Management and Organizational Leadership
Today's work organizations expect professionals to both manage and lead.
The Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL) major prepares students for the challenging task of both managing and leading. MOL students learn how to align human capital with strategic objectives; students gain competency in monitoring work processes and developing fair compensation strategies and motivating and inspiring others to go above and beyond expectations. Our graduates are change leaders, ensuring long-term organizational sustainability. Beyond these core managerial and leadership skills, MOL students gain specialized skills in an area of interest to them by pursuing one (or more) of the MOL areas of specialization: Organizational Sustainability and Resiliency, Human Resource Management, Business Communication, Non-Profit and Public Management, and Entrepreneurial Management.
A REWARDING CAREER
MOL students can succeed in a slew of exciting careers, such as people management, operations and supply chain management, customer service, purchasing and sales, and communications management, as well as local or state government, and community or non-profit organizations. Students may attain positions as management consultants, department managers, franchise managers, city managers, and non-profit managers, and may work in diverse industries from financial services to manufacturing to retail to government and non-profits.
DIVERSE JOB PROSPECTS
Exciting career opportunities await you as a MOL graduate. Depending on the specific area of specialization with the MOL major you pursue, you may find yourself in any of the following occupations: Corporate Sustainability Specialist or Director of Workplace Experience, Risk and Resilience (Organizational Sustainability and Resiliency track); Training and Development Manager, Corporate Recruiter, or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leader (Human Resource Management track); Public Relations Manager, Director of Content, or Business Reporter (Business Communication track); Nonprofit Manager/Director, Community Program Manager, or Development Director (Non-Profit and Public Management track); Corporate Entrepreneur, Venture Capital Manager, or Non-profit Founder (Entrepreneurial Management track).
DEGREE OPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Major: Management and Organizational Leadership (MOL)
Requirements: The MOL major features five required courses. Three of these courses are designed to give you core managerial skills: Planning and Control of Operations; Human Resource Management; International Management. The other two required courses are designed to develop your leadership skills: Leadership and Personal Development; Leading Teams and Organizations.
MOL students also choose one track (or area of specialization); our tracks are Organizational Sustainability and Resiliency, Human Resource Management, Business Communication, Non-Profit and Public Management, and Entrepreneurial Management. There are several elective courses available to choose from within each track; students must take three of those elective options to complete their preferred track.
Students who choose to pursue a minor in Management take three of our core MOL courses based on personal preference.
For a comprehensive list of courses for Management and Organizational Leadership offered by the College of Business and Public Administration, visit this page.
Several exciting internship opportunities are available to MOL students. Our students have interned at Facebook (as an Operations Program Analyst Intern), Athene (as a Workforce Management Intern), Greater Des Moines Partnership (as an Economic Development Intern), and Farm Bureau Financial Services (as a Talent Acquisition Intern), among many others. MOL students are also often chosen to join prestigious and highly competitive Leadership Development programs (e.g., at EY, Principal, Target, among many others); these programs are a great gateway to a full-time offer at these amazing companies.
GET INVOLVED ON (AND OFF) CAMPUS
MOL students have founded two student organizations: The Drake Student Human Resource Association, and The Drake Non-Profit Consulting Club. Our students are active in running these student organizations, with the support of a MOL faculty advisor. The HR Association offers activities and resources for students who are interested in learning more about the field of HR. Field trips, seminars, monthly meetings, and mentoring all provide opportunities to interact with HR professionals. The Drake Non-Profit Consulting Club advises non-profits on key decisions that shape the impact they have on the community. Some recent clients of this Consulting Club include Urban Dreams (the Club identified expansion opportunities and created marketing materials for this non-profit), and the Iowa Center for Economic Success (the Club developed plans for starting an accounting consulting business, including projecting break-even points and conducting market research). Get involved!
FIND OUT MORE
We love talking about the great things happening at Drake, but nothing beats a visit to campus. Let us know you're coming, and we'll arrange for you to meet professors, sit in on a class, or just hang out with current students.
Dr. Radostina (Ina) Purvanova
Chair, Department of Management and Organizational Leadership