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Organizational Leadership Minor

The minor in Organizational Leadership is a cross-disciplinary undergraduate minor that provides a strong business foundation for organizational leadership. The minor is focused into four tiers that build on one another, including leadership in context, learning to be a leader, leadership in action, and advancing leadership.

Why do it?

The minor will develop students’ leadership capabilities and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully lead in business and professional contexts. It offers a leadership model focused on organizational resiliency, setting it apart from other leadership programs on campus.


The four-tier minor in Organizational Leadership requires a minimum of 18 hours. This includes a required core course for Tier 1 (Leadership in Context), a list of interdisciplinary elective options for Tier 2 (Learning to Be a Leader), departmental options for Tier 3 (Leadership in Action), and the required capstone course for Tier 4 (Advancing Leadership).

Pathways diagram of minor

MGT 2354: Leadership for Managers and Entrepreneurs* 
MGT 4694: Leadership Field Study (MGT 3064: Cornerstones Entrepreneurship -or- MGT 4084: Management Consulting can also count)
MGT 4354: Leadership: Advanced Skills and Concepts**

*sophomore standing required
**prerequisite: MGT 2354 and senior standing required

Students select the remaining 9 credit hours of elective courses from four different areas, including creativity and innovation; intercultural communications; critical and strategic thinking skills; and holistic thinking and ethical reasoning. Students may choose multiple courses within the same area. These courses should complement students’ majors and develop skills that they might not necessarily encounter in their major courses. For a complete list of elective courses, consult the Registrar checksheet (follow this link, click on 'checksheets', scroll down to Minors, and find the minor checksheet you're interested in).

Who is it for?

Anyone with an interest in leadership within organizations! With options for individual customization, the Organizational Leadership minor is flexible enough to address the differing needs of students from different departments and colleges at Virginia Tech based on their specific interests and career goals.

Application to the minor in Organizational Leadership is open to all VT students with at least a 2.5 GPA and at least 24 semester hours at VT.

See what our students are saying

“I've explored my own leadership values, I've gotten to understand different disciplines, and I've learned how to lead a group in a successful way.” - Organizational Leadership graduate, 2022

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This minor is hosted by the Department of Management in collaboration with numerous departments across Virginia Tech.

Pathways Concepts

Core Concepts*
1a - Advanced/Applied Discourse
2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
5f - Foundational Quantitative and Computational Thinking
6ad - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
*Students are guaranteed to meet at least three of the core concepts listed

Integrative Concepts
Ethical Reasoning
Intercultural and Global Awareness


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