Public relations
  • Hospitality management
  • Nonprofit management
  • Banking and financial services
  • Entrepreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship
  • Fundraising and development
  • Federal, State, and Local Government

Recent Grad Placements

LOE grads are leading the way at some of the world’s most innovative companies.

  • 1-800 Flowers
  • Accenture
  • Advertising.com
  • Brown Advisory
  • Calloway Golf
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • The Walt Disney Corporation
  • Exelon
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Brown Advisory
  • KPMG
  • Legg Mason
  • Maryland State Government
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NFL Players Association
  • Northup Grumman
  • PwC
  • Stanley Black and Decker
  • T. Rowe Price
  • TEKsystems
  • Under Armour
  • U.S. Federal Government
  • Verisk Analytics
  • Whiting Turner
  • Yelp.com

Average starting salary of LOE graduates: $53,500


In addition to the Liberal Arts Core requirements and the Business Foundations, students in the L&OE major will take the following required courses: one International Business course, one Law course, and four Management courses to provide a good foundation for how to effectively work and lead in a variety of organizations. 

Major Requirements

Complete the following seven courses beyond the Business Core (21 credit hours):

  • IB  282 – Global Environment of Business (3)
  • LW 305 – Legal Environment of Business (3)
  • MG 304 – Managing Innovation & Entrepreneurship (3)
  • MG 305 – Managing Talent (3)
  • MG 306 – Managing Teams (3)
  • MG 402 – Strategic Management (3)
  • MG 407 – Management Consulting Practicum (3)

Upper-Level Electives

Complete two of the following upper-level electives (6 credit hours):

  • MG 333 – Global Strategy for Sustainability (3)
  • MG 410 – Leadership in Organizations (3) 
  • MG 412 – Leading Change (3)
  • MG 414 – Managerial and Communication Skills (3)
  • MG 415 – International Management (3)
  • MG 419 – Special Topics in Management (3)
  • MG 452 – Power and Influence (3)
  • MG 453 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3) 
  • MG/IB 470 – Prague Business and Culture Tour (3)
  • MG 473 – Global Strategic Alliances (3)
  • MG 482 – Global Strategy (3)
  • MG 499 - Management Internship (3)

Recommended Non-Departmental Electives

The following courses do not qualify as elective courses for the major, but they are highly recommended courses majors should consider taking as either non-departmental or free electives. 

  • IS 353 – Data Management and Database Systems (3)
  • IS 358 – Business Intelligence and Data Mining (3)
  • MK 349 – Customer Experience Management: The Disney Study Tour (3)
  • OM 334 – Global Supply Chain Management (3)
  • OM 335 – Project Management (3)
  • LW 406 – Commercial Law (3)

Contact Us

Irem Demirkan
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Management
Sellinger Hall 418b

Debra Mitchell
Program Assistant
Sellinger Hall 418

Visit the Management and Organizations Department page